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The Phebe Anna Thorne School
Bryn Mawr College
1029 Wyndon Ave.
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899

610-526-7913
mhenkelm@brynmawr.edu

Teachers & Staff

 

Administrative Staff

 

MarilynMottoHenkelman

Marilyn Motto Henkelman (M.Ed., Loyola University, 1973) is the director of the Phebe Anna Thorne School. Ms. Henkelman is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College. She received her early childhood training at the Erikson Institute in Chicago.  Before assuming the directorship of the Thorne School, she served as a head teacher at the Thorne School, directed the Ethel Mason Day Care Center and taught at Delaware County Community College.

NancyRassiga

Nancy Rassiga (M.S., Teachers College, Columbia University, 1975) is the director of the Language Enrichment Preschool Program at the Thorne School, as well as the Language Enrichment Kindergarten at the Thorne Kindergarten Center. Prior to her work at the Thorne School, Ms. Rassiga was coordinator of speech at Children's Seashore House and an instructor at West Chester University. She has also served as director of the Speech and Language Center of Northern Virginia Developmental Preschool, McLean, Va.

LeslieRescorla

Leslie Rescorla (Ph.D., Yale University, 1976) is the director of Early Childhood Programs at Bryn Mawr College and serves as the psychological consultant to the Thorne School.  Professor of Psychology and director of the Child Study Institute, Dr. Rescorla is a licensed, school-certified, clinical child psychologist. She received her clinical training at the Yale Child Study Center, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic.

Teachers

Each classroom is supervised by a lead teacher who is certified in early childhood education and who has a strong background in child development.

Toddlers:

 

AmandaUlrich Amanda Ulrich teaches the two day Nearly Threes Class. She is a graduate of Brown University and Bank Street College of Education and has been teaching at Thorne School since 2007.
JanLinowitz

Jan Linowitz (Ed.D, Harvard University, 1986) has led the Wednesday morning Toddler Time program for toddlers and their parents/caregivers since 2005.  She is also the psycho-educational consultant to the kindergarten and nursery school programs.  Prior to coming to Bryn Mawr, she was a lecturer in Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development at Penn's Graduate School of Education and has worked in a variety of educational and clinical settings with children and parents.

 

Traditional Preschool:

 

picture Kirsten Mudd, the lead teacher of Thorne School's Older Preschool Class, is a graduate of Hampshire College and has been teaching at Thorne School since 1992.
julie carlson Julie Carlson, a teacher in Thorne School's Older Class, is a graduate of Yale University and has been teaching at Thorne School since 2011.  Julie is also the teacher/coordinator of the Summer Camp program.
Jodie Baird

Jodie Baird, the teacher of Thorne School's Younger Preschool Class, is a graduate of Stanford University (B.A.) and the University of Oregon (Ph.D.) and has been teaching at Thorne School since 2012.

 

 

 

 

Rachel Rachel Stern, the assistant teacher in the Younger Class, is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College (B.A.) and Temple University (M.Ed.), and has been teaching at Thorne School since 2013.

Kindergarten:

 

photo of Jenny Goswami Jennifer Marie Goswami is the Kindergarten teacher.  She graduated from Middlebury College, Vermont with a major in Neuroscience. She received her Masters in Elementary Education from Saint Joseph's University.  She moved back to Philadelphia, after teaching at an elementary school in Virginia, and this last year has been helping to develop science curriculum for NASA.
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Debbie Moran is the assistant teacher in the Kindergarten classroom.  She has worked at Thorne since 2010. She has over 16 years of childcare and development experience including roles as a pre-school teacher and playgroup facilitator.

photo of Shivanee Raj Shivanee Raj is the Kindergarten Center Administrator.  She graduated with a BA in Physiological Sciences from Oxford University before completing her Clinical training at University College London to obtain her medical degree. She worked as a physician in a variety of clinical settings in and around London concentrating on Pediatrics as her speciality. Since moving to the USA, she has been working in the classroom, first as an assistant at Gladwyne Montessori and then at the Thorne Kindergarten. She has been the Administrator for Thorne since January of 2012.

 

Language Enrichment Preschool Program:

 

BevMcDonell Bev McDonell (M.A. Speech Pathology Western Washington University; B.S.
Speech Pathology/Audiology Pennsylvania State University) has been the speech pathologist in the Language Enrichment Preschool Program at the Phebe Anna Thorne School since 1992. She has extensive experience with both preschool and school-aged children with language and learning differences, and is a certified Wilson Tutor for children with reading difficulties.
KimMiliken Kim Milliken (BS Elizabethtown College; PA State Teacher Certification, Delaware County Community College) joined the LEEP teaching team as lead teacher in 2008. Prior to that she worked as a trained Montessori teacher at Main Line Montessori School in both the toddler and main classrooms.
CynthiaMack Cynthia Mack (MA, Early Childhood, BA, Psychology) taught in the Language Enrichment Preschool Program as lead teacher for two years, acted as substitute teacher for several years, and has now been working as our assistant teacher since July of 2003.  She is an active team member helping to enrich the curriculum as well as working directly with the children.  She has taken courses on teaching yoga to young children and has implemented a weekly yoga program in our older class.

 

Language Enrichment Kindergarten Program:

 

clare

Claire W. Luce (B.S. Michigan Sate) joined the Language Enrichment Kindergarten teaching team as lead teacher in 2010.  Her prior experience includes head teacher of transitional kindergarten and early childhood classes, as well as a special education teacher.  

 

 

Christine

Christine Barraza (M.S., CCC –SLP) joined the Language Enrichment Kindergarten team as the speech-language pathologist in 2010.  Prior to working with us, she was a speech therapist and Director of the Speech-Language Program at the Crossroads School, working with children with language-based learning differences and coordinating services.  She also has extensive prior experience working as a speech therapist since 2001.

 

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Shirlee Ashmore is the Assistant Teacher for the Language Enrichment Kindergarten. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education.  She worked at the Haverford School District in special education for 12 years before joining us in 2013. Shirlee is in charge of the art, cooking and fundations in Language Enrichment Kindergarten.

 

 

Teaching Assistants

Each class also has an assistant teacher who works alongside the teacher to provide a nurturing and supportive environment for young children.  Assistants are often recent Bryn Mawr graduates who have previously worked at Thorne and who already understand our philosophy and the way that we work with young children. The assistants must demonstrate a depth of understanding and concern for young children along with some previous practical experience.


Teacher Aides

In addition to the teacher and the teaching assistant, teacher aides provide additional adult support in the classroom. The teacher aides are most often Bryn Mawr or Haverford College undergraduates who have a demonstrated interest in working with young children.