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Staff Directory

Amy Vaccarella


Throughout my life, libraries have always been special places of refuge and inspiration. The Clisby Library at Miquon is by far my favorite of these libraries. What makes this library so special is the way the students interact with it. They are curious, creative and resourceful. The library becomes another type of playground — a…READ MORE »

Andrea Myers

Director of Admissions and Financial Aid

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

First and Second Grade Teacher

I came to Miquon in 2015 from the Oakland area, where I taught Kindergarten, first grade, and 4th grade at a small Progressive school. Professionally, I believe very much in the power of creativity and collaboration, as well as listening carefully. I am also a big proponent of the power of the student voice in…READ MORE »

Carol Moog

School Psychologist

I am a licensed psychologist with a private practice serving children, adolescents, and adults. Previously, I was the clinical director of the Social Learning Disorders Program at the University of Pennsylvania, conducting the Social Skills Seminar for young adults with Aspergers. I am also a published author, having recently co-authored "The Autism Playbook" (New Harbinger,…READ MORE »

Celia Cruz

First and Second Grade Teacher

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

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

Cindy has over 20 years of experience in independent education. She has been a teacher, fundraiser, human resources leader, manager, and administrator. In addition to her role as director of the Miquon Day Camp, she serves as the principal of Roxborough Christian School.READ MORE »

Deborah Crocker

Campaign Director

When I first met my husband, Josh McIlvain '82, he used to talk about an amazing little school he went to called Miquon. I had a hard time understanding how an elementary school could have such an impact on a person – until I came to Miquon myself. I am happy to have the opportunity…READ MORE »

DJ Giordano

Director of Extended Day Program

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

Assistant Teacher, Nursery

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 »

Jen Curyto

Language Arts Coordinator

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 »

Jeri Bond Whatley

Assistant Teacher, Fifth/Sixth Grade

I have been an Assistant Teacher at Miquon since 1995. During that time, I have taught in age groups from 1st through 6th grade (though never 3rd), and for the last 16 years, exclusively in the 5th/6th. I have several years of prior experience in Special Education with both adults and children. I have a…READ MORE »

Kate Shapero

Science Teacher

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 »

Katie Rosenberg

Assistant Business Manager

I began at Miquon in October, 2014. My office is tucked away upstairs in the main office building, and I very much enjoy the distraction of being able to watch the children play from my office window. I am a proud Penn State University alum, and prior to working at Miquon, I spent 10 years…READ MORE »

Kristin Sanderson

Director of Communications and Marketing

Miquon brought me to Philadelphia from Los Angeles in 2013, both for my professional role and for my children. Previously, I ran the alumni program at the USC Price School of Public Policy and served as communications director for the USC Alumni Association. Originally from Boston, I am busy getting back to my east coast…READ MORE »

Louis Herbst

Group Teacher, Fifth and Sixth Grade

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

Group Teacher, First/Second Grade

Before coming to the east coast and to Miquon, I taught 2nd grade at Corpus Christi School in Oakland, California for eight years, and completed a vast amount of graduate work in education within the California State University system and at University of San Diego. A former Progressive school student myself, I believe in helping…READ MORE »

Marisa Campbell

Group Teacher, Nursery

The first time I pulled into the driveway at Miquon, it immediately reminded me of the many camp driveways across the country that I'd come down for every summer of my childhood (and a few beyond that). It was during these summers at Girl Scout Camp I grew from an enthusiastic camper into a thoughtful…READ MORE »

Mike Batchelor

Maintenance Director

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 a potter, a…READ MORE »

Pam Feinschil

Administrator for Office Support

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 »

Rachel Elin-Saintine

Group Teacher, Third/Fourth Grade

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 »

Rich Murray

Assistant Teacher, First/Second Grade

MEd Elementary Education, Widener University. MBA Finance, Drexel University. BS Commerce and Engineering, Economics Concentration, Drexel University I joined Miquon in September 2004. Most of my years here have been spent as a group teacher in a first/second grade classroom, along with one year in a first grade classroom, and one year as an assistant…READ MORE »

Rossana Zapf

Language Arts Coordinator, Multicultural Affairs Coordinator

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 »

Sara Slaybaugh

Assistant Teacher, Third/Fourth Grade

I will never forget the first time I did an Internet search for independent schools in the Philadelphia area. I was overseas at the time teaching in Thailand, beginning to think about coming back home to the United States. The Miquon School popped up and I was in awe of what I saw. As I…READ MORE »

Sherry Moman

Assistant Teacher, Kindergarten

I followed my own children to Miquon. Through their eyes I could see that this was the best place for me to follow my dreams of helping children to construct their own knowledge. Here I can enable young people to become questioning, curious, independent learners who are empowered to follow their interests and passions. I…READ MORE »

Susannah Wolf '81

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 »

Tia Mathisen

Assistant to the Principal and Community Suport

Originally from Birmingham AL, I've adapted to life on the east coast fairly well (but I am still not quite ever ready for winter). Luckily for me, my friends from Miquon have become extended family, making life here worth the distance. I've had the pleasure of serving my beloved Mt. Airy community as the executive…READ MORE »

Toni McDonnell

Group Teacher, Kindergarten

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 »

Wendy Leitner-Sieber

Group Teacher, Third/Fourth Grade

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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