Shipley Welcomes New Colleagues for the 2019-2020 School Year

Shipley is proud to welcome a new group of teaching and administrative colleagues to its community for the 2019-2020 school year. We hope that you will help us extend a very warm welcome to:
  • Julie BownLower School Director of Student Support
  • Teisa Brown – Assistant to the Dean of Students
  • Nan Bussey '85 – Associate Director of Admissions and Director of Tuition Assistance
  • Lisa Carey – Upper School Academic Support and SEED Teacher
  • Lila Corgan – Middle School English
  • Jenny Haley – Associate Director of Squash
  • Lauren Hall – Upper School Math Teacher (Penn Fellow)
  • Caroline Ingram – Upper School History Teacher (Penn Fellow)
  • Taylor Kroma – Lower School Music Teacher
  • Damian Long – Associate Director of College Counseling
  • Brandon McArthur – IT Helpdesk/Desktop Support Technician
  • Matthew Ploch – Director of Technical Theater and Theater Manager
  • Julie Reil – Middle and Upper School French
  • Ali Schwartz '10 – Alumni Engagement Coordinator
  • Sarah Stehman – Middle School Math Teacher
  • Michael Turner – Head of School
  • Eliza Varner – Upper School Physics
  • Austin Wagner – Lower, Middle, & Upper Bells/Percussion 
  • Alyssa Willgruber – PK and K Art
Julie Bown, Lower School Director of Student Support
Julie earned her B.S. in Psychology and French from Ursinus College and her M. Phil.Ed in School and Mental Health Counseling from the University of Pennsylvania. Julie comes to us from the Woodlynde School where she served as the Social Emotional Learning Specialist (K-12) and the Lower School Counselor (K-6). Prior to Woodlynde, Julie worked in a number of different settings including as a Lead Clinician and BHRS Specialist at CATCH, Inc., an outreach program in Philadelphia, and as a School Counselor at Shady Grove Elementary School. This past summer she participated in the National Association for Independent Schools (NAIS) Leadership Institute and Shipley’s Positive Education Conference.
Teisa Brown, Assistant to the Dean of Students
Teisa is an experienced Executive Assistant who has served as an assistant to administrators at Villanova, Drexel, and Haverford College. Most recently, Teisa was in the role of Executive Assistant to the President and Board of Trustees at Villanova. In recent years, Teisa has completed coursework in theology and leadership at Eastern University and creative writing at Penn.
Nan Bussey ’85, Associate Director of Admissions and Director of Tuition Assistance
As a member of Shipley’s class of ’85, Nan returns to Shipley with her extensive background in admissions and tuition assistance, as well as an impressive coaching resume. For the past 12 years, Nan has been in the role of Associate Director of Admission and Director of Financial Aid at Noble and Greenough School in Massachusetts. She is a graduate of Trinity College and received her M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from Boston College.
Lisa Carey, Upper School Academic Support and SEED Teacher
Lisa is an experienced history teacher who began her career 20 years ago at Germantown Academy. She holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia and an M.A. from Columbia University, Klingenstein Center. Lisa has worked at St. Anne’s-Belfield School (Charlottesville, VA), Berkeley Preparatory School (Tampa, FL), and most recently at Sacred Heart Academy in Bryn Mawr. At Sacred Heart, Lisa was the Director of Studies, which included overseeing student and academic support.
Lila Corgan, Middle School English
Lila began teaching in Baltimore after graduating from the College of the Holy Cross. She earned her Master’s Degree in Education from Johns Hopkins University and moved to Philadelphia, where she has enjoyed teaching middle and high school English for the past decade.
Jenny Haley, Associate Director of Squash
Jenny is a world-ranked squash athlete and former captain of the Trinity College squash team. Originally from Wales, United Kingdom, Jenny was ranked number one in Wales for five consecutive years, number four in Europe, and achieved a world ranking of 133. Jenny’s main responsibilities will include coaching the Middle School girls’ team, assisting the girls’ varsity team, and coaching players enrolled in the Shipley Squash Academy.
Lauren Hall, Upper School Math Teacher (Penn Fellow)
Lauren is a recent graduate of St. Joseph’s University, where she earned her B.S. in math and secondary math education. She has served as a Residential Advisor and a supplemental instructor of pre-calculus and linear algebra at the university level. She also earned rave reviews as a student-teacher at Bala Cynwyd Middle School. Her interests and talents span to the STEAM field, and she will be assisting with volleyball coaching as well.
Caroline Ingram, Upper School History Teacher (Penn Fellow)
Caroline recently graduated from Vassar College, where she double majored in history and Hispanic studies. She also spent a semester abroad at the Universidad de Carlos III in Madrid, Spain, and two summers as a teaching intern at Sidwell Friends in her native Washington D.C. Caroline will coach field hockey and basketball.
Taylor Kroma, Lower School Music Teacher
Taylor earned her B.A. in Music Education and Jazz Performance (Upright Bass) from the Eastman School of Music. Taylor also completed an Arts Leadership Program certificate from Eastman. She completed her student teaching placements at Rush-Henrietta Senior High School, where she worked with the high school orchestra, and the Allendale Columbia School, where she taught lower and middle school choir. Taylor also worked at Eastman, running educational jazz programs for sixth graders and teaching in their early childhood program.
Damian Long, Associate Director of College Counseling
Joining us from The Hun School in Princeton, where he was their Associate Director of College Counseling, Damian has also served as a Research Assistant at Villanova University, where he earned both his B.A. and M.A. His master’s degree is in counseling, which serves him well in his College Counseling role, but also is what makes him interested in the general well-being of all students. Damian will also partner with Carlos Casilla as Co-Dean for the Class of 2021.
Brandon McArthur, IT Helpdesk/Desktop Support Technician
Brandon comes to Shipley with tech support experience at private and public schools in Silicon Valley.
Matthew Ploch, Director of Technical Theater and Theater Manager
Matt has wealth of experience in technical theater, lighting design, producing, and teaching. He holds a B.A. in Theater and an M.A. in Teaching Theater from Rowan University. For the past few years, he has been at a charter school in San Francisco, where he built their theater program from the ground up, writing grants and curriculum, creating a physical space, teaching, and directing.
Julie Reil, Middle and Upper School French
Julie was born and raised in France by Portuguese parents and lived in the Parisian suburbs until she was 19. She studied English at the Université de Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée and spent two years at Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, Canada, earning a B.A. in English. She moved to the United States in 2010 to attend Simmons College, Boston and earned her M.A. in teaching. Julie has taught French and Spanish at several schools, including Moorestown Friends and Abington Friends.
Ali Schwartz, Alumni Engagement Coordinator
Ali Schwartz ’10 is a proud Shipley “lifer.” She earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and she also has two master’s degrees, a MSEd and MPhilEd, in Counseling and Mental Health Services from the Penn Graduate School of Education. Ali worked at Shipley throughout graduate school as the Middle School Counselor for three years. She served as the coxwain on the rowing teams at both Shipley and Penn.
Sarah Stehman, Middle School Math Teacher
Sarah has taught at both the middle and secondary levels in boarding, day, and single-gender schools on both coasts. She comes to us from The Buckley School in Los Angeles. During her five years there, Sarah had many roles – from classroom teacher to Director of Educational Technology to Department Chair to Middle School Dean. Sarah earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Ursinus College and her Master’s Degree in Creativity and Innovation from Drexel University.
Eliza Varner, Upper School Physics
Eliza joins the Science Department and will be teaching Intro to Physics and Physics I. Eliza earned her B.S. in Chemistry from Dartmouth and holds a master’s degree in teaching Secondary Science from American University. Eliza is an experienced teacher who began her career in Washington D.C. in the Teach for America program and worked most recently at the Young Scholars Charter School in Philadelphia. Eliza is a competitive runner and will be assisting with our cross country team.
Austin Wagner, Lower, Middle, & Upper Bells/Percussion
Austin is an enthusiastic percussion and handbell. Austin holds a degree in Music Education from Temple University and has taught for Northeastern Music Programs, the Community Music Scholars Program, and Settlement Music School. In addition to teaching, Austin maintains an active performance schedule with several jazz, classical, and commercial ensembles.
Alyssa Willgruber, PK and K Art
Alyssa earned her B.A. in Fine Arts and is in the process of earning her M.A. in Visual Arts Education, both from the University of the Arts. She has worked at the University in the Art Education and Fine Art Department, as well as in the Nature Lab. She has worked as an artist and studio assistant, including helping to curate a group exhibition with Brook Lanier in Philadelphia. Alyssa has also assisted in service learning programs in a variety of public schools in Philadelphia.
The Shipley School is a private, coeducational day school for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students, located in Bryn Mawr, PA. Through our commitment to educational excellence, we develop within each student a love of learning and a desire for compassionate participation in the world.