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Amy Vaccarella

Librarian

amyv@miquon.org

I have worked in many libraries in my adult life, and the Clisby Library is by far my favorite! 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 place to explore and question. It is…READ MORE »

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Anne Brady

Art Teacher

anneb@miquon.org

I came to Miquon in 1983, at the suggestion of Miquon parent and community member Carolyn V, who was my children’s pediatrician at the time. I was relatively new to Philadelphia and eager to return to teaching following the birth of my second child and earning my master’s degree from Rhode Island School of Design…READ MORE »

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Atiya Byrd

Assistant Teacher, Nursery

atiyab@miquon.org

I am an early childhood educator with a background in special education and providing professional development workshops for preschools. This spring, I am joining co-teachers Celia Cruz and Erin Steffy in the Nursery on Tuesdays and Wednesdays through the end of the year. Throughout all of my work, I hope to bring positive energy, dedication…READ MORE »

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Brianna McNamara

Group Teacher, Second/Third Grade

briannam@miquon.org

I came to Miquon to ask why every day. The first time I was able to openly ask why in an educational setting was as an undergraduate philosophy major. I was finally encouraged to not only wonder, but independently pursue answers to my own questions. By continually looking at the systemic problems of our world…READ MORE »

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Carol Moog

School Psychologist

carolm@miquon.org

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 »

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Celia Cruz

Co-Teacher, Nursery

celiac@miquon.org

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 »

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Connie Devlin

Administrator for Community Support

connied@miquon.org

Our family came to Miquon over twenty-five years ago with our daughters, Sarah '95 and Alex '00. I began as a parent volunteer then worked in the After-School Program, as classroom substitute, and as a counselor and Assistant Director of Miquon's summer camp. Former jobs have all revolved around interests in photography, art, and theatre.…READ MORE »

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Jeri Bond Whatley

Assistant Teacher, Fifth/Sixth Grade

jeriw@miquon.org

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 »

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Kate Shapero

Science Teacher

kates@miquon.org

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 »

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Katie Rosenberg

Assistant Business Manager

business@miquon.org

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. Prior to working at Miquon, I spent 10 years in the banking industry. I enjoy spending time with…READ MORE »

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Kristin Sanderson

Director of Communications and Alumni Relations

kristins@miquon.org

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 »

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Lynn Hughes

Group Teacher, Fifth/Sixth Grade

lynnh@miquon.org

I've been a teacher at Miquon since 1967. Most of my time has been spent with 5th and 6th graders, although I've taught groups as young as a blended 2nd-3rd. Before I came to Miquon, I worked as a computer programmer and systems analyst for a large Philadelphia-based insurance company, as a guitar teacher for…READ MORE »

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Pam Feinschil

Administrator for Office Support

pamf@miquon.org

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 »

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Rachel Elin-Saintine

Group Teacher, Second/Third Grade

racheles@miquon.org

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 »

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Rich Murray

Assistant Teacher, Second/Third Grade

richm@miquon.org

I joined Miquon in September 2004. Most of my years here have been spent as a group teacher in a first/second grade classroom, and last year in a first grade classroom. Currently, I am an assistant teacher in a second/third grade classroom. My teaching career began in public schools, and I felt that I wanted…READ MORE »

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Rossana Zapf

Language Arts Coordinator, Multicultural Affairs Coordinator

rossanaz@miquon.org

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 »

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Sara Slaybaugh

Assistant Teacher, Fourth Grade

saras@miquon.org

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 »

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Toni McDonnell

Group Teacher, Kindergarten

tonim@miquon.org

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 »

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