Lori Rizzo attended the University of Scranton, where she received a B.A. in History, and did postgraduate work in Education at Immaculata University. Before joining the Goshen Friends faculty, Lori was employed at The Vanguard Group and was also a substitute teacher.
As a former parent of three GFS preschoolers (Belle, Lauren, and Gabby), Lori volunteered on the Capital Campaign Committee. She also belongs to a ministry that provides meals for the sick and elderly.
Tr. Lori lives in West Chester with her family and her much-loved family pets: a white lab, two cats, a bunny, and two colorful fish. She loves the beach and spending time with her family in Stone Harbor, NJ. Lori enjoys needlepointing, running, swimming, and reading books about history. She also has bragging rights to one of the most unique Quaker connections in our community. She has worked at the Colonial Plantation in Ridley Creek State Park, which depicts a working Quaker farm in the eighteenth century.
Lori Carroll was born in North Carolina and lived there until getting married. Since then, she has resided in Nashville, Tennessee; Waynesville, Ohio; and Pennsylvania. Lori attended Piedmont Community College and Lucas Travel School and, before coming to Goshen Friends, worked in a doctor's office and a spa.
Teacher Lori started at Goshen Friends School in October 2014 as a By My Side assistant and Extended Care staff member. She is currently the assistant in Preschool Classroom A and is also in Extended Care.
Lori has been married for over 20 years to her husband Jon and has two children—Spencer, who attends Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio, and Meghan, a student at Bayard Rustin High School.
Patty Darden joins the Goshen family via Northern New Jersey, where she grew up, and Southern California, where she raised her own family. She moved to the West Chester area in 2005, after living on the West Coast for more than 25 years.
Tr. Patty graduated from Wayne Hills High School and attended Long Island University, Southhampton Campus, for two years. While in California, Patty worked as a PARA educator and volunteer at Stowers Elementary School. She was also a manager at Robinson's Department Store in Torrance, California. In January, 2009, Patty joined the Extended Care staff and since 2012 has been assisting in Room G. She is always willing to lend a hand by opening a door or staying for hours after her day has ended to help with a picnic or project.
If you have been lucky enough to be on campus when Patty has shared her rosemary scones, then you know that baking is more than a hobby for her! Patty also enjoys reading and traveling—she has skied in Austria and studied in South America during her college years.
Sharon Kenson was born in Michigan and received a B.S. from Purdue University in Child Development & Family Life and a M.S. from St. Francis College in Elementary Education. Sharon has been an elementary school teacher in Indiana, Connecticut, and New Jersey. She has been a part of the daily life of Goshen Friends School for over 25 years, serving primarily as the Kindergarten Assistant.
Tr. Sharon is always busy. She is the first to appear in the Lower School building each morning. She also works in Extended Care, and during the summer she supports our camp programs. Sharon served on the 50th Anniversary Committee and was integral in the Babysitting and Cooking after-school clubs.
For relaxation, Sharon likes to garden, read, and sew. She and her husband, Bob, are devoted grandparents. Sharon's own words best capture her fun-loving personality. When asked to "add anything else that you feel is appropriate, intriguing, exciting, or captivating" to describe herself, Sharon answered: "Believe it or not, shopping can be an adventure; mowing the lawn on my small John Deere tractor can be exciting; my cat, Jessie, is captivating and fun, and there is never a dull moment with her outdoor findings. I forgot to mention that I love children, dogs, and cats—I respect snakes at a very far distance."
Carolyn Mackrides was born in Cyprus and moved to the United States when she was 5 years old. She has lived in West Chester for the past 16 years with her husband, Harry, and her two children, Billy and Alexia (a former GFS Preschooler).
Tr. Carolyn is a graduate of Upper Darby High School and holds an Associate's Degree from Delaware County Community College. Before arriving at Goshen Friends, Carolyn worked as a legal secretary and at ACAC as a childcare provider.
In November 2005, Carolyn joined the Extended Care staff at Goshen Friends. She still is a regular in Extended Care, except on Tuesday and Thursday mornings when she assists Tr. Alice in the By My Side program.
Tr. Carolyn enjoys exercising, gardening, going to the beach, and spending time with her family. She is fluent in Greek and enjoys traditional Greek cooking. Her hummus is a work of perfection and many staff members have tried to extract her recipe for Avgolemono to no avail!
Kim Prann is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a degree in Textiles and Design. Her work as a fabric designer entailed extensive travel—London, Paris, Milan, Florence, Brussels, and Dusseldorf. After fifteen years in the fashion industry, Kim settled in Pennsylvania. Her two children, Logan and Maren, attended Goshen Friends, and Kim joined the Extended Care staff in 2008.
Kim is also the lead teacher in Room A, working with some of the youngest students at Goshen Friends. She brings creativity and enthusiasm to her role and enjoys working with children in a classroom setting. Before arriving at Goshen, Kim substituted for the WCASD (Kindergarten–12th grade) and taught preschool enrichment classes at the West Chester Area YMCA.
Kim is an artist: she paints, draws, and designs jewelry. She is an avid reader and enjoys being in two book clubs. Kim enjoys volunteering at her children's schools and has taught Sunday School for more than twenty years, most recently at Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Fifth grade graduates are effective communicators and creative problem solvers and approach transitions with self-assurance. They are not only prepared for a middle school setting; they are "ready" in every sense.