United Friends School has well-trained, seasoned, progressive faculty and staff who are not only among the best in their fields, but also committed to Quaker principles and practice. See below for UFS faculty and staff profiles:

Head of School

Nancy Donnelly

Head of School | 

Nancy first came to UFS as a classroom teacher with experience in both public and independent schools. She moved into administration while pursuing her principal’s certification and Master of Educational Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania.

Faculty and Administration

Ben Bowles

Helman-Osborn Class Teacher (Middle School), Science and Math |

Ben has a degree in physics from Boston College and has worked in education since 2005. He has taught secondary school math and physics, tutored extensively in middle school and high school math, and taught instrumental music and performance at Music Training Center in Montgomeryville.

Noemí Canaviri

Spanish Teacher |

Noemí Canaviri graduated from Houghton College with a degree in Inclusive Childhood Education and a concentration in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She is bilingual in English and Spanish, as she was born and raised in Bolivia to an American mother and Bolivian father.

Betty Cheung

Librarian/Media Specialist | 

Betty graduated from Villanova University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and then received her Master of Education from Holy Family University. She holds Pennsylvania certifications in Elementary Education (K-6) and Reading Specialist. At UFS, she taught 3rd and 4th grades for three years.

Bonnie Dakis

After School Coordinator | 

Bonnie Dakis joined the UFS community in 2017. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology with concentrations in elementary education, child psychology and English from DeSales University. Bonnie has been in education for nearly ten years within independent and public settings.

Kathy Daly

Mott Class Teacher (Pre-School) |

Kathy has been educating, nurturing and inspiring children for more than thirty years. Over the course of her teaching journey, Kathy has focused her talents at the preschool and elementary levels in both public and private school settings. Kathy holds a master’s degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education and she is certified as both a Wilson Reading Instructor and an (ELL) English Language Learner teacher.

Bill Evans

Facilities Manager

Bill has been our facilities manager since 2001. His company, Zarza Inc., provides UFS with many services from grounds keeping to handyman tasks. Bill specializes in carpentry, painting, masonry and landscaping.

Beth Gniazdowski

Special Events, Marketing, Communications Coordinator | 

Beth has over a decade of experience planning meetings and events in the pharmaceutical, professional sports, and hospitality industries. She spent seven years at Teva Pharmaceuticals where she held roles in Marketing and Corporate Communications, both with a focus on Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications and Public Relations from Towson University in Maryland.

Susan Kern

Director of Development |

Since her experience with selling Girl Scout Cookie in 6th grade, Susan has loved fundraising for causes that she finds interesting and exciting. She received her undergraduate degree in Social Communications from Cedar Crest College, has taken courses in Planned Giving, and attended seminars on topics such as nonprofit managements and special events.

Sujatha Kurian

Penn Class Teacher (1st grade) |

Sujatha received her Master of Science in Elementary Education from Chestnut Hill College.  She began working as the assistant teacher of a 3rd/4th grade “vertical” classroom at Germantown Friends in 2007, which led to a lead second grade teacher position at Frankford Friends School in 2011. Sujatha first came to UFS in 2015 as the school librarian.

Jacquie Landis

Front Office Manager |

Jacquie has been the Front Office Manager since 2011. She is a graduate of Christopher Dock Mennonite High School. Jacquie’s hobbies include playing piano, singing, reading, sports, hunting, and gardening.

Jane Laties

Anthony Class Teacher (4th and 5th Grades) |

Jane has been a teacher for more then 20 years. She has a degree in elementary education from the American University with a minor in Jewish Studies.

Kim Malcolm

Rustin Class Teacher (Kindergarten) |

Kim has been a teacher for more than 20 years. She received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania as well as a Master of Art in Education of the Hearing Impaired from Columbia University.

Daphne Naudascher

Helman-Osborn Humanities (Middle School), Language Arts, Learning Support |

Daphne holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Kentucky and has PA teaching certification. She began her involvement at UFS as a classroom parent in 1998. Daphne brings her love of learning through literature to her classroom. She leads lively discussions about literature that motivate her students when they write their own creative works. Daphne and her family live in Spinnerstown.

Sarai Nieves

Director of Admission |

Sarai taught at Brooklyn Friends, Bank Street, and Beginning with Children Charter School. Before becoming the Director of Admission, Sarai was the kindergarten teacher at UFS. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Early Childhood Education and has done doctoral work in curriculum and teaching with an interest in early childhood, urban education and multiculturalism.

Bethany Schwendy

General Music and Choir |

Bethany is a certified music educator. She received her bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Messiah College and has completed over 30 credits of graduate studies at various institutions including the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University and Towson University in Maryland.

Holly Sharp

Mott Class Aide (Pre-School)| 

Holly graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in Family and Consumer Sciences. After years of working in management retail, she had her son and daughter and began staying at home. During this time, Holly started to tutor and also provide childcare in her home to families in her local community. She enjoyed it so much that she chose to stay in the childhood development field.

Dara Shomer

Fox Class Teacher (2nd and 3rd Grades) |

Dara has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Hofstra University. She went on to get her master’s and certification in education from Arcadia University. She has over ten years of experience in private and public schools.

Stacie Scott

Art Teacher |

Stacie taught at UFS from 1992 through 2006 and returned in 2010. Scott’s mixed media and collage works are in collections regionally and nationally. Stacie has thirty years of experience working with the visual and performing arts in educational, community-based and therapeutic settings. While at UFS, Scott developed and implemented an arts program for 5-8th graders utilizing dance, theater and visual arts.

Roger Sternfeld

Assistant Head of School/Business Manager |

Roger first came to UFS as a board member, where he served as a representative from Gwynedd Monthly Meeting. He previously taught for sixteen years at Media-Providence Friends School as a Middle School math teacher and as a 3rd and 4th grade teacher.

Amy Wall

Physical Education Teacher |

Many school families know Amy as the director of the Stretch-n-Grow Youth Fitness Program where she develops physical education programs for preschool, childcare, and fitness centers and creates and directs All Star Sports Programs for children ages 2-6. Prior to Stretch-n-Grow, Amy was a kindergarten teacher in North Carolina.