Faculty and Staff
KAREN ANDIARIO, BUSINESS MANAGER
Tr. Karen was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and lived in Severn, Maryland (between Baltimore and Washington, DC), her entire childhood. After attending college in Pittsburgh, she moved to King of Prussia and then to West Chester, where she has resided for more than 16 years.
Karen received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering with a double major in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon as well as an M.S. degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Her first job after college was with GE Aerospace in King of Prussia, which later became Lockheed Martin. Karen worked at Lockheed Martin until her second child was born.
After staying home with her children for a few years, Tr. Karen began working at the YMCA teaching enrichment classes (including Silly Science, Building with Legos, and Little Chefs) to 3- to 6-year-olds. She also taught a class called "Introduction to Preschool" for 2-year-olds.
Karen is active with a local Cub Scout Pack as an assistant den leader. She is also on the adult committee for a local Boy Scout Troop, where she does the planning for camping trips. She volunteers at her son’s elementary school library and is involved in the home and school association at both of her children's schools. Tr. Karen also acts as a lector at her church, where she has taught a weekly religious education class to first graders. Her hobbies include reading (she is in more than one book club!), scrapbooking, walking, and running, and she has recently started yoga.
KATHY BEITLER, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Kathy was born in Upper Darby, PA, and lived most of her life in Ridley Park and Media. She has resided in West Chester for 27 years.
Kathy worked for 50 years in various administrative capacities for companies such as Bell Telephone, Sun Oil, Columbia Gas, and AmerisourceBergen, retiring in 2018.
Soon after retiring, Kathy began volunteering at Goshen Friends as a part-time administrative assistant. This opportunity was presented by a member of the General Committee who is a friend and neighbor.
In addition to spending time at Goshen Friends, Kathy enjoys reading, sewing, yoga, walking, and lunching with friends.
MARIA ELENA BROSTROM, SPANISH TEACHER
Maria Elena Brostrom joined the Goshen Friends School faculty as the Spanish teacher in 2016. She is a graduate of the College of Notre Dame in Baltimore, Maryland, where she received a Bachelor of Communication Arts degree.
Tr. Maria Elena has taught Spanish to many age groups, including preschool and kindergarten. She has also worked as an ESL aide at Downingtown Middle School and has served as an interpreter and translator at local school districts.
For more than a decade, Tr. Maria Elena has privately tutored Spanish to all grades and levels. She is currently also one of the CCIU's Spanish interpreters.
Tr. Maria Elena plays classic Spanish guitar and enjoys performing for the students.
PATRICE BROWN, EXTENDED CARE DIRECTOR, CAMP DIRECTOR & BY MY SIDE TEACHER
Patrice Brown was born in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, and has lived in the Keystone State all her life. She moved to the West Chester area 25 years ago with her husband, Stephen, who was a member of Goshen Friends School's very first class in 1959!
Tr. Patrice graduated from Cardinal O'Hara High School and from the Art Institute of Philadelphia, where she obtained a degree in graphic design. GFS students can attest to Patrice's artistic talents, as she is always in demand for face-painting at our annual Harvest Fair. Patrice also enjoys creating stained glass, gardening, and reading.
Patrice's son Noah came to Goshen Friends as a kindergartener in 2002, and that same year Patrice began working in our Extended Care program. In the years since then, she has played many important roles at GFS, working as a Preschool assistant for 8 years and as a camp counselor for several years while also caring for children of all ages in the Extended Care program. In summer 2017, Tr. Patrice become the school's summer camp co-coordinator, and in fall 2017, she began co-leading the By My Side program for our youngest friends alongside Tr. Carolyn Mackrides.
In her years at Goshen Friends, Tr. Patrice has spearheaded many much-loved, important events and programs, including the annual Clothesline Art Show, Goshen Given to benefit Devereux, and the Garden Club. Patrice also served as a member of the General Committee.
PATTY DARDEN, PRE-KINDERGARTEN ASSISTANT, BUTTERFLIES, EVENTS ASSISTANT
Patty Darden joins the Goshen family via Northern New Jersey, where she grew up, and Southern California, where she raised her own family. She moved to the West Chester area in 2005, after living on the West Coast for more than 25 years.
Tr. Patty graduated from Wayne Hills High School and attended Long Island University, Southhampton Campus, for two years. While in California, Patty worked as a PARA educator and volunteer at Stowers Elementary School. She was also a manager at Robinson's Department Store in Torrance, California. In January, 2009, Patty joined the Extended Care staff and since 2012 has been assisting in Room G. She is always willing to lend a hand by opening a door or staying for hours after her day has ended to help with a picnic or project.
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! Patty also enjoys reading and traveling—she has skied in Austria and studied in South America during her college years.
LAUREN DIGIACOMO, PRESCHOOL ASSISTANT, FROGGIES & OWLS
Tr. Lauren is no stranger to Goshen Friends. She first came to GFS in 2012 when her daughter, Ella, enrolled as a Preschooler. In the three years that Ella attended school at Goshen, Lauren shared her easy-going personality, inquisitive nature, and sense of humor with all around her.
Ella graduated from Goshen's Kindergarten in 2015. Over the next three years, Lauren volunteered extensively in the library at Westtown, spending the last two years as a substitute librarian there. (Fun fact: she's also an accountant and Villanova graduate!)
LAUREN GANNETT, LEAD PRESCHOOL TEACHER, BUTTERFLIES
Lauren Gannett became a member of the GFS faculty in the fall of 2019 when she took on the role of lead teacher in our 5-day Butterflies classroom.
Tr. Lauren was most recently a lead Pre-Kindergarten teacher at the Holy Family School in Phoenixville, where a fellow teacher described her as "incredibly calm, loving, and warm," and as one who taught in ways that were "purposeful and fun." Before she joined the staff at Holy Family, Lauren taught at The Haverford School and completed her student teaching at Caln Elementary. Tr. Lauren, who has a BS in Elementary Education from West Chester University, has two young daughters at Saint Agnes School in West Chester.
It is clear to all that Lauren loves working with children, has passion and enthusiasm for teaching, and knows how to engage kids and create joy in the classroom.
CHRIS KNOWLES, MUSIC, ART, & OUTDOOR EDUCATION TEACHER
Chris Knowles attended West Chester Friends School until fifth grade and graduated from Westtown School. He attended Franklin Pierce College and Roger Williams College and graduated from West Chester University with a B.S. in Elementary Education. He also received a certificate from the Art Institute of Philadelphia as a Commercial Art Technician.
Chris taught at Abington Friends School and worked as a graphic designer before choosing to be a stay-at-home dad after the birth of his oldest daughter. In 2005, Chris returned to teaching and began his career at Goshen Friends School. He started 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 with children's musician Kevin Roth 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." As an aside, Chris continues to play with local bands. If you are out and about, take a close look at the guy playing bass. You just might know him!
In the past, Chris clerked the Spiritual Life committee at GFS and was an integral part of the annual Coffeehouse, Goshen's version of a talent show. Currently, the Clothesline Arts Festival benefits from Chris' creative input and dedication to fine arts at Goshen.
Chris is a long-standing member of West Chester Monthly Meeting and the West Chester Friends School board. He has also served as the clerk of the Oakland Friends Cemetery Committee.
For relaxation, Chris enjoys following the weather and has volunteered for 10 years as a Cooperative Observer for the National Weather Service. Chris still gets to spend quality time with his three daughters—Olivia (GFS '06), Julia (GFS '09), and Lily (GFS '12)—and his wife, Patti, despite his busy schedule!
MICHELE KORNEGAY, DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS & ADVANCEMENT
Michele Kornegay was born in Ashland, Pennsylvania, and has lived in the Keystone State most of her life. She holds a B.A. in English from Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and an M.A. in English from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.
After graduate school, Michele lived in New Jersey and worked in the publishing industry in New York City until moving to West Chester in 2000. From 2000 to 2010, Michele had a freelance proofreading and copyediting business before starting a career in social media with Moxie House and then The Town Dish, where she was formerly the managing editor.
Michele's son Jonathan attended Goshen Friends School for 9 years, starting in preschool in 2005 and graduating in 2014. Jonathan is now a student at Westtown. While a GFS mom, Michele was a member of the GPC, clipping and collecting her fair share of Box Tops and organizing the yearly Book Fair.
Michele loves reading, hiking, cooking (and eating!), exploring museums, and visiting Philadelphia with Jonathan and her husband Dan.
CAROLYN MACKRIDES, BY MY SIDE DIRECTOR & EXTENDED CARE TEACHER
Carolyn Mackrides was born in Cyprus and moved to the United States when she was 5 years old. She has lived in West Chester for the past 16 years with her husband, Harry, and her two children, Billy and Alexia (a former GFS Preschooler).
Tr. Carolyn is a graduate of Upper Darby High School and holds an Associate's Degree from Delaware County Community College. Before arriving at Goshen Friends, Carolyn worked as a legal secretary and at ACAC as a childcare provider.
In November 2005, Carolyn joined the Extended Care staff at Goshen Friends. In summer 2017, Tr. Carolyn become the school's summer camp co-coordinator, and in fall 2017, she began co-leading the By My Side program for our littlest learners with Tr. Patrice Brown.
Tr. Carolyn enjoys exercising, gardening, going to the beach, and spending time with her family. She 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
Joyce Nichols was born in Philadelphia and has lived in West Chester since 1977. She 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.
In 1992, Joyce joined the Goshen Friends staff as a Lunch Bunch assistant. She next served as a teacher's assistant for the Lower School staff followed by working as an assistant in two Preschool rooms. Joyce has also worked in Extended Care to maintain her connection to Lower Schoolers. Tr. Joyce began teaching a four-year-old class in 1998, later adding a class for three-year-olds. She currently teaches four-year-olds in the morning and preschool enrichment in the afternoon.
Tr. Joyce has attended many Friends Council on Education and Chester County Intermediate Unit workshops, including "Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder" and "Dumb Things That Widen the Diversity Gap" at West Chester University and "Importance of Language and Social Communication Skills" at the Luma Center. She has served on several committees at GFS, including Spiritual Life, Playground, Admissions, International Week, and the General Committee, and as chair of the PAIS curriculum committee. All three of Joyce's children, Jeff, Steven, and Jennifer, were Goshen Friends Preschoolers. Joyce recently became a grandmother to Rebecca.
KIM PRANN, LEAD PRESCHOOL TEACHER, FROGGIES & OWLS
Kim Prann is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a degree in Textiles and Design. Her work as a fabric designer entailed extensive travel—London, Paris, Milan, Florence, Brussels, and Dusseldorf. After fifteen years in the fashion industry, Kim settled in Pennsylvania. Her two children, Logan and Maren, attended Goshen Friends, and Kim joined the Extended Care staff in 2008.
Kim is the lead teacher in Room A, working with some of the youngest students at Goshen Friends. She brings creativity and enthusiasm to her role and enjoys working with children in a classroom setting. Before arriving at Goshen, Kim substituted for the WCASD (Kindergarten–12th grade) and taught preschool enrichment classes at the West Chester Area YMCA.
Kim is an artist: she paints, draws, and designs jewelry. She is an avid reader and enjoys being in two book clubs. Kim enjoys volunteering at her children's schools and has taught Sunday School for more than twenty years, most recently at Westminster Presbyterian Church.
MARY JANE ("MJ") RUBINO, PRESCHOOL ASSISTANT, LADYBUGS
Goshen Friends welcomed Mary Jane Rubino as teaching assistant in the Ladybugs classroom in fall 2019.
Tr. MJ, who worked camp in summer 2019 and subbed in the classroom during the previous school year, has a love for working with kids that is clear to all who meet her. She has spent many years volunteering tirelessly in the lives of her three children (including our own Tr. Jaime!) and her five grandchildren. She is devoted to her community, having volunteered at Safe Harbor Homeless Shelter, and serves currently as a board member at Shadowlee Canine, which trains and places therapy dogs.
Tr. MJ is warm, friendly, and lots of fun. We are confident that she and Tr. Jill will make a great team!
BOB SAGER, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS AND FINANCE
Bob has been providing strategic planning, consulting and technical support services in the K-12 education environment for over 26 years. Bob is the founder and current president of Edu-Tech Academic Solutions, an education services firm providing a wide range of solutions focused solely on assisting independent schools like Goshen Friends throughout the Philadelphia region and nationwide.
In 2016, Bob joined our administrative team to serve as the Director of Operations and Finance, with the goal of streamlining operations to make the school more efficient and develop a sustainable finance model. In addition, Bob is focused on bringing the campus and buildings in sync with current classroom initiatives and to help the school become better positioned as a whole to leverage technology and provide a broader range of academic options to meet the future needs of every teacher and student.
Bob has created and taught a variety of technology-based instructional training programs in a wide range of subjects. This includes four years of classroom teaching experience in a K-8 environment and eight years as an adjunct professor for undergraduate and post-graduate students in the College of Education at Arcadia University.
As a member of both NBOA and NAIS and a strategic partner of their local affiliates (PAISBOA and ADVIS), Bob has developed and presented hundreds of professional development programs locally, regionally and nationally on educational technology trends and strategic planning in an independent school environment, most recently at the NBOA national conference in Los Angeles on the effective methods for developing and managing an exciting and sustainable Makerspace and STEM/STEAM program within an independent school environment.
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.
JAIME SHEHWEN, LEAD PRESCHOOL TEACHER, BEARS
Tr. Jaime Shehwen, a former GFS parent, graduated Magna Cum Laude from West Chester University with a degree in early childhood education. She completed her student teaching in two Kindergarten classrooms in Chester County. After graduation, Jaime decided to put her creative talents to work as a visual merchandiser with a major retailer. When her son was born in 2008, Jaime elected to be an at-home mom for him and, later, her two daughters. Now that all three of her children are in school, Jaime is very excited to get back to teaching. (She continues to be an active volunteer at her children's elementary school!)
Bright, patient, kind, loving, and easy-going, Jaime is also extremely creative (as evidenced by her classroom decor!). She loves crafting, baking, and knitting and inspires her children to learn and play outdoors. Jaime's youngest daughter, Clover, will be enrolled in our PreK program this year.
COLEEN SULPIZIO, LEAD PRESCHOOL TEACHER, BUMBLEBEES
Tr. Coleen Sulpizio joined the Goshen Friends school faculty in fall 2019 as the lead teacher in the Bumblebees classroom.
Tr. Coleen comes to Goshen from Kesher Israel Preschool, where she taught since 2015, has been a lead teacher in the school's 2- and 4-year-old classes, and also led an Enrichment class for 3-year-olds. Previously, Coleen was an early intervention special instructor at The Arc Alliance, a lead teacher at Exton Nursery School, and a Kindergarten teacher and administrator at Carefree Learning Center. She has a BA in Psychology and Early Childhood and Elementary Education.
Coleen has an amazing rapport with children, with lessons that create a happy and engaged classroom and shows that she is patient, loving, kind and creative. Teachers who have worked alongside her described her as creative, collaborative, welcoming and inclusive. She has lots of tricks up her sleeves for keeping kids engaged while empowering them as learners.
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.
Tr. Donna, who worked at Kesher Israel Preschool since she left Goshen in 2014, has been a teacher's assistant primarily in Kesher's Pre-Kindergarten program; she has also worked in a 3-year-old classroom.
Donna's way with children is admirable. She demonstrates a respect and care that makes kids feel honored and appreciated. She is a dedicated team player who cares about her community and encourages others to do the same. While 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. Donna "gets Goshen," knows most of the staff and brings first-hand knowledge of our pre-K routine.
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 the private, Quaker School world.
Tr. Jill has more than 17 years experience working with young children in a variety of settings. 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.