Faculty and Staff

 

Wendy Ormsby

Director of Organizational Development

Coordinates Student Services and Technology Initiatives 

SCSC Founder

I was very fortunate to have spent my early professional years with Johnson and Johnson. After leaving J&J and receiving my master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania, I consulted with Fortune 50 companies on issues related to overall business effectiveness, with a focus on improving an organization's culture and analyzing its business processes. These professional experiences compelled me to ponder changes that were necessary to promote resilient learning among adults within the public education system. Thus, the Souderton Charter School Collaborative was born.

I believe that if we really hope to improve the educational system, educators must be removed from the isolation of their classrooms and brought together to reflect, brainstorm and collaborate. Together as an SCSC staff, we are empowered. We are striving to reinvent schooling from the ground up. At school every day we hear the voice of each child - even the child who has a difficult time finding his voice. When you visit our school you will see children and adults alike involved in purposeful activities and you will hear a diverse group of people interacting and asking questions. You will experience an environment where we are learning to do more than react to our environment; we are learning to impact positively the world around us.

I am inspired by the wisdom and insight of the pioneer in the field of organizational dynamics, Mary Parker Follett, who said, "The aim of every...organization should be not to share power but increase power, to seek the method by which power can be increased in all."  I am proud to be working together with my colleagues to do just that. Our accomplishments rest on the shoulders of our faculty and families, past and present. The synergy of collective wisdom and power is changing a small corner of the world.

Jennifer Arevalo

Director of Education, CEO

Coordinates Innovation Initiatives

It has been an exciting professional journey since I began at SCSC in September 2001. When I began, my interest in the charter school movement was high and after 13 years, my belief in the need for a variety of voices in public education has only deepened. Our collective work has resulted in amazing results and accomplishments. To receive the 2013 National Blue Ribbon designation, alongside my educational partner, Wendy Ormsby, will stand as the high point of my career.

SCSC is an amazing example of a collective will that is driven by a mission that looks to remove limits that are too often a part of public education. Rather than say, “why not”, to individualizing and including all, SCSC is grounded in always considering “what if”. Over the years, the opportunities to be challenged intellectually have been limitless and with each year, we have carved a road of academic excellence for all students. Our staff is talented beyond words. Our families are exuberant in their commitment and this allows us to put more resources into the education of our students. Our board sustains the mission and supports our professional work entirely.

I am looking forward to the next challenge, opportunity and experience. 

Allison Beard

Elementary Teacher

I am a mother of twin girls Ashley and Alyssa and their older brother Duncan. My husband and I have a small business designing and building stained glass windows for churches, synagogues and homes that has been operating for over 30 years in Doylestown, Bucks County, PA.

I grew up in Pennsylvania on a small farm with so many animals that I cannot begin to introduce them all to you. Being outdoors with animals has always been one of my great passions. This led me to attend Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture in Doylestown, PA. I received my Bachelor of Science and worked for a veterinarian. I also worked in advertising and production and later worked as a trainer for adults for ten years at The Prudential. At this time I began teaching special needs riding students for Flying High Equestrian Therapy. I continue to teach there today after 20 plus years.

When my children were born, I stayed at home with them and earned my master's in education from Holy Family University. I became certified in Pennsylvania in Elementary Education K-6. When my youngest children began first grade, I began student teaching in Central Bucks School District. 

Today at Souderton Charter School Collaborative, a very special place, I continue to follow my passions of being with children and to carry through the charter schools' passion of valuing the individual, both adult and child and the community at school and at large.

Karen Burke

Music Teacher

Although I am originally from Connecticut, Pennsylvania has been my home for most of my life. My husband and I have enjoyed raising our children in this beautiful part of the country.

I earned my Bachelor of Music in Music Education with a minor concentration in Psychology at Manhattanville College. My love of music, teaching and working with children with special needs lead me to take courses in music therapy at New York University. Upon When moving to PA, I completed my graduate studies with a Master of Arts in Music Therapy at Temple University. As a certified music therapist, I have been fortunate to work with children of all ages in a variety of settings.

Working at SCSC with students in Kindergarten through 8th grade has been both a joy and a privilege for me since 2005! This allows me the wonderful opportunity of getting to know all of the students and their families and collaborating with our talented staff in this creative and caring community!

Laura Noonan Coleman

Elementary Teacher

Leads Best Self Character Development Initiative

The last word of the film Won't Back Down, a story based on real events about two remarkable women advocating for extraordinary charter-school education for all children  (sound like anyone you know?), is HOPE.  Gets me every time!    HOPE...as a parent, it's what I felt the instant I walked through the doors of SCSC.  As an educator, it's what I see when Responsive Classroom techniques are implemented by students.  It's what I feel when my coworkers deeply believe in each individual child's ability and potential!   
 
I come to SCSC with a dual-undergrad degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education from Temple and a Master's in Education from Gwynedd-Mercy.  I taught in Arizona, Northeast Philadelphia, and Warrington, and am blessed now to be included among the inspirational staff of SCSC.               

Julie Cook
Middle School Teacher
I met my husband at Penn State, where I earned a B.S. in Secondary Education/English. I have also earned a Masters of Education. I enjoy writing, reading, and traveling.

I found SCSC by way of our oldest son, who is now in graduate school. Looking for alternatives for our first grader, we toured SCSC. We left that day thinking the school was perfect for our three children. Each child is valued and challenged. Academic expectations are high. Experiential education, parental involvement, and ongoing teacher support and education are truly revolutionary in practice. Our three boys, as SCSC graduates, are confident, compassionate young men.

Of course, as a teacher with experience in three public districts, I also immediately thought about the school as a tremendous career opportunity. SCSC matched my own philosophy of education so perfectly, I was grateful to accept a position. Paula Mandracchia and I piloted SCSC’s Middle School program, Seasons. The design and implementation of this integrated program served as a model for what we would become. Middle School now has three programs and seven dedicated teachers. I now teach Frontiers and Expeditions with my teaching partners and a host of talented electives teachers. I love working at SCSC. Every day is exciting. I am surrounded by dedicated teachers and students who challenge me to help create a rich educational environment. We are proud of our designation as a Don Eichhorn Schools to Watch, which is part of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. We have had the opportunity to share our model of fieldwork, student-driven learning, design thinking, co-teaching, and more with schools across the state.


I feel lucky to have found SCSC as a parent and a teacher. I look forward to our continued success.

Jeannine Dunn

Middle School Teacher

I received a B.S. in Psychology and an M.S. in Educational Leadership from Immaculata University. After graduation I was a substitute teacher before joining St. Joseph's in Cheltenham where I taught 7th and 8th grade math, science, social studies, religion, gym, art, and music. I have certifications in elementary ed., special ed., middle school math, and middle school science.

When St. Joseph's closed in 2004, I was very fortunate and happy to find SCSC, which I absolutely love. The staff amazes me with their dedication, enthusiasm, and ability to communicate and collaborate.

Amy Farabaugh

Elementary and Special Education Teacher

I have always had the desire to enter the teaching profession from early on.  I completed my undergraduate degree in Social Work, at Gordon College in MA.  After completing my degree, I worked in Children Services as a Foster Care Worker in South Philadelphia for 3 years.  It was at this time that I decided I wanted to continue my educational journey in the area of special education and elementary education.  While working as a literacy intern teacher in the Philadelphia School District, I completed my Master’s Degree in Education at Arcadia University.  The time that I spent working within the Philadelphia area greatly impacted my life in a very positive way.  It was at this juncture that I happened upon SCSC and can proudly say that I am entering my 6th year of teaching at the Souderton Charter School Collaborative.  I taught in the Willows classroom for 3 years before pausing to be a stay-at-home mom.  I currently live in Abington, PA with my husband, David and our three children.  I have since returned and I am now entering my 3rdyear of teaching at SCSC.  I am excited to once again be teaching in the Chestnut’s classroom.  At home, I enjoy spending time outside, gardening, camping and bike riding.  I also love playing with my kids and encouraging a love for reading each and every day.  I am thrilled to be a teacher at SCSC and look forward to working with such an amazing group of children and staff!! 

Dawn Farrell

Elementary Teacher

Coordinates Technology Initiatives

Although I am originally from Pittsburgh, my father was in the Navy so we lived everywhere when I was younger! I have lived in Ohio, Florida, Virginia, Washington D.C., England (Wales) and San Diego. My most recent move was from Las Vegas, Nevada.

I attended high school, college, and grad school in San Diego. After graduation, I taught 3rd grade in San Diego for 6 years until moving in 2000 to Las Vegas where I taught Kindergarten. In 2007 my husband was offered a promotion and a transfer to Philadelphia and we made a move that I have wanted to do for quite some time. We now reside in Souderton.

Upon interviewing for a position at SCSC, I knew immediately that it was the school for me! The closeness of the staff and involvement of the parents was something that was very appealing to me. This is my 6th year at SCSC as a 1-2 teacher in the Palms.  I am very proud to be a member of the SCSC staff and look forward to many years to come at this wonderful school!

Reiko Finamore

Elementary Teacher

As an undergraduate at the University of Rochester, NY, I majored in psychology. By the end of my senior year, however, I had decided that I was more interested in childhood education than psychology as a career. Yearning to travel and also wanting to learn more about my cultural heritage, I moved to Japan after graduation. It was there that I started my professional career, teaching English as a foreign language in a children's school. 

After a few years abroad, I came back to New York and earned a master's degree in Elementary Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. For the next ten years, I taught at P.S. 116 in Manhattan, initially in fourth grade and later as a kindergarten teacher. I also met my husband, and helped introduce our two wonderful children to the world. They continue to amaze me (as well as inform my teaching) every single day. 


In 2008, we moved to Abington, here in Pennsylvania, so that my husband could be closer to his new job in Philadelphia. I spent the next year searching for the school that best embodies my ideals for education: genuine, meaningful learning experiences, collaborative teaching and learning, student ownership, caring and dedicated professionals… and I found that ideal school in SCSC.  I feel quite fortunate to have been welcomed into this wonderful community of educators. I look forward to continuing my professional journey amid this rare collection of learners - students and teachers alike.

Krista Gilkes

ESL Teacher

My teaching career began as a teenager in the Quakertown School district after completing a 2 year high school internship with one of my inspiring old elementary teachers. I knew after completing the internship, I was meant to be a teacher.
 
I moved to Souderton after high school and have resided here every since. I earned my B.S in Elementary Education and English as a Second Language specialist degree at Eastern University. After completing my degree in 2008, I began the job search for ESL teaching jobs. My heart was always drawn from my diverse cultural background and I wanted to help those who were learning English as a second language.
I was fortunate to land a job in a charter school in Chester, which is where I grew a deeper love and experience in teaching English as a second language. In 2016, my family changed and my husband and I welcomed our daughter into the world.  I knew it was time for me to make a change to a school closer to home and one where the school climate resonated so strongly with me.
 
I was so fortunate to have heard about SCSC and was welcomed so eagerly onboard. I am passionate about teaching English language learners and helping the community of SCSC see and appreciate the diversity around us.  
 

Jodi Goodman

Speech Teacher

I am so excited to be a part of the SCSC community as the speech teacher.  I was born and raised in the Philadelphia suburbs.  I graduated from Plymouth Whitemarsh High School and the George Washington University in Washington D.C. with a degree in Speech and Hearing Science.  Besides my wonderful education, I am particularly thankful to G.W.U. because I met my husband, Matt, on the first day of our freshman year!  Following graduation, I moved back home and enrolled in Temple University for my Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology.  In 1993 I began my career at the Upper Dublin School District as a long term substitute speech teacher for students in grades Kindergarten-8th grades.  I continued my career at the Methacton School District where I worked with students in kindergarten-12th grades.  I loved collaborating with classroom teachers in a school setting.  My husband, Matt, and I started our family in 1999 as we became parents to our son Blake.  Two years later our second son, Ryan, made our family complete.  While raising our children I have been working in early intervention with children ages 2-5 in a variety of early childhood settings.  As much as I love working with the “little ones” I am so excited to be back collaborating with teachers in a school setting.  When not working I love to root for the Philadelphia Eagles and cuddle with our two adorable cats, Zack and Cody.   I am so pleased to now be a member of the SCSC faculty and I am thrilled to work with the dedicated and talented students and teachers.  

Jane Janesky

Elementary and Special Education Teacher

Originally from Wisconsin, my husband, daughter and I moved to Pennsylvania in 1998, with a three-year stop in Indianapolis, where I worked with high school children. Since moving to Chalfont, PA, my career took me to the Central Bucks School District working with students at the middle school level, eventually being drawn to the charter school movement in Philadelphia where I taught students in grades three through eight. In 2007, I decided to focus my efforts in my community and moved to the Souderton Charter School Collaborative where I have been excitedly working at the intermediate level. University of WI – Milwaukee is my alma mater, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education, as well as Lock Haven University, with a Master of Education, which enables me to be certified in the areas of Special Education, Math and English. SCSC has allowed me to use all that I know and granted many opportunities for growth. Every year I look forward to getting to know our new students and their families which make SCSC the special community that it is.

Karen Keller

Apprentice Elementary Teacher

I have lived in the Montgomeryville area most of my life. I am married with two daughters – both attended SCSC. My connection with the charter school began in 2000 when my oldest was in kindergarten. As a parent, I could tell that SCSC was going to offer children endless opportunities to explore and grow. What I quickly learned was that SCSC would also offer me a place to learn and grow. I am honored to be part of such a talented team of individuals.

Adrienne Koch

Sixth Grade Teacher

Coordinates Peer Coaching

I grew up in Bucks County before attending Penn State University where I earned a B.S. in Secondary Education.  After graduation, I taught English at the high school level in suburban Pittsburgh. Upon returning to the area with my son and husband, I was THRILLED to discover SCSC!  Teaching at a school that stresses the importance of meaningful learning experiences, community, and the development of life-long learners enhances my growth as both a teacher and learner. Each day is a new learning adventure in SEASONS!

Katie Kwortnik

Elementary Teacher

I am originally from Northeast Philadelphia but moved to the North Penn area in my early teens, where I attended Lansdale Catholic High School. During this time, I had many great experiences working with children while tutoring and coaching swimming. These moments inspired and reinforced my idea of pursuing a career in teaching.

I graduated from Temple University with a degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. After graduating, I was able to explore different areas of teaching by working as a substitute and a preschool teacher. I later accepted a position at my former grade school Corpus Christi as a First Grade teacher. After two and a half years there, I was lucky enough to be able put my career on hold to begin a family with my husband, Chris. We now have two wonderful children.
I enjoyed every minute of being home with my children. However, I realized that I wanted to continue my education while I was home, so that I would be prepared to support my students when I re-entered the workforce. This decision led me to earn my master's degree in Special Education from Saint Joseph’s University.
 
I am happy to now be part of the SCSC community as an educator. It is amazing to see what a positive collaborative environment can do for our students. I look forward to continuing to grow as a professional and support each of our unique and special learners.

Paula Mandracchia

Sixth Grade Teacher 

Coordinates Technology Initiatives

Early in elementary school, I decided that I would become a teacher. By the time I reached my senior year of high school, however, my interests began to shift and I considered entering the field of biology instead. Throughout my years at Eastern College (now Eastern University), I found that I became most engaged in my field biology classes and appreciated the way that they seemed to build a bridge connecting my life-long fascination with the natural world and my desire to be academically challenged in an outdoor environment. Only due to my mother's ongoing urging did I pursue my teaching certification.

As a college student, I joined an eighth grade teaching team at Radnor Middle School (Wayne, PA) to learn what being a science teacher was all about and to investigate life in the classroom. My student teaching adventures continued in Arizona, where I taught math and science to seventh and eighth grade students at a Navajo boarding school. Those memorable experiences sealed my decision to enter teaching at the middle level grades (what else is there?!).  As is often the case, my decision to enter teaching only proved that mom was right all along...

My teaching philosophy and methodology continued to develop throughout my six years of teaching experience at Radnor Middle School, where I returned as a science teacher following my student teaching appointments. The two most influential years were those that I spent in the WATERSHED Program, a nationally recognized experiential, integrated learning program that shifted my position from "teacher" to that of facilitator and collaborator. While I was clearly one of the two adults responsible for guiding our adventures together, the 38 of us became acutely aware that together we comprised a community of students on a learning journey. To be honest, I'd kept an eye on the Souderton Charter School Collaborative since its inception, and am now thrilled to be part of such a dynamic learning community.

Julie Cook and I spent the early months of 2002 developing SEASONS, the Souderton Charter School Collaborative's own integrated program that knits together state standards by connecting many relevant concepts from the natural world and our local community to the seasonal year. Our pioneer year with the SEASONS Class of 2002-2003 led us on many exciting learning adventures and allowed us to serve middle school students in a unique and meaningful way. SEASONS continues to grow and evolve today, thanks to the unique strengths, commitment, and balance that Adrienne Koch brings, along with a new crop of eager sixth graders just entering middle school.

Of course, our plan books are brimming with ideas for investigation, but these efforts are only the springboard for the SEASONS program in the coming years. Our students' strengths, needs and interests will serve as our compass from here! I look forward to continued growth as both a teacher and a student on our learning adventures together here at SCSC. 

Kellie Martinjuk

Elementary Teacher

Coordinates Technology Initiatives and Peer Coaching

When I was eight, my mother had twins. I loved helping take care of them and watching them learn and develop. This experience proved to me that I wanted to be a teacher. I went to the University of Connecticut for my undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education. I graduated with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Early Childhood. I worked at their Child Development Laboratory where I learned how children develop and how to tailor lessons to meet their needs. 

After I left UCONN, I pursued my Elementary Education Certification in Quinnipiac University’s masters program. I interned in an elementary school (the same elementary school I had attended years before) where I was able to be involved with all elementary grade levels and where I learned many exciting techniques and strategies to try in the classroom. I also student taught and continued taking classes. I graduated with a Master of Arts in Teaching and earned my elementary certification.

I then started teaching in a small suburban town where I taught second grade and third grades. While teaching, I decided to continue my own education at Southern Connecticut State University. I earned a Sixth Year Professional Diploma of Advanced Studies as a Classroom Teacher Specialist. During this program, I focused on curriculum because I found that I was interested in developing curriculum and began to serve on curriculum committees for my school district.

As I was beginning my teaching career, I met an amazing man. The only problem was that he lived in Pennsylvania and I was living in Connecticut. Eventually I moved in Pennsylvania.  It is exciting to learn and explore the Philadelphia area with my husband, son, and daughter.

As I began my job search in Pennsylvania, I found SCSC. I was very excited to hear about their philosophy to foster the lifelong love of learning in students and to involve parents and the community in the process. This was perfectly aligned with my personal philosophy of education. I knew this school would be a great place for me. Here I can continue to grow as a learner and an educator. 

Jill Mohry

Elementary Teacher

I was born and raised in Montgomery County, PA, where I attended Methacton School District.  As a child, I always loved playing "school", so I was fortunate to know exactly what I wanted to study in college.  After graduating from high school I attended Shippensbury University, which is known as a teaching school.  While at Shippensburg, I met my wonderful husband, Jon, and we have had many adventures together.  After Shippensburg, I spent several years substituting in the Philadelphia area and eventually accepted a teaching position in Phoenix, Arizona, where I received my Master's Degree in Education.  Jon and I lived in the Phoenix area for four amazing years and were able to travel throughout the west coast.  In 2011, we were blessed to welcome our first son, Jack.  Soon after having Jack, we realized that having our son grow up with our families was important to us, so we moved back home to the Norristown area.  Since moving back, I spent two years employed as a long-term substitute in a few surrounding areas, and was recently hired to teach the Chestnuts 1/2 class at SCSC.  I truly believe that all of my experiences as a teacher have led me to where I belong, at SCSC!  I am very much looking forward to an incredible year!

Wendy Morrell

Elementary Teacher

Born and raised in New Jersey, I was always a diligent student and excelled academically. After serving as the salutatorian of my high school class, much to the dismay of my teachers, I decided I was not ready to attend college and instead completed a certificate program at The Berkeley School and began a secretarial career. After working for Dow Jones/The Wall Street Journal for five years as an Administrative Assistant, I decided I was ready to return to school…but what to study? As I was pondering my course, I had a conversation with my sister who was puzzled. Hadn’t I always wanted to be a teacher? She was right! I had put that dream aside, but it was now time to revive it!

In 1994, I graduated from Kean University with B.A. degrees in Elementary Education and Psychology. Following graduation, I accepted a position teaching preschool at St. Joseph the Worker School in Orefield, PA. The following year, an offer to teach kindergarten in the Bernards Township School District (Basking Ridge, NJ) brought me back to New Jersey. For nine of my twelve years in the district I taught kindergarten; the balance of my tenure was spent as a literacy support instructor and first grade teacher. In 2005 I earned an M.A. in Education from Nova Southeastern University.

Although I had no plans to leave my position in Bernards Township, in late 2007, I met the man of my dreams! On November 8, 2008, we were marriedand purchased a home in Lansdale, PA. No longer able to commute to Basking Ridge from my new home, I began the task of job hunting. While searching for a new position, I was invited to SCSC to speak with Jennifer and Wendy. From our first meeting, I felt at home and had a sense that this was indeed the place for me.  I began teaching at SCSC in September, 2009.

Although we have no children of our own, in the fall of 2013, my husband and I assumed legal guardianship of 3 nieces and 1 nephew.  To accommodate our expanded family, in January, 2014, we moved to a new home in Telford, PA.  Now that I am able to see the school through the eyes of both teacher and parent, I am even more thrilled to be a part of this unique family and am honored to work with the staff, children and families of SCSC.

Sue O'Shura

Physical Education Teacher

My husband and I have been married since 1976. We grew up in the Souderton area and graduated from Souderton High School.  We operate a building/remodeling business in the local area. We have 2 children and grandchildren.

After high school, I attended Lansdale School of Business and received a general business degree.  After graduation from Business School, I attended MCCC to continue my studies in business and received my degree in 1975. While in college and high school, I continued to play sports and always had a passion for physical fitness. This passion leads me to Indian Valley Nursery School where I taught Physical Education and exercise classes for adults. I also taught at a local private school teaching Physical Education. In addition, I have previous experience as a high school guidance secretary, teaching assistant, classroom aide and nursery school teacher. I continue to teach adult classes at the local Indian Valley YMCA. I was thrilled when I saw that there was an opening at the Souderton Charter School where I now teach Physical Education.

I feel that the charter school enhances student learning with a project based work approach and provides many opportunities for field experiences. It is refreshing to see smaller classrooms, more one-on-one interaction, and more child directed learning. The team approach helps every child to succeed and reach their full potential. I am thrilled to be part of this team.

Lynn M. Prontnicki, BSN, RN

School Nurse

I received a B.S. in Nursing from Bloomfield College in 1975, and I began the school nurse position at SCSC in 2003 and received Certification in School Nursing in 2004 from Slippery Rock University.  My work experience includes working in intensive care units, emergency rooms, and providing home health care. I specialized in asthma and newborns. My volunteer work includes Birth Coach and Shepherding Home Host for Alpha Pregnancy Services, Foster Parent for Bethany Christian Services, Philadelphia area coordinator for the Nurses Christian Fellowship, and Girls Club and Nursery Committee Coordinator at my church.  I married in 1975 and have 5 sons and two grandsons.

Terry Rakszawski

Reading Specialist

I have lived in the Philadelphia region all of my life.  As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to become a teacher.  The learning process excites me.  I began my teaching career in 1982 upon completing an undergraduate degree in special education from Gwynedd-Mercy College along with teaching certifications in special education and elementary education.  I’ve had the opportunity to teach in several public school districts as well as private schools and colleges in the Delaware Valley.  In the years when my husband and I were raising our two sons, I continued my education by acquiring a graduate degree and certification in reading.  As the reading specialist at the Souderton Charter School Collaborative, I have the opportunity to help students improve their reading skills in grades K through 8.  I so enjoy working with all the children and appreciate the chance to make a difference.

Brandon Reichart

Middle Level Math and Science

Growing up in the Souderton area, I attended Eastern University and received a degree in Middle Level Education with a focus in math and science.  Along with teaching, I enjoy being able to coach multiple sports in baseball and soccer.  I enjoy seeing each student discover their passions as well as the unlimited knowledge that is possible.  The uniqueness and diversity of SCSC continues to create such a great atmosphere and work place.  The faculty and staff are incredibly gifted in many different areas, and it all comes together to create an education experience that is very fruitful for a vast array of students.

Stephanie Sienkiewicz

Apprentice Elementary Teacher

I have been a part of the 1st and 2nd grade teaching team for the past 6 years at SCSC.  Prior to that I spent 3 years as part of a 3rd and 4th grade homebase teaching team as well.  Both of my children who are now 18 and 20 years old spent several years attending SCSC in their elementary years and it was the school’s philosophies and mission that drew me to become a part of the SCSC community.  I am proud to be a part of an extraordinary effort to change the way we look at public education.

Ryan Taylor

Elementary Teacher

Born and raised in Bucks County, I have spent the majority of my life living in Pennsylvania and have always considered the Philadelphia area my home.  After graduating from high school in 2006 I enrolled in the Pennsylvania State University where I pursued a degree and certification in Elementary Education.  In December of 2010 I graduated from PSU and spent the spring of 2011 substitute teaching and tutoring in the Levittown area.  From 2011-2013 I taught third grade in Virginia.  After two years in Virginia, I decided it was time to move back home and was lucky enough to come across an employment opportunity here at SCSC. I knew from my very first visit that this is where I wanted to be, and was thrilled to join this extraordinary community.  I am very excited for another wonderful year here at SCSC and to lead the Hickories 3/4 classroom!

Maryellen Troyer

Elementary, Special Education and ESL Teacher

Teaching at SCSC is like coming home.  I love working with others to help children reach their potential and be included in the classroom.  Fortunately, I have the opportunity to do this every day as a teacher working with students in the Oaks, Palms, and Willows classrooms.  After receiving degrees in Physical Therapy and working as a Pediatric Physical Therapist, I worked in the business world and spent time at home raising my daughter and son.  When my son began first grade, I had the opportunity to work in my children’s school as a teacher’s aide and reconnect with my first passion--teaching.  Eventually, I became the English Language Development/ESL teacher for the school.  After earning my Master’s Degree in Special Education and certifications in elementary and special education, as well as middle school math, secondary English, and English as a Second Language, I continued working as an English Language Development teacher.  Now that our children are in college, my husband, Mark, and I love to watch the Phillies and Eagles and take our toy poodle, Rosie, for long walks in our Roslyn, PA, neighborhood.  

Kelly Veneziale

Elementary Teacher

Coordinates Technology Initiatives

For as long as I remember, I have known that I wanted to be an educator so that I could teach and nurture children like so many wonderful teachers have done for me. To this end, I attended The College of New Jersey, formerly Trenton State College, where I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Psychology. Upon graduating, I took a position in my childhood school district, and after only a short time, I realized that in order to keep up with the rigorous pace and ever-changing direction of public education, it was necessary for me to continue my education. I decided to pursue a Master in Educational Technology, also at The College of New Jersey. I live in Perkasie, PA with my husband and two daughters.  In my spare time, I love to read, cook, and spend time with my family.

Nikki Wiseman

Elementary Teacher

I am the 1/2 Truffulas teacher!  If you don't know, a Truffula is a fictional tree in the environmental story by Dr. Seuss titled The Lorax.  In the story the Truffulas are described as being rare, beautiful trees that need the hand of a human with a caring heart and time to grow to reach their full potential.  I love this definition because I look at my students in the very same light.  I became a teacher to help ALL students learn and grow both socially and academically.  I truly love what I do and am excited to teach at a collaborative school like SCSC.  I came to SCSC after teaching several years in grades 1 - 4 in Jenkintown and Coatesville, PA, and before that, western North Carolina.  My husband and I live in Lansdale with our son, Jackson and daughter, Addy.  We love being active and watching and playing sports.  I look forward to another great school year and end with my favorite quote by Margaret Mead, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.  Indeed it's the only thing that ever has."