Fifth Grade

5th Grade

 

Amanda Brady
Amanda Brady joined Seven Generations in the fall of 2010 and worked as a one-to-one paraprofessional for first and second grades, and currently teaches fifth grade. Amanda earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 2008 from East Stroudsburg University and worked as a kindergarten teacher before finding our school. Prior to that, she worked in the dental field for ten years before returning to school to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a teacher. She was drawn to Seven Generations’ mission, vision and “out of the box” approach to teaching our youth, believing that all children learn in different ways and at different paces. “Being a teacher is the most rewarding job in the sense that every day I get to go to work and make a difference, or impact a child’s life in a positive way.”

Born in the Lehigh Valley, Amanda now lives in Bethlehem with her husband, Jimmy, and two sons, David, Lukas, and Cooper. Amanda enjoys cooking, being outdoors, fishing and crabbing, vacations at the beach or enjoying summer nights outside on the patio. There’s no better time spent in her life than with her family. Contact Amanda Brady at amanda.brady@sevengen.org.

What is it like to teach at Seven Generations?
I am so lucky to work with such an amazing group of people every day. It’s an amazing feeling to go to work every day and truly LOVE your job. I love the students, the staff, and the extended Seven Gen community. Our school truly is a “web of life.”

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Amanda Suro

Amanda Suro currently lives in Upper Macungie Township with her two daughters, Anna and Molly. After graduating from the University of Delaware with a degree in elementary and special education, she moved to Colorado and taught middle school special education. While living in Washington she worked as a Kindergarten teacher in an inclusive classroom. A year later they moved to Maryland where she taught K-3 special education and then moved into a Kindergarten and First-grade teaching positions. As a stay at home mom for the past 8 years, I was able to start a children’s photography business which allowed her to continue to work with children in a very different way. Although she cherishes her time at home with her girls, She is excited to again be back in the field of education.
Amanda Suro has worked in a lot of different environments and when she explored Seven Generations for her children she immediately knew that this is the place she would want to teach. She loves the child-centered philosophies of Seven Generations. She loves the freedom to be creative and develop meaningful, project-based learning while meeting the needs of each individual student. She wants her classroom to be a safe, nurturing and exciting place to learn and looks forward to instilling a love of learning into a new group of Fifth Graders. In her free time, she continues to pursue her passion for photography. She loves being outside, traveling, boxing and spending time with her girls.

Contact Mandy Suro at mandy.suro@sevengen.org.

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Jacki Mastrofillippo

Jacki was raised in Northern New Jersey. After her husband opened a family business in the Lehigh Valley, they moved to Macungie with their two daughters and eventually had two more children, raising them all there.
She graduated from Bloomsburg University with a Bachelor degree in Spanish. She later earned her dual certificate in Elementary and Special Education. Jacki has taught in New Jersey as well as Allentown School District.
After teaching in different school districts, Jacki realized she was looking for a more tight-knit community with more of a focus on students’ individual needs.
Jacki loves spending time with her husband and four children. They enjoy camping, hunting, going to the beach, going to country music concerts, gardening, and just spending quality family time together. Contact Jacki Mastrofilippo at jacki.mastrofilippo@sevengen.org

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Beverly Schantz-Ayers, Paraprofessional

Beverly joined Seven Generations after spending 7 years in the public schools in both the Lifeskills and MDS classrooms. A graduate of Emmaus High School & Lehigh County Vo-Tech, Beverly is also a Licensed Cosmetologist and has a Para-educator Certificate of Competency. Born in Allentown and currently resides n Pennsburg.

What drew Beverly to Seven Gen? The desire to be part of a team that is dedicated to contributing to the educational needs of children. Embracing the children’s diverse personalities and assisting in achieving their highest potential of personal growth.

When not at Seven Gen, Beverly enjoys spending time with her husband on Ocracoke Island, N.C., Fishing, gardening, walks, outdoor activities, cooking, and her Siamese cats. Beverly also loves being a Grandmother! Contact Beverly at beverly.schantz-ayers@sevengen.org.