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.

  • Photo Courtesy of Philadelphia 76ers

    Katie Grossman O’Reilly ’03: Creating Memorable Experiences for Basketball Fans

    Katie Grossman O’Reilly ’03 is living the dream, one NBA season at a time. As Chief Marketing Officer of the Philadelphia 76ers, she taps into skills she learned at Shipley through team sports. “Teamwork, communication, resilience, and sportsmanship set the foundation for my career,” she says. She has made a profound difference within the 76ers organization and despite a demanding work schedule, O’Reilly always finds time to give back. Each year, she commits 76 hours of community service through the Project 76 Employee Volunteer Service Program, and serves as a volunteer and board member for other Philadelphia-based organizations. Learn more about Shipley Changemaker and 76ers superstar Katie Grossman O’Reilly ’03.
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  • Trina Vaux '63

    Trina Vaux '63: A Steward of (Shipley's) History

    Trina Vaux ’63 has lived and worked with history—its study, its preservation, and its celebration—for most of her life. During the last eight years, Trina has turned that interest towards Shipley, researching and writing A Daring Vision: A History of The Shipley School 1894-2018. The book was truly a dream job and labor of love for Trina, who says, “You know, it’s not really work when it’s fun.” Read more about Shipley Historian and alumna Trina Vaux '63.
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  • Diana MacArthur ’51

    Diana MacArthur ’51: Building a School and Community Stability in Pakistan

    Shipley alumna and Changemaker Diana Macarthur ’51—whose achievements and adventures span the globe and enter geo-political, educational, social, scientific, and corporate spheres—attributes her insatiable quest for knowledge and her resolute expectation of excellence to Shipley. “I learned early on that life’s not going to be handed to you. You have to study, do extra work, continually improve, be open, and constantly question things,” she says. “Just getting by does not change the world.” Learn more about Diana’s recent efforts to make a positive impact in the Karakoram Mountains of northern Pakistan, where she built a state-of-the-art school.
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  • Becky Snyder Fawcett ’88: Helping People Adopt

    After experiencing first-hand the emotional and financial challenges of adopting a child, Becky Snyder Fawcett ’88 launched HelpUsAdopt.org to help other people with grants of up to $15,000. It’s the only organization in the country which offers financial support for adoption equitably to married couples, single parents, and LGTB families alike. Since 2007, the organization has supported 270 families. The organization raised $1.2 million in 2018 and will increase grants to $500,000 in 2019—enough money to help build one family each week. Learn more about Becky and HelpUsAdopt.org.
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  • Denise Hollingsworth ’77: Destined for Success and a Life of Service

    Denise Hollingsworth ’77 knew that she was destined for more than what her humble surroundings could afford her. She attended Shipley through an opportunity provided by A Better Chance. Since then, she has spent her life helping others through a successful law career dedicated to public service, fostering over 20 teens in her home and teaching English with the PeaceCorps.
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  • Matthew Lisle ’11: Improving Lives through Technology

    Matt Lisle ’11 is a cofounder of Everwaters, a manufacturer and distributor of water filtration systems. The company has helped provide water to over 4,000 families in 11 countries. Lisle is now setting his sights on providing devices like affordable and accessible prosthetics to people who need them. Learn more about how Shipley Changemaker Matt Lisle ’11 is making a positive difference in people’s lives through the development of innovative technologies.
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  • Devin Gage ’07: Changing Lives through Fitness

    Devin Gage ’07 had no idea what he was doing when he opened up his gym in 2012, “but I knew I had the passion to change people’s lives,” he says. Six years and 2,000 clients later, Devin has seen the positive impacts that good nutrition and fitness can have—physically and emotionally—on people’s lives. In recent years, Devin has incorporated a community service component into gym membership. “As you get healthier, you have more energy to do better for the world. And, so just by being here, you’re going to impact the community in a positive way. This is what we do.” Learn more about the positive impacts that Shipley Changemaker Devin Gage ’07 is making in his community.
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    Isabel Hamilton Benham ’27: Wall Street Pioneer

    When Isabel Hamilton Benham '27 first expressed her ambitions for working on Wall Street, she was met with instant criticism and discouragement. At this time, the kinds of careers available for women on Wall Street were almost exclusively limited to secretarial work—but not for Isabel Benham. She went on to achieve many firsts on Wall Street, including being the first woman to hold a seat on the New York Stock Exchange. Learn more about Isabel Benham.
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  • Daniela Elena Franco ’99: Inspiring Children to Read

    Since 2015, Daniela Elena Franco ’99 has served as Director of Libros Para Todos, a Mexican nonprofit dedicated to inspiring children to read, with a particular focus on children and young adults in rural communities, where access to books is limited. “I love reading and I love spreading that love to children. I get to see children own their first book and discover how fulfilling it is to get lost in a book,” she says about what she excites her most about her work. We recognize Daniela Elena Franco ’99 as a Shipley Changemaker and applaud the work she is doing to make a positive impact in the world. Read a Q & A with Daniela to learn more about her and her work.
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  • Lura Coleman Wampler ’56, Frances Weston & the Enduring Influence of a Teacher

    It was Mrs. Frances Weston, Lura Coleman Wampler ’56’s Shipley chemistry teacher, who inspired her to pursue chemistry as a major in college. As a student and later, Lura performed research on the effects of various factors on the body during space travel, and she was present at the first successful open-heart surgery to use an oxygenator. Later, she returned to Shipley to teach chemistry, the subject she had learned to love while she was a student here. As a teacher for 22 years, Lura influenced an entire generation of students, with many of whom she maintains close ties.
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Faculty

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  • 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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  • Teacher Ben Tinsley: Compassion in Action

    French teacher Ben Tinsley appreciates Shipley’s focus on inspiring and equipping students to be compassionate participants in the world, as well as the creative and intellectual freedom teachers are given to develop curriculum, like his Upper School interdisciplinary course “Francophone Cultures through Literature and Film,” which focuses exclusively on Africa and the Caribbean. Outside of Shipley, Ben devotes lots of time to his family, his love of music, and his strong desire to make a positive impact in the world by identifying deserving individuals and providing resources to them through small fundraisers. Learn more about Ben and the many ways he is making a difference at Shipley and in the world.
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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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Students

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  • Gyasi Miller ’24: A Perfect Blend of Love and Basketball

    Two years ago, when Gyasi Miller ’24 was in fifth grade, it was no surprise his love of basketball inspired his Think, Care, Act project to clean up a park near his home. He presented a proposal to a local councilman, secured funding, and recently cut the ribbon to officially open the renovated park in October. 
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  • Meet Anita Zhu '18

    Meet Anita Zhu '18

    Shipley has prepared Anita to overcome obstacles with confidence and to face the world with a good heart and a sound mind.
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  • Meet Casey Brown '18

    Meet Casey Brown '18

    Shipley has prepared Casey to advocate for herself in her future endeavors.
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  • Meet Claudia Menziuso '18

    Meet Claudia Menziuso '18

    Shipley has prepared Claudia to use her voice for the power of good and to not be afraid to jump in and get involved no matter what it may be.
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  • Meet Dana Herman '18

    Meet Dana Herman '18

    Shipley has prepared Dana to be a young woman who is academically confident, self-assured, and ready to tackle a challenge.
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  • Meet Jack Doughery '17

    Shipley prepared Jack to understand that stepping out of your comfort zone is how you thrive, and to be compassionate and modest when accomplishing your goals.
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  • With hopes of working in business or politics in the Middle East, Grace says Shipley prepared her to observe the world with empathy and to seek and explore the nuances in the world, rather than accepting a simple answer.

    Meet Grace Martin '17

    With hopes of working in business or politics in the Middle East, Grace says Shipley prepared her to observe the world with empathy and to seek and explore the nuances in the world, rather than accepting a simple answer.
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  • At Shipley, Sam was able to transfer his passion for bass into the math classroom, exploring all the possible permutations and combinations of notes that can go into a bass line.

    Meet Sam Lazarus '17

    At Shipley, Sam was able to transfer his passion for bass into the math classroom, exploring all the possible permutations and combinations of notes that can go into a bass line.
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  • Rayna Mason '17 plans to pursue a career in digital media and communications. She credits Shipley for teaching her effective and efficient communications skills and allowing her to embrace her uniqueness.

    Meet Rayna Mason '17

    Rayna Mason '17 plans to pursue a career in digital media and communications. She credits Shipley for teaching her effective and efficient communications skills and allowing her to embrace her uniqueness.
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  • Meet Cesar Silva '17

    Meet Cesar Silva '17

    Cesar Silva '17 says Shipley prepared him for self-advocacy and to step up and be a leader in his community.  "I learned that as a leader in any setting, an official title does not determine the impact one makes in their community, but rather the actions of a person determine the impact one makes on their community."
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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.