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.
Nava Hall | Director of Business & Finance
Nava has a Bachelor of Science in Policy Management and History from Carnegie Mellon University and degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Villanova University. Nava joined SRV in 2007.
Carrie Miluski | Director of Development & Alumni Relations
Carrie is an alumna of SRV, and a current parent of two students. Carrie’s 20 year non-profit career has focused on supportive services for children and families. She has degrees from Bates College and the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Carrie loves connecting with SRV families, alumni, and others who have a shared passion for this one of a kind community.
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.
Colleen Scheetz | Health Coordinator
Colleen comes to SRV through Joffe Emergency Services. She graduated from West Chester University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences. After graduating, Colleen interned with the Walt Disney Company and completed an Urban Education Fellowship with AmeriCorps at a charter school in Wilmington, Delaware. In 2015, Colleen received her EMT certification in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In her spare time, Colleen enjoys volunteering, spending time on the beach, and visiting her friends and family.
Rory Mannion | Director of Admissions
Rory has a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies with a focus on Early Childhood Education from the University of Rhode Island and a M.S. in Educational Leadership from St. Joseph’s University. She has worked in education in both teaching and administrative capacities for the past 10 years. Rory joined SRV in 2019 and enjoys meeting new families and partnering with them as they navigate the application and admissions process.
When not at school, Rory likes to read, discover new restaurants, spend time at her family beach house in Sea Isle City, and be outdoors with her husband Jason and dog, Olly.
KJ Weist | Office Manager
Kj started at SRV in 2007 and brought many years of experience as an office manager, medical assistant, and business owner. When not at school, she enjoys car shows, motorbike rides, going to the beach and spending time with family and her dogs.
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.
Stewart Calloway | Director of Auxiliary Programs
Stewart holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in management from Howard University and a Master of Education degree in educational administration from Temple University. He has had an extensive career working with children and in schools, including eleven years at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy as Director of After School & Summer Programs and most recently as the Managing Director of New Covenant Campus Kids.
When Stewart is home, he enjoys watching and playing sports! He coaches a little league baseball team, along with his son and he spends a lot of time walking and playing with his dog, Flynn.
Sunday Small | Preschool Circle 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.
Maureen McHugh | 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!
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.
Erin Thack | 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.
Anna Pritchard | 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.
Ryan Loomis | Preschool Assistant
Ryan started working at SRV in 2020 and is thrilled to be part of the team of such talented educators. After ten years of teaching preschool in Seattle, WA he has returned to his home state of Pennsylvania to put down roots with his wife Abigail and two pet bunnies. He has a B.A.S in Early Childhood Education and a B.S. in Earth Science and has taught in a variety of settings including an all outdoor forest school. He is inspired and applies a variety of educational philosophies to his teaching techniques such as reggio-emilia, montessori, emergent curriculum. When not having a blast in the classroom he enjoys bike rides, canoe trips, and traveling.
Jake Hadelman | Classroom Aide
As a long-term attendee and SRV graduate, our core values were instilled in Jake from an early age. His favorite memories from SRV are hiking to Bamboo Island, playing touch ball and capture the flag on the big field, making cool things in wood shop, Apple Day, May Fair, Potlucks, and plays. Jake went on to graduate from Strath Haven High School in 2012. Currently, Jake is also a full-time Detention Officer at the Delaware County Juvenile Detention Center in Lima, where he works closely with incarcerated youth. Post high school, Jake took a gap year to build houses for homeless people in southern Georgia and to volunteer at a wildlife orphanage in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. He went to college at SUNY Canton and Colorado State University before graduating with a Bachelors of Arts degree with an emphasis on Special Education from The Evergreen State College in Washington State. While in Washington, Jake enjoyed kayaking with seals, orcas, and porpoises, and snowboarding down the mighty Mount Rainier. In Pennsylvania, Jake still enjoys kayaking and snowboarding, as well as fishing, camping, hiking, football, baseball, and cuddling with his rescue K-9 companion named Sunday.
Tracy Duryea | Primary Circle (1st & 2nd Grades) Teacher
Tracy holds a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Salisbury University and an M.S.Ed from Saint Joseph’s University. Prior to SRV, Tracy has taught Pre-Kindergarten at a Nursery School in Flourtown, First Grade in Baltimore, MD, and Kindergarten at a Charter School in Philadelphia. She enjoys incorporating music, movement, and art into the classroom whenever possible. Tracy is thrilled to join the SRV community and collaborate with the Primary Circle students and families to create a wonderful year! In addition to teaching at SRV, Tracy loves to run along the Schuylkill River, spend time with family and friends, cheer on Philly sports teams, and explore new restaurants.
Maggie Greening | Kindergarten 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.
Jill Loeffler | 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.
Silvio Navarro | Kindergarten Teacher
Silvio has worked in a variety of roles since graduating from The Pennsylvania State University’s College of Education in 2012. He has taught as an Environmental Educator both in and out of Philadelphia Area schools, working with diverse age groups and communities. He has also worked as a third-grade classroom teacher at an Environmental-based Charter School in Philadelphia. Silvio started working at The School in Rose Valley in 2013 and has taught as a classroom teacher in the Middle Circle and Oldest Group classrooms, and has worked with Early Childhood/Early Elementary aged children regularly in school and during Summer Camp as the Nature Counselor. In every role Silvio brings his passion for sustainability, music and art into the mix, from songwriting to community activism. Silvio lives in Media, PA with his family and often rides his bicycle to work!
Diane Luckman | Oldest Group (5th & 6th 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.
Tiffany Merrick | Classroom Aide
Brittany Ziobron | Preschool Assistant
Brittany has a Bachelor of Science in International Relations & Diplomacy from Seton Hall University. Prior to working at SRV, she taught for three years as a preschool teacher at a private school in China. She grew up in rural Connecticut and loves spending time in nature. Brittany is fluent in Mandarin and learning Spanish. In her free time, she enjoys discovering new places & foods, reading, and practicing yoga.
Kenny Bransdorf | Classroom Aide
Mari Ann Bartley | Preschool Assistant
Mari Ann Bartley (affectionately known as Mrs. B) has been in education in many ways since 1976 when she founded Mari Ann Jackson’s School of Dance. She continued teaching, choreographing, and producing dance productions for the next 22 years. During those years she also enjoyed teaching kindergarten at the Kids’ Place and teaching organization skills at Strath Haven Middle School.
Mrs. B joined the SRV Summer Camp family as a specialist counselor and then assisted the Summer Camp Director. Mrs. B then joined the School’s Preschool team. Tapping into the skills acquired at the Philadelphia School of Performing Arts and University of the Arts, Mrs. B directed the Julian Krinsky Performing Arts Camp for several years.
Presently Mrs. B is a therapeutic clinician at Child Guidance Resource Center, Afternoons Teacher at SRV, and Director of Vacation Care and Mini Camps here at SRV.
Mrs. B was honored in 1976 with the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts scholarship for dance. In February of 2019, she was awarded The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Commitment of Excellence in Education award by Governor Tom Wolf.
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.
Peter Delaplane | Music Teacher
Peter is a seasoned performer and music educator. He has performed as an accompanist and soloist for The Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society, The Wilmington Guitar Society, The Ambler Choral Society, The Anachrusis Women’s Choir, and The Aspen Music Festival. He earned his B.A. in English Literature from Kenyon College, and a Masters in music performance from the Boyer College of Music at Temple University. He served as a faculty member of Settlement Music School, and has taught music at Friends Select and Abington Friends Schools. He is the founder and musical director of The Rock Garden, a music program for aspiring musicians of all ages (www.rockgardenmusic.org). In addition to playing classical and fingerstyle guitar, Peter enjoys playing in his folk rock band Sweet 66, and recording and producing in his home studio.
Byron Sherwood | Science Teacher
Courtney Seltzer | Art Teacher
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
Kristina Gomez | Math Specialist
Isa Diaz-Barriga | Farm-to-Fork Kitchen Manager
Christine Iovannicci | Apple Blossoms Teacher
With a background in social work and nine years working in early childhood education, Christine is a supporter of open-ended art and play, digging in the dirt and giving children the freedom to explore and experience their world with all of their senses. She enjoys listening to children tell their stories, laughing with them, and accepting their invitations to play as ways to connect and learn what’s important to them.