Andrea Shoap

School Founder/Director and Lead Secondary Teacher

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, all who went on to become successful college athletes and are presently pursuing their  graduate or medical school degrees. 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

Anne Lolli 

Special Education Director

Mary Ferrer- Assistant Director  

School Counselor/Lead Primary Emotional Support (ES)

Classroom Teacher


Lynn Beckmeyer

ES Primary Classroom Teacher



Jake Guest- Art Teacher

Primary 2 Classroom Assistant



Morgan Brandenberger

SLS Primary Classroom Teacher






     Cindy Duckworth

   Occupational Therapist

        Leticia Morales





Melody Clark





              Jackie Terch - BCABA                                                              Jill Kern

        Supervisor Structured Language                           Reading and Secondary 1

             Classroom (SLC) Teacher                                                      Teacher 







                  Marla Handy                                                     Kortney McLaughlin

SLS Primary Classroom Teacher                    SLC Secondary Transition Teacher                       


             Tracy Schubert                                                                  Justine Kinnaird

Secondary Teaching Assistant                                 Intervention Specialist







   Melissa LaPearl                                                                      Crystal Stevens

 Primary Class Support Staff                                               Paraprofessional











          Amanda Sargent                                                                                Kristin Zucconi                  BCBA                                                          Speech and Language Pathologoist                             


     Natalie Ferrer                                                                  Sydney Daniels- CNA                Paraprofessional/ RBT                                                                         Paraprofessional




        Keva Davis

      Music Therapy












620 South Union Street

Kennett Square, PA


610 880-0114

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