4th Grade Teacher
Lower School S.T.E.A.M Facilitator
B.S., Trenton State College
Stacy Anderson is a New Jersey native and graduate of Trenton State College with a B.S. in Education. Mrs. Anderson has been with Doane Academy since 1994. At Doane she has taught 6th grade, Kindergarten and 4th grade. Prior to teaching at Doane, Stacy worked as a classroom aid with perceptually impaired learners.
Mrs. Anderson believes in making learning fun. Singing, rhymes, crafts, baking and other activities are often part of her lessons, and it is this creative approach which helps her students not to remember, but to learn.
Mrs. Anderson also monitors the children during Morning Care.
Chair, Classical and World Language Dept. - Dean of Middle Division - US Spanish Teacher
B.A., Middlebury College
M.S., LeMoyne College
Allison Baratta graduated from Middlebury College in 1996 with a degree in Spanish and Certification in Elementary Education. Upon graduation, Ms. Baratta moved to Madrid, where she worked as a teacher in a bilingual preschool. She also worked as a middle/high school Spanish teacher for 14 years in her hometown of Syracuse, New York. During this time, Ms. Baratta earned a Master’s degree in Secondary Education, and she also worked as a Spanish professor at Syracuse University.
Ms. Baratta moved to New Jersey in 2013 and joined the Doane family as a Spanish teacher and Chair of the Classical and World Language Department. She is committed to making the Pre-K-12 Spanish program an engaging, rewarding experience for the students at Doane.
In her free time Ms. Baratta likes to travel, garden, and play the violin. During the summer she enjoys spending time with her family at their summer home in the Adirondack Mountains.
Upper School English
B.A., Princeton University
M.A., Georgetown University
Kath Brandwood earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Princeton University in 2009. She spent two years in admissions for the American University in Cairo, and while she loved traveling and promoting international education, she was intent on getting back into the classroom. She served as a T.A. and writing tutor at Georgetown University while completing her M.A. in English, and after graduating, she went on to teach 7th, 11th, and 12th grade English at The Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, MD. Coming from a six-teacher family, she is convinced that there is no more exciting or rewarding work environment than a school community, and she is thrilled to join a vibrant and close-knit community like the one at Doane. She looks forward to honing her canoeing chops and reading great literature with thoughtful young people. Among her own best-loved writers are Charles Dickens, Louisa May Alcott, John Steinbeck, J.K. Rowling, and Thomas Hardy. Aside from teaching and reading long, rambling novels, her greatest joys are family, watching stand-up comedy, and new notebooks.
Upper School Spanish Teacher
Middle School Spanish Club Sponsor
B.A., University of Illinois
Michelle Dewey has joined the upper school to teach Spanish and sponsor the middle school Spanish Club. Michelle graduated from the University of Illinois with a BA in Spanish and a second BA in Anthropology. Michelle has lived/studied in a number of countries including Cuba, Spain, England, and a year in Mexico courtesy of a Fulbright Exchange Program . After obtaining her Professional Educator License from Northern Illinois University, Michelle moved to New Orleans to assist with Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts where she spent eight years teaching Spanish and ESL at Warren Easton Charter High School. "Maestra Dewey," as she is known to the students, employs Communicative Learning with a focus on exploring the culture of Spanish-speaking peoples both abroad and in the United States. Michelle is excited about East Coast Living and the variety of opportunities afforded to staff and students at Doane.
Dining Hall Manager
Academy of Culinary Arts
Sara came to Doane Academy in 2007, and serves as the Transportation Coordinator and oversees our lunch program. Sara had fallen in love with the Culinary Arts at an early age, having many loving memories watching her mother and father bake and prepare meals in their home. Before coming to Doane Academy, Sara attended Culinary School and worked in the corporate food service and catering business.
Robin Frey went to Eastern Mennonite University and James Madison University. She has a Bachelors Degree in the Fine Arts. She also attended the Art Students' League of New York, where she studied with many well-known artists, including Nelson Shanks. She is one of Studio Incamminati's founding members and has been an instructor there for drawing and painting since 2007, and has been teaching art for over twenty years. When she first moved to Philadelphia she designed an art studio at the YWCA in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, where she taught painting for several years.Robin, a Studio Incamminati graduate, had her work juried into Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Clubs 115th Annual Juried Exhibition at The National Arts Club in New York in 2011. She received an Honor Award in the Portrait Society of America’s 2008 Portrait Competition and was one of four studio artists chosen by The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for Face to Face: The Craniofacial Program Portrait Project. Her work is featured in the book “Portrait Painting Atelier: Old Master Techniques and Contemporary Applications.” She has exhibited in numerous shows and her work is included in many private collections. Her work can be viewed in her website, robinfrey.com.
B.S., University of Scranton
M.S., Lehigh University
Matthew Gorman received his B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Scranton and his M.S. in Mathematics from Lehigh University. While attending the University of Scranton, Matt earned the Excellence in Mathematics award and a Teaching Assistantship to attend Lehigh, where he taught recitation sections for all levels of calculus and tutored for many other math classes. He looks forward to bringing his passion to the classroom while helping students learn and grow within the Doane family. Outside of teaching mathematics, Matt loves watching and playing sports, is adventurous, and enjoys studying astronomy.
Anne E. Hall
Upper School Latin Teacher
B.A., Franklin and Marshall
M.A., University of Colorado
Anne Hall attended Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, where she developed her appreciation for Classical culture and civilization through various research and travel opportunities across the Mediterranean. After earning a B.A. in Classical Studies with a focus on Latin, she pursued a Master’s degree in Latin Philology at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She came to Doane Academy in 2013 and serves as the Latin teacher for the Upper School. She is dedicated to showing the lasting impact and importance of the Latin language and Roman civilization on our modern world and looks forward to continuing to build Doane’s Latin program.
Dean of Lower School
1st Grade Teacher
B.S., Trenton State College
Christine Harris (B.S., The College of New Jersey, with degrees in Early Childhood and Elementary Education) has been with Doane Academy since 1986 and serves as both First Grade Teacher and Lower School Dean. Additionally, Chris is a certified examiner for the Gesell Institute of Human Development and works closely with our Admissions Department during the enrollment process for our younger students.
“Teaching for 39 years, 30 of them at Doane Academy, I am honored to work with wonderful children who love life and want to learn. My two daughters attended Doane Academy and have become significant members of society.
I believe that children need to have hands-on opportunities in order to experience new things, learn by trial and error and practice their skills so to grow into successful, confident, and eager learners at school and throughout life. One of my favorite quotes regarding the education of young children is “Success in school necessitates a cooperative partnership between parents and educators, based on a common knowledge and understanding of the individual child and founded on compatible, clear, and well-defined goals and expectations”, taken from the Gesell Institute of Human Development.
George Rankin Holeman
Head of Upper School
Upper School English
B.A., University of Penn
Ran Holeman graduated with a BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania and spent several years in publishing and operations before returning to his true passion: education. He has taught ninth, tenth, and twelfth grade English classes during his seven years at Doane Academy and has a profound belief in the power of narratives to illuminate lives and change the world. As Head Upper School, he is responsible for the cultivation of an academic program which ingrains a desire for excellence in students and emphasizes character and leadership. He and his wife, Katie, have one current Primary Spartan and one future Spartan who teach them daily about the power of the imagination and the potential for goodness in each and every young person. He is an avid fan of US Soccer, UNC Basketball, Bruce Springsteen, Harry Potter, Ernest Hemingway, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
B.A., College of the Holy Cross
MPA., West Chester University
Elizabeth Jankowski graduated from College of the Holy Cross with a B.A. in French where she rowed on the women's crew team and spent her junior year abroad in Dijon. After graduation she returned to France and worked as an English Language Assistant at a high school outside of Paris. More recently she has worked in both the legal and nonprofit sectors and earned her Masters of Public Administration from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2015. Having attended independent schools in Pennsylvania she has a strong appreciation for an independent school education and is excited to be working in such a welcoming community.
Kathleen Lisehora Keays has her BA from Rutgers University were she doubled majored in Sociology and Communications. Prior to getting her degree she was a “lifer” at Doane Academy, graduating after attending since kindergarten. Before starting work at Doane in 2007 she worked at Media Management Services in Newtown, PA. She served on the Board of Trustees at Doane for 10 years and was President of the Society of Graduates for 6 years. She is currently a member of the Burlington Rotary, the Greater Burlington Chamber of Commerce and the Burlington County Regional Chamber of commerce. In addition she serves on the Image Committee of the YMCA OF Burlington and Camden and counties and is on the Advisory Board of their Riverfront Branch.
Florence Lespinasse-Aldrich graduated with a B.A. in Communications from Rutgers University, New Brunswick. After 16 years in Market Research, Florence left the workforce to raise her two children, Francesca and Everett. In 2003 she helped her husband, Bill, launch his computer consulting business and continued with him until she joined us at Doane. The Doane Academy families will benefit from her varied background and skill set. She enjoys watching sports, spending time with her family and baking.
B.A., Wheaton College
J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School
M.L.I.S., Rutgers University's
School of Communication and Information
Sydney Mason works in the Katherine Potts Library, and serves as Doane's liaison with the Burlington County Library System. Ms. Mason also has been a Doane parent since 2007, and has a child in the class of 2017. Ms. Mason holds degrees from Wheaton College in Norton, MA (B.A.), the University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D.), and Rutgers University's School of Communication and Information (M.L.I.S.)
Middle School Math
Middle School Science
B.S., University of Delaware
Colleen McCormick graduated from the University of Delaware in 2004 with a BA in Political Science Education. She began teaching at Doane Academy in September of 2005, where she quickly became the “utility teacher”. Over the past 10 years, Ms. McCormick has taught 12 different courses, and is currently a member of the Social Studies, Science, and Math departments. Ms. McCormick primarily teaches those students in the middle school, and works hard to bring a hands-on enthusiastic approach to the classroom.
Ms. McCormick also coaches the crew team along with Mr. Van Sciver. She can be found on the river or in the weight room with the crew team year round.
Wilson Reading System Certification
Wilson Dyslexia Practitoner
Orton-Gillingham Dyslexia Specialist Cert.
M. Ed., Special Education
Jennifer McDonough has been a part of the Doane family since her son, Daniel, entered kindergarten in 2011. She has been an active volunteer and participant at many of Doane’s annual events. Jenn holds her M.Ed. in Special Education. She is a certified Wilson Reading Specialist, Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner, and Orton-Gillingham Dyslexia Specialist. In the spring of 2017, Jennifer was awarded her advanced Orton-Gillingham teacher certification from FDU. As a teacher, Jenn looks forward to honoring Doane’s mission where every student is known, loved, and strongly encouraged to discover their unique potential. Jenn is a learning specialist three days a week at Doane.
Director of Communications
Doane Academy Historian
B.A., Temple University
Jack H. Newman holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Temple University. Mr. Newman is a Doane parent of four children, his eldest having started in pre-k in 2001 and graduated in 2015. From the beginning, Mr. Newman has been involved in all aspects of Doane, including regularly volunteering his artistic skills to the school. He painted a mural that adorned the Pre-k room for a decade, did the decorative painting for the Katherine Potts Library, as well as the library’s sign, and created original works of art that have been auctioned off at school fundraisers.
Mr. Newman, who spent many years in marketing and management, volunteered one day each week at the school, often working in the school’s Eliza Doane Archival Library. In 2009, Mr. Newman attended another school, this time to study Education at Rowan University, working towards his teaching certification. After spending a year student-teaching in the Camden School District, Mr. Newman joined the full-time faculty and staff of Doane Academy in 2011. While Mr. Newman’s official title at Doane Academy is Director of Communications, he also teaches Graphic Design/Yearbook, advises the Photography Club, advises members of the class of 2016, and is the Director of Archives, handling all research, queries, accessions and the preservation of the history of the school. Mr. Newman is the author of the 2012 book, “St. Mary’s Hall & Doane Academy”, chronicling the first 175 years of Doane Academy.
Dean of Upper School, US History
B.A., La Salle College
M.A., Temple University
Ph. D., Temple University
James Paradis, Upper School Dean for over 16 years, has led the Upper School through some of its most exciting times. He has taught at Doane Academy for over 30 years. In addition to his responsibilities as Dean, he currently teaches US History and A. P. Psychology. He has also taught history part-time at Arcadia University for seventeen years. Dr. Paradis has authored two books. His doctoral dissertation at Temple University became the book, Strike the Blow for Freedom: The 6th United States Colored Infantry in the Civil War. His second book, African Americans and the Gettysburg Campaign, was released in an expanded Sesquicentennial Edition in 2012.
Dr. Paradis served as historical consultant and narrator for the documentary film, Black Soldiers in Blue: The Story of Camp William Penn, released in 2009. In 2011 the NAACP of Cheltenham, PA awarded him a Certificate of Recognition for his contributions preserving African American history. He lives in Abington, Pennsylvania with Lorraine, his wife of 45 years.
Middle Division Math
Upper School Math
B.S., Marywood University
Jillian Rosencranz received her B.S. in Mathematics/Secondary Education from Marywood University. While attending Marywood University, Jill actively participated in the Mathematics Club and tutored local high school students in her spare time. Jill previously worked for Cecil County Public Schools before coming to Doane. She looks forward to bringing her passion and love for mathematics to the classroom. Outside of teaching mathematics, Jill loves her violin, reading, going on adventures outdoors, and studying history.
2nd Grade Teacher
Lower School S.T.E.A.M Facilitator
B.A., University of Maryland, College Park
Kristin Rusinko is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, and has previously studied elementary education with a focus on reading instruction, as well as French language and literature. She has been in the classroom as a certified Elementary School Teacher in Grades K-5 since 2005, having previously taught in various Pre-K through Third Grade roles.
Ms. Rusinko believes strongly that a student’s educational experience should nurture, engage, challenge, and enrich. She strives to continually develop her practice, and to bring the right blend of methods, new technologies, and learning activities into a supportive classroom community in order to reach students on all levels.
Outside of school, some of Ms. Rusinko’s favorite hobbies include reading, cooking, gardening, writing, and spending time in nature or with family and friends. She also likes to travel and learn about new places and cultures. Ms. Rusinko grew up in Mt. Laurel and now lives in Palmyra.
A.B., Princeton University
M.L.A., University of Penn.
George Sanderson grew up outside of Boston and is a graduate of the Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, Mass. He is a lifelong Boston sports fan, and is proud to have experienced both the pain and joy of that obsession. He is a graduate of Princeton University, where he majored in History and was a member and president of the Tigertones, the venerable men’s a cappella group. After college, he worked in the corporate finance field for eleven years both in New York and in London prior to pursuing his career in education. Before coming to Doane in 2015, Mr. Sanderson held a variety of teaching and administrative positions at Princeton Day School, including History department chair, upper school Dean, and director of financial aid. He and his wife, Carolyn, are actively involved in the not-for-profit world, serving on several boards of trustees in Mercer County. They are the proud parents of three children: boy/girl twins who are freshmen at the College of William & Mary and Northwestern University, respectively, and a son who is a graduate of Duke University and who is now working as a management consultant in Boston. In addition to the children, their family includes two enthusiastic Scottish Terriers and an ornery cat.
Director of College Counseling
B.S., St. Lawrence University
M.S., Northeastern University
Meghan began her career with Doane in 2016 from Kents Hill School in Maine, where she held a variety of positions including, most recently, Associate Director of College Counseling. She has also served as Assistant Dean of Students at her alma mater, Kimball Union Academy, and Assistant Athletic Director at Trinity School in New York. A native of New Hampshire, Ms. Toomey earned her masters degree in school counseling from Northeastern University and completed her undergraduate degree in psychology and English at St. Lawrence University where she a scholarship recipient and four year, Division I, varsity ice hockey student-athlete. Meghan played ice hockey professionally in Canada and Switzerland and served as the assistant women's ice hockey coach at Colgate University. She has been a nationally ranked triathlete and will be competing in her 8th marathon this coming November in New York City (2016).
Chancellor Van Sciver
Chief Financial Officer
Human Resources Department
B.S., University of Pennsylvania
Chancellor Van Sciver fills a number of roles at Doane Academy. In addition to serving as the Chief Financial Officer, Mr Van Sciver is the head coach of Doane’s Rowing team. He also works closely with the Admissions and Marketing team at Doane Academy. He is a former member of Doane’s Board of Trustees, and is a past president of the school’s Society of Graduates.
Mr. Van Sciver is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as Doane Academy. He has spent most of his career at the intersection of Sales and Finance in a variety of industries - education, publishing, wholesale distribution, manufacturing and consulting.
Dean of Student Life
Director of Athletics
B.S., Southern Illinois Univ.
M.A., Central Michigan Univ.
Coach Dan Williamson has built a reputation as a builder of programs. He has spent the last 21 years building teams on both the high school and college levels. He is the all times win leader at DeVry University (Ft. Washington) and Doane Academy High School. Coach Dan has become a fixture of Doane Academy leading Doane Boys Varsity Basketball to a record of 115-64 in his first 8 seasons. His list of accomplishments as head coach includes 5 consecutive winning seasons which is the longest stretch in school history. Most wins in a single season (22). First conference championship in school history; first state playoff win in school history; first state prep tournament win in school history. He has also over coached two 1,000 point scorers and has put 9 Doane academy players into the college level.
Coach Dan Williamson has a unique system of basketball which requires his players to play true team basketball. His energy and passion defines his coaching style and his no excuses attitude carries over to his players.
Bonnie Zaczek joined the Doane Academy family in 2008 and serves as Assistant to the Headmaster. She grew up in Central New Jersey and moved to Burlington County in 1988 with her husband and their two children. After 16 years working in the medical field, she finds her work in education, at Doane, rewarding.
Director Upper School Choir/ LS Music
B. Mus., College of Wooster
M. Mus., Drake University
M. Div., Princeton Theological Seminary
M.A., Ph. D., Drew University
Shelley Sanders Zuckerman comes form a long line of choral and keyboard musicians and has a Masters of Music from Drake University, a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a PhD in Liturgy from Drew University. Dr. Z brings to Doane Academy a passion for enabling people to engage life fully, to mature artistically, and to build communities of mutual respect through music.
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B.F.A, Arcadia University
Jacalyn Bak received her BFA from Arcadia University with a concentration in painting. Her experience includes teaching pottery and weaving for the children’s division at The Foundation for the Arts and Sciences in Loveladies NJ,14 years teaching Kindergarden through 12th grade at Doane Academy, and teaching privately. She hones her artistic voice by continuing to study her craft, believing that as she challenges herself as a student she will become an inspired teacher. She has been known to raise a few alpacas, sheer them in the spring, have their fiber spun into yarn and crochet a garment. She recently completed 2 years of Studio Incamminati’s professional program where she studied figure drawing and painting, color study and still life. Her favorite poem is one by Langston Hughes which says “Hold Fast To Dreams for if Dreams Die Life is a Broken Winged Bird That Cannot Fly”.
Upper School English
B.S., Trenton State College
MLA., University of Penn
Jordan Bennett is a Doane Academy alumnus (1998). He completed a BA in English at Eastern University and an MLA in English at the University of Pennsylvania. After some time as an SAT tutor with Kaplan Test Prep, Jordan has been teaching at the high school level for 10 years, instructing students in Creative Writing, Academic Writing, American Literature, World Literature, and AP Language and Composition. Jordan’s connection to Doane runs deep, as he met his future wife, Dr. Rachel (Pazder) Bennett, in the eighth grade and they held their wedding reception in Doane’s dining hall and on its soccer field. From playing Joseph in the Christmas Mystery to scoring 1000 points on the basketball court, many of Jordan’s formative milestones occurred on the campus of Doane Academy. An amateur musician, golfer, and writer, Jordan brings a range of interests to the English Department along with an abiding belief in the power of narrative to transform the lives of young readers. Jordan will be teaching upper school English this year at Doane.
Roxane Blow graduated from Trenton State College with a Bachelor in Nursing and a minor in Biology. She has worked in various healthcare settings and held numerous positions from staff surgical nurse to rehabilitation center supervisor. Roxane’s main career focus was in emergency medicine as a certified emergency nurse, with specialized training in cardiac and trauma nursing. She is also an EMT and CPR instructor.
Roxane believes school nursing advances the well-being, academic success, and lifelong achievement of students. The school nurses’ role is multi-faceted. She is responsible for promoting individual student health and a healthy school environment, developing school health policies and procedures, and advocating communication and collaboration among students, family, and staff. As a past parent, Roxane was involved in many ways; helping at countless events, chairing numerous committees and assisting the women’s softball team.
The Reverend Paul Briggs
Chaplain, World Religions
B.A., Mount Allison University
M.Div., The General Theological Seminary
Reverend Briggs is a native of Maine and received a BA in Political Science from Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick. He volunteered with Canadian Crossroads International working on sustainable practices in Zambia and was later employed by the Province of New Brunswick as an archeologist. Entering The General Theological Seminary in New York City, Paul completed Clinical Pastoral work at St. Luke’s Hospital, served as Chaplain to the Electrical Workers of NYC, and completed an internship at Trinity Church, Portland, ME. Since his ordination as a priest in the Episcopal Church, Paul has served parishes in New Hampshire, Texas, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and currently serves as the Interim Rector at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Yardley, PA. Paul will be teaching World Religions at Doane in addition to conducting chapel services.
Paul is married to the Rev. Barbara Briggs and together they live in Pennington, NJ with their teenage son, Caleb, and golden-doodle, Clancy. In addition, Paul has three grown children: Meghan, Joshua, and Matthew and two grandchildren, Henry and Wilder. Ask him to see pictures!
Upper School Art Teacher
D.F.A., Studio Incamminati
A.F.A., Delaware College of Art and Design
Jarred D. Fisher is a graduate of Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia, PA where he studied under living master artists and also holds a degree in fine art painting and drawing from Delaware College of Art and Design. Mr. Fisher works primarily in Oil and Metalpoint and specializes in still-life and figurative works.
An award winning, nationally exhibited, and published professional artist Mr. Fisher has spent three years working as the creative director and lead teaching artist for several paint and sip companies where he developed curriculum intended to make art accessible to anyone.
Mr. Fisher joins Doane in 2016 as an upper school art teacher and looks forward to teaching students a disciplined, skills based approach to art.
Upper School Math Teacher
B.A., Lehigh University
M. Ed., Lehigh University
Michael Fouchet is a lifelong learner with an interest in just about everything. Hailing from a small town on Long Island, Mike came to Doane Academy from Lehigh University, where he received his B.A. in Mathematics and his M.Ed. in Secondary Math Education. Since starting in 2014, Mike has coached middle school soccer and founded two clubs: Math Competition Club and the Gaming Club. He hopes that his newness to the teaching profession will bring new energy and new ideas to the classroom.
In his free time, Mike is a world class Pokemon Trading Card Game player, a spoken word poet, and a frequenter of free online courses.
Patrick J. Gibbons
Upper School Science
B.A., Rutgers University
M.B.A., Fairleigh Dickinson
MS from New Jersey Institute of Technology-1978, emphasis in Chemistry
BA From Rutgers – 1971, majored in Chemistry. Certified to teach in Physical Science.
Experience: Taught Chemistry and other science courses at North Hunterdon High School for forty years.
Teaching at Doane Academy for the past five years. Assistant Men’s Varsity Baseball Coach.
Interests: sports – New York Mets, reading, gardening.
MSW, University of Pennsylvania
BA, DePauw University
Madeline Gray is thrilled to join Doane this year as its’ first School Counselor. Madeline grew up in Texas and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Education and English Writing from DePauw University in Indiana. While in college Madeline interned at Children’s Crisis Treatment Center in Philadelphia and became passionate about connecting education, mental health, and social justice. She went on to work in Chicago-area public high schools for three years as a reading & writing coach and academic & college counselor for the Schuler Scholar Program. Madeline’s students inspired her to pursue her Master’s of Social Work at The University of Pennsylvania. Since making Philadelphia home, Madeline has worked at Henry C. Lea Elementary School, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and Belmont Behavioral Hospital. As a licensed social worker, Madeline has provided individual and group psychotherapy for children, adolescents and adults coping with a broad range of mental health concerns, including eating disorders, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, trauma, suicidality, and relationship issues. Madeline believes that everyone deserves the opportunity to learn, heal, and grow from the experiences and challenges life presents us, and is committed to creating safe spaces and supportive relationships with young people to explore their unique strengths, challenges, and identities. In her free time, Madeline is usually teaching or practicing yoga, cooking, reading, or seeing some kind of artistic performance.
Lacy E. Hall
Director of Admissions
B.A., Muhlenberg College
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Lacy Hall is a graduate of Muhlenberg College with a BA in Art History. During her time at Muhlenberg College she also played on the rugby and softball teams. Lacy returned to Doane Academy in 2012, and has worn many hats. She has had a hand in teaching, coaching, and in admissions. She is currently The Dean of Admissions and helps to coach the Doane Academy Varsity Softball Team.
Primary Program Educator
B.S., University of Delaware
Meg Herron (B.S., University of Delaware) has been teaching at Doane Academy since 2004. Prior to teaching at Doane, Meg taught preschool age children at Depth Child and Family Development Center, Burlington County Head Start, and Family Services Cooperative Preschool. She is also a certified Montessori teacher and has served as an educational consultant for other local preschool programs.
Upper School English
B.A., La Salle College
M.A., Harvard University
Paul Howe graduated from La Salle College with a BA in English and spent his junior year abroad studying at Reading University, UK. He received his MA in English Literature from Harvard University, where he also taught for five years in the Expository Writing program. Mr. Howe spent 27 years teaching at both high schools in his home town of Cherry Hill, NJ, eventually covering every core English course at every level, as well as electives such as Film Appreciation, Public Speaking, Creative Writing, and Non-Western Cultures. He was also an advisor for the literary magazine, dramatic productions, the film club, and the Poetry of Popular Music club. A passionate cinephile whose favorite films include Marcel Carne’s Children of Paradise and Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights, Mr. Howe also devotes a good deal of his spare time to studying many kinds of music from classical (late Beethoven quartets) to jazz (Louis Armstrong) to world music (Orchestre Baobab). Paul will be teaching upper school English this year at Doane.
Jamar W. Jennings was born in Philadelphia, PA and a graduate of The Ohio State University with a B.A degree. Mr. Jennings has worked for the Philadelphia Eagles for 3 years in the game day management phase and coached Division II college football for 5 seasons as well as holding the title of Director of Basketball Operations for a season, also at the Division II level.
When Mr. Jennings changed careers from athletics to education, he held the title of Admissions Executive for a ‘for-profit’ university. Receiving promotions from an advisory position to a higher executive advisory position, he was #1 in the Philadelphia Metro for all 7 years recruiting students out of high school to attend college.
Mr. Jennings was also the very first Director of Athletics for the “for-profit” university and first Head Basketball Coach.
Lynne Levin, M.A. CCC/SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
B.A., Temple University
M.A., Temple University
Lynne Levin earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degree in speech pathology from Temple University. After her graduate program, Lynne worked at Elwyn Institute and started the first Language Impaired classroom in the Philadelphia School District at Solis-Cohen Elementary School. She started her own private practice in speech pathology in 1981, specializing in speech and language disorders with pre-school through high school age children. In addition to working at Doane Academy one day a week, Lynne provides pre-school screening in Cherry Hill area preschools, as well as administering complete speech and language evaluations for the Voorhees Child Study Team and MARC Inc. Her areas of expertise include articulation disorders, childhood apraxia, receptive and expressive language delay, and phonological awareness weakness. Lynne also has experience in addressing dysfluency and voice disorders.
Kirk John Lombardi graduated from the University of the Arts of Philadelphia in 2001 with a BS in Music. He also has a certification in Elementary Education grades k-8 and is a certified Personal Trainer. Mr. Lombardi is a Physical Education teacher at Doane Academy, the Personal Trainer for the Upper School students and is also the coach for three sports, Varsity Cross Country, Girl’s Basketball and is the Assistant Coach for the Crew Teams.
Mr. Lombardi has been teaching and coaching for 12 years and every year he tries to find new and exciting ways for his students to learn to live a healthy life style and to succeed in athletics.
5th Grade Teacher
B.S., Salem College
Peggy Majane is a graduate of Salem College with a B.S. in elementary education, certified to teach K-8. Peggy worked for the Boys Scouts of America for 17 years in New Hampshire, Boston, and Central New Jersey. Her work with the Boy Scouts included an in-school character education program in inner-city Boston. This experience renewed her interest in classroom teaching and led to her hiring at Doane Academy. Peggy has been at Doane Academy since 2003. She has taught Kindergarten, Second Grade, and is currently teaching Fifth Grade.
Adrienne L. Mazar
Chair, Performing Arts
B.A., College of New Jersey
Born and raised in Hyde Park, New York, Adrienne Mazar moved to New Jersey where she fostered her love for music while attending Lawrence High School.
Mrs. Mazar is a graduate of The College of New Jersey with a BA in Music Education with a concentration on trumpet. Mrs. Mazar and her husband Mark have one child, a son, Shane.
Mrs. Mazar came to Doane Academy in 2010 after a very successful career in public school. As a High School marching band director she led her ensemble to two Group I USSBA Conference Championships. Her instrumental ensembles have performed in Salzburg, Florence (Italy), Preservation Hall, Epcot, on several cruise ships, and many other locations throughout the US.
Mrs. Mazar is a two time recipient of the distinguished New Jersey Governor’s Award for excellence in teaching. Upon her retirement from public school Mrs. Mazar was recognized for her commitment to education and dedication to the community with a special Resolution from the town of Florence dedicating November 6, 2010 as “Adrienne Mazar” day.
Mrs. Mazar currently teaches instrumental music lessons and directs the Lower School Band, Upper School Band, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion ensemble, Rock Band, and Pit Orchestra at Doane Academy. She is also the Director of the Fine and Performing Arts Department.
Lower School Science and Discovery
B.A., City of Glasgow College
David McCormick comes to Doane Academy from Friends Academy of Westampton, where he spent 7 years teaching Environmental Science and Library skills. Previous to teaching at Friends Academy he spent 6 years as a parent and the librarian at Haddonfield Friends School. He holds a degree in Hotel Management and Institutional Catering from the City of Glasgow College.
David also teaches Lower School science students. When not engaged in classroom studies he likes to take students on adventures out into the natural environment, hiking through the woodlands and stomping in streams tracking animals, identifying native and invasive species of plants and having students gain an appreciation for preserving the integrity of our environment. All classes take an environmental field trip related to their studies.
He enjoys singing in his church choir, and gardening, with a serious focus on native plants. David has been a Scottish Country dancer since his early days in primary school and has danced all over the East Coast.
Primary Program Educator
B.A., Temple University
Virginia Miller (B.A, Temple University) has been with Doane Academy since 1992. She has previously taught fourth, fifth and sixth grade. This is Ginny’s eleventh year teaching Kindergarten. Prior to teaching at Doane, Ginny was a public school speech therapist and long-term substitute teacher. Ginny is also a certified Montessori Teacher.
Lower School Spanish Teacher
B.A., Hood College
M.S., Walden University
Irina Ottley holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Communication Arts and Minors in Spanish and French from Hood College. Irina moved back to the United States from Panama, Republic of Panama in 2015 where she taught at her alma mater for three years. Irina has also completed her Masters in Education: Teacher Leadership from Walden University.
Mrs. Yvonne Perrottet (“Mrs. P”) – Mrs. P has worked at Doane Academy for over 10 years. Before working at Doane, she was the Gold’s Gym Children’s Program Director and a double certified personal fitness trainer. Currently, Mrs. P is the director of Doane Academy’s Extended-Day program (an after school homework, fitness, and character development program) and is the creator and director of the “Camp Doane” program.
Hillary Rupert is a graduate of Doane Academy. She began attending Doane Academy as a kindergarten student and graduated in 2006. After graduating from Doane she went on to earn a bachelor’s of science in Marine Biology from Roger Williams University. While attending Roger Williams University, she studied in Australia at the University of Wollongong. Upon completion of her bachelor’s degree, she began teaching science at Hamilton High School West. Hillary has also taught special education students at Northern Burlington Regional School District. Hillary earned her post-baccalaureate in Autism in June 2014. Hillary began teaching life sciences at Doane Academy in September 2014. Hillary loves that she is able to teach at her alma mater and inspire her students to pursue careers in the life science field. Hillary is currently a faculty advisor for the class of 2020. In her free time Hillary likes to travel and spend with her family and friends.
Chair, Mathematics and Science Department
B.S., University of Rochester
M. Ed., University of Cincinnati
Michael Russell grew up splitting time between Tampa, Florida and the suburbs of New York City. He is a graduate of Jesuit High School in Tampa, and received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester. Michael spent two years as a field engineer for an oilfield services company in Texas and Oklahoma prior to coming to Doane in 2010.
Mr. Russell is currently the Chair of the Math and Science Departments. He is also the head of Doane’s S.T.E.A.M. program, which has grown under his leadership to include upper school course electives, after school clubs, competition teams, summer camps, and international trips. His passion for teaching students how to creatively “tinker” led to him earning his M.Ed. in Curriculum Development from the University of Cincinnati.
Michael and his wife, Liesel, are proud members of a multinational family with relatives living on five of the seven continents. They love to travel internationally and to seek out challenging hiking trails to explore. He is also an avid fan of the New York Mets, Batman, Canadian theater, professional wrestling, and science fiction.
Timothy G Sadar
A.B., Oberlin College
M. Ed., Temple University
Mr. Timothy G. Sadar grew up in Cleveland Ohio and is a graduate of Oberlin College with an AB in Political Science. He was one course shy of also completing a second major in Mathematics. He also has a M.Ed. from Temple University.
Mr. Sadar taught mathematics at Cherry Hill West for 38 years, teaching all levels of mathematics with the exception of Calculus, and also served as the Mathematics Department Chair for a number of years. While at Cherry Hill West, he was also an assistant coach for football with one of the years helping to coach a team that was undefeated in Group IV. He also was the head girls’ softball coach where he had a record of 193 wins and 96 losses, reaching the State Finals during that span.
He came to Doane Academy in 2004 as a mathematics teacher. He moved into his present administrative position in 2008. He was one of the advisors to the Class of 2010.
Upper School Leadership Teacher
English as a Second Language Teacher
B.A., The College of New Jersey
M.Ed., The City College of New York
Katie Sereduk spent the decade after graduating college exploring life’s many opportunities. She was a ski instructor in Stowe, Vermont. While in Vermont, she also worked as a behavior interventionist for children with Autism. She traveled to Chile and worked for the Ministry of Education as an English teacher for high school students pursuing careers in mining. She spent time in Ecuador as a technology and English teacher to impoverished children. She also dipped her toes in the field of International Development on a summer program in Croatia. She earned her Master’s degree in Education while working as a classroom teacher in the Bronx, NY. Ms. Sereduk returned to New Jersey in 2011 and co-founded an adaptive ski program for children with physical and learning disabilities at Campgaw Mountain in Mahwah. She began working at Doane Academy in 2012 in the role of Director of Communications. She transitioned back into a teaching role and now teaches Doane Academy's very own brand of leadership classes. Ms. Sereduk has served as an advisor to the class of 2017 and the Equality Club. She was the summer camps coordinator through the summer of 2016. After a brief hiatus, she is now returning as a member of the school's green team. Ms. Sereduk enjoys being outside, reading, running, being a poster child for pinterest fails, gardening, working on her "new" 170 year old house, going to NYC, spending time with her friends and family, and creating memories with her husband and daughter.
Lower School Discovery
B.A., Glassboro State College
Ms. Bonnie Smith joined the faculty at Doane Academy in 2010. Her roles at Doane include coordinating classes, the book collection, and the activities in the Katherine Potts Children’s Library. She also conducts Nature Discovery classes and activities for our younger students. Additionally, she works with the Doane faculty to assist with or develop a variety of field trips and activities related to our environmental science curriculum and various “River Connections.” Ms. Smith was born, and has lived in, New Jersey all of her life. Her “undergraduate studies of nature” took place in and around woodlands, fields, brooks, rivers, forests, gardens, and other habitats along the Atlantic coast. Her devotion, stewardship, and respect for the natural world were enriched by several adult mentors, as well as travels across the United States, and summers spent in Rhode Island, and Ontario, Canada. She served as a volunteer backpacking and survival skills instructor for several years with the Outdoor Club of South Jersey. Ms. Smith has been the recipient of the New Jersey Audubon Environmental Education Award. She participated in an Environmental History Summer Seminar at Miami University sponsored by the Geraldine Dodge Foundation. An “Advanced Degree of Wonder and Awe” was acquired as a result of over two decades of work with students and monarch butterflies, culminating when she was sent on several life‐ changing trips to visit the overwintering sites of monarchs in the remote mountains of Mexico. Ms. Smith can be found inside in the Katherine Potts Children’s Library, or perhaps in an outside garden, in “Discovery Woods”, on a field trip, or along the river, looking for new discoveries with our students. If it involves books, bugs, birds, or boats….it just might involve Ms. Bonnie Smith.
Allison E. Trosko
Assistant to the AD
Assistant to the Dean of Student Life
University of South Florida
Allison Trosko attended high school in Virginia, and the University of South Florida in Tampa. After living in Colorado, Allison relocated to New Jersey in 1999.
Allison worked for several years in the Medford public school system as a Special Ed. Assistant prior to coming to work at Doane Academy. Allison has worked as the Assistant to the Athletic Director and Dean of Student Life since 2013. Allison’s hobbies include reading, spending time with her beloved dog Baron, cooking and travelling.
String Instrument Teacher
Individual Lessons Educator
Mr. Wenger began playing the violin at the age of twelve. He graduated from the Philadelphia Musical Academy (University of the Arts). Mr. Wenger has performed with the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonic Of Southern NJ, and the Pennsport String Band.
He has been teaching music (violin, viola, cello, bass, mandolin, guitar, and piano) for forty years to students from ages three to eighty five.
Mary Ann Williamson
Chair, Social Studies
Upper School History
B.A., Rutgers University
Mary Ann Williamson is a graduate of Rutgers University with a B.A. in History. Mary Ann received her Secondary Certification in History from the New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey from New Jersey City University in 2009. Her teaching career began at Delaware Valley High School in 2003. In that same year her career began at Doane Academy as the Head Varsity Women’s Soccer Coach and Assistant Varsity Women’s Softball Coach. In 2005 Mary Ann was hired as a full time Social Studies teacher. Her teaching responsibilities have included teaching grades 9-12: Modern World History, Pre-AP US History, AP US History II, and Sociology. In 2014 Mary Ann began the Department Chair of the History Department.
Courtney B. Zimmer
3rd Grade Teacher
B.A., Boston College
M.A., Fordham University