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Staff Directory

Antonia Arias

Spanish Teacher

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I am a bilingual (Spanish and English) educator, artist, and parent with experience as a lecture-demonstrator and flamenco performer. I am a third grade teacher in both languages, pedagogically focused in an emergent child-led curriculum. I am grateful to be at Miquon—a place where children have the space and support to pursue their diverse interests…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 »

Bree McNamara

Director of Admissions

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Six years ago, my exhausted Hyundai and I hobbled up Harts Lane. We were searching for a place to apply the progressive teaching philosophy that existed in the pages of my graduate school readings. By the end of that day, I was lucky enough to be hired as a teacher here. Through my time leading…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 »

Charlotte Boulay

Director of Development

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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 »

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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

3/4 Grade Band 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 »

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

3/4 Grade Band 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

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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 »

Marisa Campbell

1/2 Grade Band Teacher

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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 »

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 »

Mira Saxe-Smith

5/6 Grade Band Teacher

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As a Miquon alum, I cherish countless memories–traipsing through the bamboo forest, studying crayfish in the creek, writing Haiku poems in the woods, and the pure magic of library read-alouds. I still vividly recall the sense of belonging at Miquon and feeling so known by the community around me. Also, the feeling of wanting to…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

1/2 Grade Band 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

5/6 Grade Band 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 »

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

3/4 Grade Band 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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