Andrea Shoap

School Founder/Director 

Andrea Shoap is White Clay School's, Director and leading teacher of our intermediate ES and SLS groups. 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 weaknesses in all of their students. Andrea received her training certificate from the  TEACCH Training Program at  the University of North Carolina in order to continue to develop excellence in programs for WCS's student population. She continues her love of teaching young people, recruiting specialists and experts who share her school's approach and continually introducing the latest in programming at White Clay.

Andrea and her husband Michael have three children, all of whom spent their elementary and middle school years at White Clay, being educated by Andrea and her team. They live in a renovated barn in the heart of the White Clay Creek Preserve in Landenberg, PA. Andrea and her husband stay very involved with their three, now adult children.  Along with her family and her school, Andrea is passionate about running and yoga, horseback riding, knitting, hiking, gardening and reading the latest that educational research has to offer.

Our Faculty

Mary Ferrer- Assistant Director  

School Counselor/Lead Primary Emotional Support  

Classroom Teacher


            Dawn Miller

ES Primary Classroom Teacher




            Jacklyn Capuano

ES Primary Classroom Teacher



                   Cindy Duckworth

              Occupational Therapist







                Leticia Morales


                   Phoebe Shoap             

                   SLP Assistant


                   Meghan Perricone

     Speech and Language Pathologist    











                   Jamillah Queen





                                                                                                              Jill Kern                                                             Tracy Schubert                                              Reading and Secondary 1

              SLC Supervising Lead Teacher                                   Lead   Teacher 










              Amanda Sargent                                                     Melissa LaPearl                         BCBA /Special Ed Supervisor                               Primary ES Teaching Assistant                                                          

              Kristin Zucconi                                                          Justine Kinnaird

  Speech and Language Pathologist                                 Reading  Intervention 






          Natalie Ferrer                                                                    Crystal Steven                               SLC Teacher/Assistant BCBA                                        SLC Transition Teacher











             Melody Clark                                                                     Kayla Allen   

Secondary Assistant Teacher                                                Paraprofessional 












                                                                                                        Sandra Alvarez                                       Ray Smith- Chant                                                           Paraprofessional                                        Athletics




        Michael Robinette                                                              Annette Mealy   

          Paraprofessional                                                                   CODA                                                         






                                                                                                  Chelisse Keys






620 South Union Street

Kennett Square, PA


610 880-0114

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