Dr. Carol Taylor: Math Department Chair, 3rd, 4th, 7th-12th Grade Mathematics
Dr. Carol Taylor earned her undergraduate degrees – a B.A. in Mathematics and a B.S. in Secondary
Education – at Lock Haven University. She attended Temple University where she earned her M.A. in
Mathematics and her Ed.D in Mathematics Education. She has taught mathematics at Temple
University, Penn State University (Abington), Chestnut Hill College, Garnet Valley Middle and High
School, Strath Haven High School and Springton Lake Middle School. She has taught pre-service
teacher education courses at Temple University. Carol and her husband, Rob, have three children:
Sam, 17; Abby, 16 and Luke, 13. She and her family are members of St. Maximilian Kolbe parish in
West Chester, PA. Her hobbies include reading, baking and traveling.
Mark Potter: Omnibus: History and Literature
After growing up in various locations around the world, Mark attend the University of North Carolina at Asheville where he received his BA. He later received his Masters of Arts in Religion with an emphasis in Apologetics from Westminster Seminary in Glenside, PA. Mark has dedicated his life to ministering to and mentoring students, particularly college students. He and his wife, Gwen, have four children, several grandchildren, and an assortment of art students who roam about their farm where they make art and learn how to be artists while living out their faith. Mark is also the pastor of Chestnut Street Church in Gap, PA.
Joslyn Serfass attended Bucknell University where she earned a Bachelors of Science in Computer
Engineering. She has homeschooled for 11 years. Joslyn and her husband, Steve, have five children:
Cole (15), Cayley (13), Ainsley (11), Sadie (8), and Lizzie (5). She and her family attend Church of the
Savior in Wayne, PA. When she has time she enjoys cooking, gardening, photography, scrapbooking,
and downhill skiing.
Bethany Serridge: 5th-12th Latin
Bethany Serridge earned a B.A. in Latin and a secondary teaching certificate from Mount Holyoke
College. She graduated magna cum laude and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Bethany has been
teaching Latin for the past twenty-five years in a variety of settings, including college tutorials, public
and private schools and more recently with homeschoolers. She and her husband, Tom, are
members at New Life Presbyterian Church in Dresher. They have a daughter, Abigail (15).
Cheryl Crowe: Art
Cheryl Crowe earned a B.S. in French with a minor in Art from the University of Montevallo in
Montevallo, AL. She has taught French and Art in a Classical school in Orlando, FL while working as
administrative support to the school’s principals. She has also organized and taught several children’s
art camps and after-school art programs. She does commissioned watercolor, pencil, or pastel
pieces. Cheryl and her husband, Brandon, have three children: Charlie (6), Simeon (3), and Ethan (1).
She and her family are members of Cresheim Valley PCA Church in Chestnut Hill.
Alison Valentine: Writing
Alison Valentine earned a B.A. (Hons) degree in Modern European Studies at Nottingham Trent
University in England. She moved to the United States with her husband, Dave, seventeen years ago.
They have four children: Jake, 16; Caitlin, 14; Becca, 12 and Nathan, 10 who have been
homeschooled for the last seven years. Alison is a member of Fairview Village Church in Eagleville, PA.
She taught English as a second language in Austria as an undergrad and has completed The Institute
of Excellence in Writing’s Teaching Writing: Structure and Style course. Ali, along with her family, has
traveled extensively throughout the USA spending many months living in a camper.
Ruth Kornrumph: 1st Grade Math, Memory Work
Ruth Kornrumph has been teaching in various church settings for close to 20 years. Before her
children were of school age the director of a program similar to Claritas (in that it combined classroom
and home education) recruited her to teach their 2nd and 3rd classes. Observing the behavior, love of
learning and confidence the students displayed, instilled in her a new admiration for the home school
hybrid style of education. Eventually, she enrolled her own children, Samuel and Mercy, into an identical program. The Kornrumph family joined Claritas at the start of the 2012-2013 school year. Ruth has enjoyed the privilege of teaching the students of Claritas since that time.
Sarah Scudder: K-1st Language Arts
Sarah Scudder is starting her third year teaching Language Arts at Claritas Classical Academy. She
graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bob Jones University in Women’s Ministries which
included the study of crisis counseling and early childhood education. Sarah has experience teaching
children in different environments–from summer Bible clubs, to youth group, Sunday School and
substitute teaching. She is mother to Sophia, Naomi and Mercy who are enrolled at Claritas. Her
husband pastors a non-denominational church in inner-city Philadelphia, where they work together
mentoring teenagers in their youth group.
Joy Capponi: Ballet and Creative Movement
Joy earned her B.A. in Dance and Early Childhood Education at Virginia Intermont College. As Artistic
Director of Philadelphia Dance Theatre, she has led the company to honor status in the national
organization of Regional Dance America and her choreography has been chosen to appear on gala
concerts. Her choreography includes several original ballet’s for children including: “Mother Goose
and Friends,” “The Emperor and the Kite,” “The Rough Face Girl,” as well as re-imagined classics
including, “Cinderella” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Her outreach programs in the inner city
have brought dance to children who would not otherwise have the opportunity. She has coached
students who have placed in the top twelve of Youth America Grand Prix.
Mrs. Capponi’s students have gone onto study at some of the world’s most prestigious ballet schools including; School of American Ballet, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School of American Ballet Theatre, The National Ballet of Canada and The Harid Conservatory. Many of her students have received merit scholarships in dance at universities including: Indiana University, Ursinus College, Wake Forest University, University of the Arts, Fordham University and Colombia University. Currently, Joy serves as the President of Regional Dance America Northeast. She and her husband, Dominic, have three children: Analiese, 15, Damian, 11 and Jude Paul 8. The Capponi family live in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia and are members of Holy Cross Catholic Church.
Faith Nakhla: Memory Work
Faith Nakhla graduated Summa Cum Laude from Biola University with a B.A. in Liberal Studies and received her multiple-subject teaching credential. She taught in the classroom for 3 years before having children and began homeschooling in 2004. Besides teaching her own children at home for 11 years, she has tutored homeschooled children in a classical setting for 3 years. Her two oldest children have already been attending Claritas, and she is excited this year to bring the whole family here and to join the staff herself.
Her husband, David, works for the Orthodox Presbyterian Church as an administrator for short-term missions, disaster response, and diaconal ministries. With their 5 children (Tina – 15, Maddie – 13, Emma – 10, Josiah – 8, and Marcus – 3), they are members of Calvary Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Glenside, PA.