The Shipley Community is made up of a diverse group of students, colleagues, parents, and alumni. To us, community is more than just a collection of people. It's one of the most important aspects of a Shipley education and defines the Shipley experience. Meet some of the people who make up our community and learn more about what makes it so special.
Michael G. Turner, Head of School

Alumni

List of 10 news stories.

  • Alexandra Lennon Bradley ’09

    Alexandra Lennon Bradley ’09: Coaching Tomorrow’s Leaders

    “Shipley, along with my parents, gave me the tools to dream. I learned that I could do anything,” says Alexandra Lennon Bradley ’09. She now shares those tools with other young people as assistant coach of Shipley’s girls’ basketball team, and in her role as Program Manager with Junior Achievement, which inspires and prepares young people to succeed in a global economy through experiential learning programs in work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. Learn more about Shipley Changemaker Alexandra Lennon Bradley ’09 and how she’s coaching tomorrow’s leaders.
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  • Alicia Roth Weigel ’08

    Alicia Roth Weigel ’08: Advancing the LGBTQIA+ Movement

    “Shipley fostered an intellectual curiosity that led me to want to understand different experiences beyond my own,” says Alicia Roth Weigel ’08. This interest, along with her own experience as an intersex person, has inspired her to advocate for social innovation, human rights, and intersex youth in her career and through her volunteer efforts. Learn more about Shipley Changemaker Alicia Roth Weigel ’08 and what she’s doing to make the world a better place.
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  • Annabel Lee Hogg ’06

    Annabel Lee Hogg ’06: Advocating for Human Rights

    For Annabel Lee Hogg ’06, The Shipley School’s commitment to service learning—and its “kind, warm, and encouraging environment”—ignited a lifelong passion for human rights, political activism, and social justice. She has translated this passion into a successful career of making a positive impact in the world through advocacy and political work in human rights. Now, she’s focusing her efforts on the business world and finding ways that multinational corporations can better serve people and the planet while still making a profit. Learn more about Shipley Changemaker Annabel Lee Hogg ’06.
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  • Ian Dombroski ’09

    Ian Dombroski ’09: Protecting the Environment for Future Generations

    An in-class screening of An Inconvenient Truth during his junior year turned Ian Dombroski ’09’s early fascination with the natural world into a lifelong passion for sustainability and environmental protection. In his senior year, his Senior Service Project work with an environmental organization further cemented Ian’s dedication to protecting our environment. Now, as a Life Scientist with the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Ian is working to clean up the nation’s waterways. Learn more about Shipley Changemaker Ian Dombroski ’09.
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  • Marianne South Fray '77

    Marianne South Fray ’77: Leading the Charge for Healthy Mothers and Babies

    Chief Executive Officer of Maternity Care Coalition Marianne South Fray ’77 believes living and learning at The Shipley School—alongside girls from many different countries, cultures, and family backgrounds—allowed her to hone the leadership skills she now uses on a daily basis: “My diverse experiences prepared me to lead with heart and courage, shaping me into the leader I am today.” Read more about Shipley Changemaker Marianne South Fray ’77 and how she’s dedicated her career to helping others.
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  • Mary Ann Boyer ’80 and Anne Rouse Sudduth ’89

    Mary Ann Boyer ’80 and Anne Rouse Sudduth ’89: Sowing Seeds of Sustainability

    Shipley alumnae and Changemakers Mary Ann Boyer ’80 and Anne Rouse Sudduth ’89 are co-founders and principals of Boyer Sudduth Environmental Consultants. Since 2015, they have assisted a wide range of private, parochial, and public schools throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Massachusetts in defining and achieving their sustainability goals—including Shipley, whose Avery Silverman Dining Room was recognized as a 3-star Certified Green Restaurant® by the Green Restaurant Association earlier this year. Learn more about how Mary Ann and Anne are imagining and implementing a more sustainable future in this Shipley Changemakers profile.
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  • Meg Biddle ’68: Changing Young Lives through Art & Mentorship

    Artist Meg Biddle ’68 has enjoyed professional success as a painter, illustrator, cartoonist, muralist, and the creator of Little Biddle Books. It’s through her work as cofounder of and mentor for the Youth Arts Collective (YAC) in Monterey, California, however, where she has found the most satisfaction and made the biggest impact in the lives of others.
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  • Meghan Stevenson-Krausz ’08

    Meghan Stevenson-Krausz ’08: Creating Positive Social Change

    Human rights professional Meghan Stevenson-Krausz ’08 credits Shipley for providing early lessons which continue to be relevant in her work today. “Shipley gave me an incredible platform from which to jump into basically anything I set my mind to, not only academically, but also from a service learning perspective.” From her work with a nonprofit organization that advances gender equality, to the launch of an impact investing fund for tech entrepreneurs in Latin America, Meghan is making a positive impact in the world. Learn more about Shipley Changemaker Meghan Stevenson-Krausz ’08.
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  • Michael Alonso ’13

    Michael Alonso ’13: Advocating for Vulnerable Populations

    Michael Alonso ’13 always knew that he wanted to help people. He says that the strong academic preparation he received at Shipley allowed him the flexibility and time to volunteer for various community and health-based organizations in college. In his current role as Homeless Management Information System Coordinator at One Roof: Uniting Central Alabama to End Homelessness, Michael is helping to find solutions to a major societal issue using his interest in computer information systems. Learn more about Shipley Changemaker Michael Alonso ’13.
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  • Neal Regino ’03

    Neal Regino ’03: Impacting Young Lives through Soccer

    Neal Regino ’03 credits Shipley for giving him an opportunity to reach his full potential, and now he’s giving back to the School and to the children of Chester, Pennsylvania, using his time and talents to make a positive impact on the world around him. In 2004, following the tragic death of his friend and Shipley soccer teammate, Neal co-founded the William Trippley Youth Development Foundation to create opportunity—through education, nonviolence, and soccer—for at-risk and underserved youth in Trippley’s hometown of Chester. Neal currently volunteers through his foundation’s year-round soccer academy, Chester City United, and is the President of Shipley’s Alumni Council. Learn more about Shipley Changemaker Neal Regino and learn how Trippley, Shipley, and soccer helped shape who he is today.
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Faculty

List of 10 news stories.

  • Shipley Changemaker and Service Learning Coordinator, Margie Winters

    Margie Winters: Connecting through Service

    Margie Winters has dedicated much of her career to serving those in need and inspiring others to do the same. In 2018, she became Shipley’s Service Learning Coordinator and has already made an impact on the School’s robust service learning program. “When we reach out to communities, particularly on the margins, we learn a lot about their lives and their priorities. School service,” she says, “helps student do that in a thoughtful and reflective way.” Learn more about Shipley Changemaker Margie Winters and what she’s doing to make a difference at Shipley and in the world.
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  • Anne Smith: Following the Siren’s Song with Learning Adventures in Italy

    Middle School Latin teacher Anne Smith has inspired Shipley students with her passion for the Classics for 25 years. But perhaps more impactful than anything she’s done within her classroom are the 20+ trips to Italy on which she has led hundreds of Shipley students and parents over the years. Learn more about Anne and her Classical Adventures.
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  • Dan DelDuca: The Idea of Wonder in Lower School Science

    When children step into Mr. Del Duca’s world, it’s all about participation. “I’m totally into the experience of science. I’m totally into the process. I want the kids to be scientists.”
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  • Josh Berberian: Teaching Students, Not Content

    His early teaching career was shaped by educational innovators. He’s been innovating in his classroom ever since. Learn more about this Upper School math teacher.
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  • Kristin Jaffe: Not What You Think

    Upper School English teacher Kristin Jaffe is known for her rigorous classes, where students engage in intense analysis of complex literature. What most people probably don’t know is that this Bryn Mawr College graduate didn’t start out well academically.
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  • Paul Tierney: The Splendor, the Wonder & the Passing of the Lore

    Paul Tierney retired from General Electric after 34 years of service, ready for something new. Teaching, he thought, seemed like a nice way to move toward a life of travel and retirement. Little did he know, he'd work harder than he ever had.
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  • Why I Teach: Heather Riley

    Growing up in a Latino neighborhood exposed Heather to the Spanish language early in life. She later went on to study the language formally at the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.
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  • Why I Teach: Steve Baris, Chair of Shipley's Art Department

    Steve Baris, Chair of Shipley’s Art Department, had an extraordinary and unconventional upbringing. The experiences cultivated in him a spirit of independence and adventure that sent him fighting fires in the West, hitchhiking throughout Africa, and studying art in Rome before dropping him at the door of 814 Yarrow Street.
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  • Dr. Emily Pickering - Lighting Sparks in Upper School History, English, and Interdisciplinary Studies

    Why I Teach: Dr. Emily Pickering Lights Sparks in History

    Dr. Pickering, Mrs. Pickering to her students—says she teaches because she has always loved being a student. It allows her to read and to learn.
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  • Spotlight on Jay Jennings '91: Middle School Math Teacher and Coach

    Jay Jennings ’91 redefines what it means to be a “lifer” at Shipley. As a Middle School math teacher and coach for the last 21 years, he tries to connect on a personal level with the students he teaches and coaches as a way of inspiring them to learn and strive for excellence.
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Families

List of 8 news stories.

  • The Vale Family Shipley Story: Prepared to Succeed

    Elizabeth Vale ’72, Managing Director at Morgan Stanley and significant member of the Obama White House, credits Shipley with teaching her everything she needed to know. She valued her Shipley education so much, she sent her daughter Ann ’03 to Shipley, where she, too, received an education that prepared her for a successful future.
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  • 16 Years and Counting: The Gundy Family's Shipley Story

    Dee and Roy Gundy joined the Shipley community 16 years ago, when their daughter, Kaela ’15, was in kindergarten. A word-of-mouth recommendation put Shipley on their radar, but it was a commitment to each individual child that made them choose the School. Dee and Roy feel blessed that they are all thriving, despite their different interests, strengths, and traits. And even with their busy schedules, the Gundys find ways to give back to the community that has given them so much.
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  • The Nkala Family Shipley Story: More than Just a Color

    Shipley Coach and PE teacher Bruce Nkala and his wife were initially drawn to Shipley because of the baby clue color worn by the School’s sports teams – the color of their home country Botswana’s flag. But the Shipley community, small class sizes, and individual approach to each student have solidified their affinity for the School. Read the Nkala family’s Shipley story.
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  • The Ilyases were looking for something more than just an excellent academic education when they explored independent schools for their children. They wanted a school where their kids were going to be free to define themselves and feel a strong sense of community. Learn more about the Ilyases and how Shipley’s environment supports each child’s sense of identity.

    The Ilyas Family Shipley Story: An Effortless Sense of Belonging

    The Ilyases were looking for something more than just an excellent academic education when they explored independent schools for their children. They wanted a school where their kids were going to be free to define themselves and feel a strong sense of community. Learn more about the Ilyases and how Shipley’s environment supports each child’s sense of identity.
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  • Private School Meets Public School: The Willner Family's Shipley Story

    Ben Willner ’96 never expected to send his children to the school that challenged him so much as a kid. His wife, Erica, a public school advocate, couldn’t have imagined sending her kids to a private school. Now, he can’t think of a better gift to give his daughters than the rigor and support of Shipley’s education, and she’s convincing her friends to send their children to Shipley. Read the Willner family’s Shipley story.
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  • The Big Move: The Bender Family’s Shipley Story

    When the Bender family faced the prospect of a second cross-continental move in as many years, they knew it would be important to find a school that shared their values and provided a rigorous academic program balanced with support for students. The Benders found that school in Shipley and have enjoyed a seamless transition into the community. Read more about the Bender’s Shipley story.
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  • Choosing a School with Vision: The Benardete Family Story

    Niki and Ethan Benardete chose Shipley for their children because of the School’s emphasis on character education. For Niki, an educator and administrator herself, the vision of the Shipley community was quite clear, going above excellent academics to instill confidence and educate children about being the best people possible.
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  • When Laura and Dave ’89 Palmer began the process of picking a school for their children, Shipley wasn’t their obvious choice. But, “the more we researched,” says Dave, “the more we realized that the Shipley of today is even better than the Shipley I went to.”

    Not the Obvious Choice: The Palmer Family Shipley Story

    When Laura and Dave ’89 Palmer began the process of picking a school for their children, Shipley wasn’t their obvious choice. But, “the more we researched,” says Dave, “the more we realized that the Shipley of today is even better than the Shipley I went to.”
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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.