Sharon began her role as the new Assistant Director of the Center for Public Purpose this July. She will also be part of the Religious Studies department and will teach Peace Justice and Social Change in the fall and Issues in Urban Studies in the spring. Prior to coming to the Penn Charter community, Sharon served as the Program Manager for a local organization, called Need In Deed, that trains and supports students, educators and community organizations to prepare young people for civic responsibility and service to others. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts and received her Master's degree in Education from Bank Street College of Education.
Alyson is the new Director of the Center for Public Purpose and taught the Philanthropy 101 course this past summer. She will also teach one section of tenth grade Quakerism later this year. Aly, OPC '96, attended Princeton University. Afterwards, she joined Teach For America where she later became the Program Director for Teach For America in Philadelphia’s high schools. In 2007, Aly graduated from Oxford’s Saïd Business School with a focus in social enterprise management and then returned to consult for the School District of Philadelphia and the NJ Department of Education.
This year Heather will be the Teaching Assistant in Megan Kafer’s pre-K classroom. Last year, while completing her Masters in Education at St. Joseph’s University, Heather served as a teaching Intern here at PC to study the PreK’s Reggio Emilia inspired program. After graduating from PC, Heather attended Temple University where she had the opportunity to work for Project HOME’s education and outreach departments, study abroad in Jamaica and earn a Bachelor's degree in Social Work. Informed by those experiences and her time at Penn Charter, Heather spent almost two years in schools around the world including in Peru, South Africa and India and outside Philadelphia.
This year, Nita will be working in the Lower School as a third grade teacher while Teodora Nedialkova is on maternity leave. Prior to this year, she worked for many years at Greene Street Friends School where she served as a Pre-K assistant teacher, a fifh grade assistant teacher and most recently as a second grade teacher for 17 years.
David will be teaching three sections of ninth grade biology and one section of tenth grade chemistry. He will also be helping with Ultimate Frisbee and the Sustainability Club. David graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College, where he majored in environmental sciences before attending graduate school at West Virginia University to study biology. He comes to Penn Charter after serving as the assistant lab director and an instructor in the biology department at Drexel University.
Kristen Ostendorf will be teaching two sections of AP US History and two sections of Rise of the West. She will also advise the Global Awareness/Model UN Club and help with The Mirror. Before coming to PC, she taught in the social studies department of a large public high school in New Jersey and worked in online education as a writing e-instructor. Kristen has degrees in journalism and sociology from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and she earned her M.Ed. in Social Studies Education from Rutgers University.
Clancy is returning to Penn Charter to teach three courses in the Upper School Visual Art and Design department. He will also be assisting with the Art Club and galleries. Clancy attended Vassar College in New York where he majored in Studio Art with a minor in Environmental Studies. He has since pursued a career focused on artistic creation and education. After graduation he spent several years as an outdoor educator and coach in California and Colorado, while simultaneously teaching art courses for private clients, community center and museums. His artwork has been exhibited and collected across the United States.
Jessica Rawlings, who has been the graduate athletics trainer here at PC, will be our new athletic trainer. Jessica graduated from Temple University in 2014 with a Bachelor's degree in athletic training. As an undergraduate, Jess worked in athletics at Widener, Temple, University of Pennsylvania and the Shipley School. She continued her education at Temple and earned her master's degree in 2016.
Holly will be teaching three sections of 8th grade English and one section of 9th grade English. She will also serve as the advisor to the Middle School Literary Magazine and will assist with the Middle School Play. Prior to coming to Penn Charter, Holly student taught at Furness High School in the Philadelphia School District and then served for four years as the sole Middle School English teacher at Politz Hebrew Academy. Holly received a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from The George Washington University and a Master's degree in education from St. Joseph's University.
Joe Acquaviva will be a teacher intern in the Upper School math department this year after substitute teaching at the Middle and Upper school levels last year. In addition to being an OPC '10, Joe graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in Public Health and then earned a master's degree in Environmental Health Science from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Ray Bailey, OPC '09, will be interning in the M/S and U/S music program this year. A lifelong musician and singer, his instrument of choice is the double bass. Ray's academic interests also include art history, literature and philosophy; he found a home for these in Penn's Visual Studies program, from which he earned a degree this past spring.
OPC '11, Joey Sankey is returning to PC to serve as an admissions-advancement intern. Joey attended UNC where he majored in communications and minored in history. He played on UNC’s mens’ lacrosse team and earned multiple All-American selections and ended his career as UNC’s all-time leading scorer. In addition to working in admissions and advancement, he will be the offensive coordinator for PC’s boys’ lacrosse team.
Adam Zakheim will be returning to intern for a second year. Adam is OPC '06 and has a BA in Classics and a minor in Biochemistry from Haverford College, and a master’s degree in Microbiology from the Thomas Jefferson College of Biomedical Sciences. Adam is returning to the Upper School to work alongside Tim Lynch teaching biology.
Jasmine Houston will be a St. James School-Penn Charter Urban Teaching Fellow. She is a 2015 graduate of Smith College and majored in Afro-American Studies. Jasmine has worked with children in a variety of camp settings in Massachusetts and this past summer at the Future Stars Day Camp here in Philadelphia. At Future Stars, she instructed students in music, dance and theater activities which culminated in a weekly performance. Jasmine will be partnered with Alice Bateman when at PC.
Marvin Shelton will be a St. James School-Penn Charter Urban Teaching Fellow. He was a dual major in English and Africana Studies at the College of William and Mary. He graduated in 2015 and is currently enrolled in a master's program in education at Penn. While Marvin also has varied research and writing experiences, most recently he has worked in the Office of Public Service Support at the Free Library of Philadelphia where he mentored a team of 15 high school aged students. When at PC, Marvin can be found in Jim Pilkington’s sixth grade classes.
Inés joins us this year on a temporary basis to teach Eileen Bossone’s four sections of Spanish while she is on maternity leave. Inés was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and immigrated to the United States at age six. She received her BA in Literature at the University of California San Diego and went on to complete her Master’s in Spanish Literature at the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked at area universities and independent schools for the past 15 years, including St. Joseph's Prep, Agnes Irwin, Villanova University and Temple.