Rod Stanton | Head of School
Head of School
Rod joined The School in Rose Valley community in 2015 as Head of School. Prior to SRV, Rod worked at The Crefeld School, a small progressive school in Philadelphia, where he taught history for many years and was the Summer School Dean, before becoming Assistant Head of School. Rod holds a B.S. in Education from Saint Joseph’s University and an M.A. in Educational Leadership from Immaculata University. He lives in Malvern with his wife, Lauren, and his two children, Lily and Bennett. Rod enjoys spending time with family, reading, collecting things, playing sports, and learning new songs on his guitar.
Nava Hall | Business Office Manager
Business Office Manager
Nava has a Bachelor of Science in Policy Management and History from Carnegie Mellon University and a Masters of Liberal Arts from the University Of Pennsylvania. Nava joined SRV in 2007.
Erin Poulson | Administrative & Advancement Associate
Administrative & Advancement Associate
Erin joined The School in Rose Valley in 2016 as the Administrative & Advancement Associate. Before moving to SRV, Erin worked with Chubb Limited in the litigated claims unit. Erin earned a B.A. in Psychology, Child Development, and Religious Studies from Albright College. She deepened her undergraduate experience through work with the Alumni Relations team, Office of Student Engagement, and the Dean of Students. As an alumna of The Crefeld School, Erin is excited to reconnect with her roots in progressive education and become part of the SRV family.
Erin enjoys spending time with her family and friends, discovering new restaurants and trails in Philadelphia, and curling up with a good book.
Dan Tracey | Facilities Manager
Dan brings many years of experience and a diverse range of skills to SRV as he manages all of our buildings and grounds. He is a graduate of Coatesville Area Vocational Technical School. Dan grew up on a farm, built his own house, and owned his own home improvement business before joining SRV. Dan is a skilled carpenter, plumber, electrician, roofer and landscaper.
When not tinkering around the house or school, Dan enjoys spending time with his family and grandchildren. He is also very involved in the community where he volunteers with a number of different organizations. When he gets the chance to relax, Dan enjoys watching football and baseball.
Kim Schmucki | Director of Admission & Tuition Assistance
Director of Admission & Tuition Assistance
Kim joined the SRV staff in 2003 as preschool teacher, then moved to admissions in 2010. She thoroughly enjoys touring prospective families, helping them to learn about our wonderful school and working with them throughout the application process.
Kim has a son and daughter who are SRV alumni and attend Oberlin College and Strath Haven High School, respectively.
KJ Weist | Office Manager
Kj has many years of experience as an office and administrative assistant. She has worked in the graphics and design area and in the medical field in a variety of positions including optometry and surgical technology. She owned a gym for many years when her daughters, Alyssa and Carmen, were in elementary school. Kj enjoys reading, pottery, going to the beach, road trips and animals of all types. She has two Olde English Bulldogs, Frank and Einstein, who keep her very busy.
Susie Metrick | School Psychologist
Susie holds a doctorate and is a licensed Clinical Psychologist as well as a certified School Psychologist. She attended Oberlin College for her undergraduate degree. Susie also provides testing and consultation for children in a group private practice. In addition to being SRV’s School Psychologist Susie is the chair of the Learning Support Team.
Susie lives in Malvern with her husband, Sean, and their two sons, Keenan and Noah. She enjoys going on excursions and exploring the outdoors with her children, as well as reading, hiking/walking, and playing sports.
Mary K. Miluski | Executive Director, Summer Camp
Mary K. Miluski
Executive Director, Summer Camp
Mary K has over 18 years of experience directing camp. For 10 years, she was a member of the school’s administrative team. Before SRV, she was a civil litigator for 12 years. Mary Kay grew up in Wallingford and went to Nether Providence High School. She is a graduate of Brown University and Boston University School of Law. Her son, Alex, went to SRV. In her spare time she volunteers with shelter and rescue dogs, and enjoys swimming, reading, walking her too-many dogs, dancing, and gardening.
Mary Kay has assembled a wonderful staff of program directors and camp counselors who ensure the success of the program each year. Approximately two-thirds of the 60+ member staff return from year to year. The staff is evenly divided amongst professionals and teachers (many with Master’s degrees), college, and high school students.
Sunday Small | Youngest Group Lead Teacher
Youngest Group Lead Teacher
Sunday has a B.A. in Liberal Studies from Widener University, an M.Ed. in Education from Cabrini College, and PA teaching certification in Elementary Education. She has worked for decades with students in a variety of educational settings, from preschool through 6th grade.
In addition to teaching at SRV, Sunday is also an alumna and the mother of two sons, Forest and Trevor, who attended through 6th grade. Returning to The School in Rose Valley is the fulfillment of her professional ideals, as well as a source of joy and a profound honor.
Janet Riddle | Youngest Group Assistant Teacher
Youngest Group Assistant Teacher
Janet began volunteering at SRV when her oldest daughter began preschool in 1996. She was the Development Assistant from 2000-2007, but Janet’s true love is teaching preschool. This is Janet’s seventh year as an Assistant Preschool teacher at SRV. Janet holds a BA in sociology/psychology and is a certified Physician’s Assistant. She completed her Child Development Associates certificate at DCCC in 2012. Janet’s two daughters are SRV alumni.
Janet’s interests include farming at the local CSA, singing in the church choir and anything outdoors, especially riding horses!
Maureen McHugh | Preschool Circle Teacher
Preschool Circle Teacher
Maureen has taught at both SRV and our summer camp for almost ten years. She has her BS from Cabrini College and was the Director of Today’s Child and Cassoria Learning Center. She also taught Kindergarten at Cassoria. In addition, Maureen has worked for the Philadelphia Head Start program. Her professional interests are play therapy, working on furthering her education and publishing her book. Maureen loves to travel, listen to music, refinish furniture and explore history museums. Her daughters, Vaughn and Avery, keep her busy as well!
Molly Wing-Berman | Preschool Circle Teacher
Preschool Circle Teacher
Molly brings a rich and creative background to her preschool teaching. She is an accomplished artist and experienced teacher. Most recently she was the art teacher at Media Providence Friends School. Molly went to Oberlin College and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Molly’s two daughters, Hannah and Leah, are SRV alums. Molly’s creative stamp is seen all over the SRV campus – including the floor in Grace’s foyer which she did with Kathy McCarron. She is a gardener, paper maker, felt maker, and loves to draw, paint and do pottery (her father is a master potter). She and her family live across the creek with a menagerie of animals including their 4 corgies.
Jill Loeffler | Preschool Circle Teacher
Preschool Circle Teacher
Jill started working at SRV in 2014. She received her B.A. in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Neumann University in 2006. Prior to joining SRV, Jill was an associate teacher at Wilmington Friends School in Pre-Kindergarten and First Grade. She has also been the Program Director at SRV Summer Camp since 2012, after years of working at the camp as a counselor. In her spare time, Jill loves to travel with her family and hiking.
Maggie Greening | Preschool Circle Teacher
Preschool Circle Teacher
Maggie started working at The School in Rose Valley in 2018. She received her B.S. in Elementary Education from Penn State University in 2011. Prior to working at SRV, Maggie taught third grade in Philadelphia; she also taught as an assistant toddler teacher at Gladwyne Montessori School. In her spare time, Maggie loves to spend time with her family and friends enjoying the outdoors, and exploring new restaurants.
Annie Suchecki | Kindergarten Teacher
Annie has taught in the kindergarten since 1999. She has her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the College of Mount St. Joseph and her Master of Art from University of Louisville. Before coming to SRV, Annie was an artist in residence at 3 city elementary schools in Chester and she worked as an assistant in second grade special education in the Upper Darby School District. Annie also teaches at the Community Arts Center in Wallingford, teaching pottery courses for adults, children’s art classes and “art for homeschoolers.” Annie is active in the local art community, past president of the Potters Guild of Wallingford, and she exhibits her work both locally and nationally. She is the mother of two boys. Annie takes computer courses, participates in the National Council for the Education in the Ceramic Arts and participates in many national and international workshops in pottery. Her passion for literature is her favorite hobby.
Silvio Navarro | Kindergarten Teacher
Erin Thack | Primary Circle (1st & 2nd Grades) Teacher
Primary Circle (1st & 2nd Grades) Teacher
Erin has a B.S. in Education from Temple University and a M.Ed in Education from Saint Joseph’s University. She holds a preschool through 8th grade certification in Pennsylvania as well as her certification in reading. Erin was a reading specialist/librarian in the Chester Upland School District as well as a kindergarten teacher in the Rose Tree Media School District. In these various capacities Erin has tutored small groups in reading and math, collaborated with classroom teachers, been part of the Instruction Learning Support Team, maintained the library/media center, and supervised practicum students.
Erin has two children, both of whom are SRV alumni and currently attend Strath Haven High School. In her spare time Erin likes to take tap dancing class, garden, go to flea markets and spend time with her family. Erin grew up in Rose Valley and even babysat former SRV students, the Finkbeiners.
Nita Singh | Primary Circle (1st & 2nd Grades) Teacher
Primary Circle (1st & 2nd Grades) Teacher
Nita started working at SRV in 2001. Nita has a BA in psychology, M.Ed. in special education from the University of Delaware and is certified in Pennsylvania. She has worked as a preschool teacher at Kinder Care and the Delaware County Head Start Program. At the Overbrook School for the Blind she worked with visually impaired and other special needs preschool children. Nita has also worked with autistic children through the Delaware County Easter Seals Society. Nita thoroughly enjoys teaching early childhood pre-reading and reading skills, as well as making children aware of different countries and cultures. When she is not busy raising twin sons, SRV alumni Anup and Sanj, Nita enjoys reading fiction, pottery, jogging, traveling and cooking.
Diane Luckman | Middle Circle (3rd & 4th Grades) Teacher
Middle Circle (3rd & 4th Grades) Teacher
Diane Luckman earned her M.S.Ed in elementary education from the University of Pennsylvania. A recipient of the Rosenberg Scholarship in dance, Diane also earned a B.S. in computer science and a B.A. in communications from Goucher College. Before entering the field of education, she was the founder and president of DesignTech, Inc. (1987 to 1997), a firm that created graphic design and marketing materials for pharmaceutical companies and non-profit businesses. From 1997 to 2010, Diane was the marketing director for a large design firm and then one of Philadelphia’s top urban planning firms. Diane’s “former career” involved printing, publishing and technology and presentation of the final product to prospective customers. Teaching was the natural next step for Diane and, if you ask her friends and family, her true love.
Diane brings an urban connection to the SRV classroom. In the Middle Circle the students will become urban planners and begin to gain a better understanding of what it means to be part of a community from different perspectives, including architecture, environment, government, history and the people.
Diane lives in Philadelphia with her husband, Bruce, an attorney, and their dog Harley; her son Sam attends Temple University and her daughter Emma attends Miami University of Ohio.
O’Brien Wolff | Middle Circle (3rd & 4th Grades) Teacher
Middle Circle (3rd & 4th Grades) Teacher
O’Brien holds a B.A. in Psychology from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN and an M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania. She is K-6 certified in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. O’Brien began her teaching career abroad, where she taught English as a second language to Kindergartners in Bangkok, Thailand. It was there that O’Brien realized she wanted to continue her career as an educator back in the U.S. Prior to joining SRV, O’Brien taught fourth grade at Germantown Friends School. There, she was also able to coach middle and upper school students in field hockey, basketball and lacrosse. In her free time, O’Brien enjoys playing a variety of sports, completing DIY projects, spending time with family and traveling.
Anna Pritchard | Oldest Group (5th & 6th Grades) Teacher
Oldest Group (5th & 6th Grades) Teacher
A native of West Philadelphia, I grew up chasing trolleys and challenging neighbors to skid mark-making contests with our Huffy bikes. Experiencing first hand the vast discrepancy in schooling available to local families sparked a passion for learning about education policy and eventually teaching. I attended Warren Wilson College, a small work college in the Blue Ridge Mountains, where I was able to experience the value of learning with our hearts and hands as well as our heads. From there, I worked on trail crews, organic goat farms, and had many more adventures before obtaining my Master’s degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. I am now married to my wonderful husband, Cliff, and have two young sons, CJ and Khalil. CJ loves trucks and jumping off of things and Khalil mostly loves food and banging on things. I am an avid lover of the outdoors and am working my way back into marathon mode. I am also incredibly excited to begin developing our learning community as we work together to create a fantastic year for the Oldest Group students and families.
Mike Nowell | Woodshop & Sports Teacher
Woodshop & Sports Teacher
Mike started teaching at SRV in 1982. The grandchild of a former SRV teacher, son of an alumnus and an alumnus himself, Mike had little hope of escaping the community he loves. Returning to the school as a volunteer while taking undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Pennsylvania, Mike worked hard to make himself indispensable. Positions in the Afternoons and Camp programs, substituting, and co-teaching gave Mike the opportunity to teach subjects that ensure his status as a very active learner and afford him some sense of job security. (Marrying the former schoolmate who would become Assistant Principal didn’t hurt either).
Mike has taught Shop and Sports at SRV for many years and moved from teaching Computer Science to installing and maintaining the school’s growing network when the campus computer count topped 60 in 2002. In his free time, Mike likes to keep abreast of current advances in science and technology, plumb the shallows of Western philosophy, play a variety of musical instruments poorly and spend time with his wife, Lauren and son, Luke, a third generation SRV Nowell.
Dawn Knipmeyer | Science Teacher
Dawn has a Master of Arts in Education (Environmental Education) from Arcadia University and a B.S. in Elementary Education from Chestnut Hill College. She holds a preschool through 8th grade certification in Pennsylvania. Dawn stays current in the education world by going to seminars, workshops and classes. For personal enjoyment she loves to mountain bike, backpack, camp, garden and do just about anything outdoors. She also enjoys baking and reading. She volunteers once a week at the Schuykill Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. She has two dogs named Piper and Chloe and a cat named Felix.
Kate Sestrick | Music Teacher
A native of Buffalo, New York, Kate earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and Music Therapy at Nazareth college of Rochester and her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the State University of New York at Geneseo. She has Pre K-12th grade music certification in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New York and is a trained music therapist. In addition to teaching music and practicing music therapy, Kate’s background includes many years as an Early Intervention Special Instructor. When Kate is not teaching at SRV, she travels throughout Delaware County conducting early intervention eligibility evaluations for children ages 0-3.
Kate enjoys reading, crafting, hiking, and exploring the arts in the greater Philadelphia Area. She lives in Downingtown with her son.
Kathy McCarron | Art Teacher
Kathy is an award winning fiber artist who loves to work with clay, make books, create mosaics and felt. She has a degree in recreation management from Algonquin College. Her creative mark can be seen throughout the school, most notably in the etched concrete floor in Grace’s foyer that she did with Molly Wing-Berman. Kathy has taught both art and special needs students in public, parochial and independent schools. She was part of SRV’s preschool team for many years before taking over the art program.
Kathy is an avid outdoors woman. She and her husband backpack, camp, whitewater raft, and sail across the globe. When not busy renovating her old Victorian house or making tiles, she gardens, cooks, travels and hikes with her dog.
Mariko Nozaka | Spanish Teacher
Mariko Nozaka was born and raised in Mexico City. She likes to be called Mari. Her parents are from Japan and they moved to Mexico after they got married. Mari met her husband, who is from Germany, while she was an exchange student at Indiana University. Mari’s native language is Spanish. She speaks Japanese with her parents and speaks German with her husband. Mari and her husband are raising her children trilingual (Spanish, German, and English).
Mari has lived in Mexico, Canada, Japan, Germany, and the USA, where she has lived since 2006. Mari and her husband have two sons who attend Hillside Elementary School in Berwyn.
Mari has a Bachelor of Marking from ITESM University of Mexico and a Masters of Intercultural Communication from Fachschule Fulda in Germany. She worked in Germany as a trainer in Language and Intercultural Awareness. Mari taught Spanish to adults in the different countries where she lived. She started teaching Spanish to children at the International Montessori School in Malvern and West Chester where her children attended. After that wonderful experience, Mari decided to start her own business teaching Spanish to children. So, when Mari is not at SRV, she teaches Spanish for mommies/caregivers and their little ones, at area preschools, and to adults.
Susan McCarter | Reading Specialist
Susan joined SRV in 2007 and is currently the school’s Reading Specialist. She provides differing types of support to our students, including formal support for children with reading issues, phonics or spelling work with small groups to assist teachers with individualizing instruction, as well as writing and other literacy support. Susan also formally assesses children to evaluate their needs and provides support to the classroom teachers.
Susan has a Master’s degree in Education from the University of South Carolina and has been extensively trained in four different Orton-Gillingham-based reading programs. She is qualified to work with pre-school through high school students. Earlier in her career, Susan taught pre-school and kindergarten. She has national certification through the Academic Language Therapist Association with the credentials of CALP – Certified Academic Language Practitioner.
When Susan is not at SRV, she is very busy tutoring students from other schools, visiting and overseeing her husband’s care in his nursing home, and enjoying her 22-year old son. Susan also enjoys reading, needlepoint, antiques and spending time outdoors.
Mary Gordon | Director, Afternoons Program (Kindergarten - 6th Grade Afternoons teacher)
Director, Afternoons Program (Kindergarten – 6th Grade Afternoons teacher)
Mary has worked in SRV’s Afternoons Program since 1995. She has worked in independent schools in Philadelphia and both of her children attended preschool at The School in Rose Valley. Mary is an accomplished fine artist and has a BFA from the University of Texas and a Masters Degree from Tyler School of Art. She is also a co-founder of Heron Gallery and Studios, an artists’ cooperative in Rockdale, PA. Mary’s passions are painting, travel, the outdoors and children.
Inge Brunner | Pre-Day Lead Teacher
Pre-Day Lead Teacher