A Message from our Board of Trustees, September 2019
Nancy Donnelly, has informed the Board of Trustees that she plans to retire at the end of the 2019-2020 school year.
Nancy’s long career at United Friends School began in 1988, when she was hired as the 4th, 5th & 6th grade teacher in what was known as the Intermediate Class. Over the years as United Friends School grew and evolved Nancy touched the lives of countless students and their families in her many roles in the classroom and in the administration. For the past 12 years Nancy has worked tirelessly serving this community as Head of School. She has led United Friends School with the unique combination of reverence for the principles upon which it was founded and a commitment to keeping the school relevant and sustainable far into the future. We are deeply grateful for Nancy’s 31 years of dedication and commitment to our school.
Update, January 2020
The United Friends School Board of Trustees is excited to announce that Daena M. Berdougo has accepted the position of Head of School beginning July 1, 2020. Daena, a former teacher, is currently in her sixth year as the Head of School at Gwynedd Friends School, a Quaker preschool and kindergarten associated with Gwynedd Friends Meeting, with approximately 120 students and 22 faculty and staff. Under Daena’s leadership, Gwynedd Friends School has gained PAIS accreditation and state licensure, grown enrollment with high levels of retention, created a strategic plan, and developed a diversity and inclusion policy. Her experience at Gwynedd Friends includes work in finance, admissions, marketing, development, leadership, and human resources.
Daena is a champion of lifelong learning both for herself and for her faculty. She has excellent experience as a school administrator and is a person who recognizes challenges as potential opportunities for growth. Daena expressed unqualified, enthusiastic support of the newly crafted mission of United Friends School, and she has developed a deep connection to Quaker education and Quakerism.
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 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 was born and raised in Bolivia to an American mother and Bolivian father. Having attended an international American school and church with the locals while growing up in Bolivia, Noemí is both bilingual and bicultural.
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.
Delilah received her BFA in Acting from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts and moved to New York City in 2008. In the following years she returned to academia to pursue a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education from Hunter College in New York.
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.
Marilyn joined the United Friends School community after many years of being involved with children. Her joyful nature and patient demeanor are an asset to the After School Program.
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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 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.
Mary completed Cairn University’s Wisconsin Wilderness Program in 2002 and went on to complete her bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State University.
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 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.
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.
Nicole Skinner holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in English with a minor in Studio Art from Rosemont College and a Master of Science in Education from St. Joseph’s University with Pa certification in English Literature 6-12 and Special Education K-12. She has over 10 years experience working with children of all ages, backgrounds and needs.
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.
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.
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.