Fairmount / Pre-K to 3

Newly opened in the fall of 2015, The City School at Fairmount is our second elementary school. As our campus grows, it will serve grades Pre-K through 5. For the 2017-18 school year, the campus will serve Grades Pre-K through 3.

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

Dionne Delaney

Dionne Delaney

Office Manager

“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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Veronica Rodriguez

Veronica Rodriguez

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

“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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Leona Backus

Leona Backus

Pre-Kindergarten Co-Teacher

“I have a heart and passion to see the neighborhoods of Philadelphia restored and redeemed. I love working with children and want to be a part of disciplining the hearts of children. It is not outward behaviors that shape children, but true heart change through Christ that is lasting. I seek to glorify Christ and to model his character as Christ works in and through me.”

Leona loves to teach. Before joining The City School family, she taught Sunday school at her church and English in Taiwan. She enjoys camping, hiking, theater, music, and dance. Leona lives in Southwest Philadelphia with her husband and two children.

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Africa Jones

Africa Jones

Kindergarten Teacher

“I am delighted to be teaching kindergarten after many years of non-profit and education administration. Leading children in the way of the Lord is a rich blessing for me, and I am excited to a part of the new Fairmount Campus. We desire to serve God and our community in a way that demonstrates God’s love in action.”

Africa taught Sunday school for more than ten years and is also passionate about teaching ESL to students from across the world. She first came to The City School as a parent, with students in 1st and 3rd grade, and fell in love with our community. She lives with her husband and children in Philadelphia, where they are active members of Antioch of Calvary Chapel.

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Naeemah Davis

Naeemah Davis

Kindergarten Co-Teacher

“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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Carol Guy

Carol Guy

First Grade Teacher

“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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Christine Glowacki

Christine Glowacki

Second Grade Teacher

“In the short time I have been a part of The City School, I have been invested in immediately, making me feel important and valuable. This is so crucial when entering a new place and feeling the love of Jesus through an amazing environment. Just as this has been true for me, this is true for your children who attend The City School. They will be invested in from the time they enroll to the time they graduate—and beyond. The love and support our teachers offer is unlike any school family I have been a part of.”

Christine lives in a cozy little neighborhood in Roxborough with her husband. Her current favorite book is The Book Thief, and she is a huge fan of historical fiction. She also enjoys cooking, baking, running, singing, and spending time with the people she loves.

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Karen Gregory

Karen Gregory

Art and STEAM Teacher

“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. Karen sings and plays the keyboard in various venues across the city and recently taught herself to play the ukulele. She is passionate about studying the Bible and reads it so frequently that her copy is falling apart.

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Jamie Rose

Jamie Rose

Counseling Coordinator

“I am a Biblical Counselor, which means I have the privilege to come alongside our students and listen to what’s on their minds and hearts.  I get to spend time helping them see ways that their stories intersect and interact with God’s greater redemptive story for those he loves.”

Jamie and her husband Tom live in West Philly and love the sense of community they’ve found in their neighborhood. Jamie enjoys cooking (and eating!), taking walks with her husband and her dog Maisy, and watching movies. Her favorite book is The Count of Monte Cristo, which she calls “crazy clever.”

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Noel Terrell

Noel Terrell

Music, P.E., and Media Teacher

“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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Bryannia Bongiorni

Bryannia Bongiorni

Third Grade Teacher

“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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Activities

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At  our Fairmount campus, our talented teachers are already forming after-school clubs to continue serving their students outside of the classroom. Our dance and drama clubs are the passion projects of our new teachers. We are also honored to partner with local organizations like Soccer Shots and Tune Up Philly. We are excited to offer these extra-curricular activities starting October 2nd, and we look forward to diversifying our lineup as our campus grows.

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