Meet the 2019-20 New Faculty and Staff

Please join Friends Select in welcoming the following new faculty, administrators, and staff to our community:

Norman Bayard, upper school dean of students
B.A. Temple University

Norman Bayard has been an educator for 23 years, serving as a teacher and an administrator. Most recently, Norman served for four years as the lower school dean of students and community life at Germantown Friends School. He has spent the bulk of his career in Philadelphia public and charter schools. 

Mohan Bell, 3rd grade teacher
B.A. Brooklyn College
M.A. Hunter College

For the past two years, Mohan Bell taught 4th grade at Abington Friends School. Before that, Mohan was a 3rd grade teacher at Harlem Academy in New York for four years. He is also a staff writer for thINKingDANCE, a Philadelphia-based publication that covers dance performances.

Zoë Blatt, upper school art teacher
B.A. University of Pennsylvania
M.Ed. Harvard University

Zoë Blatt joins the Friends Select art department from The Haverford School, where she worked for the past four years as a multimedia teacher. As part of her undergraduate education, Zoë received a painting certificate from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Zoë also interned at Friends Select.

Carlzel Bostic, middle school math teacher
B.A. Temple University
M.S.Ed. University of Pennsylvania

Carlzel Bostic taught middle school math and served as a teacher coach and mentor at Boys’ Latin Philadelphia Charter School for the past three years. He is also a Teach for America alumnus and has experience working with children and young adults as an after-school teacher and a former tutor-mentor for Temple University’s Mathematics Science Upward Bound Program. 

Mallory Burgan, director of development services
B.A. University of Delaware
Certificate in Fundraising Executive from La Salle University
M.S. Drexel University (in progress)
Certified Fundraising Executive

Mallory Burgan joined Friends Select in late 2018 as part of the development and alumni relations department. She manages the school’s gift entry and stewardship, prepares reports and analyses of fundraising work, manages the annual fund direct response effort, and serves as the liaison with the business office. Mallory also oversees the PA State Tax Credit program, enabling individuals to allocate their tax dollars to support financial aid for our students. Prior to Friends Select, Mallory worked at the Pennsylvania Historical Society for 6 years as director of annual giving and associate director of development. 

Ashley Coticchio, receptionist
B.A. University of Mary Washington

For the past six years, Ashley Coticchio worked at the YMCA of Bucks County, serving as the director of membership engagement and, before that, an aquatics specialist and director of aquatics.    

Kathryn Jaworski, lower school learning specialist
B.S. Pennsylvania State University
M.Ed. Cabrini College

Kate Jaworski worked at the Children's Literacy Initiative for the past three years, where she served as an early literacy mentor and coach. Kate has worked with elementary schools across the School District of Philadelphia to help teachers grow their practice in reading, writing, and phonics instruction. She began her career in education at Wissahickon Charter School in 2008, teaching 4th grade and serving as a teacher leader. 

Lauren Kibbe, lower school assistant teacher
B.A. Haverford College
M.S.Ed. Bank Street College of Education

Lauren Kibbe has vast experience in museum education. She has worked for Discovery Education, Smithsonian Enterprises, The National Museum of Natural History, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Newseum, Inc., Hillwood Estate, Museum and Garden, Spy Museum, Library of Congress, and The Phillips Collection, among other museums. 

Steven Kleinman, upper school English teacher
B.A. Oberlin College
M.A. University of Maryland

Steven Kleinman has taught English and writing courses at the University of the Arts, Community College of Philadelphia, Drexel University, Philadelphia Futures Summer Scholars Program, Camden County College, and University of Maryland. 

Kelly Meade, lower school assistant teacher
B.A. Simmons College
M.A. Simmons College

Kelly Meade was a substitute teacher in Friends Select’s lower school last year. Before that, she was a yoga instructor and adult education tutor at Lutheran Settlement House, she owned her own business. She also taught 4th grade in the Owen J. Roberts School District in Pottstown, PA, and 1st grade in the Reading School District in Reading, PA.

Kristen Wong Miller, college planning associate
B.A. University of Pennsylvania
M.S.Ed. University of Pennsylvania

Kristen Wong Miller was the associate director of college guidance and director of studies at Abington Friends School for five years, where she was also an upper school math teacher for two years. Kristen began her teaching career at Germantown Friends School, as an upper school math teacher for six years and a grade advisor for two years.

Steve Patterson, upper school English teacher
M.Ed. University of Illinois
Ph.D. Temple University

Steve Patterson has 23 years of experience as an English teacher. For 17 years, he taught at Friends’ Central High School, and he has also taught as an adjunct at Temple University, La Salle University, St. Joseph’s University, and Rutgers University.

Matt Rosen, director of financial operations
B.S. Haverford College
M.S. University of Pennsylvania

Matt Rosen comes to Friends Select from Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, where he served most recently as the school's controller. Read more about Matt here.

Bryan Skelly, middle school English teacher
B.S. La Salle University
M.S. La Salle University
M.Ed. St. Joseph’s University

For the past four years, Bryan Skelly taught 7th grade geography and coached upper school boys cross country and boys and girls track and field at William Penn Charter School, where he also served as the middle school diversity and inclusion coordinator. Prior to Penn Charter, Bryan spent nine years working at the Haverford School, teaching 10th grade world history, 8th grade world cultures, and 6th grade English, as well as working on the diversity and admissions committees and coaching upper school cross country and track and field. 

La Sripanawongsa, middle school Mandarin teacher
B.S. University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A.T. Middlebury College 

La Sripanawongsa has been a middle school Mandarin teacher at William Penn Charter School for the past five years, where she also served as middle school diversity coordinator. Prior to Penn Charter, La taught Mandarin in Wisconsin at the Middleton High School and Waunakee Community High School for two years, and in the Oconomowoc Area School District for a year. 

Peter Sun, upper school history teacher
M.A. University of Maryland
M.Div. Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary
Ph.D. Boston University

Prior to Friends Select, Peter Sun taught middle school social studies at Girard College for a year and at Park School of Baltimore for three years. Before that, he taught upper school history for three years at Garrison Forest School in Owing Mills, MD, where he was also the history department chair, at the Bullis School in Potomac, MD, for a year, and at Concord Academy in Concord, MA, for five years.

Nathan Wadley, middle school/upper school choral director
B.A. Missouri State University
M.M. Missouri State University

Nathan Wadley is a founding director of the Philadelphia Girls Choir, where has has worked for the past seven years. He has also worked at Moorestown Friends School for two years as the middle and upper school choral director and music teacher, at Germantown Academy for seven years as middle school general music teacher and private voice instructor, and at The American Boychoir School in Princeton, NJ, for nine years, where he was the resident training choir director, associate director of admissions, and a proctor and house parent.

Meg Waldon, physical education teacher
B.A. University of Virginia
M.S. Temple University

Before joining Friends Select as a long-term substitute, Meg Waldron was a teacher and coach at The Philadelphia School for 12 years. She has also been the head girls track and field coach at Merion Mercy Academy, and served for a year as a teacher and after school club facilitator at Lansdowne Friends School. For the past decade, Meg has also been the director of You Go Girls. 

Gabrielle Witkin, middle school/upper school support specialist
B.A. Muhlenberg College
M.Ed. University of Pennsylvania

For the past year, Gabrielle Witkin has worked as a therapist at the Renfrew Center and for Special People in the Northeast (SPIN), Inc. During her internship year of graduate school, she interned at Friends Select School under the supervision of Dr. Natan Gottesman. 

Perry Zanki, upper school science teacher
B.A. University of Windsor
B.Ed. University of Windsor
M.A. University of Westchester

Perry Zanki joins Friends Select from The Episcopal Academy, where he taught astronomy, AP environmental science, and chemistry since 2007. He has over 34 years of experience teaching a range of science courses at the high-school level.