Our Mentors

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Monica Guaglione,
Director of Education & Spiritual Formation

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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Bridget Anderson,
Elementary Mentor

Bridget has a BA of Communications from Purdue University and a certification in teaching with a Masters of Education from Widener University. She has over 20 years of teaching experience in Delaware and Pennsylvania, in both private and public settings. In addition, she homeschooled her two daughters, who are both thriving in their college careers.

Bridget recently had her first book, The Longing for Belonging, published and has launched her blog, Those Happy Chicks. In addition, she is the co-founder of Become, a ministry for girls and women. Across all these mediums, Bridget’s passion is to share how we can experience God’s love for us on a daily basis. She looks forward to instilling this viewpoint into the life of her classroom scholars.

Email: banderson@innovateacademy.com

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Sabrina Mandujano Luna, Elementary

Mentor and Science & Coding 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,
Elementary 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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Audrey Mannion,
Elementary Mentor

Audrey loves working with children and has been doing so for over 35 years in church and school settings, ranging from PreK through middle school ages. She earned her BS in Elementary and Special Education at the University of Delaware and also has her TESOL certification. Her roles have included private school classroom teacher, private tutor, children’s church director, children’s church music leader, Sunday school teacher, and more! She also enjoyed homeschooling four of her six children.

Audrey grew up in New Jersey, but she has traveled to many other states including Hawaii and Alaska. She and her husband John have served as missionaries in four different countries. They have six grown children and four grandchildren. Audrey loves to cook, bake, and do crafts. Time with her family is her greatest joy. She loves the mountains, but one of her favorite places is visiting the Caribbean beaches!

Email: amannion@innovateacademy.com

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Laurie Darnall,
Elementary 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


Specials Mentors

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Shem Uzele,

Music 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

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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Diane Pluff,

Latin Mentor

Diane loves languages! She is fluent in French and English, proficient in Spanish, and has a strong foundation in Latin. Our 3-6th grade young scholars will have the advantage of being mentored by her and will enjoy her highly relational and fun loving personality.

While Diane loves Latin, she also loves education and ministry. In her spare time, she volunteers in the library at Frederick Douglas School in Chester, an urban school for preschool through 5th graders, and is a reading coach with America Reads for second graders. Since retiring from her career five years ago, she loves that she has more time for ministry as well and finds herself working in hospice with alzheimer patients and various capacities throughout her church, Calvary Chapel.

In her down time, she is proud say that she enjoys time with her husband Paul, four children, and six grandsons. She considers herself to be a truly blessed woman!

Email: dpluff@innovateacademy.com

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Trisha Taylor,


Art Mentor

Trisha is a fine artist and an art educator with a BA in Art Education from Kutztown University for ages K-12. She began her teaching career in 2006 and has experience teaching art at early learning centers, Pennsylvania public schools, independent schools, and private art classes from her studio. She has worked with a team to create art mapping for the Allentown School District, and she has experience running art programs, curriculums, and art shows. Trisha loves showcasing student artwork and enjoys teaching art at every age level, as she enjoys seeing the wonderful qualities students bring to their own masterpieces. As a free lance artist, Trisha 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, Trisha loves spending time with her husband and two children, Adaline and Marshall. They enjoy going on bike rides, taking walks, and going on adventures together. Trisha looks forward to making art with the students at Innovative Academy this year!

Email: ttaylor@innovateacademy.com

Joanne Zeiger, Special Education Mentor

The education of children of all ages has always been my passion. I taught at Summit School, a private school in Maryland, before relocating to the Delaware County area in 1996. Summit School addressed the needs of students with learning differences. In September of 1996, I became the instructional support teacher at the Wallingford Elementary School in the Wallingford Swarthmore School District. A few years later, I coupled Instructional Support with Inclusion Special Education. I served approximately seven students within their classrooms, maintaining and writing their individual education plans. In 2008, I became the building reading specialist until 2012 when I retired. I have privately tutored students (Kindergarten through high school) in literacy for the better part of twenty years. I also taught women in the George Hill Correctional facility. 

I look forward to working with all of Innovate’s young scholars to create individualized plans that will allow them to soar!




Supporting Staff

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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

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Jill Swavely,


Administrative Lead

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