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Staff Directory

Andrea Myers

Director of Admissions and Financial Aid

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I first learned about Miquon while doing research for a paper in graduate school in Cambridge. I was intrigued by the description of a school where the adults trusted children to play independently and to learn passionately. That article traveled with me for ten years. When I moved to the Philadelphia area and discovered that…READ MORE »

Ben Coleman

Nursery Teacher

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I first learned of Miquon while in graduate school in Oakland, CA, more than a decade before I found my way out east and set foot on campus. In the years that followed the school dotted my radar twice more and never through any effort of my own. Then, circumstance brought my family east and…READ MORE »

Cassandra Orr

Nursery Teacher

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I’m delighted to be returning to the Nursery in the fall as a co-teacher, after several years working in a support role, and spending the last year and a half as an assistant teacher. Before moving to Philadelphia and discovering Miquon, I spent time in France working with middle and high school students teaching English.…READ MORE »

Celia Cruz

First Grade Teacher

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So much of my childhood was filled with writing and illustrating stapled storybooks, most of which involved weathering winter storms with my family and doing hefty chores. It was mostly fiction! I really like that every day at Miquon our learners tell stories during play and exploration built upon their identity and experiences. Their thinking…READ MORE »

Charlotte Boulay

Director of Development and Communications

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I learned about Miquon from Marisa Campbell, who teaches in the Miquon Nursery, when we and our young daughters became friends. I feel so lucky to be part of the Miquon community after hearing so many wonderful things about it, and happy that I can help support the creativity and learning I see on campus…READ MORE »

Cindy Powell

Director of Miquon Day Camp

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I have over 20 years of experience in independent education. I am currently head of the Roxborough Christian School, and in the past I have served in various roles in education: that of a teacher, a fundraiser, a human resources leader, a manager, and an administrator.READ MORE »

Courtney Nassar

Second Grade Teacher

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From the moment I stepped out of my car, I sensed that Miquon would be my next home. After teaching for years in Egypt and Morocco, I wanted to return home to magic. The day that the Miquon School appeared in my job search a spark was reignited. Choice time, boundaries, and mixed age classrooms…READ MORE »

Cynthia Ramos

Science Teacher

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BS, Biological Sciences, University of California – Merced I am excited to be joining Miquon this year! Before coming to Miquon, I was teaching environmental education in Washington State at a YMCA camp. Working in environmental education gave me an amazing opportunity to meet new students every week, and to use nature as our classroom.…READ MORE »

Diego Maugeri

Music Teacher

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At Miquon, my personal emphasis has been on music as a group experience. Along with the staples of general music (singing and dancing as the first and most spontaneous response to music), instrumental skills are refined through the use of xylophones, glockenspiels, and recorders as a first ensemble exploration. The message I want to convey…READ MORE »

DJ Giordano

DJ Giordano

Nursery Assistant and Director of Extended Day Program

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I believe the best way to learn how to teach and connect with children is through working with all ages. I have been at Miquon since November of 2011, and it has been wonderful to work with Miquon children for many years. I have enjoyed each moment on campus with students, other teachers, and parents.…READ MORE »

Elisa Rosenwinkel

Kindergarten Teacher

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One of my favorite things about Miquon is when our whole community comes together on Friday mornings for assembly. Each group sits with their buddy group and everyone is sincerely excited to see each other! It's a time when we will gather to sing songs, tell stories, or perform plays. Every month or so, we…READ MORE »

Eliza Ruder

Second Grade Teacher

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Fun fact: I attended Miquon as a little sprout in Toni's class! I am elated to be returning to Miquon as a faculty member to create new memories with students, faculty, and staff. A few of my favorite things about teaching are developing a rapport with students, involving nature, and creating beautiful work! After teaching…READ MORE »

Jen Curyto

Language Arts and Learning Support Coordinator

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I first fell in love with Miquon when I attended as camper over thirty years ago. I was growing up in Cheltenham and this hidden-away treasure in the woods was a retreat from my suburban childhood. When I arrived 8 years ago to work as an in-house reading tutor, I found the campus very much…READ MORE »

Jennifer Sharp

Director of Finance and Operations

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I first became acquainted with Progressive education when in 2010 we enrolled our oldest child at a similar progressive pre-K through 6 school, The School in Rose Valley (SRV), near our home in Delaware County. Following this,, I have served on SRV’s Board of Trustees for several years and I am a huge proponent of…READ MORE »

Jeri Bond Whatley

Advancement Associate

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In the 2020-2021 school year, I am working as an Advancement Associate in support of multiple administrative initiatives, such as the 7th grade transition process, liaison to Families Active @ Miquon parent association, alumni connections, supporting admissions and development functions, and other administrative operations. Prior to this year, I have been an Assistant Teacher at…READ MORE »

Kate Shapero

Science Teacher (on sabbatical 20/21)

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I grew up exploring the woods surrounding Miquon and spent my summers here as a camper. As a child, I delighted in the rippling creek, tall trees and the seemingly infinite supply of delicious wineberries. My experiences nurtured a deep affection and appreciation for the natural world. After thirty years, this hasn't changed. I'm extremely…READ MORE »

Lisa Mann

PE Teacher

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I believe that physical education is a vital part of the total education of an individual. Through physical education, an individual has the opportunity to develop physically, mentally, socially, and emotionally. Physical education allows children to develop skills for use during leisure time and lifetime sports, engage in activities that are conducive to healthful living,…READ MORE »

Louis Herbst

Fifth Grade Teacher

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I have taught many subjects in my 11 years as a teacher including Upper and Middle School Social Studies, Sixth Grade Math, and Physical Education. I have also served as an Academic Dean and Assistant Head of School. I began teaching at United Friends School in 2006 and also worked as their Athletic Director, After…READ MORE »

Marea Palmer-Loh

Third Grade Teacher and Member, Board of Directors

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I first fell in love with Miquon as a parent. We were looking for a school for my daughter that was responsive to children's needs, development, and how they learn best—Miquon ticked all those boxes and then some. Now both of my children attend Miquon, and the three of us feel so fortunate we get…READ MORE »

Michael Batchelor

Communications Associate and Director of Facilities

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I do lots of things. When I'm not working at Miquon, I am usually with my family, doing…well…anything! I play music and freelance as a photographer; I have produced and engineered several records; I have traveled all around the country with my awesome wife (and then with our awesome kids); I am an artist, a…READ MORE »

Miranda Featherstone

Social Worker

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I bring a background in clinical social work to my approach to school-based counseling and social work. Some of the many wonderful things about social work are that it takes an approach to mental health and wellness that meets clients (adults and children!) where they are, honors their self-determination, and emphasizes the importance and value…READ MORE »

Nicole Batchelor

Art Teacher

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I believe that every child is an artist, and that the world needs artists in order to remain healthy and vibrant. Art is a process that allows students to explore and experiment with a variety of materials as they create. It empowers them to come to their own conclusions and understanding of what one can…READ MORE »

Pam Feinschil

Administrator for Office Support

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I am the mother of Miquon graduates Eric '98, Laura '01 and Anna '09. Staff and parents alike know me as the “go to” person for almost any question, and I manage the school database, arrange parent-teacher events, coordinate transportation, and most importantly, oversee the classroom snack program. Before coming to Miquon, I worked in…READ MORE »

Pat Baik

First Grade Teacher

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I first discovered Miquon while looking for a potential future school for my newly-born daughter. To be honest, I never knew schools like Miquon existed. In all my experiences with schools, I assumed they all looked the same: a tall, red building surrounded by four brick walls. That assumption was completely shattered when I stepped…READ MORE »

Rachel Elin-Saintine

Sixth Grade Teacher

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When I was a senior in high school, my guidance counselor gave our graduating class one of those tests that connect interests into potential career paths. While in homeroom, one by one, my friends’ names were called to receive their results. They started to open their letters – Doctor; Lawyer; Architect; smiles grew over their…READ MORE »

Rossana Zapf

Language Arts and Learning Support/Curriculum Coordinator and Member, Board of Directors

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I have vivid memories of the playroom my sister and I shared when we were little: our beloved kitchen set, a tiny desk, magnetic letters, a surplus of art supplies, lots of dolls, a mini piano and a typewriter I inherited to practice writing. In this sacred space I especially loved playing school. So it's…READ MORE »

Sarah Stippich

Librarian

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As a child my parents often found me up in my favorite tree, reading a book. So when I saw the opportunity to join the staff at the Miquon School in a dreamy little library in the woods, at a school where children’s independence and creativity are nourished, my attention was piqued. After earning my…READ MORE »

Susannah Wolf '81

Principal

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I am delighted to be back at Miquon as it is one of my favorite places in the world. I remember the freedom and joy I felt to be learning and playing at Miquon as a child. I always felt so known by all my teachers – each engaged with me distinctly, challenging me to…READ MORE »

Toni McDonnell

Kindergarten Teacher

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I will never forget the first time I ventured onto Miquon’s campus. It was a crisp Saturday afternoon in October ’82. The sugar maples were ablaze with brilliant shades of red, orange and yellow. A lone turkey vulture circled overhead. The creek babbled merrily as it slid over the rocks. A chipmunk darted through a…READ MORE »

Ursa Vincent

Ursa Vincent

Bookkeeper

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I have the pleasure of working at Miquon on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays through my employer Kyle & Associates. I love to see the outdoor play that happens here in various forms; it ranges from peaceful and serene to joyous and loud when the children are enjoying the space. In a business and finance role,…READ MORE »

Wendy Leitner-Sieber

Fourth Grade Teacher

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I came to Miquon to teach in the fourth grade during the 2014-15 school year, looking forward to learning alongside children who are curious and immersed in the world around them. I love the freedom that we have at Miquon to delve deeply into topics of interest and to support the growth of child as…READ MORE »

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