Student Support Services
“At Friends' Central, the teachers set a really high bar, but instead of using the bar to separate the stronger kids from the weaker kids, they work like crazy to get everyone over the bar. That difference changes the way everyone in their classrooms feels about learning.”
Friends’ Central students flourish in a culture of learning that requires a dedication to excellence. Our goal is to provide every student at Friends' Central with the tools he or she needs to thrive in our School and in life. Whether we are nurturing our students as learners or supporting their emotional, social, or physical well-being, we are developing young people who will achieve their promise in the context of our challenging curriculum, in our community, and in the world.
The Support Services Team supports students and teachers in a comprehensive and thoughtful way. Services they provide are coordinated to facilitate their understanding and cultivation of each student.
Each of our two campuses has a full time, board certified nurse overseeing the health of our student body. The City Avenue campus also has a certified athletic trainer. Students and parents are encouraged to contact one of our nurses with questions about managing illness, allergies, or medication at school.
At Friends’ Central, we support all students’ learning. We recognize that to cultivate individual students’ academic promise will require support for some and enrichment for others.
It is our belief that children learn best when they feel safe, nurtured, and happy. Our counselors and teachers work together closely to create and perpetuate an environment in which our students will thrive.
Meet the Student Support Services Team
Director of Support Services/
Middle & Upper School Learning Specialist
Dianne was a K-12 Reading and Learning Specialist at Friends' Central from 1980-1995. From 1996-2012 she was Head of Lower School at Newtown Friends School. She rejoined the FCS faculty in January 2013. Since returning, she has helped to expand Support Services and to coordinate support protocols across the three divisions.
Lower School Reading Specialist for grades K-2
Debra Will has been teaching at FCS since 1995, first as a classroom teacher, and now as the LS Reading Specialist. She is a graduate of Earlham College with a master's degree in early childhood and elementary education, and she has a reading certification. She currently serves as the co-clerk of the LS Diversity Committee and is a member of the LS Religious Life Committee. Deb also participates in the Quaker Self-Study Oversight Committee here at FCS. She is married to FCS teacher Dave Thomas, and their three children attended Friends' Central. She is actively involved in her Friends Meeting and enjoys reading and sewing.
Lower School Counselor
Before joining Friends' Central in fall 2016, Jessica most recently served as Elementary School Social Worker for the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District in Chester and Delaware Counties, providing individual and group counseling services, social skills instruction, and executive functioning skills instruction for a large, diverse group of students at four different schools. Jessica received her BA from Brandeis University and her Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Pennsylvania.
Lower School Nurse
Lower School nurse Jennie Nemroff began working at FCS in 2004 and has seen all three of her sons graduate from the School ('09, '12, and '15). For six consecutive summers (2008-2013), she was a nurse at an overnight camp. Prior to coming to FCS, she worked for 13 years in two different doctors’ offices – a busy, high-risk ob/gyn practice and an infertility practice. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Temple University, and she is a Registered Nurse and a certified CPR Instructor.
Upper School Learning Specialist
Rachel joined the FCS community in fall 2016 after over twenty years as an English teacher. She holds an undergraduate degree from Cabrini College, a Masters of Education from Kutztown University, and a Reading Specialist Certification from The Department of Education. Rachel is currently writing her dissertation to complete her doctoral work in Cognitive Studies at Widener University. A published author, she has completed two Fellowships and has a distinguished track record of professional publications, presentations at regional and national conferences, and awards and teaching in higher education.
Middle and Upper School Counselor
Frederick joined the FCS community in 2015 after being a faculty member at Merion Mercy Academy in Merion Station, PA for ten years. Previously, he practiced as an outreach and clinical social worker for homeless populations in New York City and Washington, DC, before engaging in social justice education at The Romero Center in Camden, NJ. He holds an undergraduate degree in Social Work from Siena College, a Master of Arts in Social Justice Education & Spirituality from the Washington Theological Union, a Master of Science in Clinical Pastoral Counseling from Neumann University, and an Advanced Graduate Certificate in School Counseling from Villanova University. Frederick is engaged in ongoing professional development at the Beck Institute and the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work.
English Language Learning Specialist
Prior to joining Friends’ Central, Katy served as the ELL Coordinator and English language acquisition teacher at International School Singapore, an International Baccalaureate (IB) school. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature and Japanese literature from the University of Michigan and a Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Eastern Michigan University. In addition to teaching English as an Additional Language (EAL) in K-12 public schools in New Jersey, Katy has also taught English for Academic Purposes (EAP) in colleges in Michigan, New York City, and New Jersey.
Middle & Upper School Nurse
Lower School Nurse
- Connecticut College, New London - BA
Wilson Reading System - Level ll Certified
Cabrini College - M.Ed Reading Specialist