New Hires Update

MarissaWelcome Marissa Rohner!

Marissa is an alumna of the Meadowbrook School, class of 2004. After graduating from Meadowbrook, she attended Springside School (now SCH Academy) and Franklin & Marshall College. At F & M, Marissa earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a focus in Creative Writing. In addition to her studies, Marissa played Varsity Tennis and was the founding member and First Executive Vice President of the Theta Lambda Chapter of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority. Marissa joins us after working as a journalist for Star & Wave Newspaper, a photographer for South Jersey Marina and most recently a program analyst for Applied Engineering Management Corporation. Eager to work with children and move into a career in education, Marissa accepted a position to serve as the Kindergarten Teaching Assistant this year. She is thrilled to be back at her alma mater!

carrieWelcome Carrie Smeltzer!

Carrie Smeltzer has accepted the position to serve as our new Early Childhood Learning Center Teaching Assistant. Carrie has been teaching at Silver Springs Martin Luther School in Plymouth Meeting as well as at the West Chester Area Day Care Center this summer. Carrie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music from West Chester University. In college, Carrie performed in the Wind Symphony and Inter-collegiate Band. As a musician, she has also been part of the Symphonic Band and Flute Ensemble, and taught children an array of music theory and music appreciation, as well as singing and dancing during her student-teacher training. Although Carrie initially applied for the vacant music position, she became really intrigued about the preschool opportunity. Based on her current work with toddlers, Carrie will be primarily assisting in preschool; however, she will also help with our school musicals and support Joyce during Extended Day. We’re very fortunate to have another versatile and enthusiastic employee.

Welcome Samantha Bradley

Samantha Bradley is a recent graduate from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Hispanic Language and Literature. In addition to being fluent in Spanish and focusing a good portion of her studies on Adolescent Psychology, Samantha is also well-versed in technology, critical thinking, and leadership. In fact, Samantha is also well-versed in American Sign Language and the Deaf culture. Samantha will replace Dorothy as the new computer teacher, and may offer some unique skills to Meadowbrook students (ie. honors spanish) down the road. 

 

Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Link

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We recently caught up with the new Mrs. Link, our Preschool Lead Teacher.

1. What is one item on your bucket list?

To go to London and cross Abbey Road

2. What book are you currently reading?

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

3. Who is your mentor? why?

My mentor is my fifth grade teacher who would later go on to become my grade partner when I first started teaching. I learned so much from her as a student, and even more as a colleague.

4. What would your superpower be?

My superpower would be to travel back in time. This way I could spend more time with loved ones that have passed on, as well as experience different time periods.

5. What is your favorite summer memory?

Getting married 🙂

6. What is your favorite thing about Meadowbrook?

My favorite thing about Meadowbrook is the close knit family feeling. From the buddy system with the older and younger students, to the family style lunches, there is such a positive, friendly atmosphere that is unlike any other school!

New Hires at Meadowbrook

 Welcome to Lindsey Wooler!

Wooler-Lindsey-HR (1)Lindsey Wooler is a recent graduate of Cairn University. Lindsey received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education and a Bachelor of Science in Bible Studies. At Cairn, Lindsey received the President’s Scholarship, Daisy Bell Jack Scholarship and Cairn Merit Academic Scholarship, as well as Magna Cum Laude, with a 3.85 GPA. Lindsey is a state certified music instructor, who will serve as both the music teacher and primary librarian at Meadowbrook. Along with other new teaching aides, Lindsey will maintain the traditional school musicals, but is also looking to add some new dimensions to Meadowbrook’s Music program. Lindsey completed her student-teaching at Upper Moreland Primary School, Cheltenham Elementary and Open Door Christian Academy. Lindsey has also been a private voice teacher. Outside of work, Lindsey is an avid reader who loves singing and flying kites. In accepting the position, Lindsey said, “I’m thrilled to join such a nurturing and supportive school environment.” We also share our very best wishes with Lindsey and her fiancé Dan, who were recently engaged!

Welcome to Mary Sawyer!

maryMary Sawyer assumes the primary Art position this year. Mary received her Bachelor of Science degree in Fashion Design from Philadelphia University in 2004, and then rushed off to New York City to make her mark before realizing that her true passion was helping children use art as a way to express themselves creatively. Thus, Mary returned to school and received a Master of Arts in Teaching with a focus in Art Education from Montclair State University in 2009. Currently, Mary is certified in both Art and in Family and Consumer Sciences. Previously, Mary worked in Summit (NJ) School District, Springfield (PA) School District, Perkiomen Valley School District and Upper Darby High School before joining the private sector. In fact, Mary comes highly recommended from the Headmaster at Stratford Friends, and will share her talents with both schools this year.

Mary and her husband, Jim, a college guidance counselor at LaSalle College High School, are in the midst of moving to Montgomery County and are thrilled to join our school community. Outside of work and raising her 2 children, Mary enjoys finding ways to integrate her love of the Arts with core subjects that students are learning in the classroom. Mary feels that Meadowbrook will allow her to teach a diverse population of young, impressionable minds. Having instructed students in numerous settings, Mary is very familiar with evolving trends in the industry and also how to meet each child at his/her level. Mary will co-create the Yearbook and collaborate with Becky Blumenthal on the Winter Arts Festival.

Welcome to Diana Caramanico!

dianaDiana Caramanico, will lead the Mindfulness initiative at Meadowbrook. Diana is one of the most accomplished basketball players in the Philadelphia area. A graduate of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, she finished her career as the all-time leading scorer in both the Ivy League and the Philadelphia Big Five. Having been named MVP of each league three times, Diana holds numerous single game, season, and career records for both offense and defense. Most notably, Diana is the leading scorer at Penn for both men and women, and is the leading scorer among Big 5 women with 2,415 career points. As a two-time captain, she led the Penn women’s program to its first ever Ivy League Championship and appearance in the NCAA tournament. Upon graduation, Diana played professionally in Strasbourg, France for two years where she led the league in scoring both years. For the past 8 years, Diana has been substitute teaching an array of subjects at several independent schools. She has also coached girls’ teams at both Germantown Academy (her alma mater ’97) and William Penn Charter. When she ended her pro career, Diana began her own business called, Corpus Mensque (Latin for “body and mind”) to train young people in the competencies of resilience, mental toughness and well-being: skills that are vital, but infrequently taught at any level of schooling. Diana is highly talented and versatile. In 2011, Diana received her Master’s degree in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. The following year, Diana was inducted into the Philadelphia Big 5 Hall of Fame. At Meadowbrook, Diana will offer upper school enrichment in French, support all grades in Math and provide her expertise in Mindfulness for our entire school community. Diana and her husband reside in Ardmore with their two children.

Matthew’s Mindful Moment

Mathew’s Mindful Moment is a memorial fund started in memory of Mathew Okin. He was a student at the Meadowbrook School from kindergarten through 6th grade.

The mission is to transform the lives of children by providing vital social and emotional programs. Mindfulness has proven success with reducing stress in children. Also, noted was less aggressive behavior and more tolerance for understanding differences with other children. Academic performance had increased and the ability to concentrate and focus. Mindfulness teaches tools and strategies to help children emotionally regulate and build self-esteem and resilience. Presently, it has been instituted in many schools and over 400, 000 children have participated.

The Okin family is excited to bring mindfulness to the Meadowbrook School. We know that our son Mathew would be aligned with our mission to create a world where children can thrive by teaching mindfulness, positive psychology combined with brain science to all our students, teachers and parents.