GFS Lower School Teacher and Assistant Tennis Coach De'Sean Fennell was recently inducted into the Roman Catholic Sports Hall of Fame.
At GFS, the elementary years are truly wondrous, and we provide our students in grades K-5 with an academic program that is developmentally appropriate, highly ambitious, well balanced—and joyful.
Lower School News
The Friends Free Library celebrated the reading and creativity of 101 students with a massive summer reading quilt.
Read reflections from our 2023 Lunar New Year event.
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Office of Community Engagement held an annual Day of Service on campus.
We are excited to welcome our new faculty and staff to GFS.
Celebrate summer with some good books! Learn about our summer reading programs.
We are so thankful to Diane Marinoff for years of service to GFS. Read about her commitment to our students, teachers, and families.
We are so grateful for Deb Brackett's contributions to the GFS community over the past 35 years. Read about her commitment to our students, teachers, and families.
Lower School students share their community playlist for summer.
After a two-year hiatus, the All-School Art Show was back in person.
Meet Joe Stanzione: Director of Lower School
Joe Stanzione joined GFS as the Director of Lower School in 2022. He previously served as the Elementary Principal and Head of Campus at The American School Foundation of Monterrey (ASFM) in Mexico. Prior to leading the Elementary division (nursery through Grade 5), Joe worked as the Assistant Principal for Grades 3, 4, and 5, and the Assistant Principal for Curriculum. He has also held teaching positions in Mexico and New Jersey since 1993.
Joe holds a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from The College of New Jersey and a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Elizabethtown College. He has completed a number of certifications in instructional coaching, Responsive Classroom, and leadership, and has led workshops and classes on mindfulness, STEM play, social and emotional learning, and inclusive learning environments. In addition to his professional experience, Joe is an avid soccer fan, enjoys running, exploring new places, listening to podcasts, and learning every day.
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