School Staff


Ms. Nimet Eren
Education: Harvard University (BA), University of Pennsylvania (MsEd, EDD)
Hobbies: Running, Gardening, Art
Favorite Book: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Mr. Victor Mercado
9th Grade Principal
Education: Temple University (BA), Cabrini University (MSEd)
Hobbies: Family, Gardening, Trying Out New Recipes
Favorite Book: Growing Up Puerto Rican by Paulette Cooper
Ms. Nicole Walker
Climate Manager
Education: Cheyney University of Pennsylvania (BA)
Hobbies: Cheerleading, Motorcycle Riding, Swimming, Traveling
Favorite Book: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling


Ms. Haley Bonner
Counselor for A-G
Education: East Stroudsburg University (BS-Psychology) (MS-Counseling Psychology with Specialization in School Counseling)
Hobbies: Family, Reading, Traveling, Movies
Favorite Book: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides 
Mr. Steven Delturk
Lead Counselor for H-Q
Education: Moravian College (BA), University of Pennsylvania (MSEd, MPhilEd)
Hobbies: Quality time with loved ones, enjoying the arts, writing poetry, being outside, learning, trying new things
Favorite Book: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Ms. Eleonor Vasquez
Counselor R-Z
Ms. Helen Ard
12+ Advisor
Education: Lehigh University (BS in Global Studies and Economics), Rutgers University-Camden (MA in Childhood Studies)
Hobbies: Taking long walks, Hiking, Eating (I love bread!), Traveling, Buying books and forgetting to read them, Cat memes/TikToks
Favorite Book: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Mr. Tim Atwood
Philadelphia Futures and Stepping Stone Scholars: Associate Director of High Schools - Kensington
Education: Sociology from Saint Joseph's University (BS), West Chester University (MEd)
Hobbies:  I love doing DIY projects around my home and riding as many roller coasters as possible!
Favorite Book: Freakonomics by Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt
Mr. Diego Joseph
Philadelphia Futures and Stepping Stone Scholars: College Accessibility and Equity Advisor
Education: Gettysburg College (BS) College Student IT Manager, College House Leader, College Multicultural Ambassador for Admissions
Hobbies:  Researcher and Pop Culture Enthusiast
Favorite Book: Heroic: The Surprising Path to True Manhood by Bill Delvaux
Ms Tenelle Walden
12+ Site Advisor
Education: Associates in Human Services, Business Administration, Behavior Health Worker, Mental Health Counselor, Intake Coordinator, Outreach Specialist, Youth Leader
Hobbies: Swimming, Singing, Liturgical Flagging/dance, Poetry, Playwriting, Writing, Reading, Community Engagement, Working with You
Favorite Book: Battlefield of the Mind: Winning the Battle in Your Mind by Joyce Meyer
Ms. Amanda Yin
12+ Site Director and Advisor
Education: Long Beach City College (Associate's in Child Development: Early Childhood Education), California State University, Long Beach (BS in Child Development and Family Studies)
Hobbies: Crocheting, Art, Cooking and Baking 
Favorite Book: The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo

School Support

Ms. Hope Black-Waller
School Nurse
Education: Drexel University (BSN), La Salle University (CSN)
(Registered Nurse for 33 years)
Hobbies: Traveling, Reading, Bible Education, Adventures
Favorite Book: Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
Ms. Liz Vargas
Administrative Secretary
Officer Ryan Smith
School Safety Officer
Education: SDP Safety Training, Criminal Justice, SDP Safety Advisor Team
Hobbies: Teaching, Training, Coaching, Mentoring, Basketball, Distance running
Favorite Book: All of them!
Ms. Gladys Garcia
Bilingual Counseling Assistant
Education: SDP, CCP
Hobbies: Watching horror movies, Playing cards, Walking, Spending time with my great nephews and nieces
Favorite Book: Anything by James Patterson
Mr. Barry Williams
Community School Coordinator

Education Staff

Ms. Monique Adkins
Health Related Technology Teacher
Ms. Wanda Ashby
Special Education Teacher
Education: Saint Joseph’s University (BS-Heath Administration), Saint Joseph’s University (MS-Educational Leadership), Eastern University (MS Curriculum & Instruction)
Mr. Dave Beck
History Teacher, School DJ
Education: Temple University (BS), Neumann University (MS)
Hobbies: Anything involving my dog, Running, Traveling
Favorite Book: Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz
Ms. Jen Bertele
Special Education Assistant
Ms. Cheryl Boone
Special Education Assistant
Education: Geneva College
Hobbies: Puzzles, Water aerobics, Pilates, and Boxing 
Favorite Book: Reclaiming God’s Original Purpose for Your Life
Ms. Luci Bower
English Teacher, Senior Success Team Leader
Education: Kutztown University of PA, Delaware Valley College
Hobbies: Reading, Movies, Gardening, Going to the beach!
Favorite Book: Outlander, Cold Mountain
Meredith Cawley
Special Education Teacher
Education: Temple University (BS, MSEd)
Hobbies: Camping, hiking, art, reading, gardening
Favorite Book: Anything by Octavia Butler!
Ms. Christine Cesarone
Math, Special Education Teacher, Yearbook Sponsor
Education: LaSalle University (BA), Slippery Rock University (MsED), Studied abroad in Ireland
Hobbies: Listening to music (especially concerts), Traveling through Europe, Cleaning (Yes—cleaning!)
Ms. Paige Cole
Special Education Assistant
Mr. Ed Colfer
Special Education/Social Studies Teacher
Hobbies: Tennis
Favorite Book: Open by Andre Agassi
Halana Dash
French Teacher
Education: Temple University (BA), University of Pennsylvania (MSEd), Worked as a teacher in France
Hobbies: Hiking, watching Seinfeld, Crocheting & Making homemade cards, Reading
Favorite Book: The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
Ms. Jill DeGregorio
Dental Assisting Teacher
Mr. Oumar Diawara
Math Teacher
Mr. Hal Doner
Roster Chair, Technology Chair, Testing Coordinator, SIS Coach
Education: University of Maryland (BA), Holy Family College (MSEd)
Hobbies: Food, Gardening, Building stuff, Movies
Favorite Book: The Godfather Series, The Original James Bond Series, Story of Civilization by Will Durant
Ms. Nikki Dunn
Science Teacher, 11th Grade Success Team Leader, Martial Arts Club Sponsor
Education: Temple University (BA), Penn State University (MsEd)
Hobbies: Martial Arts, Reading, Soccer, Crafts
Favorite Book: Protector of the Small by Tamora Pierce
Ms. Jenifer Felix
ELL/Spanish Teacher, 11th Grade Success Team Leader, ELL Lead, Music Club
Education: Virginia Wesleyan College (BA), Regent University (MsEd)
Hobbies: Plants, Animals, People, Cooking, Reading
Favorite Book: Anything by Gabriel Garcia Márquez
Ms. Billita Gavin
LSS Teacher
Education: Cheyney University (BA), Arcadia University (MSEd), Gwynedd Mercy University (MSEd)
Hobbies: Interior design, Traveling, Helping people with special needs!
Favorite Book: Their Eyes Were Watching God By: Zora Neale Hurston
Ms. Colleen Grelis
ELL Teacher, 9th Grade Success Team Leader
Education: West Chester University (BSEd, MA)
Hobbies: Traveling, Reading, Chauffeuring my children
Favorite Book: The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
Ms. Danielle Grodek
ELL Teacher
Mr. John Humes
LSS Teacher
Education: BS, MSEd
Hobbies: Guitar, Tinkering/Fixing/Building, Fishing
Favorite Book: The Bible
Ms. Angela Iovine
ELATeacher, 10th Grade Success Team Leader, SBTL
Education: Temple University (BA), Long Island University (Certificate in ELL), Chestnut Hill College (MSEd)
Hobbies: All things related to food and culture, Traveling and exploring new places, Hiking
Favorite Book: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Mr. Gregory Isaacs
AP Government/Social Studies Teacher, Athletic Director, Girls Basketball and Softball Coach
Education: Temple University
Hobbies: Fishing, Hiking, Cooking, Sports
Favorite Book: Any good biography
Ms. Gianni Johnson
Relationships First Coach
Education: Penn State University, Teach For America (Miami)
Hobbies: Thrifting, Upcycling, and Styling
Favorite Book: I don’t necessarily have a favorite book. However, I do enjoy reading fictional stories.
Ms. Maya Jonsson
Social Studies Teacher
Education: Bryn Mawr College (BA), University of Pennsylvania (MSEd)
Hobbies: Art, Film, Cooking, Reading, and Dancing 
Favorite Book: Most recent favorite is For The Time Being by Ruth Ozeki 
Mx. Maddie Luebbert
English Teacher, 9th Grade Success Team Leader, Supporter of the 9th grade QSA
Education: Temple University (BA), University of Pennsylvania (MSEd), Studied abroad in Argentina
Hobbies: Riding my bike, Hanging out with my partner and my dog, Reading, Making things
Favorite Book: Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut and The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
Ms. Elena Marcovici
Social Studies Teacher
Education: Haverford College (BA), University of Pennsylvania (MsEd)
Hobbies: Reading, Writing, Dancing, Puzzles
Favorite Book: I have too many to pick just one! But, the last book I read is The Anomaly by Hervé Le Tellier.
Mr. Carl Morrow
Math Teach
Education: West Chester University (BA, MA); American University (MBA); Relay Graduate School of Education (Graduate Alternate Route Certification); Graduate Coursework in Higher Education, Organizational Leadership
Hobbies: Ministry Leadership, Promoting College Readiness, Business Education, and Leadership Development
Favorite Book: The Bible, Good to Great by Jim Collins (and his other books as well)
Ms. Devonia Mourning
Math Teacher
Education: Lincoln University (BS, MEd)
Hobbies: Yoga, Reading, Bowling, Shopping, Puzzling, Watching movies
Favorite Book: What Becomes of the Brokenhearted by E. Lynn Harris
Ms. Sally O’Brien
English Teacher, Spoken Word and Poetry Club Coach
Education: Swarthmore College (BA), Arcadia University 2009 (MAEd)
Hobbies: Reading, Taking my son on adventures on my bike, Beginning gardening
Favorite Book: I never know how to answer this question! But there are some books that hold up to rereading over and over and the one I'm rereading right now is Homer's Odyssey.
Ms. Kristian Ogungbemi
Global Leadership Teacher, 12th Grade Success Team Sponsor, Student Council Co-Advisor
Education: Drexel University (BA), University of Pennsylvania (MSEd), Studied abroad in Italy
Hobbies: Cooking, Reading/writing, Dancing, Solving puzzles, Playing games
Favorite Book: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Mr. Frank Pinzarrone
Special Education Teacher
Education: Masters in Reading, Masters in Educational Leadership, Teacher of Deaf and Hard of Hearing for 5 years
Hobbies: Technology Geek, DJ/KJ, Football, Baseball
Favorite Book: Dark Knight (graphic novel)
Ms. Jennifer Pour
ESOL Teacher
Education: University of Virginia (BA in English Literature/Italian), University of Kentucky (MA in TESOL)
Hobbies: Birding, Hiking lite, Traveling to national/state parks, Reading, Gardening, Learning Spanish
Favorite Book: There There by Tommy Orange (and many more…)
Mr. Shane Quinn
Health and PE Teacher, Boys Soccer Coach
Education: Marywood University (BS and MA)
Hobbies: Being physically active, Sports-based youth development, Coaching, Reading
Favorite Book: Life is Not an Accident by Jay Williams
Ms. Helen Rowe
English Teacher
Mr. Roman Savedra
Math Teacher
Education: California State University - Long Beach (BS Physics), University of Pennsylvania (MSEd STEM Education)
Hobbies: Cooking, watching sports, learning about space, learning how cars work
Favorite Book: The Theoretical Minimum by Leonard Susskind

Ms. Barbara Sharpe
Science Teacher
Ms. Aimee Shelton
Sports Medicine/Rehab Aide Teacher
Education: Temple University (BS), Eastern University (MSEd), Trips to Alaska and the Navajo Nation
Hobbies: Hiking, Running, Kayaking, Paddle boarding, Cycling (Outdoor and indoor)
Favorite Book: Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
Mr. Mike Smaczylo
Art Teacher
Education: University of the Arts (BA), Tyler School of Art and Architecture Temple University (MEd)
Hobbies: Making art, Listening to and playing music, Watching Philly sports, Cooking (especially breakfast and barbecue)
Favorite Book: Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
Ms. Ina Thomas
School Support
Education: Bachelor's Degree Elementary Education and Special Education with a Minor in Criminal Justice
Hobbies: Reading, Watching educational documentaries, Community involvement
Favorite Book: Malcolm X
Ms. Abby Vogel
Math Coach
Education: University of Wisconsin (BA, MSEd)
Hobbies: Traveling, Hiking, Watching sports
Favorite Book: Know My Name by Chanel Miller
Ms. Cheryl Watts
Special Education Assistant
Ms. Rose West
Special Education Assistant, Luv4All Leader
Education: JNA Catering School, NRA and Food Service Sanitation License
Hobbies: Working, Traveling, Helping others
Ms. Jileesa Williams
Biology Teacher, 10th Grade Success Team Leader
Education: Drexel University (BS), Holy Family University (MSEd)
Hobbies: Reading, Sewing, Playing with my sons
Favorite Book: Too many favorites! Current read: Red Tent by Anita Diamant

Cafeteria and Building Staff

Mr. James Palmer
Building Engineer
Hobbies: Making KHSA the most beautiful school in the city!
Ms. Nancy Palmer
Building Assistant
Hobbies: Helping make KHSA the most beautiful school in the city!
Mr. Joel, Ms. Theresa, Ms. Carmen, Ms. Brenda
Food Services
Hobbies: Making us smile with morning smoothies!
Ms. Nancy, Mr. Palmer, Ms. Elaine, and Mr. Frank
Building Team
Hobbies: Keeping KHSA sparkle!