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Who's Who Among Mill Creek Staff

Mr. Mike Bell

Mike earned his Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Temple University and his M.A. and certification in Special Education from LaSalle University. Besides acting as an advisor, Mike teaches U.S. History I, U.S. History II, World Cultures, Topics in American History, Group Sports, and Health. He also spearheads many of our trips and special events. Mike is also an adjunct instructor in Temple University's First Year Writing Program.

Mike has a passion for travel which has taken him all over the world. He has been to the jungles of India, the rain forests of Central America, and the deserts of the Middle East. He enjoys educating and entertaining his classes with anecdotes from his travels, but he now spends as much time as possible with his children, Wyatt (4), and Eliza, who will be celebrating her third birthday on Tuesday!

michael.bell@uphs.upenn.edu

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Ms. Heather Coyle

Heather earned a B.A. in Art from Beaver College, which included a semester at Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. She attended Kutztown University, where she acquired Certification in Art Education. Heather completed her M.A.Ed. at Arcadia University with an emphasis in fine arts. She began teaching Art at Springfield Township High School from 1996 until 2004. She was also an adjunct professor in the Interior Design Department at Harcum College. Other community activities have included adult oil painting instruction at Lower Merionís Main Line School Night and art and ceramics instruction at Sesame Rockwood Day Camp in Blue Bell. She also volunteered for the Picasso Project, which was a school wide mural project promoting literacy in a North Philadelphia elementary school. At Mill Creek, Heather teaches Visual Art which includes a wide variety of media including sculpture, painting, drawing, fibers and digital design.

heather.coyle@uphs.upenn.edu

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Ms. Janet Drake

Janet earned her B.A. in Education from West Chester University and received her M.Ed. in Special Education from Penn State University. Before arriving at Mill Creek, Janet taught for two years in New York City and three years in New Jersey. Besides acting as an advisor, Janet teaches Life Science, Biology, Math, Yoga, and Health. Janet also takes an active role in many of the special events and programs throughout the school year.

She is married and has three adult children.

janet.drake@uphs.upenn.edu

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Ms. Christina Hasselmo-Kauder

Christina earned her B.S. in Secondary Education/English from Temple University and her M.S. in Special Education from Saint Josephís University. Christina comes to Mill Creek from a college-prep charter school located in North Philadelphia. She enjoys teaching literature courses at Mill Creek and works hard to incorporate film, music and art into each class. In her spare time she enjoys listening to musical soundtracks, singing, watching Netflix, and spending time with her new husband and their cats.

christina.hasselmo@uphs.upenn.edu

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Ms. Diane Hill

Diane has been the Administrative Assistant at Mill Creek since 1995. Prior to this position she worked as an Assistant Admissions Coordinator at the Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital. Diane enjoys physical activity; she is an avid Jazzerciser.

diane.hill@uphs.upenn.edu

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Ms. Jamie Leader-Schnur

Jamie earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education/English from Temple University and her Master's degree in Special Education from Arcadia University. Before joining the Mill Creek staff she taught English in a small private high school in Center City. Along with her group English classes, Jamie also enjoys working in the Learning Center with Ron, as well as teaching Creative Writing and Aerobics. Outside of school, she enjoys spending time with family, reading (especially Stephen King), and drawing. She is married and has two sons, her little baby Jason and her cat Gordon.

jamie.leader-schnur@uphs.upenn.edu

Mr. Jon Lucas

Jonathan earned his B.M. in Jazz Performance and his M.A.T. in Music Education from The University of the Arts. Before Mill Creek, Jonathan taught at Pennsbury High School located in Fairless Hills, PA. Along with teaching at Mill Creek, Jonathan also teaches private music lessons in Saxophone, Flute, and Clarinet. Jonathan performs as a freelance musician throughout the Philadelphia area, performing in theaters, small group jazz settings, and other musical ensembles. In his free time, Jonathan enjoys spending time with his girlfriend and two cats, watching Netflix, and visiting friends and family.

jonathan.lucas@uphs.upenn.edu

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Ms. Carmen Martinez

Carmen earned her Bachelor's degree in Spanish from Rutgers University and her Master's Degree in Special Education from Columbia University. Carmen taught in a similar educational setting in New Jersey for two years before joining the Mill Creek staff twelve years ago. In addition to serving as an advisor, she teaches Spanish, Math and Physical Science. She enjoys studying and learning about other cultures and has studied abroad in Spain and Ecuador. In addition, she enjoys doing yoga and practicing her newly acquired cake decorating skills.

carmen.martinez@uphs.upenn.edu

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Ms. Erica Miller

Erica earned her B.A. in Criminal Justice from Bloomsburg University in 2001. In 2014, she earned her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Rosemont College and obtained her Certification in School Counseling. Prior to arriving at Mill Creek as the Teacherís Aide, Erica was a Behavior Manager at Foundations Behavioral Health for a year and worked as a Probation Officer for eleven years in Montgomery County. Since 2006, Erica has also worked part time one on one with youth at St. Gabriel's Hall. She enjoys spending her free time with her family and friends, playing softball, traveling, and hanging out with her rescued dog, Nemo and cat, Dory.

Erica.Miller@uphs.upenn.edu

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Ms. Traci Pescatore

Traci is a Licensed Social Worker, in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Cabrini College in 1996 and her Masters Degree from Temple University in 2003. Prior to coming to Mill Creek, Traci has worked for nine years as a School Social Worker on a Child Study Team in New Jersey. Prior to working in the educational setting, she had worked for several years as a health care social worker. Traci is married with one son. She enjoys reading mystery novels, cooking and spending time with her family. In her spare time, Traci enjoys volunteering at her son's school.

traci.pescatore@uphs.upenn.edu

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Mr. Bob Reed

Bob is the Program Coordinator at Mill Creek. He earned his Master's Degree in Social Work from Bryn Mawr College in 1984. He has worked as a social worker and family therapist in several school and inpatient settings. Along with his various administrative and advisory responsibilities, Bob teaches the Careers and Transition class for seniors and oversees medications at Mill Creek. He is married and has two adult daughters. Bob is especially interested in hiking and backpacking, and enjoys poetry and learning about the earth sciences.

robert.reed@uphs.upenn.edu

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Mr. Trevor Risk

Trevor joined Mill Creek in February of 2014 as the school's Education Coordinator. Prior to Mill Creek, Trevor was the Dean of Students and a Director of Climate and Culture at a Philadelphia Charter School. He attended Randolph Macon College for his Bachelor's degree and Cabrini College for his Master's. Outside of school Trevor enjoys attending sporting events, travelling, playing basketball and golf, and spending time at home with his wife and two year old daughter.

trevor.risk@uphs.upenn.edu

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Ms. Lisa Rosenberger

Lisa originally trained as an economist and environmental planner, earning her Bachelor's and her Master's degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. After spending several years working for research and government agencies, she served as Chief of Research and Planning for the New Jersey Pinelands Commission, a post she held for five years. She subsequently moved into the field of education, spending seven years as the Assistant Director of St. Mary's Nursery School, followed by four years of teaching high school mathematics in the Philadelphia School District. Lisa is in her twelfth year at the Mill Creek School and teaches Math, Chemistry, Physics, and Environmental Science. She is married and has two grown children.

lisa.rosenberger@uphs.upenn.edu

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Dr. Tamara Southerling

Dr. Tamara Southerling is a licensed psychologist/certified school psychologist. She has earned degrees from Boston University, Arcadia University and Temple University. Her professional experiences include providing psychological services to students of all ages in public and private school settings. In addition, she teaches psychology classes at the college level. Tamara is currently working to implement the practice of Mindfulness and other aspects of positive psychology into the education realm.

Tamara.Southerling@uphs.upenn.edu

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