Student Support is an integral part of Shipley’s approach to education because we believe that rigor and support lead to deeply rooted success. We provide support that is individual and developmental in nature and designed to connect health (physical, social, and emotional) with academic skill development. Student Support addresses student needs through:
  • A sequential Pre-K through 12 curriculum focused on Social, Emotional and Ethical Development (SEED)
  • Advisory program in Middle School and Upper School to provide mentoring and guidance
  • Consultation with teachers, parents, and administrators
  • Administration and review of standardized academic assessments, such as ERB testing
  • Group and individual meetings with counselors
  • Individualized or group work with academic support teachers/learning specialists 
  • Review of individual psychoeducational assessment to inform classroom and standardized test accommodations
  • Referral to community resources
The Student Support Team in each division includes the Director of Student Support, the appropriate Division Administrator, Division Counselor, Learning or Academic Support Coordinator, and School Nurse. The divisional teams meet weekly. The primary goal of these teams is to help students identify paths to success and overcome potential barriers. The teams identify students in need, refer to appropriate resources, and provide appropriate interventions and are committed to ensuring student success at Shipley.
Academic Support
Academic Support at Shipley is provided by trained specialists with a variety of educational backgrounds. Sessions are based on student need and can include short-term interventions focused on organization and time management or a specific aspect of reading, as well as long-term work on specific learning weaknesses or overall study strategies.
Specialists in each division provide ongoing consultation to parents, teachers, grade level teams, administration, and student support teams so that student needs can be addressed in a holistic manner. While many students who utilize Academic Support will have psychoeducational testing on file, the specialists in each division can provide referrals to community-based professionals who have expertise in evaluating Shipley students and making appropriate recommendations.
While students are often referred for Academic Support by the divisional Student Support or grade-level team, there are no formal requirements to be enrolled in the program. As an independent school, Shipley does not write or follow Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), nor do we utilized 504 plans; however, students who work regularly (particularly in Middle and Upper School) with Academic Support will have a written support plan so that teachers can understand the student’s strengths, challenges, recommended accommodations, and beneficial strategies.

Meet the Team

List of 9 members.

  • Photo of Sharron Russell

    Sharron Russell 

    Co-Director of Positive Education and Director of Student Support
    Phone/Extension: 4116
    Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - PsyD
    Immaculata University - Certification
    University of Pennsylvania - MSW
    Pennsylvania State University - BA
  • Photo of Julie Janos

    Julie Janos 

    Lower School Director of Student Support
    Phone/Extension: 4753
    Ursinus College - BS
    University of Pennsylvania - M.Phil.Ed.
  • Photo of Lisa Carey

    Lisa Carey 

    Upper School Academic Support & SEED Teacher
    Phone/Extension: 4621
    Columbia University - MA
    University of Virginia - BA
  • Photo of Lorin Early

    Lorin Early 

    Lower School Language Arts Specialist
    Phone/Extension: 4718
    University of Pennsylvania - MS
    University of Pennsylvania - BA
  • Photo of Lindsey Fick

    Lindsey Fick 

    Middle School Counselor
    Phone/Extension: 4611
    Villanova University - BA
    Villanova University - MS
  • Photo of Anne Griffin

    Anne Griffin 

    Middle School Academic Dean and Academic Support Coordinator
    Phone/Extension: 4164
    University of Colorado - MA
    Colorado College - BA
  • Photo of Lucie McDermott

    Lucie McDermott 

    Lower School Math Specialist
    Phone/Extension: 4745
    Rosemont College - EdM
    Millersville University - BSEd
  • Photo of Jennifer Myer Trainer

    Jennifer Myer Trainer 

    Upper School Academic Support
    Phone/Extension: 4133
    Keene State College - BSEd
    Fairfield University
  • Photo of Kira White

    Kira White 

    Upper School Counselor
    Phone/Extension: 4661
    Swarthmore College - BA
    University of Pennsylvania - MSW
    University of Pennsylvania - MPH
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.