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Andrea Shoap

School Founder/Director 

Andrea Shoap is White Clay School's, Director. She graduated from Penn State in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and a minor in Biology. Andrea went directly into teaching and taught in various grades for a few years in the Kennett Square and Avon Grove school districts, as well as in the Tower Hill School in Wilmington, DE. Andrea and her husband Michael then spent two years at the Iraklion Air Force Base on the island of Crete, where Andrea taught for the Department of Defense.

Andrea and Michael returned home to the U.S. in 1992. She opened up her preschool in 1993 just after her first child was born in order to provide the best of schools for her children, as well as other families who were interested in an individualized alternative approach to education. After several years of evolving and perfecting her program, White Clay School became an accredited K-12 nonpublic school in 2000. Andrea has since taken a wide variety of masters level courses in specific learning disabilities, and has since guided her school as one that provides excellence in instruction for all types of learners, through identifying, differentiating and enhancing learning strengths and deficits  in all of their students.  She continues her love of teaching young people and recruiting the most brilliant specialists and experts who share her school's philosophy as they continually introduce the latest in programming at White Clay.

Andrea and her husband Michael have three adult kids, all of whom spent their elementary and middle school years with her at White Clay, being educated by Andrea and her team.  Wes , Seth and Phoebe are now two surgeons and a speech and language pathologist, and her most supportive WC alumni. Michael and she still  live in the family's renovated barn in the heart of the White Clay Creek Preserve in Landenberg, PA. Besides her family, Andrea is passionate about running and yoga, riding her horses, knitting, hiking, gardening and reading the latest that educational research has to offer.

Our Faculty


                           Mary Ferrer                                           Amanda Sargent                                   Tracy Schubert                                       Jill Kern                                                                    ES supervisor                           BCBA/Special Ed Supervisor       SLC Supervising Lead Teacher          ES middle school/transition supervisor










               Crystal Stevens                                        Kara Colley                                             Melissa LaPearl                                   Jackie Capuano                                            Transition Lead Teacher                      BSC/Emotional Support 2 Teacher         Emotional Support 1 teacher           SLC 2 Lead Teacher





               Cindy Duclkworth                                                John Pont                                        Kristin Zucconi                                             Meghan Perricone                          Occupational Therapist                              ES   Behavioral Specialist       Speech and Language Pathologist              Speech and Language Pathologist                                     







                          Chris Bruno                                               Carly Brooks                                               Melody Clark                                         Sandra Alverez                                          Physical Therapy                                SLC Behavioral specialist                      Transition teaching assistant               RBT/teaching assistant











                      Leticia Morales                                          David Besser                                                 Kayla Allen                                           Nichole O'Connel

               Paraprofessional                                        Teaching Assistant                                    Paraprofessional                                      Teaching Assistant






                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Chelisse Keys                                       Annette Maley                                             Ray Smith- Chant                                    Malee Slocom                                           paraprofessional                                               COTA                                           Athletics/paraprofessional                               paraprofessional



                 Justine Kinnaird                                          Yusuf Young                                              Jimmy  Lamiet                                       Deborah Hearne                            Reading Specialist Consultant                      Paraprofessional                                          Paraprofessional                                       Paraprofessional                                                                                          





                 Emily Kochanowicz                              Tyaire Oakley                      

                               SLTA                                      Paraprofessional

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