Faculty and Staff
KAREN ANDIARIO, BUSINESS MANAGER
Tr. Karen brings a wealth of teaching and technical knowledge to Goshen Friends. She has taught enrichment and preschool classes, and currently volunteers with her childrens’ schools, her church and Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. Tr. Karen joined the staff as a teacher’s aide before moving into our business office. She has advanced degrees in engineering and worked for Lockheed Martin before her second child was born and she decided to stay home. Tr. Karen is married and is the mother of two great kids.
KATHY BEITLER, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Tr. Kathy joined Goshen Friends as a volunteer shortly after retiring in 2018. She brings an expert efficiency to our office, having worked for 50 years for companies including Bell Telephone, Sun Oil, Columbia Gas, and AmerisourceBergen. Kathy lives in West Chester with her husband.
MARIA ELENA BROSTROM, SPANISH TEACHER
Tr. Maria Elena brings the vibrant spirit of Spain and Latin America to our classrooms. She loves to use music to help inspire her students, and often brings her classical Spanish guitar to introduce the children to traditional music that she grew up with. Tr. Maria Elena has taught Spanish to many age groups, including preschool and kindergarten, has worked as an ESL aide and is currently one of the CCIU’s Spanish interpreters.
She is a graduate of the College of Notre Dame in Baltimore, Maryland, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications.
PATRICE BROWN, EXTENDED CARE DIRECTOR, CAMP DIRECTOR & BY MY SIDE TEACHER
Tr. Patrice has an infectious smile and, as our resident crafts expert has an artistic spirit that always keeps kids engaged and happy. She joined Goshen Friends in 2002 when her son was in kindergarten and has worked as a Preschool Assistant and camp counselor while helping to run Extended Care. Since 2017, Tr. Patrice has been the Director of Extended Care, our camp co-coordinator and co-leader of our By My Side programs.
Tr. Patrice has a degree in graphic design from the Art Institute of Philadelphia, and her talents are on display throughout our campus. She is always in demand for face-painting at our annual Harvest Fair! Patrice also enjoys creating stained glass, gardening, and reading. Her husband Stephen was a member of Goshen Friends School's very first class in 1959!
PATTY DARDEN, PRE-KINDERGARTEN ASSISTANT, BUTTERFLIES, EVENTS ASSISTANT
Tr. Patty came home to the region after raising a family on the West Coast for more than 25 years. She worked at an elementary school in Southern California until the move. After arriving in West Chester, she joined the Extended Care staff in 2009, and has established herself as one of our most trusted project and event planners and helpers. If you have been lucky enough to be on campus when Patty has shared her rosemary scones, then you know that baking is more than a hobby for her!
LAUREN DIGIACOMO, PRESCHOOL ASSISTANT, FROGGIES & OWLS
Tr. Lauren joined our staff in 2019 but was no stranger to Goshen Friends. She first came to GFS in 2012 when her daughter attended preschool here for three years. Since then, Lauren volunteered extensively in the library at Westtown, spending two years as a substitute librarian there. Tr. Lauren is a graduate of Villanova University and is also an accountant!
LAUREN GANNETT, LEAD PRESCHOOL TEACHER, BUTTERFLIES
Tr. Lauren brings a sense of calm, engaged fun to her classroom. She taught at the Holy Family School and The Haverford School before becoming a member of the GFS faculty in 2019 when she took on the role of lead teacher in our 5-day Butterflies classroom. Tr. Lauren’s gentle and positive demeanor helps to keep her students focused on the joy of learning.
Tr. Lauren has a degree in Elementary Education from West Chester University. She has two young learners of her own at home.
CHRIS KNOWLES, MUSIC, ART, & OUTDOOR EDUCATION TEACHER
Tr. Chris has a sincere approach to a Quaker education, and he has been shining the light of his love for music and art in our classrooms since 2005. Chris began at Goshen as the Preschool music teacher and now leads the Preschool art, music, and outdoor education programs.
Chris has been a freelance musician for most of his adult life. He toured nationally and performed at the White House twice, once joining Peter, Paul & Mary onstage during an Earth Day Celebration! Chris is also a studio musician: two of the albums on which he played received American Library Association awards for "Notable Children's Recordings."
Tr. Chris has a degree in Elementary Education from West Chester University. He is married and has three daughters who attended Goshen Friends. He continues to perform with local bands, so if you are out and about, take a look at the guy playing bass. You just might recognize Tr. Chris!
CAROLYN MACKRIDES, BY MY SIDE DIRECTOR & EXTENDED CARE TEACHER
Tr. Carolyn helps our littlest learners throughout the day. She joined the Extended Care staff at Goshen Friends in 2005 and began co-leading the By My Side program in 2017. Tr. Carolyn also serves as co-coordinator of our summer camp program.
Tr. Carolyn lives in West Chester with her husband and two children. She was born in Cyprus, is fluent in Greek and enjoys traditional Greek cooking. Her hummus is a work of perfection and many staff members have tried to extract her recipe for Avgolemono to no avail!
JOYCE NICHOLS, PRESCHOOL ASSISTANT, BEARS
After many years as a lead teacher at Goshen Friends, Tr. Joyce has chosen to scale back and becomes the assistant to our Bears class in 2019. She has been at Goshen Friends since 1992 starting as a Lunch Bunch assistant and becoming a lead teacher in 1998.
Tr. Joyce earned a B.S. in Elementary Education and a Master's Degree in Reading from West Chester University. She previously taught in the Interboro School District in Delaware County for eight years as a 2nd grade and 3rd grade teacher.
All three of Tr. Joyce's children were Goshen Friends Preschoolers.
KIM PRANN, LEAD PRESCHOOL TEACHER, FROGGIES & OWLS
Tr. Kim is tasked with getting our youngest students comfortable with the classroom. She also helps parents through this important transition! Kim is a graduate of North Carolina State University who joined Goshen Friends in the Extended Care staff in 2008. Before arriving at Goshen, Kim substituted for the WCASD (Kindergarten–12th grade) and taught preschool enrichment classes at the West Chester Area YMCA.
Tr. Kim has a degree from North Carolina State University, and her two children attended Goshen Friends. If you’ve noticed Tr. Kim’s flair for style, there’s a good reason: Before becoming a teacher, she had a fifteen-year career in the international world of fabric design! She still paints, draws, and designs jewelry.
MARY JANE ("MJ") RUBINO, PRESCHOOL ASSISTANT, LADYBUGS
Goshen Friends welcomed Mary Jane Rubino as teaching assistant in the Ladybugs classroom in fall 2019. She is a devoted community advocate, volunteering at Safe Harbor Homeless Shelter and serving as a board member at Shadowlee Canine, which trains and places therapy dogs.
Tr. MJ, has spent many years volunteering tirelessly in the lives of her three children, one of whom is our own Tr. Jaime Shehwen!
BOB SAGER, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS AND FINANCE
Bob joined our administrative team to serve as the Director of Operations and Finance in 2016 with the goal of streamlining operations to make the school more efficient and sustainable.
Bob holds a B.S. in Elementary Ed/Early Childhood Development and a B.A. in Political Science & International Studies from The Ohio State University, as well as an M.Ed. in Instructional Technology Design and Integration from Arcadia University. Bob is the founder and president of Edu-Tech Academic Solutions, a company that works with independent schools like Goshen Friends around the country.
JAIME SHEHWEN, LEAD PRESCHOOL TEACHER, BEARS
Tr. Jaime helps brighten our classrooms with her energy and enthusiasm and with her great sense of design. The layout of her classroom reflects her previous experience as a visual merchandiser with a major retail company: Her rooms are always warm, inviting and designed to inspire creative thinking.
Tr. Jamie graduated Magna Cum Laude from West Chester University with a degree in early childhood education. She has three children, the youngest of whom will be in our Pre-K program this year!
COLEEN SULPIZIO, LEAD PRESCHOOL TEACHER, BUMBLEBEES
Tr. Coleen brings a great natural rapport with children to Goshen Friends in 2019 as the lead teacher in the Bumblebees classroom. With degrees in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and Psychology, Tr. Coleen has lots of strategies to keep kids engaged while empowering them as learners.
Tr. Coleen has also taught at Kesher Israel Preschool, Exton Nursery School, Carefree Learning Center and was an early intervention special instructor at The Arc Alliance.
DONNA TETI, PRESCHOOL ASSISTANT, BUMBLEBEES
Donna Teti returned to Goshen Friends School in the fall of 2019 to assist in our 4-day Bumblebees Pre-Kindergarten after having worked here several years ago.
Tr. Donna loves working with 4-year-olds and helping them get ready for kindergarten. She believes words matter and is a strong proponent of helping kids use respectful language in all circumstances.
Tr. Donna is a very giving member of our family: In her previous time at Goshen, she helped implement the school-wide International Peace Day celebration, encouraged strategies to help students understand the meaning and purpose behind Meeting for Worship, and organized a Shoes 2 Share collection for children in need.
JILL TURNER, LEAD PRESCHOOL TEACHER, LADYBUGS
Jill Turner took on the role of lead Ladybugs teacher in fall 2019, coming to Goshen Friends School with a wealth of experience in Quaker education. She has most recently served as a teacher in Pre-Kindergarten programs at West Chester Friends School, Westtown School, and Oak Lane Day Care.
Tr. Jill has specialized skills in providing early intervention therapy and training to young children, parents and teachers. She is warm and friendly and understands what makes a Friends education so special.