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Friends' Central Welcomes New Faculty & Staff
Posted 08/31/2017 10:28AM

It is with great excitement that Friends’ Central welcomes 24 new teachers, administrators, and staff members to the School for the 2017-2018 school year.

At the administrative level, Friends’ Central is thrilled to welcome Ryan Coffey Keaton as Co-Director of College Counseling. Keaton holds degrees from SUNY and the University of Pennsylvania and comes to Friends’ Central having served as both Director of College Guidance and Director of Studies at Abington Friends School. She has also worked on the college admissions side of the process at Swarthmore College, Bryn Mawr College, and Niagara University. Friends’ Central also welcomes Melody Acinapura, Lower School Assistant Principal. Acinapura joins FCS from Greene Street Friends School, where she served as Dean of Lower School, Director of Student Support Services, and Lower & Middle School Counselor. She has a BA in Elementary & Special Education from Saint Joseph's University and a Master's in School Counseling Psychology from Boston College. She also received a certificate from the New and Aspiring School Leadership Institute at Harvard University.

Joining the Friends’ Central Development, Business, Admission, Communications, and Facilities Offices respectively are Sarah Duda, Assistant Director of Annual Giving; Rudy Fabry, Controller; Anne Lytle, Assistant Director of Admission; Luke Nowell, Digital and Social Media Specialist; and Jeffrey Childs, Maintenance and Grounds.  

The Lower School welcomes to Friends’ Central; Tyler Clauson-Wolf, Grade 1 Assistant Teacher; Jessica Feng, Nursery Assistant Teacher; Brandi Lawrence, Grade 5 Humanities Teacher; Tina Lee, Grade 5 Math Teacher; Jackie Merchant, Grade 2 Assistant Teacher; Daniel Raeder, Kindergarten Assistant Teacher; and Tuesday Vanstory, Lead Nursery Teacher.

Joining Friends’ Central in the Middle and Upper Schools are Laurel Burkbauer, Middle School Language Arts; Katie Dickinson, Upper School English; Rae Esformes, Middle School Social Studies; Dafne Foote, Upper School Spanish; Emily Harnett, Upper School English; Danielle Saint Hilaire, Upper School History; Thomas Soper, Upper School English; Jacquelyn Tisdale, Middle School Math; and Zachary Zaitlin, Middle & Upper School Accompanist.

Welcome to Friends’ Central!

  • September 2017
    • ThuSep21 Rosh Hashanah (School Closed)
    • TueSep26 New Parent Breakfast w/ Head of School (City Ave.) 8:30 AM
    • TueSep26 Grs. 11/12 Parents' Curriculum Night 7:00 PM
    • ThuSep28 New Parent Breakfast w/ Head of School (LS) 8:30 AM
    • FriSep29 MS Adventure Day
    • FriSep29 Senior College Process Work Day (No Gr. 12 Classes)
    • FriSep29 Yom Kippur Begins at Sundown
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