Jeri Bond Whatley
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 B.S. in Human Services, with a focus on Child Advocacy, from Chestnut Hill College. I have taken the foundation courses in Restorative Justice/Practice and believe that it has the ability to allow each of us to be and reveal our best selves. To expand on that training, I have taken a Basic course in Conflict Mediation. In addition, I have also taken several courses with the Facing History and Ourselves organization, which focused on the examination of events during American Civil Rights era. I have participated in the S.E.E.D. (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) Project for the past two years, which facilitates self-reflection and dialogue on issues of diversity and equity in schools. As former co-chair of Miquon’s Diversity Committee for over 18 years and co-founder of the Greater Philadelphia Diversity Collaborative (GPDC), issues of equity and social justice, historical and current, are of great concern and intrigue for me.
Outside of the classroom, I have worked previously in various administrative capacities for software, insurance, and law firms. I have served on The Miquon School Board of Directors, and continue to serve on The Crefeld School Board of Trustees. My youngest son, Drew, graduated from Miquon in 1999. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, researching, continue learning, designing and creating stained glass (which I need to get back to), music of many genres, singing, and being with children in general, and family in particular.