Our Staff

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Monica Guaglione,
Director of Education & 6th-7th Humanities Mentor

Passion is the one word that describes Monica's attitude toward God, life, and young people. Monica has over 20 years of classroom teaching experience in elementary through high school settings in both private and public schools, as well as homeschooling experience. She is the founder of ccdelco's children and youth ministries and especially loves training young leaders to discover their gifts and passions to lead through service. Most of all, however, she enjoys being the wife of Pastor Bob Guaglione.

A native of Philadelphia, Monica also enjoys history, music, traveling, reading, and the beach. She has a BA in Psychology and Education through Chestnut Hill College and a MA in Educational Leadership through Villanova University. She and Pastor Bob presently reside in Glen Mills, PA, and have four grown children: Amanda, Michael, Leah, and Carly. She also has two beautiful grandchildren, Sophia and Declan.

Email: mguaglione@innovateacademy.com

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Timothy Duggan, Head Administrator & 6th-7th Math and Science Mentor

Tim grew up on Long Island in New York and attended Temple University where he earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 2001. His professional career includes 10 years working for Christian schools and homeschool co-ops, both traditional and classical, as well as 12 years working for a global software training company as a trainer and instructional designer.

His passion is breaking down the complex realities of God's creation into the simple, the practical, and the understandable. In pursuit of this goal, Tim has enjoyed serving the Kingdom of God as a Bible teacher, Sunday morning preacher, home group leader, inner-city youth outreach missionary, Bible quizzing coach, and Children's Church Director.

He enjoys hiking, classical music, and all varieties of science, and lives in the South Jersey town of Pennsville with his beautiful wife Melissa and their daughters Victoria, Alena, and Jaelle.

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Sabrina Mandujano Luna, Dean of Academics & K-1st Mentor

Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Sabrina attended Eastern University and received a BA in Psychology with a minor in Spanish. She moved to California where she received her teaching credential. Sabrina has her Masters in Curriculum Design and STEM (STEAM) from Concordia University in Portland, OR. She spent her time in high school and college traveling the world. She's been to Italy, Moldova, Ireland, Cuba, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, New Zealand, and Spain.

She is married and has two children the ages of 5 and 4. She loves spending time with her husband and children either hiking, kayaking, or finding new ways to enjoy nature. Sabrina has 15 years of experience in the classroom and has found teaching to be very rewarding. She looks forward to partnering with you to help your child grow this year.

Email: smandujanoluna@innovateacademy.com

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Donna FitzPatrick,
Preschool Mentor

Donna has been teaching various ages for over 15 years and has a BS in Education with certifications in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and Special Education. She also worked at Elwyn for eight years with Early Intervention and Developmental Delays with children from infants through preschoolers. She now works for ccdelco's children's ministry after eight years as a Children's Ministry Coordinator at another church as well as at Innovate Academy.

Donna is proud that she has had the privilege of homeschooling her own children for their Kindergarten years of school. She enjoys teaching children dance on the side and encourages her scholars to be creative in their spiritual expressions.

Email: dfitzpatrick@innovateacademy.com

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Laurie Darnall,
Assistant Mentor

Laurie has her BA in Elementary Education with a concentration in reading from Eastern University. She has taught elementary grades K-5 for over 9 years. Between staying home with her children, substitute teaching, and teaching full-time, she has a lot of experience working with young children. Teaching has always been a passion of hers and to be able to work at home with her own children and at Innovate Academy with our younger elementary scholars has been a rewarding experience for her.

Laurie is married and has 4 children - Reid, Leah, Kathryn, and Brody - all of whom attend Innovate Academy. When she is not teaching, Laurie enjoys spending time at the beach with her family, reading, and being outdoors.

Email: lauriedarnall@innovateacademy.com

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Lois Stanert, 4th-5th Grade Mentor

After 15 years of homeschooling her two daughters, Lois returned to West Chester University where she graduated in 2017 with a BS in Liberal Studies/Professional Studies with minors in Elementary Education and Middle School Mathematics. Prior to having children, she enjoyed using her teaching skills as a professional artistic skating instructor for 10 years, as she taught students who competed on State, Regional, and National levels.

Lois enjoys reading books on learning styles, cognitive development and motivation, and realizes the importance of having students immersed in doing something they enjoy. Being passionate about God and what He has done for her life, Lois most desires to help grow intelligent and empathic believers in Christ who walk in the power of the Holy Spirit and are well-versed in critical thinking and able to give a reason for the hope within them.

Email: lstanert@innovateacademy.com

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Shem Uzele,

Music & Spiritual Formation Mentor

Pastor Shem Uzele has worked with and trained the adult and youth worship teams for the past 20 years at ccdelco and is excited to partner with Innovate Academy to teach music to our young scholars!

Email: suzele@innovateacademy.com

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Adler Roberts,

Physical Education and Dramatic Arts Mentor & 6th-7th Assistant Mentor

As a graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design with a degree in performing arts, Adler spent most of his professional career as an actor and freelance artist, from musical theatre to stunts of biblical proportion to television and film work across the country.

As a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, Adler is currently an athletic coach as well. Having pursued ice skating, hockey, baseball, singing, guitar, photography, and more, Adler's experiences are diverse. These along with his personal testimony give him a passion for equipping young people to be grounded on Christ and pursue excellence in all things.

Adler recently moved to Philadelphia with his lovely wife Anna, a film instructor in the city whom he absolutely adores. He is deeply passionate about the importance and impact of stories and is excited to come alongside students to help each come to know their own stories; communicate them well through speaking, writing, acting, film, or any art form; and most importantly to live them out to the glory of God.

Email: aroberts@innovateacademy.com

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Trisha Taylor,


2nd-3rd Mentor & Art Mentor

Trisha is a fine artist with a BA in Art Education from Kutztown University for ages K-12 as well as an educator of preschool through early elementary grades. She began her career in education in 2006 and has over 11 years of teaching experience. Trish taught in both classroom and homeschool settings as well as public, private, and independent schools. She has both developed and taught academic content around reading, writing, and grammar as well as designed art programming and art shows in a variety of setting including elementary schools, YMCA’s, and homeschools. Trish also tutors art classes from her studio and loves showcasing student artwork.

Trish enjoys teaching every age level and seeing the wonderful qualities students bring to their own work, whether academically or in their artistic masterpieces.

As a free lance artist, she specializes in portraits, charcoals, painting, and printmaking. Born in New Hampshire, Trisha has spent most of her life in Pennsylvania and recently moved to Chester County with her family. Above all, she loves spending time with her husband and two children, Adaline and Marshall. They enjoy bike riding, taking walks, and going on adventures together. Trisha looks forward to being the lead mentor for 2nd-3rd grade and making art with all the students at Innovative Academy this year.

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Jill Swavely,


Family and Programming Director

Jill has always had a deep love for children, believing that they are a wondrous gift to the world, packaged by God’s own hand with unique abilities and unlimited potential. She earned her BA degree in Family and Consumer Science from The Master’s University in Santa Clarita, CA, with the dream of impacting society by ministering to children, especially those with single mothers. Her life-long learning has continued with extensive study and practical experience, as she and her husband Dave have invested their lives into their seven children and have welcomed dozens of disadvantaged people into their home.

Based on the educational needs of her children and others, Jill founded two unique learning centers with a tutorial and holistic approach, integrating the arts alongside the sciences and humanities. In addition to administrating those programs, each of which averaged over 100 students annually, she has taught elementary classes in a variety of subjects and has been certified by the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning.

Email: jswavely@innovateacademy.com

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Amanda Ashworth,
Innovation Manager

Amanda comes from a background in publishing, as a former Publisher of the Behavioral Sciences and Social Work US journal list with Routledge. Her professional and academic pursuits, including a BA in English and Communications from Rowan University and an MA in Publishing and English from Rosemont College, have led her to explore the mental health, educational, and spiritual landscape, and she has become quite passionate about how a synergy between knowledge, spirituality, and visual storytelling can enhance the next generation's well being.

She currently homeschools her daughter and is passionate about how personalized education in the classical tradition, alongside innovation and wellness, can shape young scholars spiritually. She hopes to inspire more families to be engaged with and become forerunners of culture.

Email: aashworth@innovateacademy.com