Kindergarten Team

Ann Manta, Assistant Head of School & Kindergarten Teacher

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Ann studied at Chestnut Hill College where she earned a degree in Early Childhood Education and Montessori Certification. Ann has also completed extensive graduate work in Reading at Temple University and Arcadia University. Ann has been teaching at GFS since 1999 and became the Assistant Head of School in 2017.

Prior to having children, Ann taught first through third grades in the Philadelphia School District. She began her tenure at Gwynedd Friends School as a parent and then in 1999 she became a teacher in the preschool. The following year Ann began teaching in the newly-formed kindergarten. Ann designed the kindergarten curriculum with the idea that children learn best when actively engaged in their environment. She creates a learning community where each child’s voice is heard and valued. Her classroom reflects this active engagement. Ann has certifications in Wilson Fundations and Singapore Math. She served as the chair of the PAIS Steering Committee as the school embarked on the accreditation process in 2016-2017.

Ann was named Assistant Head of School in 2017. As Assistant Head, Ann serves as a coach to teachers in the matter of classroom management and teaching methods. She coordinates the School’s afternoon programming and summer camp and works closely with the Head of School on managing the daily operations of GFS.

Christine McWilliams, Assistant Kindergarten Teacher

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Christine has been working as an assistant at GFS since 2005. Her introduction to Gwynedd Friends came through her children who attended the preschool.

Christine connected with the Quaker education and community through her children's experiences at Gwynedd. She appreciates the Quaker values such as equality and peace. In the classroom, she sees the Light in each child and helps to create a safe and nurturing environment that helps them to shine brightly. Christine attends workshops and conferences that have enriched and supported her classroom experience.