FACULTY AND STAFF

GWYNNE FRISCHMANN
Head of School

gfrischmann@trevosedayschool.com

Gwynne Frischmann graduated from the New York Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a concentration in special education. She previously worked at the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center and has taught ages two through twenty-one both in the classroom and at home.

“As the Head of School, my main mission is to develop a passion for learning and a sense of security and happiness in our children,” says Frischmann, who has worked at Trevose Day School and Neshaminy Montessori for over twelve years. “I love working with each family to find the best educational path here for their child!”

The mother of two Neshaminy Montessori and Trevose Day School alums, Frischmann loves the arts and creates mosaics in her spare time. She enjoys going to museums, seeing live theater and reading all types of genres.

LAUREN BERMAN
Kindergarten Teacher

lberman@trevosedayschool.com

Lauren Berman doubled majored in PreK-4 Education and Psychology at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA.

“I am going to work hard to create a space that is happy, safe, comfortable, and challenging for my students,” says Berman, who previously taught first grade and led campers in our Young Explorer and Adventure Camps. “Kindergarten is an important year where a child establishes an educational foundation and begins his or her learning journey. I love the sense of curiosity that children have at this age, so my students will do a lot of exploring and hands-on activities to help them learn.”

Berman enjoys enhancing lessons with dance, play, and song to help make learning more engaging.

EILEEN DENTON
First Grade Teacher

edenton@trevosedayschool.com

Eileen Denton received her Bachelor of Science in education at Georgia State University with a minor in E.S.O.L. (English for Speakers of Other Languages). She is currently hard at work on her Masters of Curriculum and Instruction at The University of Scranton.

“First grade is a very important year,” says Denton, who has taught Pre-K, third and fifth grades at public, private and charter schools. “The children are developing confidence in their abilities as readers, writers and mathematicians. Your child needs to feel their classroom is a safe place when they are free to take risks and make mistakes. Therefore, we will spend a lot of time creating a classroom community.”

Denton loves to share her love of music with students by incorporating it into daily classroom activities. She plays the piano, guitar and has taught music enrichment in early childhood settings. 

ANN KING
Kindergarten Assistant

Ann King has been with Trevose Day School for seven years and has worked in the both our classrooms and our summer program. She has one daughter and loves spending time with family.

JULIANA MENEZES

Juliana Menezes is the office manager at Trevose Day School and Neshaminy Montessori. She is the mother of two and has three grandchildren. Her favorite part of working here is interacting with the students each day. Juliana is an avid gardener and loves taking care of her family.

ESSIE CHERKIG
Educational Consultant, Creator of the Elementary Program at Trevose Day School

Essie Cherkin has led an esteemed career elevating the life chances of children through the improvement of instruction. She has served in multiple administrative roles in the School District of Philadelphia and oversaw schools at the regional level. She holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and certifications as Superintendent, Principal, Curriculum and Instructional Supervision and Instructional. Cherkin was a vital contributor to Trevose Day School in its early life, crafting the elementary program that has gone on to enrich hundreds of young minds and spirits.

  JOHN SERPENTELLI has directed nearly 100 short films for networks such as HBO Family, Nick Jr., and Sesame Street. He has a Masters in Art Education and is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of the Arts. Serpentelli’s independent films have won awards in festivals including The American Motion Picture Society and the New York Expo of Short Film. He will meet with our students weekly to create a collaborative animated film. serpentelli.com (Fall Semester)
  JOHN SERPENTELLI has directed nearly 100 short films for networks such as HBO Family, Nick Jr., and Sesame Street. He has a Masters in Art Education and is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of the Arts. Serpentelli’s independent films have won awards in festivals including The American Motion Picture Society and the New York Expo of Short Film. He will meet with our students weekly to create a collaborative animated film. serpentelli.com (Fall Semester)

 

  ROLAND YAKOBASHVILI is an internationally ranked Chess Master and former Soviet chess champion. He meets with students Kindergarten and up once a week to teach them the strategy, joy and camaraderie of chess. He also leads our Chess Club, which meets Thursdays after school.
  ROLAND YAKOBASHVILI is an internationally ranked Chess Master and former Soviet chess champion. He meets with students Kindergarten and up once a week to teach them the strategy, joy and camaraderie of chess. He also leads our Chess Club, which meets Thursdays after school.

 

  PETER MOSES is the director of The Music Experience for Young Children, a national music enrichment program for early childhood. Peter is a singer-songwriter, performer and children’s recording artist with eight original CD collections. He is also the author of three empowering audio books for kids. As a certified PQAS trainer, Peter offers workshops including “Great Music, Movement, Rhythm Reading & Song,” and “Teaching & Parenting Emotionally Healthy Children.” His current projects include a musical assembly program for preschool and K-through-3 audiences entitled “Wellness, Wonder & Wisdom.” petermoses.com
  PETER MOSES is the director of The Music Experience for Young Children, a national music enrichment program for early childhood. Peter is a singer-songwriter, performer and children’s recording artist with eight original CD collections. He is also the author of three empowering audio books for kids. As a certified PQAS trainer, Peter offers workshops including “Great Music, Movement, Rhythm Reading & Song,” and “Teaching & Parenting Emotionally Healthy Children.” His current projects include a musical assembly program for preschool and K-through-3 audiences entitled “Wellness, Wonder & Wisdom.” petermoses.com

RAE FISHMAN
Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

rfishman@trevosedayschool.com

Rae Fishman graduated from Muhlenberg College Summa Cum Laude with a double major in Psychology and Elementary Education and a minor in Dance. While attending college, she was part of the Psi Chi National Psychology Honors Society and worked with psychologists studying developmental and educational psychology.

“My philosophy of education is that students should feel safe and secure in our community of learners,” says Fishman, who has a Pre-K through Fourth Grade teaching certificate and has taught both public and private classrooms in urban, suburban and rural settings. “Time will be taken to ensure that every student feels safe physically, emotionally, socially, and psychologically. Without a feeling of safety in these areas, students will not be able to focus on learning. Students will feel challenged, curious, and nurtured in my classroom.”

In her leisure time, Fishman enjoys reading, dancing, and spending time with friends and family.

 

REBECCA BUCKLEY
Second and Third Grade Teacher

rbuckley@trevosedayschool.com

Originally from Kansas, Rebecca Buckley graduated from Emporia State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education/Early Childhood Education and a minor in Children’s Theatre/Speech.

“My main mission for the children who walk through my door is to develop and strengthen their love of learning,” says Mrs. Buckley, who has been a teacher at Trevose Day School for over twenty years. “We blend reader’s theatre, role playing, music, singing and hands-on activities in all academic areas within our classroom.  We are free to explore, question, share, create, and work together — and we can’t wait to do it again tomorrow!”

Married with two daughters and two grandsons, Buckley loves spending time with family and her two Labrador Retrievers. 

 

KATIE WILLIAMS
Fourth and Fifth Grade Teacher

kwilliams@trevosedayschool.com

Baltimore native Katie Williams has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Maryland.

“I believe that a classroom should be a community in which students, teacher, and parents work together to help students achieve success,” says Ms. Williams, who taught middle school math for three years in Baltimore County Public Schools before joining Trevose Day School.

In her spare time, Ms. Williams loves going to the stadium to watch Ravens football games and is a new fan of the Philadelphia Eagles. In addition to teaching, she also enjoys cooking, hiking, reading and playing sports.

 

SARAH FUENTES
Art Teacher

Sarah Fuentes graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. During her studies, she was able to explore all the different fields in the art world. Having previously worked with directors and producers on short films, press kits, websites, album covers and music documentaries, Fuentes comes with excellent credentials in the creative industry.

Art education has been a fundamental part for her, so much so that she has decided to continue her education for her Masters in Art Education. ”Children have a great curiosity and art gives them that freedom to explore and develop those curiosities,” says Fuentes. The mother of one takes pride in what she does and is grateful to have a talent where she is able to utilize her skill sets while being inspired everyday by her students.

 

BRINDHA STANLEY
Pre-Kindergarten Assistant

Brindha Stanley has a Master’s Degree in Social Work. She is married and the mother of two sons. She enjoys being in the classroom and watching students flourish. 

 

  SHELBY WOLF graduated from the Savannah College of Art & Design with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in animation. She works as an illustrator and animator and has been fascinated with animation since childhood. (Spring Semester)
  SHELBY WOLF graduated from the Savannah College of Art & Design with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in animation. She works as an illustrator and animator and has been fascinated with animation since childhood. (Spring Semester)

 

  LAVON PATTERSON is a dancer and choreographer who has worked with stars such as Justin Bieber and Usher. He has a passion for connecting children with music and dance and will be teaching hip hop to all of our students twice a month. youtube.com/user/jfury
  LAVON PATTERSON is a dancer and choreographer who has worked with stars such as Justin Bieber and Usher. He has a passion for connecting children with music and dance and will be teaching hip hop to all of our students twice a month. youtube.com/user/jfury

 

  JENNY HEITLER-KLEVANS has been teaching music at pre-schools and elementary schools through The Music Experience for Young Children for nine years. In addition to teaching, Jenny performs in the band Two of a Kind with her husband David and they have 8 award-winning CDs for families and kids (they sometimes perform with their twin sons). She also has an adult quartet called Acoustic Blender. Jenny loves making music with kids and looks forward to a year full of singing, rhythms, dancing and performing. twoofakind.com
  JENNY HEITLER-KLEVANS has been teaching music at pre-schools and elementary schools through The Music Experience for Young Children for nine years. In addition to teaching, Jenny performs in the band Two of a Kind with her husband David and they have 8 award-winning CDs for families and kids (they sometimes perform with their twin sons). She also has an adult quartet called Acoustic Blender. Jenny loves making music with kids and looks forward to a year full of singing, rhythms, dancing and performing. twoofakind.com