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:

Colleen Albanese

Hicks Class Teacher (Pre-School) |

Colleen has been teaching since 1983. Her career at UFS started in 1993 when she became the After School Director. She has an associate’s degree in early childhood education and keeps current in her field by attending the DVAEYC conferences and related workshops.

Ben Bowles

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

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.

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.

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.

Eileen Galla

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

Eileen has been at UFS since 1989, first as an aide for five years then as a classroom teacher. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and graduate credits in learning disabilities. Eileen is PA and MA certified in elementary education.

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 a degree from American University and has taught at The Philadelphia School and Project Learn. Besides being a talented and skilled educator, Jane is an ultra marathon runner and athlete.

Jackie Leasure

Hicks Class Aide (Pre-School)

Jackie began her career at UFS over 15 years ago as a parent volunteer and a classroom aide. She enjoys gardening, yoga and reading.  She has one son who is a UFS alumnus. She lives in Perkasie.

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.

Natalie Marasco

Director of Advancement |

Natalie joined the UFS community in 2012 as a parent. She earned her Bachelor of Art in International Studies with an emphasis in language, literature and culture from Stephens College in Columbia, MO.

Minerva (Mina) Martell-Bolme

Spanish Teacher |

Mina has been a bilingual and Spanish teacher in the United States and Sweden. She is fluent in Spanish, English, Swedish, and French. She has worked at UFS as a substitute teacher and we have already gotten to see how wonderful she is!

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.

Jenna Noel

Penn Class Teacher (1st grade) |

Jenna graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She attended the graduate school program at West Chester University, earning her certification in Elementary Education (k-6). She received a master’s in Education from Cabrini College.

Michael Peragallo

Middle School General Music |

Michael has a master’s degree from Marywood University in Musical Education and is currently an instrumental music teacher at The Conservatory of Music and Dance in Worcester, Pa and Bach to Rock in Wayne, Pa. Michael is currently working with a school in Philadelphia to incorporate music technology, recording, software, and online resources into music curriculum.

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.

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.

Jenny Singer

Mott Class Teacher (Pre-school) |

Jenny Singer engages children in creative learning experiences in her classroom. Jenny was a program coordinator for Playworks at The Russell Byers Charter School, completed an internship in Baroda, India, and even plays the ukelele. She is a graduate of Penn Charter.

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.

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:

Colleen Albanese, Hicks Class Teacher.   Colleen has been teaching since 1983. Her career at UFS started in 1993 when she became the After School Director.   She has an associate’s degree in early childhood education and keeps current in her field by attending the DVAEYC conferences and related workshops.   She also serves as the Faculty Representative to the UFS Board.  Colleen’s summers are spent teaching science camps at UFS and in 2013, she traveled to Panama to assist the Hogar Trisker orphanage.  Colleen loves and respects each and every child that she meets.  The ability to understand and know what a child needs comes naturally to her.  She is always willing to take the time to speak to a parent about concerns or thoughts about their child.  Colleen and her husband, Greg, have two children and live in East Greenville.

Betty Cheung, Librarian/Media Specialist, 4th Grade Math.  Betty graduated from Villanova University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and then recieved her Master of Education from Holy Family University. She holds a Pennsylvania certifications in Elementary Education (K-6) and Reading Specialist. At UFS, she taught 3rd and 4th grades for three years. Prior to that, she was a 3rd grade assistant teacher at Germantown Academy and was the Kindergarten lead teacher at The Goddard School.  Betty says that her most important goal as an educator is to teach her students to become life-long learners. She views the use of technology in education as a valuable tool and thus enjoys finding and incorporating new technologies into her lessons. Betty and her husband, Mike, live in Schwenksville. Betty is fluent in spoken Cantonese.

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’s in Educational Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania.  She participated in two leadership cohorts through Penn and the Friends Council on Education and continues to learn through workshops, conferences, and mentors.  Nancy serves as a commissioner on the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools Commission on Accreditation and also serves on the Friends Council on Education Board of Directors.  Nancy has served as Head of School since 2007. She and her husband, Philip, live in Barto and are members of Unami Meeting.  They have two daughters, both UFS alumnae, who live in San Francisco.

Betsy Elliott, Learning Support Teacher. Betsy has been the UFS learning support teacher since 2006. Prior to that, she taught in the Twin Cities, New York City, and at Buckingham Friends School. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Psychology (U of Minnesota) and a Master’s Degree in Education (Bank Street College). Betsy has additional training in Orton Gillingham methods for language learning and teaching dyslexic children. By observing and analyzing student needs, she endeavors to create new approaches to assist students in their learning. Betsy and her husband, Joe, live in Sellersville. Their two sons who are UFS alumni now live in Burlington, VT and Switzerland. She is delighted to have two grandchildren.

Bill Evans, Facilities Manager  Bill has been our facilities manager since 2001.  His company, Zarza Inc., is a UFS Corporate Sponsor and also provides UFS with many services from grounds keeping to handyman tasks.  Bill specializes in carpentry, painting, masonry and landscaping. He has a passion for restoration and festive projects ingrained in him from growing  up in the family that owned and operated West Point Park.  He was VP of the park for its last 10 years of operation and was in charge of maintenance and entertainment. He is married to Marie, who is from Puerto Rico, and has two sons, Rob and Tyler.  They live in Sellersville.

Eileen Galla, Fox Class Teacher (3rd and 4th grades)  Eileen has been at UFS since 1989, first as an aide for five years then as a classroom teacher.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education and graduate credits in learning disabilities. Eileen is PA and MA certified in elementary education. By attending continuing education courses and workshops, Eileen brings new ideas to her classrooms. She and her husband, George, live in Coopersburg.  They enjoy travel and their time at the beach.

Peter Goode, Technology Manager.  Peter is an experienced and certified Microsoft/Apple IT professional with a background in project and database management, IT support and troubleshooting and training.  He graduated from Norwich City College with a national certificate in electronics and electrical engineering and was trained in aerospace systems in the Royal Air Force.  With this strong technology and engineering background, Peter enjoys developing, applying and passing on skills through the application and review of new technologies. Peter works with the Middle School in their one-to-one laptop program and is an integral part of the STEAM program. He and his wife live in Whitehall.

Marie Knapp, Director of Admissions.  Since, 2003 Marie has served as admissions director.  Marie began her involvement at UFS as a classroom parent in 1997 and was a UFS preschool aide for 1 year. She has her BS degree from Guilford College, a Quaker college in North Carolina.  Being the Admissions Director comes easily as her daughters are UFS alumnae.  She is always happy to speak about their enriching academic, social and spiritual experience at UFS. Marie is passionate about travelling the globe and has been to such remote places as Siberia and Tahiti. She and her husband Gary reside in Milford, NJ.

Jacquie Landis, Front Office Manager and Receptionist.  Jacquie worked for Landis Supermarkets for 11 years in a variety of positions, including as a price coordinator for seven years. A graduate of Christopher Dock Mennonite High School, Jacquie is the music director at her church, Doylestown Mennonite Church, and her hobbies include playing piano, singing, reading, sports, hunting, and gardening. She truly enjoys the UFS community and loves her job and the school.  She lives in Telford with her husband, Brandon.

Jackie Leasure, Hicks Class Aide.   Jackie began her career at UFS over 15 years ago as a parent volunteer and a classroom aide .  She enjoys gardening, yoga and reading.  She has one son who is a UFS alumnus. She lives in Perkasie.

Kathy Leber, Helman-Osborn Class Teacher (5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades), Science Teacher, Math Teacher (5th and 2nd grade) Kathy has been a teacher at UFS since 1987, teaching primary grades during her first 17 years at UFS and middle school science and math since then. She has a B.S. in Elementary and Early Childhood Education  and an M.S. in Education with emphasis on K-12 environmental studies.  She fills her summers with exciting postgraduate work and science expeditions locally and abroad.  She shares her passion for nature and her commitment to environmental education with her students by engaging them in stream and woodland studies, citizen monitoring of salamanders, birds, and fish, and bringing the outdoors into her classroom. She has been the recepient of numerous awards and citations from Pa House of Representatives, Pa State Senate, Bucks County, and Perkiomen Watershed Association. Kathy loves crossing over the Unami Creek on her swinging footbridge to get to her home in the woods of Sumneytown, where she lives with her husband Bob.  Both of her grown children are George School alumni and her son is a UFS alumnus, as well. Kathy is a member of Unami Friends Meeting and clerk of their First Day School committee.

Kim Malcolm, Mott Class Teacher.  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 Masters of Art in Education of the Hearing Impaired from Columbia University. In addition, Kim has obtained nursery/kindergarten private schools certification and is a certified elementary, hearing impaired and English as a second language teacher. She also has over 13 years of experience working with students who have specific reading, writing or developmental disabilities.  Kim’s teaching philosophy and elements she hopes to impart to her students include: thinking creatively, exploring their environment, reacting independently, and demonstrating honesty and love for our neighbor. She lives in Perkasie with her husband and three boys, one a UFS graduate, as well as two cats, a fish and chickens.

Natalie Marasco, Director of Advancement.  Natalie joined the UFS community in 2012 as a parent. She earned her BA in International Studies with an emphasis in language, literature and culture from Stephens College in Columbia, MO. While at American University in Washington, DC she earned a MA in Art History specializing in European Modernism under the mentorship of leading feminist art historian Norma Broude. Upon graduation, Natalie began her career in the museum industry as an art handler at a fine art service company and worked her way up to Operations Manager and Chief Registrar of the Washington, DC office. A member of American Association of Museums and the College Art Association, Natalie has a strong background in writing and research, having worked with and under historians Mary Garrard, Helen Langa and Philadelphian-based art historian Judith E. Stein. Natalie enjoys Kundalini yoga and is a novice painter.

Bradley Merkl-Gump, Helman-Osborn Class Teacher, Athletic Program Director.  Bradley graduated from UFS in 2001.  He substitute taught here in 2010 before teaching social studies at the Agora Cyber Charter School.  He has a BS in Education in History/Social Studies with a minor in Anthropology from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.  Bradley strives to help students become life long learners.  He enjoys archaeology, reading, and crafts.   He and wife, Ainsley, live in Sellersville.

Daphne Naudascher, Helman-Osborn Class Teacher (5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades), Language Arts Teacher, Editor of the UFS yearbook.  Daphne holds a BS degree 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, Rustin Class Teacher (Kindergarten).  Sarai taught For Head Start, Brooklyn Friends, Bank Street, and Beginning with Children Charter School.  She holds a 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. She holds Pennsylvania certification in early childhood and elementary education.  Sarai brings a respect and appreciation for young children and their experiences. She views the classroom as a wonderful space that offers children the opportunity to create and recreate their world. Sarai recognizes the social, cultural and historical context that we live and learn in and strives to create meaningful and joyful learning experiences for young children. She and her husband, Bill Hoblin have twin sons and a daughter who are UFS alumni.

Jenna NoelPenn Class Teacher (1st and 2nd grades).  Jenna graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She attended the graduate school program at West Chester University, earning her certification in Elementary Education (k-6). She received a Master’s in Education from Cabrini College. While Jenna is currently the Penn first and second grade class teacher, she is also certified in subject area (5-8) Math and English/ Language Arts. Her love for teaching carries over throughout the summer,  teaching incoming 5th graders through  the Episcopal Academy Horizons Program. She currently lives in Conshohocken with her husband Zach. As a student herself at a Quaker school during 9th and 10th grades, Jenna brings a familiarity and enthusiasm for the Quaker approach to education. Having spent a summer living abroad in Florence, Italy, Jenna enjoys traveling and learning about new cultures. Jenna’s energetic spirit towards education ignites curiosity in all of her students.

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. Throughout her tenure at the school, as well as during her time away, Scott has been a dedicated supporter of the school by donating artwork regularly to the annual benefit auction. Stacie has worked in Tuscany to  explore new methods and mediums in her work and is a member of Europium Dance Theater that performs in Princeton. She is represented by Bucks County Fine Arts/Bridge Street Hotel Gallery and Jeffrey Meier Gallery/Raven. Scott and her husband, Anthony Karas, live in Buckingham and have two sons, both UFS alumni.

Margaret Smith, Music Teacher. Margaret has been at UFS since 2007 in a variety of roles, including after school music, substitute teacher, algebra teacher, and class aide. In 2009, she became the school’s General Music teacher. In 2010, Margaret introduced an instrumental music program to the curriculum. She has helped to direct all-school musicals in 2008 (Yanomamo), 2012 (Alice in Wonderland), and 2015 (Really Rosie). Currently, she teaches music to all students from the Mott class through the Helman-Osborn class, all band and orchestral instruments, and guitar. She also teaches test preparation to the middle school students so that they are ready to take the SSAT exam.  She holds a Bachelor of Music from George Mason University and a Master of Arts in Music Theory and History from Penn State University. Margaret has taught music in Fairfax County, VA; Baltimore County, MD; Suffolk, VA, and Huntingdon, PA. Her smile warms up the room and the children whom she teaches! Married to Ethan, they have two children, one a UFS alum and another a current UFS student. The family resides in Emmaus.

Roger Sternfeld, Assistant Head of School/Business Manager, Math Teacher (7th and 8th grade). 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 Third & Fourth grade teacher. He has a Master’s Degree in Education from Temple University, holds a principal’s certification in the state of Pennsylvania, and keeps current on mathematics practice with extensive training in Making Math Real, Singapore Math,and the flipped, mastery classroom model. In a prior incarnation, Roger worked in Mental Health services for nearly two decades, working in and running programs for adolescents and adults. Roger and his wife Kathy live in Ambler, and have two grown children. In his spare time, Roger enjoys reading, solving puzzles, playing games and playing softball.

Jodi Stewart-Moore.  After School Enrichment Program.  Jodi began teaching piano, choir and Music Explorers at UFS in 2008.  Jodi began piano instruction as a child in south Florida and studied piano performance at James Madison University.  She has taught music since 1988 in various educational settings ranging from private lessons to camps, churches and civic centers.  Jodi believes that all children are musical and, with commitment and dedication, can develop the ability to play an instrument.  She strives to help children achieve musical success at their own pace.  She believes in adapting her pedagogy to best suit a student’s unique learning style and personality.   Jodi is a member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers.  She holds a B.A. from James Madison University (History/Education) and an M.A. (Cultural Anthropology) from the University of Florida.  She and her husband Jeff currently have two children at UFS.

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.  Amy received her bachelor of science in early childhood education and her bachelor of science in special education from Lock Haven University.  With over a decade of experience creating lessons and teaching physical education and fitness to a variety of ages and skill abilities, as well as coaching small and large sports programs for children, Amy is herself an avid fitness enthusiast and runner.

Joyce Weiss, Mott Class Aide.  Joyce started at UFS in 2007.  Prior to that, she taught in the Quakertown School District for 33 years.  She earned an associate’s degree, a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree.  Joyce also completed 30 credits beyond her masters.  She brings a love of reading to the classroom, patience, and a genuine love for her students and school.  She knows what it is like not to understand something and tries to use alternative teaching strategies to help her students learn. She lives on a small farm in Quakertown with husband, Pete and dog, Ryland.  Joyce has two married daughters and five grandchildren.

Betty Cheung

Librarian/Media Specialist, 4th Grade Math

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

Colleen Albanese

Hicks Class Teacher

Colleen has been teaching since 1983. Her career at UFS started in 1993 when she became the After School Director. She has an associate’s degree in early childhood education and keeps current in her field by attending the DVAEYC conferences and related workshops.