Teacher Sharon is originally from Central PA and moved to the "Big City" after attending the University of Delaware where she studied child development, specializing in young exceptional children. Her work experience includes work for the Delaware Autistic Program, many years as a therapist for the adult mentally ill and then changing gears to become Director of a South Philadelphia preschool while preparing to open Kids on 12th. She is the single parent of two terrific boys.
Teacher Judy has a BS in Environmental Science from the University of Delaware. She also received her WSI and has been a swim instructor for 35 years. She participated and coached on the local swim team until she graduated college. She is lifeguard and CPR certified and has been a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor for the past 25 years. She currently provides these services at the 12th Street Gym.
Born in Atlantic City and raised in Philly, Teacher Julius is our Academic Director and discovered his love for teaching after being laid off from his job of 12 years in an advertising agency. "It was the best thing that could have happened to me", he says. Julius worked at McCall Elementary school for 3 years as a teaching assistant and then decided to go back to college. He is a graduate of Chestnut Hill College (Master's Elementary Ed.) and has also attended Temple University and Community College of Philadelphia. He and his wife Susan live in Northern Liberties and are the proud parents of an eleven-year old daughter and a thirty-year old son.
Teacher Gwyneth is our Lead Teacher and grew up in Northwestern New Jersey. She attended Millersville University where she received her Art Education degree and certification. She lived in San Francisco for 9 years before moving to Philadelphia to be closer to her family. She started working at kids on 12th with the after school and summer camp programs before joining us full time with the preschool program. She now lives in South Philly with her husband and two cats.
A native of South Philly, John attended St. John Neuman High School where he played on the baseball and tennis teams. He then accepted an academic scholarship to the University of Notre Dame. For more than a decade, John worked as a bond trader in the investment business as a vice president for firms in Philadelphia, Chicago and New York City. In addition, he was employed as a columnist for the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin before he joined Kids on 12th at the inception of the program in 2007.
Teacher Rich grew up in a small town just outside of Philadelphia. He came from a big and tight knit family. Before moving to Puerto Rico to experience life outside the states, he helped raise 5 nieces and a nephew. His mother ran a daycare from home where he also helped out.
When he is not teaching, Teacher Lorenzo is most likely singing, dancing, or creating. Lorenzo is a Philadelphia-based performer and pursued his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre (Musical Theatre & Acting) from Temple University. Lorenzo is a proud Eagle Scout and credits his teaching and array of other skill sets from his years in scouting. He believes the proper balance of structure and physical activity allows children to access a deeper understanding of the curriculum. In turn, this cultivates a stronger desire to learn. He feels every child should be provided an environment where they always feel safe and able to express themselves creatively.