Trainers in a meeting.

Meet the Trainers


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Cindy Barnes

(484) 431-4553
cynthia.barnes@ssdcougars.org

Trainings

  • EL Reclassification Procedures
  • New ELD Coordinator Training
  • Understanding the Future Ready PA Index EL Indicator
Cindy Barnes is an English Language Development (ELD) teacher for the Springfield School District. Previously, she worked for the Delaware County Intermediate Unit where she was the supervisor of the English Language Development program and provided ELD instruction to nine school districts in Delaware County. Cindy has more than a decade of experience as a trainer and professional development provider, and has presented at various local and statewide conferences.

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Gina DeMarco-Wall, Ed.D.

(412) 394-5994
Gina.DeMarcoWall@aiu3.net

Trainings

  • EL Reclassification Procedures
  • New ELD Coordinator Training
  • Understanding the Future Ready PA Index EL Indicator
Dr. Gina DeMarco Wall is the K-12 ESL and Title III supervisor for the Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU). She studied at Georgetown University’s School of Languages and Linguistics and received her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Point Park University. Part of her duties for the AIU include providing professional development regarding ELs to districts in the Title III Consortium. She has presented at WIDA and ELD conferences.

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Susan Featro, Ed.D.

(484) 265-1544
sfeatro@ccaeducate.me

Trainings

  • EL Reclassification Procedures
  • ELD Coordinator Training
  • Understanding the Future Ready PA Index EL Indicator
Susan Featro teaches elementary English as a Second Language at Commonwealth Charter Academy (CCA), a K-12 public cyber charter school. Prior to teaching for CCA, she taught for 15 years in traditional K-12 public schools in Pennsylvania, teaching all levels of English learners from kindergarten through 12th grade and coordinating district testing. Susan also teaches as adjunct professor in the Graduate Education department at Concordia University and at Grand Canyon University. She earned her doctorate in educational leadership with a concentration in instructional technology from Wilkes University. She has presented at statewide, national and international conferences, in addition to delivering targeted small-group professional development for professional learning communities and school districts in Pennsylvania.

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Sarah Misner

(610) 755-9475
SMisner@mciu.org

Trainings

  • EL Reclassification Procedures
  • ELD Coordinator Training
  • Understanding the Future Ready PA Index EL Indicator
Sarah Misner is a Project Consultant in the Office of Professional Learning at the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit where she focuses primarily on English Language Development and literacy and has done so since 2012. As an IU point of contact for the Montgomery County ESL Council and the program mentor and instructor for the MCIU ESL Teacher Certification Graduate Program, Sarah works with school districts and educators interested in meeting the diverse needs of ELs. Prior to serving in this role, Sarah worked as a Reading Specialist and an Emotional Support teacher. She holds certifications in Special Education, Elementary Education, Reading, and ESL.

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Susan Neikirk

(717) 368-1129
susan_neikirk@conestogavalley.org

Trainings

  • EL Reclassification Procedures
Susan Neikirk teaches English as a Second Language at Conestoga Valley High School in Lancaster County. She has 10 years of teaching experience for all levels of English Learners at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Susan has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish, a master’s degree in Language and Literacy with a concentration in ESL, and is currently working on her Principal Certification/ Ed.D. in Educational Leadership.

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Kelly Noyes, Ed.D.

(412) 394-5926
Kelly.Noyes@aiu3.net

Trainings

  • EL Reclassification Procedures
  • New ELD Coordinator Training
  • Understanding the Future Ready PA Index EL Indicator
Dr. Kelly Noyes has been an educator for more than 20 years. As a teacher, she worked with elementary and middle school students in Pennsylvania, Nevada and Virginia. As an administrator, she has worked with English learners in Pennsylvania for 10 years. Currently, she serves as the Program Director for K-12 ESL and Federal Programs at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit. She oversees ESL program operations including compliance, professional development, curriculum, assessment, staffing and certification. Kelly has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, and a doctorate in leadership and administration. Her dissertation focused on a study of ESL program models across Pennsylvania.

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Britta Pennypacker

(610) 630-5000
BPennypacker@nasd.k12.pa.us

Trainings

  • EL Reclassification Procedures
  • Understanding the Future Ready PA Index EL Indicator
Britta Pennypacker is the Supervisor for English Language Development at the Norristown Area School District. She has been working in education for nearly 30 years, 22 of which she served as an ESL coordinator. Britta has taught ESL coursework in addition to writing and composition classes for various institutions of higher education. She also taught English as a Foreign Language to university students while she was living in Japan. Britta holds a bachelor’s degree in Italian language and literature and a master’s degree in TESOL. Her certifications include the Pennsylvania Principal PreK-12 certification and instructional certification in Italian K-12, English 7-12 and ESL Program Specialist. Britta speaks English, German and Italian.

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Dara Schmick, Ed.D.

(717) 561-1990 ext. 218
DSchmick@cdschools.org

Trainings

  • EL Reclassification Procedures
  • New ELD Coordinator Training
  • Understanding the Future Ready PA Index EL Indicator
Dr. Dara Pachence Schmick is an English Language Learner (ELL) Specialist for the Central Dauphin School District and has been working with the English learner (EL) population in some capacity for more than 20 years. Dara pursued an elementary education degree at Bloomsburg University with concentrations in both exceptional children and Spanish, and completed a study abroad program in Spain. She went on to earn a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction while simultaneously completing the reading specialist and ESL specialist certifications, before earning her doctorate in adult education from Penn State University. Her dissertation focused on the significant teaching and learning experiences of ESL teachers and this helped her understand more about teachers as learners and the importance of professional development and teacher collaboration.

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Ann Tenan

(717) 732-8400 ext. 8018
ATenan@caiu.org

Trainings

  • EL Reclassification Procedures
  • New ELD Coordinator Training
  • Understanding the Future Ready PA Index EL Indicator
Ann Tenan has been in the field of education for more than 30 years, the last 12 of those with English learners. She taught in a large, urban district with students from a multitude of languages and cultures. Currently she is an ESL Educational Consultant at the Capital Area Intermediate Unit (CAIU) supporting students, teachers and administrators within the CAIU footprint and primarily those in the CAIU Title III Consortium consulting on all things related to English learners and their families.