Kindergarten: Natalie Thorpe, Jen Curtis & Tina Schofield
Tr. Natalie Thorpe
- University of Roehampton, London Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Masters) /Qualified Teacher Status, 2014
- University of Roehampton, London: BA Education Studies, 2013
- Haddonfield Friends School: Pre-K Teacher, 2017
- Burham Church of England Primary School: Kindergarten Teacher, 2014-17
- Hayes Primary School: First Grade Teacher (PGCE Placement), 2014
- The Gateway Primary School: Pre-K Teacher (PGCE Placement), 2014
- East Sheen Primary School: Second Grade Teacher (PGCE Placement), 2014
- Heathmere Primary School: Kindergarten Teacher (PGCE Placement), 2013
- Madginford Park Infant School: Kindergarten Voluntary Assistant, 2008-10
I have recently emigrated to Philadelphia from London, U.K and am thoroughly looking forward to continuing my teaching career at HFS as Kindergarten Teacher. I have three years teaching experience as a qualified Kindergarten Teacher where I gained the additional roles of Special Education Needs Advisor and Sports Coach.
During my Post-Graduate Education, I completed four school placements as Pre-K, Kindergarten and First Grade teacher where I achieved a grade of ‘outstanding’ in all areas by my University Mentors. I enjoy creating a classroom environment that gives children opportunities to learn through exploration, creation, and adventure, whilst encouraging them to ask questions and watching as their imaginations thrive.
I am extremely passionate about nature and travel and love taking adventures around the world with my husband. I enjoy sharing my passion of the world from these experiences and adventures with the children that I teach.
Tr. Jen Curtis
- Rowan University: B.A. Elementary Education, Rowan University: B.A. Fine Arts
- Haddonfield Friends School, since 2007
- Pre-K Teacher, 5 years
- Teacher of English as a Second Language for an extended English Immersion Summer School in South Korea - 2009
- 5 years studying Mandarin Chinese, Chinese and Taiwanese culture
- 2 years Birdwatcher for The Audubon Society
My interests and hobbies tend to make their way into the classroom throughout the course of the year. One of my passions is Environmental Science, which complements beautifully the Monarch Butterfly unit and various other studies. I also have a passion for travel, which comes to the children by way of beautiful books, songs, and stories from those countries I have had the privilege to visit. My latest adventure is raising two awesome sons. My husband, George, and I love them every day with great joy!
Tr. Tina (Schofield)
- Temple University Boyer College of Music and Dance, Philadelphia, PA
- B.M. Magna Cum Laude in Piano Pedagogy, May 2006
- M.M. in Piano Performance, May 2008
- Private Piano Studio, Haddon Township (2003-present)
- Moorestown School of Music, Piano & Music Together Instructor (2007-2013)
Tr. Tina is excited to join the teaching staff at HFS. For the past 15 years, she has owned and operated her own private piano and has overseen the education of several of her students from the time they were toddlers through their high school graduations. She also taught for 7 years as a faculty member at Moorestown School of Music - a non-profit music school that specialized in the Suzuki method. During this time, she specialized in early learning music classes, with students starting lessons as young as 4 years old. She also received training in Music Together and conducted classes for families with children between the ages of 1 week to 4 years old, in mixed-age classroom settings. She believes that teachers play a profound role in developing the whole child and helping to raise them to become good and happy people that have positive contributions to society.
In her free time, she loves going to coffee shops and watching movies with her husband and two children.