Middle & Upper School Center for Innovation & Design (CID)
Phase 1 of the new Center for Innovation and Design (CID) on Friends' Central's City Avenue campus launched in fall 2022. With approximately 6,800 square feet of space, the newly designed CID includes studios for design and prototyping, fabrication, technology and robotics, and the storage and finishing of student projects. Although the CID is in its early days, it is poised to catalyze one of the best years for STEAM education at Friends’ Central in its history.
- CJ Keller, CID Co-Director
CJ Keller is the Co-Director of the Center for Innovation and Design at Friends' Central School. He is from Lower Merion. CJ began working at FCS in 2013. CJ was a carpenter and woodworker at residential homes in Philadelphia and the Main Line before coming to Friends' Central. CJ attended James Madison University for his BA in English before attending the University of San Diego for his M.Ed.
Matthew Schoifet is the Upper School Physics teacher and Co-Director of the Center for Innovation and Design at Friends' Central School. He is from Medford, New Jersey. Matthew began working at FCS in 2022. Matthew was the a physics and engineering teacher at Riviera Preparatory School in Miami, Florida before coming to Friends' Central. Matthew attended Cornell University and received his B.A. in Physics and his M.Ed. from University of Florida.