Fairmount / Pre-K to 4

Newly opened in the fall of 2015, The City School at Fairmount is our second elementary school. For the 2017-18 school year, the campus will serve grades Pre-K through 4. As our campus grows, it will serve grades Pre-K through 5 beginning academic year 2019-20.

Our curriculum is driven by a pursuit of excellence and grounded in a commitment to love and care for each student as an individual. Beginning with our youngest children, students are taught to love their lifelong pursuit of learning. Elementary students are creative, curious and inquisitive: we embrace their natural love for knowledge and help them understand learning in the context of a well-rounded Christian education. We embrace the responsive classroom philosophy, which emphasizes creating a safe, joyful and challenging learning environment. Because students learn most effectively through social interaction, we believe the social curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum and thus incorporate morning meetings, positive teacher language and a positive approach to student discipline. Our strong academic program is complemented by an innovative emphasis on the arts, and every subject is seen as an opportunity to explore how God works in our world. Small class sizes and nurturing teachers ensure each child is given the one-on-one attention they need to discover their academic potential.

Faculty

Tracye Burroughs

Tracye Burroughs

Fairmount Principal

Email:
tburroughs@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2017

    Degree(s):
  • B.S., University of Delaware
  • Masters in Education, Widener University
“I am passionate about the Lord and sharing the Lord with children through Christian education. In my daily walk with Him I strive toward Shalom and I deeply believe that every child needs access to an excellent education so that they might go forth in life allowing their inner beauty and light to shine. I work shoulder to shoulder with teachers and educators in partnership with parents and family members to educate children’s hearts and minds.”
Tracye lives in Delaware with her family, where she had recently retired from a 31-year career in education. Her hobbies include reading, collecting children’s books, cooking, and traveling.
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Becca Brown

Becca Brown

Morning Care and After Care Assistant

Email:
bbrown@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2018

    Degree(s):
  • B.S., Northern International University

“I love the casual environment that the Morning and Afternoon Care positions offer to have conversations with students about life, Jesus, and the gospel. I love working with staff who are committed to Jesus.”

Becca lives in West Philly with her husband and three little girls. She enjoys playing instruments, drama, and taking walks with her family.

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Bonnie Currie

Bonnie Currie

Biblical Counselor

Email:
bcurrie@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2017

    Degree(s):
  • MA, Biblical Counseling
  • MS, Post-Secondary Education
  • BA, History
  • BSEd, Social Studies

“I am excited to be a part of the City School community and am thrilled that City School has a campus in my Fairmount neighborhood. As a Biblical Counselor, what I love most is hearing our students’ stories and helping them understand their stories as a larger story of Jesus.”

Before pursuing a career in counseling, Bonnie taught high school social studies. For the last six years, Bonnie has worked as a counselor in Philadelphia, focusing primarily on children and adolescents. As a Fairmount resident herself, Bonnie loves to spend her time away from work with her husband, taking their kids to the neighborhood parks and serving their church community at City Church Fairmount.

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Dionne Delaney

Dionne Delaney

Office Manager

Email:
ddelaney@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2016

    Degree(s):
  • B.S., University of Delaware

“Excited doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel about being at The City School. Here, my passion for ministry and the Kingdom of God, my gifts in administration, my love for children and the education of their minds, shaping of their hearts and lives is brought together in one place. Being here is not by happenstance–it is an assignment from the Lord.”

Dionne and her husband Jay have enjoyed over eighteen years of marriage. They have two adult children and rambunctious twin toddler grandsons. In her free time, Dionne enjoys traveling, baking, cooking, fellowship with friends, sewing and making jewelry.

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John Delaney

John Delaney

“This is my first year at The City School. I truly have been drawn to this school, for many of reasons. However I must say the biggest draw is the heart of leadership here which is founded and built on Jesus Christ.

My mission while I’m here is simply to steward and shepard the hearts of our students. For I truly believe they are precious and the most valuable resource we have.

John is a native of Wilmington Delaware and now reside in Newark. He loves tribal African jewelry, cooking, reading, and Pinterest! He is the proud father of four year old old twin boys, whom  “admires and loves deeply.”

John is currently pursuing a  B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies at Liberty University.

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Ashley Fornwalt

Ashley Fornwalt

Academic Support Coordinator

Email:
afornwalt@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2010

    Degree(s):
  • B.S., Philadelphia Biblical University

“I am passionate about children and our work at the city school because it is what I believe God has called me to. Seeing the impact I can have on the development of the whole child—spiritually, physically, emotionally, academically—gives me goose bumps.  As I grow, I am always getting a clearer picture of how God views us and invests in our growth and development. I view my job as an extension of God’s love and care for each child.”

Ashley lives with her husband and one-year-old son. She enjoys camping, gardening, and “attempting craft projects.”

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Karen Gregory

Karen Gregory

Art and STEAM Teacher

Email:
kgregory@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2014

“I prepare little minds for the adventure of embracing their Creator God through the arts. I am passionate about participating in a learning community that glorifies God across all academic disciplines. As a City School parent and teacher, I have a front row seat in observing the love and dedication that each teacher invests in the children entrusted to them.”

Karen and her family live in Passyunk Square, where they moved as part of a local church plant. She brings with her 30-plus years of experience in the teaching fields of technology, art, and early elementary. While Karen satisfies the requirements of the art room by educating students in the Elements and Principles of art, she takes her program to the next level by adding STEM for interesting subjects to engage her students.

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Margaret Kendall

Margaret Kendall

Business Manager

Email:
mkendall@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2013

    Degree(s):
  • B.A., Covenant College

“As the Business Manager I am responsible for leading and coordinating the school’s finance, business, and general operating matters. I have been at The City School for almost 2 years now, and have loved getting to know and working with all of my talented colleagues. Watching them serve and care for each individual student has given me a deep appreciation for the school and its vision for our students and our city.”

Margaret lives in West Philadelphia with her husband and loves the diversity and community they have experienced in their neighborhood. She enjoys running long distances, reading books from the local library, and cooking for her friends and family.

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Noel Terrell

Noel Terrell

Music Teacher

Email:
nterrell@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2016

“Music is more than notes and harmony–it’s a way of unleashing your emotions. Music moves people. It brings us together. It glorifies God. My dream is to share the power of music with my students.”

Noel has served as a Musical Director and keyboardist for diverse musical acts like Pharrell Williams, Meek Mill, and Jill Scott. He also toured Europe with British hip-hop/r&b duo Floetry and currently performs with his contemporary Christian band, The Browne Boyz. Noel is happily married and has two sons, Roman and Lincoln.

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Alexis Victor

Alexis Victor

Pre-Kindergarten Lead Teacher

Email:
avictor@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2018

    Degree(s):
  • B.S., Eastern University

“I am passionate about my work at The City School because I love seeing the unique and beautiful qualities God has instilled in every child. I’m also passionate about encouraging my students to love others and love God. The way that we show love and encouragement to our students prepares them to act in love to the people in our city.”

Alexis lives in Port Richmond with three college friends. She enjoys baking, crafting, traveling, and exploring Philadelphia.

 

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Davida Collins

Davida Collins

Pre-Kindergarten Co-Teacher

Email:
dcollins@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2018

    Degree(s):
  • B.S., Eastern University

“I am passionate about my work at The City School because I was a City School Alumni.

I am passionate, because I was able to experience an excellent education. Not to mention, I am a strong believer in their mission. The City School not only promotes excellence in education, but they also make it their business to feed students spiritually. It is a great joy to give back to a school that I once was apart of and that allowed me to have a bright future as well.

I want prospective parents to know that the teachers here are all working towards one goal, and that is to help each student grow spiritually and academically.”

Davida and her husband live in Southwest Philadelphia. Her favorite book is Plato’s Republic. She enjoys writing poetry, blogging about justice issues, and skiing.

 

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Veronica Rodriguez

Veronica Rodriguez

Kindergarten Lead Teacher

Email:
vrodriguez@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2015

    Degree(s):
  • B.A., University of Puerto Rico
  • M.A., Interamericana University of Puerto Rico

“I decided to become a teacher because I believe that it’s the most beautiful and wonderful job. Being a teacher means being there, giving everything I can, making sure I am as knowledgeable as I can be about my content and about my students’ lives. It means sacrifice for the sake of helping kids in need and it means caring about students unconditionally.”

Veronica was born in Puerto Rico and now resides in Drexel Hill with her husband Kevin Alicea. She enjoys dancing, watching movies, and eating lots of chocolate.

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Alison Santiano

Alison Santiano

Kindergarten Co-Teacher

Email:
asantiano@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2018

    Degree(s):
  • B.S., St. Joseph's University

“I am so excited to start my teaching career at The City School, where I believe my passion and my commitment to Jesus truly meets the call that the He has set before me. One of my favorite parts about my job is that my students constantly remind me of Matthew 18:1-4, which calls us to have childlike faith and humbly depend on the Lord.”

Allison lives in Glenside and enjoys many favorite pastimes including singing, playing the guitar, painting, sewing, playing board games, exploring the city, meal prepping, and trying out new restaurants.

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Joyce Crosscombe

Joyce Crosscombe

First Grade Co-Teacher

Joined The City School family:
2018

    Degree(s):
  • B.S., Eastern University

“I am very happy to join The City School family as a teacher after having been a part of the family as a parent.

Our daughter is a recent graduate and we were so pleased with the quality education she received and the caring support of the staff. Now I get to give that same quality of commitment to future generations.”

Joyce lives in the Frankford section of the city with her husband, three daughters and one son.

She enjoys gardening, running and doing puzzles.

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Carol Guy

Carol Guy

First Grade Teacher

Email:
cguy@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2015

    Degree(s):
  • B.A., Elmira College
  • M.Ed., Arcadia University
  • M.A., St. Joseph's University

“I am a seasoned teacher with many years of experience in a variety of settings. What I have come to realize is that working in a Christian school is a very special and uniquely rewarding opportunity. As a teacher at The City School, I am not only fulfilling the task to which God has called me, but I am benefitting daily from fellowship with believers who are also called to serve God in this way.”

Carol lives in Abington with three cats and a Cocker Spaniel—Princess, Minnis, Squitchy, and Sophie—although she confides that her “heart belongs to Philly.” She enjoys home improvement projects like painting, gardening, and interior design. Carol’s son Ben carries on the Guy teaching legacy by lending his talents as our high school History teacher.

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Vanessa Sigmans

Vanessa Sigmans

Second Grade Teacher

Email:
vsigmans@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2016

    Degree(s):
  • B.S., Eastern University

“I love encouraging students to discover a love for learning. I love that I work in my own neighborhood and get to teach such amazing students. The City School is bringing God’s grace to our city, and I love being a part of that.

Vanessa and her husband Dan live in West Philly, where she enjoys going to all the awesome events the neighborhood has to offer. When she’s not at school, Vanessa can be found reading a good book at Clark park, spending time with her family, and traveling the country.

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Bryannia Bongiorni

Bryannia Bongiorni

Third Grade Teacher

Email:
bbongiorni@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2016

    Degree(s):
  • B.A., McDaniel College
“I am beyond excited to be a teacher at The City School. Every day is different and each day is an opportunity to teach children about the world and the Creator who made it.”
Bryannia enjoys painting, running, traveling, and, of course, snacking. She hopes to run her first full marathon within the next few years.
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Naeemah Davis

Naeemah Davis

Fourth Grade Teacher

Email:
ndavis@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2015

    Degree(s):
  • B.S., Cheyney University

“It is an honor to be used for kingdom building within The City School community. My mission is to restore, maintain, and help rebuild hope in the hearts of all the children I teach. I am grateful for the opportunity to witness and encourage our students’ growing relationships with the Lord.”

Naeemah serves as the Children’s Choir Director with her church. She enjoys painting, sewing, line dancing, and cooking. She is also a “proud auntie” who loves outdoor adventures like zip line, polar plunge, and running the PhilAmazing Race.

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Activities

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At our Fairmount Campus, our talented teachers facilitate after-school clubs as an extension of service to our students outside the classroom.  Our dance and drama groups are projects birthed out of the passion of our teachers.  We are also honored to partner with local organizations like Soccer Shots and Tune Up Philly (TUP).  We are excited to offer these activities throughout the school year to enrich our students and encourage the use of their ever-developing God-given skills and abilities.

Soccer Shots
Mondays and Thursdays, 3:30-4:30

Praise Dance
Mondays and Thursdays, 3:45-4:45

Drama Club
Wednesday 3:45-4:45

Tune Up Philly
Mondays and Thursdays, 3:30-5:00

 

"We need schools where children are known, where their unique hopes, dreams, passions, and talents can be cultivated by teachers who love them and desire to see them thrive. The City School is rising to meet this need."

Rechab Gray, A City School Dad

Fairmount Campus
860 N. 24th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130
215-769-5363