Familiar Faces in New Places
Mrs. Sarah Harshman
Mrs. Harshman is moving to second grade! Mrs. Harshman is currently Moravian’s third-grade classroom teacher, Lower School’s faculty representative to the School Board and Language Arts Committee Chair. She has a wide range of classroom experiences throughout her eighteen years of teaching. Originally from Great Britain, Mrs. Harshman received a B.A. from Canterbury Christ Church University College and an M.A.Ed. from DeSales University and celebrated her citizenship status in 2009. She is excited about the opportunity to teach slightly younger students since prior to teaching at Moravian, she taught kindergarten, first and second grades in England.
Mrs. Beth Matlock
Mrs. Matlock is excited for the opportunity to join the third-grade team with Sr. Yerrington next year. She has a wide range of classroom experiences throughout her twenty-one-year tenure at Moravian Lower School. She has been lead teacher in kindergarten, second grade, and fourth grade. During this time, she also chaired the mathematics committee, coached the K’Nex Challenge team and Math 24 Competition team, and was a member of the language arts, fine arts technology, and science committees. Mrs. Matlock holds a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education and M.Ed. from East Stroudsburg University and will offer her own set of skills and talents to third-grade students.
Mrs. Cheryl Hinkle
Mrs. Hinkle is a very familiar face at the Lower School and next year, she will be returning to the fourth-grade classroom. She taught 13 years in kindergarten, 11 years in second grade, 7 years in fourth grade, and most recently two years in fifth grade. Mrs. Hinkle holds a B.A. in Elementary Education and an M.Ed. degree from Kutztown University. Prior to joining MA, Mrs. Hinkle taught first and second grade in the Bethlehem School District. In addition to teaching, Mrs. Hinkle enjoys spending time with her children, grandchildren, and friends.
Sra. Yuli Vanegas
Sra. Vanegas is delighted to become a second-grade Spanish immersion classroom teacher next year. This transition is timely, as she knows the Lower School curriculum extremely well and has been an effective, passionate teacher for our Spanish FLEX program in grades primer through third grade over the last four years. She is also a co-teaching colleague in the Spanish immersion classrooms at every grade level. A native of Ecuador, Sra. Vanegas received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Education from Cedar Crest College. Literature, mathematics, and building community are just a few of the passions she will bring to second grade. Sra. Vanegas’ commitment to this new opportunity is exciting, and we look forward to all that she has to offer.
Mrs. Lisa Molina-Cheung
Mrs. Molina-Cheung will be Moravian’s fourth-grade Spanish immersion homeroom teacher in the fall. Mrs. Lisa Molina-Cheung is Moravian’s current fourth, fifth and sixth grade Spanish language teacher and has been since 2013. Her additional Middle School roles include sixth-grade advisor, yearbook advisor, faculty representative to the School Board and member of the technology committee. Though the Middle School will miss her dearly, we are excited for this professional shift that will bring additional experiences and expertise to our teaching teams. A graduate of Lehigh University with a B.A. in International Relations and Spanish and an M.Ed. in Elementary Education, Mrs. Cheung taught in Spain on the highly-regarded Fulbright Scholarship for two years. Her enthusiasm for teaching and learning is well suited to build relations with families, students, and colleagues at the Lower School.
Mr. George Andriko
We are happy to welcome back Mr. Andriko to our Moravian community as a fifth-grade classroom teacher. A 2007 MA graduate, Mr. Andriko was also a fifth-grade classroom teacher from 2012-2014. While working in the Lower School, he was a member of the math, technology, assembly and fine arts committees. For the past four years, Mr. Andriko has been a sixth-grade lead teacher and middle school math curriculum coordinator at the McLean School of Maryland. Mr. Andriko holds a B.S. in Elementary Education/Special Education from Lebanon Valley College and has additional training in Mindfulness Fundamentals, Responsive Classroom and other restorative practices behavior management methods. When not in the classroom, you can find Mr. Andriko coaching or playing soccer.
Ms. Barbara Medina
Ms. Medina is happy to be back on Moravian soil, as she attended the Academy during her elementary years. She will join the Lower School faculty in several capacities. Ms. Medina will teach Spanish to primer, prekindergarten and fifth grade, support Spanish immersion classrooms and champion library efforts for SIP students. Ms. Medina has rich experience, most recently teaching Spanish at multiple schools including St. Francis of Assisi School, St. Agnes School, and St. Teresa of Calcutta, all part of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Ms. Medina received her B.A. in Spanish and Secondary Education from Moravian College, a Master of Education in Instructional Technology K-12 from DeSales University, and is a Google Certified Instructor. When not teaching Spanish, you might find Ms. Medina presenting at educational workshops, coordinating Spanish exchange programs, or working behind the scenes for dramas or musicals.
Mrs. Shea Andriko
Mrs. Andriko will be joining the Lower School faculty in several exciting capacities including early childhood librarian, literacy coach, and classroom teacher support. Mrs. Andriko is currently teaching in the Fairfax County Public Schools of Virginia. At White Oaks Elementary, Mrs. Andriko taught kindergarten for five years, three of those as team leader. In that role, she trained and implemented a reading and writing Units of Study workshop model, designed differentiated work-stations through EnVision math and Fountas and Pinnell Phonics, and utilized positive classroom community strategies using Responsive Classroom methodology. A graduate of Penn State University with a B.S. in Elementary Education and Minor in Special Education, Mrs. Andriko will be a welcomed educator for both student support and professional development. She shares our vision of using multiple teaching methods to meet the needs and interests of all learners.
Mrs. Wendy Burcaw
Mrs. Burcaw will be joining the Lower School faculty as a part-time primer teacher. Mrs. Burcaw’s experiences are rich in early childhood education. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from West Chester University. She also holds an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Northampton Community College and has experience working with children with special needs. Mrs. Burcaw has worked for the Northampton, Nazareth and Northern Lehigh Area School Districts for nearly twenty years. Most recently, she was Moravian’s long-term substitute in the primer classroom and our reliable, passionate classroom substitute for many other grades. Mrs. Burcaw is a mother to Moravian Academy alums, Sarah and Rachel, and rising ninth grader, Grace.
Mrs. Vanessa Falcone
Mrs. Vanessa Falcone will be joining the Lower School faculty as a third-grade teacher. Mrs. Falcone is no stranger to Moravian. She was a Lower School substitute teacher in 2017-18, taught professional development workshops this summer for our teachers, and is also a Moravian Academy alumna. Mrs. Falcone has a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from West Virginia University, a Master’s Degree in Education from Long Island University and is certified in general and special education. Mrs. Falcone taught at McKinley Park Elementary School in Brooklyn, New York for the past six years. Mrs. Matlock and Mr. Yerrington are excited to welcome this dedicated educator to the third-grade team.
Mrs. Carissa Casey
Mrs. Casey will join the Lower and Middle School faculty as Director of Student Support Teams, Lower & Middle School Counselor, having previously served as the Director of Learning Support, Counselor, and Learning Specialist at Malvern Preparatory School in Malvern, PA. At Malvern Prep, Mrs. Casey was a founding member of SEED (Seeking Educational Equity & Diversity) experiences, including designing and implementing a curriculum for middle school students and multiple experiences for faculty, staff, and board members. Mrs. Casey has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology with a concentration in education from Lafayette College, a Master of Arts in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University’s Teacher College, and a certificate in Advanced Educational Leadership from Harvard University.
Middle & Upper School Faculty Appointments for 2018-2019