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 of 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. Laurajean in the Mommy & Me 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!
Tina DeLiberato has worked in the Extended Care program at GFS since 2004. Her peaceful demeanor and thoughtful personality (she never misses a fellow staff member's birthday!) call to mind the saying that "still waters run deep". In Tina's case, it is true. Her educational history is impressive. After receiving her B.S. in Early Childhood Education and American Montessori Society Certification in Pre-Primary Education from Chestnut Hill College, Tina did graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania in Educational Psychology and Statistics. She then received a Master of Instruction from the University of Delaware and was awarded an assistantship for Doctoral Studies in Educational Development and completed one and a half years of study.
Tina's professional history is equally impressive. She has taught Montessori Preschool and Kindergarten at both the Ursuline Academy in Wilmington, Delaware, and at the Armenian Sisters Academy in Radnor. Tina served as the teacher's assistant for the University of Delaware's Educational Development Ph.D. program. She was also the Assistant Registrar for undergraduate studies at Chestnut Hill College and during that time she also taught courses in the Montessori Teachers Training program.
Professional development is important to Tina. She has completed several courses including "Let's Read Math"; "Active Learning with Music and Props"; and "Peace Building in Early Childhood Education". Equally dear to Tina is her commitment to volunteer work. She is involved in youth events at her church and summer vacation Bible camp. She also makes dinners to benefit the organization Aid for Friends.
Some other interesting facts about Tr. Tina--she speaks some Armenian, but understands more! She spent part of her graduate degree study at the British Infant School in Coombes County, England.
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