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.
Special Education Director
Mary Ferrer- Assistant Director
School Counselor/Lead Primary Emotional Support (ES)
ES Primary Classroom Teacher
Jake Guest- Art Teacher
Primary 2 Classroom Assistant
SLS Primary Classroom Teacher
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