Welcome, New Faculty & Staff 2016-2017

Chantal Barr is joining the Junior Unit B team. She comes to TPS from Wissahickon Charter School, where she taught 4th and 5th grade for several years. Chantal has a bachelor’s degree in early childhood and elementary education from Arcadia University, as well as a master’s degree in special education, also from Arcadia.  

Melanie Duncan is joining the 7th grade team, where she will teach science. Melanie has a bachelor’s degree in biology from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from Meharry Medical College. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Melanie has been a mentor and volunteer for the Spark Program at the Henry C. Lea School, as well as a mentor at the Ernest E. Just Biomedical Society.

Cinda Edgerton, who has 18 years of teaching experience at area independent Quaker schools, is joining the Primary Unit in the Primary A classroom. Cinda most recently was a lead teacher at the Friends School Haverford. She has a bachelor’s degree in early childhood and elementary education from Temple University.

Josh Herren, who was a long-term substitute last year with Miriam Harlan in 3A, will be returning as Miriam’s co-teacher. Josh has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated summa cum laude in history (American concentration) and art history, with a minor in gender, sexuality, and women’s studies.  

Jake Hunter will be teaching 7th grade language arts and cultural studies. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Jake has an M.A. in teaching from the College of Education at the University of Central Missouri, where he received certification in teaching social studies (grades 5-9). He most recently taught 7th grade at St. Martin de Porres Catholic School; he also coached wrestling at Penn Charter. 

Bartley Jeannoute is the new member of our expanded physical education team. He has five years of basketball coaching experience, including at Springside Chestnut Hill, as well as experience planning strength and conditioning programs. Bart is a graduate of Temple University, with a B.S. in English.  

Tim Jones comes to TPS from The Calhoun School in Manhattan, where he was a 5th and 6th grade humanities teacher. Tim will join the Junior Unit A team. Tim has experience teaching history, language arts, and Latin. He is a graduate from Middlebury College, with a B.A. in classics and a minor in art history. Tim also has an M.S.Ed. in childhood general education from Bank Street College of Education.

Yves Kabore has assumed the newly created position of Division Director for grades 3 to 5. Yves comes to us from Mastery Charter Schools, where he was assistant principal of instruction. Yves earned a B.S. in elementary education and an M.Ed. in early childhood education/children with disabilities at Wagner University. He also has an M.Ed. in K-12 administrative certification. 

Liz McCannell is joining the Learning Resources Department as math specialist for children in grades 4 to 8. Liz comes to TPS from KIPP West Philadelphia Preparatory School, where she was a 7th and 8th grade math and science learning support teacher. She has a B.A. in American culture and history from the University of Michigan and an M.A.T. in secondary education from Johns Hopkins University.

Ramsey Reyes is our new preschool and kindergarten movement teacher. He will also be the accompanist for the TPS chorus program. Ramsey graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, with a B.S. in music and a certificate in French. He is also fluent in Spanish. In addition to being an accomplished musician, playing violin as well as piano, Ramsey is an avid athlete.