"One of the truly great and amazing things about [The Empowering Learners Program] is that each person is at once a teacher and a pupil."
"As staff, we are here to support these students and make this college the very best experience it can be for them—some of the very best and brightest young people in the world. And we want them to get to know and appreciate the work we do on their behalf and to understand that there is a population here that is committed to making their college experience as easy, fun, satisfying and memorable as possible, so that they may go out into this world and impact it in a positive way. This program builds community, which has many, many benefits, all of which make this institution stronger and more productive for faculty, staff and students alike." - From Civic Matters Issue #2, Building and expanding Community—Two at a Time
Note: Lisa Peterman is the house manager at Pen y Groes and the personal assistant to the president of the College. She holds an A.A. in hotel and restaurant management from Delaware County Community College and has been employed as a cook and/or manager in various institutional settings, including nursing homes, hospitals and Haverford College. Lisa is a single mom and lives with her 15-year-old daughter in Northeast Philadelphia.