Rod Stanton 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.
Kim Schmucki 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 are now Strath Haven High School and Strath Haven Middle School students, respectively.
Nava Hall 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Robin Lasersohn 3/5 Day Preschool Lead Teacher/Library
Robin has taught at SRV since 1997, and has the unusual experience of having worked in every grade level here. Before coming to SRV Robin taught math at Stratford Friends School in a special education setting, tutored teenagers in a recovery program, owned and operated a coffeehouse, and worked as a community organizer in Chester. She graduated from Swarthmore College with a special major in Education and Social Change. Robin serves as a contributing editor to the progressive education journal, Schools. Her professional interests include children’s literature, multiculturalism, and service learning. She is active in the local peace movement and the progressive homeschooling community. She enjoys reading and nature. Robin has 2 daughters who graduated from SRV in 2005 and 2007.
Janet Riddle 3/5 Day Preschool Teacher
Molly Wing-Berman 5 Day Preschool 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.
Maureen McHugh 5 Day Preschool 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!
Sunday Small 5 Day Preschool 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.
Jill Loeffler 5 Day Preschool Teacher
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.
Barbara Walsh Kindergarten Teacher
Barbara has been a teacher at SRV since 2008. Earning a BS at the University of Wyoming, she then received her teaching credentials through Kean University in New Jersey. Barbara completed her Masters of Bilingual/Bicultural Studies at La Salle University in the spring of 2013. Barbara spent two years teaching at the Cloud Forest School Monteverde, Costa Rica before moving to Media. Before that she worked in the New Jersey public school system since 1999. For fun Barbara enjoys going to the beach, playing guitar, reading, seeing Bruce Springsteen as often as possible, and spending time with friends and family.
Nita Singh 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.
Karyn Robinson Payton Primary Circle (1st & 2nd Grades) Teacher
Karyn holds a Bachelor of Art in Psychology from Temple University and a Master of Art in Education and Human Development from The George Washington University. She holds Pennsylvania certification in Early Childhood Education (preschool-3rd grade) as well as an out-of-state certification in Early Childhood Special Education. Karyn began her career teaching young children with developmental disabilities and delays. She has worked as a second grade assistant teacher at Friends Select School in Philadelphia.
As an SRV alumna, Karyn is honored to be a member of the faculty. She knew she wanted to be an educator from a very young age. Her professional interests include children’s literature, teaching reading and math, and adapting curriculum for diverse learning styles. She enjoys reading and spending time with her family – husband, Lee, who teaches at William Penn Charter School, and children, Savannah who is an SRV alumna, and Davis, a current SRV student.
Diane Luckman 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
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.
Erin Thack Oldest Group (5th & 6th 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, one who is a current SRV student and the other is an SRV alumna. 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.
Meg de Moll Oldest Group (5th & 6th Grades) Teacher
Meg most recently joined the SRV staff in 1999 as an Oldest Group teacher. Meg also taught at SRV early in her teaching career and helped run the camp for 15 years. Before returning to SRV, Meg taught 5th and 6th grades at Lansdowne Friends. Meg received her BA from Bennington College in literature doing her thesis on King Lear. She is interested in teaching social studies through Drama, Literature and Art and has developed a strong math curriculum for the Oldest Group. Meg’s personal interests include art, family and traveling.
Mike Nowell 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.
Jodie Brown Music Teacher
Jodie has been SRV’s music teacher since 1996 and a professional musician since 1974. In addition to performing professionally most of her life, she has directed music for dinner theatre and played the piano for many musicals. She has been a piano teacher since 1975, and a preschool music teacher since 1994. Jodie has her BME from Louisiana State University as well as many post-graduate and graduate credits. Jodie’s mission as a teacher is to find and bring out the musician in all children. She utilizes Edwin Gordan’s “music learning theory,” Orff and Kodaly methodologies, and the many discoveries she’s made in her years of teaching.
Jodie has three adult children. They are all involved in music and are often seen at SRV performing with their mom for special events. Jodie’s interests include retired racing greyhound, gardening and cooking.
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.
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.
Catalina Rios Spanish teacher
Catalina joins us this year 2015 as our new Spanish teacher. She holds a B.A in Latin American Studies from Wesleyan University and a M.A in Spanish from Middlebury College. Catalina is a published poet, a recipient of a Leeway Foundation Harmony Grant and has attended the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference. She enjoys travel, music, reading and cooking. She has traveled extensively throughout Latin America. Her travels include service trips to Bolivia, Costa Rica and El Salvador. Catalina is a trained S.E.E.D facilitator (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) who is deeply committed to social justice, cultural awareness and respect for diversity in community.
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.
Lindsay Goldsmith-Markey Math Specialist
Mary Gordon 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.
Silvio Navarro Preschool Afternoons Teacher
Inge Brunner Pre-Day Lead Teacher
Maria Rice Cook
Maria is an SRV alum and mother of three boys; Jesse, Gabriel and Evan. Maria studied theatre and art history at Sarah Lawrence College and received her master’s in interior design from Drexel University. After living and working for 10 years in New York City in the design world, she relocated back to the area for her children to attend SRV. Her pasttimes are varied, but travel, camping with family, any sports or activity with water and reading are favorites.