Meet Our Faculty & Administrators

Judi Banco
Pennsylvania State University
B.S. in Secondary English
Certificate in Multiple Intelligence Learning
Certified in Orton Gillingham Reading Program
Over twenty years experience
My goal is for my students to be independent learners. I want to provide an environment where students can feel comfortable, be creative, ask questions and be successful. I love to read and I hope to transfer the joy of reading to my students.

Pete Brockman
Susquehanna University BS degree in Business Administration- Management
Temple University, BS Mechanical Engineering
Arcadia University, M Ed Secondary Ed Mathematics
Certified Project Lead the Way
Pete has created and taught many courses virtually and worked on a STEM grant in partnership with NASA.
I became a teacher to help kids better understand mathematics. I enjoy the friendly atmosphere at Milestone Academy and I like the learning environment created here for students. Pete is taking courses to be STEM certified in order to better prepare me to bring project-based learning into the mathematics classroom.

Melanie Cohen Goodman, Ph.D
Temple University BS
Elementary Education and Speech and Hearing Science,
Temple University MEd Psychology of Reading
Temple University PhD Psychology of Reading
West Chester University Writing Fellow Pennsylvania Writing Project
Certified Reading Specialist
Dr. Goodman has spent her career as a Reading Specialist for many area school districts and training Reading Specialists as a professor at Saint. Joseph’s University and Chestnut Hill College. She understands the complexities of Reading and brings to MileStone Academy her wealth of knowledge and her continued love of learning new techniques so she can help students succeed.

Tom Copeland
West Chester University BS Heath and Physical Education Teacher
Tom has been a Physical Education and Health Teacher for over 20 years specializing in creating and implementing curriculum for students with learning differences. Tom brings his love of sports and healthy competition to the students at MileStone Academy. The students’ vs faculty games are highly anticipated by staff and students alike.

Todd DuPell – Head of School
Kutztown University BS – Psychology
Rider University MA – Curriculum, Instruction, & Supervision
Certifications: Elementary Teacher, Social Studies Teacher , Psychology Teacher , Curriculum and Instruction Supervisor, School Principal, and Private School Education Director.
With over ten years experience working in a variety of capacities in education, I’m elated to join MileStone Academy High School at this crucial time as the school launches into its inaugural year. The administrative team is not only dedicated to providing a premier educational experience to the students we serve, but also seeks to remain at the forefront of providing cutting edge skills to students with a variety of learning needs.

Lisa Gladish
University of Pittsburgh BA History and Philosophy of Science
New York University MA Counseling and Guidance
Lisa works with MileStone students helping them understand the way they learn, develop study and organization skills. Lisa will also help our seniors complete college applications

Kathleen Hunt ~ CFO
Former CFO of Center School
Starting a high school was a long-time dream of mine. As the founder of Center School, and now Milestone Academy, it gives me great satisfaction to be able to offer an appropriate educational environment to students who learn differently. Starting a school from the ground floor is a challenge that I welcome, with appreciation and thanks for the support of our dedicated staff.

Levi Natkins
Clark University: B.A. in English
Clark University: Masters in the Art of Teaching
Certified in High School English and Biology
I feel very grateful to be a part of the Milestone team, and I greatly enjoy working with the students at our school. The students’ curiosity and questions inspire me to create exciting and engaging lessons that make use of hands-on activities, fieldwork, online resources, and more. I believe that every student has the potential to learn and thrive in an academic setting, and I enjoy working with my colleagues to make that belief a reality.
 My love for the natural world is what led me to become a science teacher, and I hope to pass on some of that appreciation to my students. I also enjoy playing soccer and basketball and making music.

John Ryan
Villanova University: BA Interdisciplinary Studies, focus in history
St. Joseph’s University Certification 7-12 social studies
St. Josephs University -MA Secondary Ed (in progress)
I have always had a passion for learning about history. I feel that every child deserves a high-quality education, a place where they can go and feel comfortable so that they can thrive and reach their full potential as students. My passion for history combined with wanting to see young people succeed has led me to become a teacher. I want to make sure that these kids succeed not only in school but in whatever they decide to do after completing high school, as well.

Maria Rowe
Hampton University – BS Business Management
California State University – East Bay- MBA
Gwynedd-Mercy University -Teaching Certificate  Business, Computers, and Information Technology
 As a teacher, I believe learning should be interactive, engaging, and productive.  I believe all students can learn anything, and technology can be used to enhance their learning.  At Milestone Academy, everyone matters.  Our small size classes allow us to get to know our students and serve their learning needs.

Carol Wolf  ~ Director of Admissions
Temple University – Business Major
Former Director of Admissions at Center School
It is very exciting to offer students an education that is appropriate for their learning styles that has not previously been available in their public school or other independent private schools. The right school placement makes a difference not only to the student, but to their families as well.

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