New Faculty and Staff 2017-2018

Continued from P.C.P.D.

Bhelly Bagbonon

Bhelly will be teaching nith grade Ancient Civilizations and eleventh grade US History in our Upper School. In addition, he will be coaching Middle School boys' lacrosse. Bhelly earned his bachelor's degree in History from Immaculata University and taught in the Norristown Area School District. Bhelly is a certified P.I.A.A. and US Lacrosse official, and he officiates Inter-AC level games, as well as games across the country. He is also the founder of Bright Side Lacrosse.

Stacy Barnett

Stacy will be teaching Geometry and Algebra II in our Upper School this coming year, as well as coaching Middle School girls' basketball. She graduated from Vanderbilt University majoring in Mathematics and Secondary Education and minoring in Spanish. She later earned her master's degree in Instructional Leadership from Samford University. She has taught in a variety of settings including Mountain Brook High School (Birmingham, Al.), Regina Dominican High School (Wilmette, Il.) and, most recently, at Philadelphia University.

Christy Cook

Christy will be joining the science department where she will teach Biology, Chemistry, and Anatomy and Physiology. She will also support our community service program. Prior to coming to Penn Charter, Christy worked for Loyola University Chicago, training science teachers in Chicago public and archdiocesan Schools. Christy earned both a bachelor's in Biology and Chemistry and a master's in Teaching from Aurora University, and she is pursuing a doctorate of education through Loyola University Chicago.

Clare Dolan

Clare will be an assistant first grade teacher this year. She is joining us from Raleigh, NC, where she was a third grade teacher for two years at Thales Academy. Clare is a graduate of the University of North Carolina Wilmington where she majored in Elementary Education.

Jo Haller

Jo will be working in the Upper School science department teaching ninth grade biology. She will also coach Middle School girls' soccer. In May 2016, she graduated from Haverford College, where she studied biology and neuroscience. After graduation, she worked as a research specialist in a University of Pennsylvania lab that studies brain cancer and brain development. She is currently in the process of applying to graduate programs in Physical Therapy and conducts research in a biomechanics lab at the University of Delaware that specializes in ACL injuries.

Lisa Haskell

Lisa will be joining the pre-K faculty as an assistant teacher. She is coming from seven years of workp at a cooperative school in Mt. Airy while also considering herself a fine art painter. Lisa's educational background is in the arts and she is a graduate of Moore College of Art and Design.

Whitney Kerner

Whitney will be teaching fifth grade Language Arts. She will also be the assistant coach of Upper School girls’ cross country. She graduated from Eastern University with a bachelor's of Science in Education and Spanish. After student teaching in Lima, Peru, she moved to Sayulita, Mexico, where she taught third and fourth grade at an International School. She spent the last three years teaching fourth grade at McKinley Elementary School in North Philadelphia.

Colleen Magarity

Colleen is our new Associate Athletics Director and she will also continue as the head coach of Upper School varsity girls' lacrosse. She graduated from Northwestern University where she majored in Education and Social Policy and had a minor in Business Institutions. After coaching lacrosse in Boulder, Colorado, for three years, she moved back home to Philadelphia to start the Big 4 (Triple H) girls' lacrosse club program. In 2016 she was drafted to the Boston Storm women’s lacrosse professional league and continues to play professionally. She has volunteered a lot of her time to the Harlem Lacrosse program and (OWLS) Outreach with Lacrosse and Schools in Chicago.

Laura Mansfield

Laura will be teaching two sections of AP Calculus AB and two sections of Advanced Algebra 2. In addition, she will be joining the community service team. Laura graduated from Ithaca College with a bachelor's in Mathematics and went on to earn a master's in Mathematics from Bryn Mawr College. After completing her graduate work, she decided to pursue a career in education and completed a master's degree in Education while participating in the yearlong Boston Teacher Residency Program.

Kate McCallum

Kate began as our Director of Lower School in an official capacity on July 1 and has been on campus all summer connecting with teachers and families. She graduated from Villanova in 2000 with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Spanish. Kate completed her master's and doctorate at University of Pennsylvania where she focused on Elementary Education and Reading, Writing and Literacy.

Cory Moy

Cory Moy is our new Upper School Mandarin Chinese teacher. In addition to teaching Chinese, he will help organize our Chinese exchange program and support the Upper School Chinese club. He formerly taught Chinese to grades 5-12 in Wisconsin for three years and served as a lecturer and course coordinator in New York. In addition, he has been working as a translator for the past six years. Cory studied Linguistics and Chinese at Binghamton University before matriculating at National Taiwan Normal University's Teaching Chinese as a Second Language graduate program.

Pat Noonan

Pat will serve as the Math Center Coordinator this year. She was one of the first women to earn a BS and secondary teacher certification in Mathematics from Saint Joseph's University. She later earned a master's degree in Computer Science from Villanova.  She taught math and served as Dean of Students in the Upper School at Friends Select School. In addition, she taught Math and Computer Science at Villanova. She has over 40 years experience tutoring students in mathematics.

Julie Park

Julie will be teaching two sections of Algebra 1 and two sections of Geometry in the Upper School. She will also be an assistant coach for the Upper School field hockey team. She graduated from Davidson College where she majored in Mathematics. This past year, she obtained her Master of Arts in Teaching from Duke University.

Emily Somogyi

Over the last couple years, Emily has served as a Kindergarten Music and Recess Aide, a member of the After-School Program staff, and a long-term substitute and interim first grade teaching assistant. This year, Emily will serve as one of our first grade assistant teachers. In addition, she will continue to work in our After-School Program in the Lower School. Emily has an undergraduate degree in elementary and special education from Immaculata University.

Daniel Stahl

As the LS Technology Coordinator, Dan will be teaching technology in the Lower School and facilitating the LS IdeaLab. Before coming to Penn Charter, Dan taught for nine years in various grade levels at Germantown Academy. During his time there, he led technology workshops and helped to write the lower school coding curriculum. He also coached several sports and directed the lower school Student Senate. Dan graduated from West Chester University with a degree in Elementary Education. He also earned a master’s degree in Education from Cabrini College.

Molly Stanton

Molly will be our maternity leave substitute assistant teacher in the pre-K this fall. She received her bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from Moore College of Art and Design in 2009. After graduating, she spent five years as a designer and product developer in the fashion industry. More recently, Molly has worked as a child care provider, and it was during this time that she discovered a great joy for teaching and guiding children.

Leticia Carter

Leticia is our new Lower School Library Assistant. She attended George School in Newtown, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Goucher College in Baltimore and plans to pursue a master's in Library Science. Last year, she worked as a library assistant at Wissahickon Charter School and has experience in a higher education library setting as well.

Kate Higgins

As a teacher intern this year, Kate will be working in the areas of counseling and health classes in Lower and Middle Schools under the guidance of Lisa Reedich and Elizabeth Hitschler. She will also be coaching girls’ soccer and lacrosse as well as a winter sport. Kate, OPC 11, attended Gettysburg College where she majored in sociology and graduated cum laude. Currently, she is a part-time graduate student at Arcadia University, pursuing a dual master’s degree in Health Education and Counseling.  

Alec Tressler

Alec Tressler joined the PC community last September as the part-time assistant strength and conditioning coach and quickly became an indispensable member of the athletic support team. This year Alec will continue in that role while being a teacher intern in the health and physical education department, working in Middle and Lower Schools. Tori Small will guide Alec’s work in the department. Alec graduated from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania in 2016 with a BS in Recreation Management with a focus in fitness. Before coming to PC, Alec was an intern at Mississippi State University and Victory Sports and Fitness, creating strength and conditioning programs for high school and college athletes.

Shelby Tucker

Shelby will be a teacher intern in Middle and Upper School Social Studies classes. A graduate of Germantown Friends School, Shelby continued her education at Mt. Holyoke College. She graduated cum laude with a BA in History with a specialization in modern European Studies. While at Holyoke, she also studied history for a year at Kings College London. Shelby will also continue to be the guiding force in Middle School Sanctuary this coming year.
Whoever rightly advocates the cause of some, thereby promotes the good of the whole.

—John Woolman (1720-1722)









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