Special Education

 


 

Melissa Peck-Dimotsis, Learning Support (Grade 4)
Melissa grew up in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania with her parents and two older brothers. She married in November 2012 and now lives in Hatfield with her new husband and cat, Nadia. Living close to family and friends is worth the long ride to Seven Gen every day!

Melissa graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education, from Bloomsburg University. She graduated with her Master in Special Education and Assistive Technology degree from West Chester University, in December 2013. Prior to coming to Seven Gen, she worked various long-term substitute positions for Norristown and Pottsgrove School Districts. Each of those positions was a great special education skill builder. Melissa also worked multiple summers of Extended School Year, where she worked with students with severe disabilities. She joined our staff as a Learning Support teacher in the year after opening and is now heading up a classroom of her own.

Melissa’s favorite pastime is spending time with her husband, family and friends. She also loves to bake new recipes (and oldies but goodies), read, go shopping and watch movies. If the weather is right, she loves to travel, swim and go fishing. Contact Melissa at melissa.peck@sevengen.org.

What is it like to teach at Seven Generations?
I have always believed that you learn something new every day, and that is how it has been working at Seven Generations. I love walking in the door every day to work with such an experienced and friendly staff, as well as a caring student population. Each day bring new surprises, love, laughs and memories. I can’t wait to see what I will learn tomorrow!

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Kyle Klinger, Paraprofessional 

Kyle grew up and currently resides in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  After graduating high school he completed some coursework at Penn State Berks and Harrisburg campuses before putting my education temporarily on hold and working in a variety of different jobs.  Helping others is such gratifying work. he was drawn to Seven Gen for the opportunity to be a positive role model, influence the children, and hopefully teach them something along the way. Working with a team of educators who all share those desires has been an incredible experience.  After work, he looks forward to sitting down with his cat and reading a  book to unwind. He is an unwavering Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies fan.  He loves turning up the volume and singing his heart out on any drive, no matter the distance. Finally, he cherishes the time he gets to spend with his family. Contact Kyle at kyle.klinger@sevengen.org.

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Danielle McConaghy, Learning Support Teacher (Grades K-1)
Danielle graduated from Gwynedd-Mercy College in 2009 with a BS in elementary and special education. She worked for two years as an instructional assistant in a learning support classroom and as an Extended School Year teacher, then joined our staff in fall 2011.

She lives in her hometown of Sellersville, where she enjoys reading, taking pictures and swimming, as well as spending time with friends and family. She is also a member of a choir and has had the privilege of traveling with them to perform in places like Ireland and Alaska. Contact Danielle McConaghy at danielle.mcconaghy@sevengen.org.

What is it like to teach at Seven Generations?
Teaching at Seven Generations has been a great experience so far. I feel extremely lucky to be working in a school with such a great sense of community. It’s evident that the needs of the students come first.

 


Alex Seng, Paraprofessional 

Alexander Seng joined our team in February 2021 as a paraprofessional for Mrs. Matrofillipo’s fifth grade class. As a Leigh Valley local, Alex attended St. Catherine’s for grades K-8th and William Allen High School for 9-12th. Directly after high school, Alex enlisted in the United States Marine Corps as an 0811 M777 Howitzer Crewman. During his first two years in the USMC, he served at first in Camp Lejeune, NC and then was sent to Okinawa Japan with his unit for a deployment. In 2017, Alex was selected to become a Marine Security Guard for US diplomatic missions around the world. Over a three-year period, Alex had the opportunity to serve at US missions in Nepal, Taiwan, and Bahrain. Alex ended his five and half year enlistment in the USMC at the rank of Sergeant.

Now freshly out of the Marine Corps, Alex is continuing his bachelor’s online at Arizona State University where he is pursuing an undergraduate in Anthropology with a minor in Art History. Alex is preparing himself to enroll in a few graduate degree programs to study Classics in the hopes of becoming an archaeologist focused on ancient Mediterranean civilizations. Beyond his studies, Alex is an avid hiker, reader, and can even be found playing a video game every now and then. Contact Alex at alex.seng@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.


Andrea Tone, Learning Support Teacher, (Grades 2-3)

Mrs. Andrea Tone is originally from Hillsborough, NJ, Andrea now lives in Easton with her husband, puppy, and daughter.

Completing her undergraduate degree at Kutztown University, Andrea studied Special Education, receiving certifications in special education, elementary education, and a minor in music. She also hold a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Gannon University. Prior to Seven Gen, Andrea was a job coach, preschool teacher, and autistic support teacher.

Growing up in a family of teachers, Andrea knew that she wanted to be a teacher from a young age. Andrea was drawn to Seven Gen originally for the EIC Model and integration. After working at Seven Gen since October 2016, Andrea has learned that Seven Gen is a warm environment that nurtures the learning of every child through hands-on learning.

When she isn’t at school, Andrea enjoys going on walks with her family and puppy, trying new restaurants, going to football games, and attending marching band competitions.

 

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Jennifer Gravatt
Learning Support Teacher

Jen was born and raised in Media and Downingtown, PA. After graduating from college, she continued to live in Delaware and Chester Counties, until marrying and settling down in the Lehigh Valley. She currently lives in Orefield with her husband, her son, and stepdaughter.

Jen graduated from High Point University with a Bachelor’s Degree in History. After working for several years in the Museum field, Jen felt a call to Education. She pursued graduate studies in Special Education at West Chester University. Jen began teaching Special Education in 2004 and has taught in and around the Philadelphia area since that time.

After moving to the Lehigh Valley in 2015, Jen began looking for schools or districts in the area. She began substituting in several local school districts after the birth of her son in 2018. Jen found herself drawn to the mission statement of Seven Generations and the fact that there is a well developed environmental and community-based focus along with a strong academic program.

Jen loves spending time with her husband, son, step children, and black lab, Lily. She enjoys going to the mountains, reading, cooking and singing. Jen is active at her church, singing in the choir, teaching Sunday School and working with the Family Promise ministry to the homeless. She is a member of and loves singing with the Lehigh Valley Chorus, a local chapter of Sweet Adelines International.

Contact Jen Gravatt at jen.gravatt@sevengen.org.