United Friends School has highly educated, qualified, progressive faculty and staff who are not only among the best in their field, but also committed to Quaker principles and practice.

School Leadership

Daena Berdougo

Head of School

M.S. Education, Fordham University
B.S. Business Management/Accounting, Keene State College

Daena Berdougo is a champion of lifelong learning for herself and for her faculty and staff. She has rich…

Ann Manta

Associate Head of School, Quakerism

M.Ed. in Early Education, Montessori Certificate

Ann studied at Chestnut Hill College where she earned an Early Childhood Education degree and Montessori Certification. Ann has also completed…

Amy Wall

Director of Admission

B.S. Early Childhood Education, Lock Haven University
B.S. Special Education, Lock Haven University

Many school families know Amy as the director of the Stretch-n-Grow Youth Fitness Program where she…

Justin Wheeler

Justin Wheeler, Director of Finance

Master of Public Policy, Duke University
B.S. Yale University

As United Friends School’s Director of Finance, Justin works with the leadership team to ensure UFS’s financial health,…

Meurcie Zignoli ‘04

Director of Development and Operations
B.A., M.A. Art Therapy

Meurcie joins the United Friends School administration as a proud alumna. Meurcie attended UFS from 1994 to 2004 before graduating to continue…

Faculty

Delilah Maestri '00

Preschool Lead (Mott Class) 

M.Ed. Early Childhood Education, Hunter College
B.F.A. Emerson College

After living in New York City, Delilah returned to United Friends School (alumna ’00), with several years of rich…

Nicole Johanson

Preschool Assistant (Mott Class)

B.A. History, The College of Saint Elizabeth
A.A. Early Childhood Education, Raritan Valley Community College

Nicole has worked with children of all ages, ranging from infants up to…

Meg McGlone

Kindergarten (Rustin Class)

Meg is excited to join the UFS community and comes from diverse teaching experiences, from Kindergarten at a dual-language and Leader in Me school, first and second grades…

Shonne Jurin

First Grade (Penn Class) 

B.A. Elementary Education, Purdue University

Shonne joined the UFS faculty after teaching second grade for 10 years at Loudoun Country Day School in Leesburg, VA. During her career,…

Dara Shomer

Second/Third Grade  (Fox Class)

M.Ed. Elementary Education, Arcadia University
B.A. Psychology, Hofstra University

Dara has has over 12 years of experience in private and public schools. She works hard to ensure all…

Jane Walsh

Fourth/Fifth Grade (Anthony Class)

B.A. Elementary Education, American University

Jane has been teaching for more than 20 years. She has a degree in Elementary Education from American University with a Minor in…

Nicole Skinner

4th/5th grade Assistant (Anthony Class)
2nd grade Math, and Outdoor Educator

M.S. Education, Saint Joseph’s University 
B.A. English, Minor Studio Art, Rosemont College

Nicole is PA certificated in English Literature (grades 6-12)…

Betty Cheung

Librarian, ITL, and 4th grade Math

M.Ed. Education, Holy Family University
B.A. Psychology, Villanova University
Reading Specialist Certification

Betty holds Pennsylvania certifications in Elementary Education (K-6) and Reading Specialist. At UFS, she…

Bethany Schwendy

Music
Sixth Grade Advisor and Middle School Math (Helman-Osborn Class)

B.A. Music Education, Messiah College

Bethany is a Certified Music Educator and taught general and vocal music in the Baltimore County Public…

Daphne Naudascher

Seventh Grade Advisor and Middle School Humanities (Helman-Osborn Class)

B.S. University of Kentucky

Daphne has Pennsylvania Teaching Certification. She began her involvement at UFS as a classroom parent in 1998. Daphne brings…

Kelsey Rosa

Spanish Teacher 
Head’s Assistant 

B. A. International Language-Business (Spanish), The University of Scranton

Kelsey graduated with a B. A. in International Language-Business (Spanish) in 2019. During college, she studied abroad in Sevilla,…

Susy Miller

Science
Eighth Grade Advisor

M.A. Science Education (Secondary Chemistry), Western Governors University
B.S. Science Education (Secondary Chemistry), Towson University

Susy holds PA Level II certifications in Biology (7-12), Chemistry (7-12), and General…

Stacie Scott

Art

B.S. Pennsylvania State University

Stacie has been teaching art at UFS since 1992. Her mixed media and collage works are featured in collections both regionally and nationally. Stacie has 30 years…

Holly Sharp

Afterschool Program Director and School Office Coordinator

B.A. Business, Family, and Consumer Science, University of Northern Iowa

Holly received her Bachelor’s in Business, Family, and Consumer Science from the University of Northern…