Staff Directory


Our Founder - Wendy Ormsby

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.

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 her 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.

Erin Anello

Erin Anello - Special Education Coordinator

Originally, I earned my Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Kutztown University in 2006. I decided to go back to Kutztown University in 2010 for a dual degree in Special Education and Elementary Education. After earning my teaching certification, I gained valuable experience at Pennridge School District in various positions, Boyertown School District as a Learning Support Teacher, and Innovative Arts Academy Charter School in Special Education at both the middle and high school level.

Living in the area, I knew about SCSC, and I believed in their mission. I believe all students can be successful with the support of the community around them. I’m so excited to have been given the opportunity to work here with such an amazing team!

Jennifer Arevalo

Jennifer Arevalo - CEO

SCSC has provided me with an exhilarating professional experience. When I started as a teacher in 2001, I could see the makings of a great learning environment for students and teachers. When I assumed the role of Director of Education in 2002, I was tasked with shaping an educational culture that placed the needs of students at the center of decision making. In 2005, I completed my administrative work at the University of Pennsylvania, an invaluable time to consider and expand upon my fledgling ideas of educational leadership. Over the years, I have valued the school being a laboratory where new ideas and theories can be tried. From the 100 Book Challenge to Singapore Math, in our earliest years, we focused on fostering student independence and hard work. We created a challenging and accessible educational experience for all students, which culminated in our designation as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 2013. Over the years, prioritizing the whole child has resulted in examinations of resilience, growth mindset, and introversion/extroversion. Most recently, I have advanced student engagement and 21st century skills by promoting Design Thinking and STEAM initiatives.

SCSC is an amazing example of a collective will driven by a mission that looks to remove limits that are too often a part of public education. SCSC is grounded in always considering, “What if?” Individualizing and including everyone is central to our vision of education; this requires not only commitment, but also new ways of thinking about organizational processes, engagement, and equity. Over the years, the opportunities to be challenged intellectually have been limitless, and with each year, we continue to provide academic excellence to the local community . Our staff is talented beyond words. Our families are exuberant in their commitment to SCSC. Our board sustains the mission and supports our professional work entirely.

I am looking forward to the next challenge, opportunity, and experience, while continuing to advocate for School Choice for all students across the state.

Laura Noonan Coleman

Laura Noonan Coleman - Elementary and Best Self Teacher

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!

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. Before my years with SCSC, I taught in Arizona, Northeast Philadelphia, and Warrington. With my colleagues' encouragement, the Best Self Curriculum Initiative was developed, a weekly class with grades K-5 of applying viable strategies such as perseverance as a strength, independent problem solving, and self-empowering skills. Our aim is to first walk with students on their road of self-awareness and discovery, and then identify strategies and skills that unlock their personal potential. What draws me to SCSC is the firm belief in educational equity, high expectations for all accompanied with high support for all, and putting the human first.

Julie Cook

Julie Cook - Middle School Language Arts and Social Studies

Middle school is my passion. I earned a B.S. in Secondary Education / English from Penn State University and an M.S. in Educational Strategies and Leadership from Wilkes University. I hold an Instructional Coaching endorsement and Middle School Social Studies certification. Currently, I am pursuing a Doctorate in Education with a concentration in Curriculum, Learning, Teaching, and Leadership from Northeastern University. I am actively involved in PA Association for Middle Level Education. I am proud to co-teach in the school’s award-winning middle school program, which has been recognized as a PA Don Eichorn School To Watch. I also serve as an Ambassador for the Teacher-Powered Schools Network.

SCSC’s mission to change the environment of education through individualized, experiential, and community-based learning is supported by the school’s innovative organizational processes and systems that empower teachers. I joined the SCSC community in 2002. With my teaching partners, I have immersed myself in two integrated 7/8th grade programs: Frontiers and Expeditions. I am lucky to work with dedicated teachers and students who challenge me every day to help create a progressive educational environment. 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!

Tina Daly

Tina Daly - Occupational Therapist

I earned a Bachelor of Health Science and Masters in Occupational Therapy from the University of Scranton. Following graduation volunteered with Mercy Core on the Navajo Reservation in Saint Michael’s Arizona. I have gained experience by working with students in school, early intervention families and working at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

A dear friend of mine introduced me to SCSC and I immediately fell in love with their mission. I never got to meet Wendy, but her passion for hearing and educating each child on their level can be seen and felt in each staff member. Proud to be a part of a team of adults who are trying to work together with students to impact the world in a positive way.

Lauren Dritsas

Degrees and Certifications:

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Lauren Dritsas - School Counselor

My professional journey started at Kutztown University where I graduated in 2000 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology and Psychology. After working in Wraparound services for a few years, I decided I wanted to do more and went back to school for my Masters. I graduated from Chestnut Hill College in 2006 and received a Masters of Science in Clinical and Counseling Psychology, Specializing in Children and Adolescents. For many years, I provided clinical counseling services to children,adolescents, young adults, and families. I specialized in Anxiety amongst other disorders that interfere with people’s daily functioning. In 2010, I wanted to take a more proactive role with counseling and went back to school. I earned a Dual Certification in School Counseling from Easter University. I had worked at a Charter school in the city of Chester for about 5 years before I found SCSC.

There are not enough words to express how thankful I am to have become part of such a great community. The SCSC staff and family are the most caring people. SCSC really values every individual and encourages them to do their very best. The word Collaborative really describes SCSC. The families and the staff work together to make sure “our” children are successful both academically and socially.

Jeannine Dunn

Degrees and Certifications:

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Jeannine Dunn - Director of Education

I am a self-proclaimed “Jack of all trades.” My certifications include the following: Middle School Math, Middle School Science, Special Education, Elementary Education, Instructional Coaching, and K-12 Principal. I consider myself an education advocate. I’m involved with various professional organizations, such as the Pennsylvania Association of Middle Level Education (PAMLE), Montgomery County Science Teacher Association (MCSTA), Schools to Watch (STW), and MathCounts. I am currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education with a Concentration in Curriculum, Teaching, Learning, and Leadership. I hope to one day make an impact in the area of funding public education.

Souderton Charter School Collaborative is an amazing learning environment for both students and teachers. All students are expected to meet a high bar of academic and social growth. Parents and community members are an integral part of our organization and are encouraged to be active participants in all aspects of the school. SCSC serves as a model of education for schools throughout PA and across the nation. I am blessed to be a part of such an incredible organization.

Dawn Farrell-Cusano

Dawn Farrell-Cusano - Elementary Teacher

I attended high school, college, and grad school in San Diego. I earned my Bachelors in Elementary Education and Masters in Curriculum and Development from San Diego State University. I then taught 3rd grade in San Diego until moving to Las Vegas where I taught Kindergarten. Upon moving to Pennsylvania, I fell in love with a little charter school where I have been teaching first and second grade ever since.

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. The individual attention that each student receives is a wonderful aspect of SCSC. I am very proud to be a member of the SCSC staff and look forward to many years to come at this wonderful school!

Amy Farabaugh

Amy Farabaugh - Elementary 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. I truly believe that SCSC is a perfect fit for me. The collaborative approach, hands on learning environment and parental involvement make SCSC an exciting and unique school to be teaching at. Everyday that I enter the classroom, I am inspired by both the students and staff around me to be my very best. I am thrilled to be a teacher at SCSC and look forward to working with such an amazing group of children and staff!!

Reiko Finamore

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.

In 2008, I moved to Pennsylvania, and searched for a school that embodies my ideals for education: genuine, meaningful learning experiences, collaborative teaching and learning, student ownership, caring and dedicated professionals… and I found that school in SCSC. I feel quite fortunate to be included in this wonderful community of educators and families.

Krista Gilkes

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 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 ELL teaching jobs. My heart was always drawn from my diverse cultural background and I wanted to help those who were learning English. 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 Language Learners.

I was so fortunate to have heard about SCSC and was welcomed so eagerly onboard. The idea of working collaboratively with all grade levels at SCSC has only strengthened me as an educator. I am passionate about teaching English language learners and helping the community of SCSC see and appreciate the diversity around us.

Jodi Goodman

Jodi Goodman - Speech & Language Teacher

I studied Speech and Hearing Science at The George Washington University. Upon returning to the Philadelphia area, I received my Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology from Temple University. I began my career as a long-term substitute in the Upper Dublin School District as an elementary and middle school speech teacher. I then moved to a position in the Methacton School District where I worked as a speech teacher for kindergarten-high school students. After starting a family, I worked in Early Intervention.

I am thrilled to be a part of SCSC and work collaboratively with the dedicated administrators, teachers and parents. The students are motivated and the staff is devoted to providing the most meaningful education for their students. The enthusiasm for learning at SCSC is unlike any other school. I am proud to be a member of the SCSC community.

Linda Jacques

Linda Jacques - Administrative Liaison

For most of my professional career, I worked in the area of IT Project Management and was involved with multi-disciplinary teams to shepherd projects from inception to fruition. The experiences of working in concert with diverse groups and creating high-functioning teams was fueled by my affinity for analysis, organization and effective communication. I am pleased that I can apply the lessons learned to my current role at SCSC as part of the administrative support staff.

I first became acquainted with SCSC and its mission during the planning and organizing stages when the founding team set out on the path to creating what SCSC is today. I was excited about the prospect of a school that would offer the unique combination of individualized learning within a strong community based organization. I can still vividly recall the long path that the founding members forged to make the school a reality. I also remember the exhilaration that everyone involved felt in September 2000 when the first students streamed into the building and the community began to gel.

I have come full circle by becoming a member of the SCSC staff. It is gratifying to see that the groundwork laid so many years ago has been a strong foundation for the respected institution that SCSC is today. It is a community that fosters both individualism and teamwork, celebrates our differences and similarities and encourages everyone associated with the school to reach beyond their perceived limits.

I am thrilled to once again be a part of SCSC and to offer my support to the Directors, staff and students.

Karen Keller

Karen Keller - Elementary Teacher

My connection with the charter school began in 2000. As a parent, I could tell that SCSC was going to offer children endless opportunities to learn, explore and grow with its innovative approach to individualized education. What I quickly learned was that SCSC would also offer me a place to learn and grow professionally. As a support teacher, I am honored to be a part of such a talented team of individuals that truly value collaboration and lifelong learning.

Lisa Kessler

Lisa Kessler - Office Manager

I was raised in Abington, Montgomery county. As a young Army-wife I spent several years in both Washington State and Massachusetts. During that time, when I was in the area, I continued to work with Elementary School students with in the Abington School district.

I heard about plans for SCSC in the spring prior to its’ opening. This was before we even had a building. I was excited about the promise of a nurturing environment for learning and growth, the commitment to community and the collaborative spirit even during the planning stages of the school. Two of my sons were part of the first group of students in 2000 and I joined the office team that same fall. It has been a pleasure watching all of the students grow and getting to know the many families over the years.

Adrienne Koch

Adrienne Koch - Sixth Grade Teacher

I am a proud graduate of Penn State University where I earned a B.S. in Secondary Education-English and Communication. My previous teaching experience includes teaching high school English for many years in suburban Pittsburgh. While teaching high school, I earned my M.S. in Education from Gratz College. Recently, through Lasalle and Eastern University, I earned my Instructional Coaching endorsement and have implemented peer coaching professional development here at SCSC. Our school’s emphasis on adult learning systems has created an environment where our faculty learns from and shares with one another.

Teaching at a school that stresses the importance of meaningful and innovative learning experiences, community, and the development of lifelong learners enhances my growth as both a teacher and learner. I am thrilled to be a part of the sixth grade Seasons team where we explore changes and cycles in the natural world and within ourselves. Each day is a new learning adventure in SEASONS!

Suzanne Kolesar

Suzanne Kolesar - Special Education Teacher

I have always believed that teaching is a calling, but it wasn’t until I stepped away from it for a little while that I realized how true this is. I earned my undergraduate degree in Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education from Gwynedd-Mercy College, now known as Gwynedd Mercy University. Upon graduating in 2003, I began my career as a teacher for The Horsham Clinic. Unfortunately, after about 3 ½ years in that position, I found myself questioning my future there. I searched for comfort and returned to Gwynedd-Mercy, my “home away from home.” I worked my way through Admissions, Advising, and the Registrar’s Office while there, but I found the most satisfaction when I was able to teach courses on the side. During my time as a Gwynedd Mercy employee, I was also fortunate to earn my Master of Science in Management degree.

Over the past 6 years, I have served as a volunteer teacher for the St. Maria Goretti Parish Religious Education Program. In looking back at where I began and the path that has brought me to this point in my life, it is clear that my passion has always been in teaching. No matter where I have been, education has been at the heart of my work. I am blessed to have the opportunity to teach at SCSC and I look forward to collaborating with others who share the same passion!

“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you really are.” – Carl Jung

Paty Kulathum

Paty Kulathum - Spanish Teacher

My name is Paty Kulathum. I was born and raised in Mexico City. I’ve been in the US for the last 23 years. I’m married and have 3 children. I went to College and graduated as a CPA and later did a diploma in Marketing. My love for Languages was born many years ago when I was living in Mexico. I went to a Language school from England where I learned to read and write in English. I graduated from there after 9 semesters. After that I decided to do another class to practice English from the US. That class was 3 hours every day for an entire year. Not much later after that, I came to live in the US in 1995 after getting married. It was then when I decided to change gears in my career and start teaching. It’s been 11 years since I started teaching and I love it more each day. I also work as a Voice Over actor giving my voice in Spanish to several different businesses and projects. This summer I started narrating books in Spanish too. I have now eight books in Audible/Amazon. One of my biggest passions in life is learning, so I’m studying Italian too.

SCSC gave me the opportunity to do what I love the most - teaching Spanish. I feel honored to work in such an amazing school surrounded by so many wonderful and authentically caring people.

Katie Kwortnik

Katie Kwortnik - Elementary and Special Education Teacher

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, a preschool teacher and eventually became a 1st grade teacher at Corpus Christ School. After teaching there for 2 and a half years, I put my career on hold to raise my children. While at home, I decided to futher my education, 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.

After completing my special education degree in 2013, I was lucky enough to have found and become a part of the SCSC community. I currently am in the role of regular education teacher for the Hickories homebase and one of the special education teachers for the 3rd and 4th grade team. I have been thrilled to see all of the great accomplishments of my students, staff members and the school as a whole these past few years and look forward to all the great things to come.

Jennifer Leonard

Jennifer Leonard - Art Teacher

I received my BFA from Tyler School of Art, and earned my Masters of Art Education from Kutztown University. Since I was young, all I wanted to do was to be an artist and I pursued my dream of painting and exhibiting my artwork for years. Until one day it hit me: I love to teach! It is such a joy and a privilege to share my passion for art with our youth here at SCSC, while still pursuing my own artistic endeavors.

I also discovered that I have a passion for learning! I love to make cross-curricular connections through art-making, and at SCSC I can truly collaborate with my colleagues to create richer and deeper connections for the students across all grade levels. It is thrilling to be a part of such a unique and caring school community. I value all of the support for the arts in this district and I am excited to collaborate with the students, teachers, and families to bring the arts to the greater school community.

Alicia Magee-Skinner

Alicia Magee-Skinner - Elementary Teacher

I became an educator in order to encourage and enable diverse students. To that end, I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Shippensburg University and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Saint Joseph’s University. I taught third grade at Corpus Christi Elementary School until our fifth child arrived in 2014.

I am excited to join a team committed to inclusion, individualized student support, and teacher learning. I look forward to working closely with teachers and parents to support student learning.

Paula Mandracchia

Paula Mandracchia - Sixth Grade Teacher

Since a young age, I’ve been captivated by the outdoor world (biology major). I also spent hours teaching my dolls and stuffed animals all about the important things in life (educator). Throughout my studies at Eastern University, much of my coursework provided me the opportunity to be academically challenged in an outdoor environment. My educational philosophy and methodology continued to develop throughout my early years of teaching at Radnor Middle School. Most influential was the time I spent in the WATERSHED Program, a nationally recognized integrated learning program that immerses students in purposeful fieldwork. Over the years, I've fed my curiosity, furthered my knowledge and refined my fieldwork experiences while attaining a Master of Environmental Science Education degree at Arcadia University.

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 2004 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!

Kathy McGann

Kathy McGann - Elementary Teacher

I earned my Bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education from East Stroudsburg University. I have a teaching certificate for both NJ and PA. Upon graduation, I moved back to NJ and worked as a substitute elementary teacher, before starting a job at a private school teaching both pre-K and kindergarten.

I had been planning to move to Pennsylvania, so I began looking into teaching jobs in Pennsylvania. My father-in law shared an advertisement with me about a new charter school looking for teachers. I attended an informational meeting about the school and knew it was the place for me. I was hired as the very first kindergarten teacher at SCSC. I worked as one of the kindergarten teachers for 7 years. After 11 years at home with my children, I returned to SCSC in a supportive role. It feels like home to be back at SCSC. The mission of SCSC and the dedication of the faculty is unmatched.

Jill Mohry - Elementary Teacher

Hello! My name is Jill Mohry and I am the Truffulas teacher. I graduated from Shippensburg University in 2004 with a Bachelor’s Degree in both Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. I spent a few years teaching preschool and Kindergarten before I accepted an elementary job in Phoenix, Arizona. There I earned my Masters Degree in Elementary Education. Four years later I found myself back in Pennsylvania where I had several long-term substitute positions in Central Bucks School District, Owen J. Roberts School District, and Pennridge School District. After several years of substituting, I found this amazing school and found my professional home.

SCSC is truly an amazing place. While I have been content with all of the schools I have taught at throughout my career, the unique opportunities that this school offers does not happen everywhere. I love the co-teaching aspect of SCSC and all of the individualization it offers to all of the students. Not only that, but we are given such flexibility with our schedules that we regularly work with the other classrooms and students throughout the school in a variety of ways. We have so many opportunities for our children that aren’t provided in a standard education setting, such as design-thinking challenges, Tinker Lab, volunteering… the list goes on and on! I love my school and all of the possibilities it provides to both the students and the staff.

Wendy Morrell

Wendy Morrell - Elementary Teacher

Born and raised in New Jersey, I was always a diligent, hard-working student. After serving as the salutatorian of my high school class, I completed a certificate program at The Berkeley School and began a career with Dow Jones/The Wall Street Journal. Five years later, having grown restless in the business world, I decided to return to school to pursue what had always been my true calling, teaching. In 1994, I graduated from Kean University with a B.A. in Elementary Education and a B.A. in Psychology and began my career as a preschool teacher at St. Joseph the Worker School in Orefield, PA. The following year, an offer to teach kindergarten in the Bernards Township School District sent me back to New Jersey. For nine of my twelve years in Bernards Township 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 Teaching and Learning with a Concentration in Reading Instruction from Nova Southeastern University.

In 2009, after marrying and relocating to Lansdale, PA, I began the daunting task of job hunting. While searching for a new position, I was invited to SCSC to speak with Jennifer and Wendy regarding an opening for a kindergarten teacher; SCSC has been my home ever since. I have been fortunate enough to experience SCSC as both a staff member and a parent and, on both sides of the fence, the grass is quite green. As a staff member, I enjoy the privilege of creating and implementing my own unique curriculum while encouraging my students to grow socially, emotionally and academically, while, as a parent, I have had the opportunity to watch my children thrive in a nurturing, yet challenging environment.

Tanya Murgia

Tanya Murgia - Elementary Teacher

I have been teaching for over 20 years in both public and private schools in PA. My experience has been in all grades from Pre-K-8th in all subject areas. I have a Bachelor of Science degree from The Pennsylvania State University in Elementary Education where I was nominated "Student Teacher of the Year". A few credits shy of a Master of Education degree from Arcadia University in Language Arts Education, I have a passion for writing and Writer's Workshop and I have led professional development in this area in several area school districts. I hope to be a published author myself some day. My deep love for children's literature means I often use Mentor Texts in my teaching to model for my students what professional writers and good readers do.

I was thrilled to be given an opportunity to serve as a teacher at SCSC since the school has such a great reputation in our community and I have long been a proponent of school choice.

Lisa Paino

Lisa Paino - Music Teacher

I am a graduate of Immaculata University where I studied music education with a concentration in piano and vocal performance. For over 25 years I have had the privilege of teaching and sharing my great passion for music, and the performing arts with children and adults. I have been teaching classroom music, theater, choral development, and piano/string instruction in private schools for the past 15 years. During that time, I had the honor of accompanying the award-winning Bridle Path/Montgomery Select String Ensemble and Orchestras through the North Penn School District. This is an elementary (3-6 grade) chamber orchestra that I have had the wonderful opportunity to work with. The group has been recognized for excellence at the Midwest Clinic, which is the world’s largest international music educators conference. We also had the honor of performing on the prestigious stages of Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center several times.

I am absolutely thrilled to be given the opportunity to join this innovative team of educators at SCSC. I look forward to getting to know each student and their families. I have had many musical adventures and opportunities in my life to collaborate and perform with very accomplished musicians. From that, I have taken with me a wealth of knowledge and experience that I am both grateful for and eager to share with others. My creative goals are to foster a desire and love for the process of making music and to instill an appreciation for the performing arts, both individually and jointly, within every student. Very excited to explore and implement new ways of doing that at SCSC!

Hannah Parmer

Hannah Parmer - Special Education Teacher

I was born in York, Pennsylvania, but at a young age, my parents moved my family overseas to Budapest, Hungary. Growing up overseas has broadened my horizons to the beautiful world that we live in. For university, I attended Cairn University where I received my Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education and Special Education.

I began my teaching career in a private school setting in the Norristown area for four years before transitioning to SCSC. I am absolutely thrilled to be part of this school and to be able to work alongside so many wonderful individuals. I truly believe in the mission of SCSC. I have seen firsthand how any student, when supported and surrounded by teachers who are dedicated to their jobs, can become successful in their education. I am so excited to continue being a part of a unique and wonderful school!

Jeff Reeder

Jeff Reeder - Photography Teacher

Brandon Reichart

Brandon Reichart - Middle School Teacher

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. Having spent majority of my younger life here in Montgomery County, it was a no brainer to remain in the area. Fortunately, I was able to student teach here and decided to join the faculty upon the conclusion of that experience!

I personally 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 workplace. 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. SCSC has shown to be a proven place of growth and improvement for students in a multitude of places. The fact that SCSC cares for all children as a whole, is a huge reason of why it is such an honor to be apart of the staff!

Jesse Richfield

Jesse Richfield - Health and Physical Education Teacher

I was born and raised in Plymouth Meeting, where I spent many years competing on the USTA junior tennis circuit. It was during this time where I developed my passion for the game. During my college years at University of Delaware, I served as the vice president of the club tennis team. In this role, I had the opportunity to mentor new members and help lead the team to national tournament appearances my junior and senior year. At Delaware, I majored in Sport Management and minored in Coaching Science. I furthered my education at West Chester University where I obtained my master’s degree in Public Administration with a graduate certificate in Sport Management and Athletics. Shortly after I finished up my coursework at West Chester University, I decided to pursue my teaching certification in health and physical education.

Before I became a health and physical education teacher, I spent many years working as a tennis teaching professional. In this role, I gained experience in many different environments that included private club and school tennis settings. Most notably, I spent many summers at Legacy Youth Tennis and Education in Philadelphia and Overbrook Country Club in Villanova. During this time, I realized that I wanted to have an impact upon students lives beyond the tennis court. Being a health and physical education teacher is extremely rewarding for me because I can have a significant impact on the physical, social, and emotional growth of children and adolescents. I work hard to form strong relationships with students.

I am excited to join the team at SCSC and am eager to share my passion for health and wellness with my students!

Sara Rinelli

Sara Rinelli - Elementary Teacher

Hi, My name is Sara Rinelli, I graduated from Lansdale Catholic then graduated from Temple University in 2005. I first came to work at SCSC in 2012. I was one of the Willows teachers and loved welcoming new families to our school community. I also enjoyed being able to have siblings of previous families as the relationship with our families is a key part of our mission at SCSC. Here at SCSC we use a reading program called 100 Book Challenge and in 2016, I had the opportunity to work for them as a reading coach. I traveled to schools along the east coast and supported teachers, students, and administration as they learned the reading program. While I loved meeting new people and supporting them I missed the relationships built from working in one school instead of 4 or 5. I was welcomed back to SCSC in 2019 and have been working with the 3/4 team. I love being back in this wonderful school community. I look forward to making more great memories here at SCSC.

Jonece Sergent

Jonece Sergent - Elementary Teacher

I have a unique background involving kiddos of various ages who exhibit exceptional abilities. My informal education began as a foster parent and led to becoming the mother of a child with multiple diagnoses with exceptional abilities. I had the pleasure of working as a Teacher’s Assistant in a private Christian school; I also homeschooled and cyber schooled my own children for the next 10 years. I returned to school and earned an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Montgomery County Community College in 2015. Thereafter, I worked for the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit as a Pre K Counts Teacher. A year later, I accepted a position with a behavioral health agency as a Therapeutic Support Staff. One of my clients as a TSS was a student at SCSC.

During my time as a TSS at SCSC, I could not help but notice the commitment, enthusiasm, genuineness, and extremely high quality of education and educators. I was thrilled when offered a position at SCSC as a Learning Support Teacher. I greatly look forward to working with the students and their families as we strive to learn together and make every year a fantastic year of learning.

Kari Shutts

Kari Shutts - Elementary Teacher

I am a graduate of Millersville University where I studied elementary education with a concentration in science. I went on to further my education at Penn State and Saint Joseph’s University. I began my career teaching in Philadelphia. I spent 5 year there, teaching 3rd grade to many wonderful students. I left Philadelphia to pursue a position at Seven Generations Charter School. I taught both 3rd and 6th grade there before coming to SCSC.

Here at SCSC I am a ¾ teacher in the Sycamores classroom. I believe that learning should be fun. Students should be given the opportunity to discover the joys of learning and how they learn best. I enjoy being part of SCSC, because it is a home that values all students, staff and families and how each is an unique learner.I am able to be creative and support each of my students to be their best selves.

Stephanie Sienkiewicz - Elementary Teacher

I have been a part of the 1st and 2nd grade teaching team for many years at SCSC and have enjoyed collaborating with my colleagues to create an exciting learning program for our students. First and second grade is a time of such academic and emotional growth and helping students during this critical time in their lives is so very rewarding! It was the school’s philosophies and mission that drew me to become a part of the SCSC community many years ago and continues to drive me as I help our little ones grow. As a support teacher, I am proud to be a part of an extraordinary effort to change the way we look at public education.

Lisa Sobolak

Lisa Sobolak - Elementary and Reading Teacher

I graduated from Grove City College and have my elementary and early childhood certifications. I am currently enrolled in a program at Slippery Rock University and am working to earn my masters degree in reading, reading specialist certification, and instructional coaching endorsement. Most of my career was spent at SCSC teaching first and second grade. I took time away from teaching to start my family, but luckily SCSC welcomed me back a few years ago. I am currently working with students in kindergarten through fourth grade in the area of literacy. My other job at SCSC involves work with special education.

SCSC was just beginning when I decided to interview for one of the final teaching positions available. When I heard that a key element of the Charter’s philosophy was Project Based Learning, I was immediately interested in this student-centered, experiential learning environment. I studied the Project Approach and the Reggio Emilia approach during my time at Grove City and was thrilled to apply my knowledge of this philosophy of teaching. I have watched SCSC grow and flourish since its beginning days. Now, I appreciate the flexibility I have to try new approaches and programs that best meet the needs of our learners. I love being a part of a community that collaborates and learns from one another to be the best for our students.

Ryan Taylor

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 I enrolled in the Pennsylvania State University where I pursued a degree and certification in Elementary Education. I graduated from PSU and immediately spent the following spring substitute teaching and tutoring in the Levittown area. Later, I taught third grade in Virginia, and after two years, decided it was time to move back home. Thankfully, I 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 I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to join this extraordinary community. Since then, I have been leading the Hickories 3/4 classroom, and have been furthering my career through my pursuance of a Masters degree in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment from Cabrini University.

SCSC is a wonderful community, which grants me an opportunity to work with, and learn from, some of the greatest educators and academic minds I have ever met. As a teacher here, I’m given the enriching opportunity to work alongside talented co-teachers and collaborate with a driven grade level team to develop hands on, experiential, and authentic learning experiences and then deliver them to my students on a daily basis. SCSC is a refreshing institution because it is truly student first, which recognizes the importance of nurturing and developing the whole child, not just the mind. Students are treated as unique individuals, and it is a gift to get to know each one of my students on a personal level, and to work with them and their families to develop individual learning plans that meet their specific needs and desires. It is a joy to come to school everyday and work as part of a community that is as cohesive as SCSC is.

Susan Torressen

Susan Torressen - Nurse

I completed my Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1995 and started my nursing career as an adult oncology nurse at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Staten Island, NY. I transferred to Pediatrics/NICU in 1996. I went part-time in 2006 to start my family but remained in the hospital until our move from NY in 2018. I obtained my Masters Degree in Nursing Education in 2000 and taught Pediatric clinicals, per diem, for Wagner College Nursing students while remaining part-time at the hospital.

School nursing is definitely a different entity but I'm excited to be part of the SCSC community and be able to continue to care for the pediatric population, who's resilience continues to amaze me over my 25 years in nursing.

Kelly Veneziale

Kelly Veneziale -Director of Organizational Development

For as long as I can remember, I have known that I wanted to be an educator so that I could teach and nurture children like so many wonderful teachers had done for me. To this end, I attended The College of New Jersey where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Psychology. Upon graduating, I took a position in my childhood school district, while at the same time pursuing a Master’s degree in Educational Technology, also at The College of New Jersey. Upon getting married and moving away from the area, I began looking for new opportunities, and I was lucky enough to find SCSC!

From the first moment I walked into SCSC, I knew that it was remarkably unique. Educators and students alike are encouraged to pursue their passions, learning and growing alongside one another; this freedom has allowed me to further pursue my love of technology and find meaningful ways to incorporate it into the classroom.  I greatly appreciate all that I have learned from working together with the staff, students, and family members at SCSC to create and reflect on innovative learning experiences where every child succeeds! Every day is an exciting and authentic learning experience at SCSC, and it is my great pleasure to be a part of this amazing school!

Emily Willouer

Emily Willouer - Community Liaison

After graduating from Temple University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, I took a job working for a local Clinical Research Organization. Soon after, I became happily married with a house full of kiddos. In 2011, I left my career to stay home. When my oldest child started preschool I became involved in her classroom. It was then I realized being an active member in my family’s communities yielded abundant connection and JOY. When I read Souderton Charter School Collaborative’s mission, specifically “Parents, community members, and professionals interact with and learn from one another”, I knew this was not just a special school for my children, but also a tremendous opportunity to stay involved in my children’s academic and social communities. Today, I am the proud Mom of four SCSC students.

While volunteering at SCSC I have been able to observe and partake in genuine collaboration; a place where ideas are encouraged, and all intentions are assumed to be good. I am jazzed to continue sharing the beauty of Souderton Charter School Collaborative with our local community, leading with a determined mind and a heart for collaboration.