Tim Boyle

Timothy M. Boyle
Founding Principal

Mr. Timothy Boyle is the Founding Principal of Science Leadership Academy Middle School, SLA-­MS. He holds a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from St. Joseph’s University and an M.ED from Cabrini College. He has taught in a variety of Elementary and Middle school settings over the last 10 years. Most recently he taught students mathematics and science at the Chester Arthur School and was one of the leaders of the Science Leadership Academy and Chester Arthur School Redesign team. Timothy is also proud Teaching Consultant for the Philadelphia Writing Project. In 2012, he co-founded the non-profit Teachers Lead Philly. He lives in Hawthorne, Philadelphia with his wife and dachshund

Team Pathfinder (5th and 6th Grade)

Nancy IronsideNancy Ironside
Fifth & Sixth Grade Math
Nancy Ironside teaches math to 5th & 6th graders. Born into a large, loving and chaotic family, she decided early on that she was well suited to be a middle school teacher. With education degrees from Westminster College and Temple University, she has taught 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th graders in a variety of schools, both public and private. She strives to assist students as they develop their problem solving skills, for math and for life. Ms. Ironside believes that learning should be joyful and personalized. She lives with her two teenaged sons and their three-legged cat in Oreland and enjoys being outside, reading, swimming, singing and walking.
Sarah Bower GriecoSarah Bower-Grieco
Fifth & Sixth Grade Humanities
Sarah is thrilled to teach 5th & 6th graders Humanities at Science Leadership Academy Middle School. Soon after earning a BA from Bloomsburg University in Early Childhood & Elementary Education Sarah began teaching for the School District of Philadelphia. While teaching she continued her education earning an MS in Reading at Gwynedd-Mercy University and later a Certificate of Educational Leadership from University of Pennsylvania’s School Leadership Program. Sarah has had the pleasure of teaching children in various content areas but is particularly proud of her years teaching English Language Arts. She knows that in order to get children excited about reading we must provide rich literature that allows them to learn more about themselves.. Sarah loves to watch students both find themselves and lose themselves in books, inspiring them to positively impact their own community. Sarah and her husband live in the Fairmount neighborhood of Philadelphia.
Eunice KoEunice Ko
Fifth Sixth Grade Science

Eunice Ko is thrilled to be the 5th and 6th grade STEM teacher at SLA-MS

She studied animal science at Cornell University where she enjoyed learning at the teaching farm and working at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. She then spent a year in rural Mozambique, Africa before moving to Philadelphia to pursue graduate studies in international education development. Eunice earned her M.S.Ed from University of Pennsylvania and continued her education by earning teaching certification for middle years science and math. Her interests include: wildlife conservation, forestry, horticulture, agriculture, mycology, design, and robotics.


Team Voyager (5th and 6th Grade)

Hilary HamiltonHilary Hamilton
Fifth & Sixth Grade Humanities
Hilary Hamilton is overjoyed to be a part of the founding faculty at SLA-MS. After graduating from Swarthmore College with a BA in Educational Studies and English Literature, Hilary spent a semester student teaching with 4th graders at Samuel Powel Elementary. From there she went on to teach 4th and 5th graders at The Philadelphia School where she fell in love with an inquiry driven and project-based approach to learning. Now, she’s excited to be teaching 5th & 6th graders at SLA-MS where she hopes to help students develop their enthusiasm for learning as they ask questions, explore, and create. Hilary recently completed her MSEd in Reading, Writing, Literacy and Reading Specialist Certificate from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in the Brewerytown neighborhood of Philadelphia but thoroughly enjoys using her bike, running shoes, and Septa tokens to spend time adventuring with friends across the city.
Jon SchererJon Scherer
Fifth & Sixth Grade Science
In 2001, Jon Scherer’s teaching career began in an abandoned chicken coop. Visiting Central America and working on farms, a Guatemalan farmer suggested that Jon teach english to his and other community children. Being a new farm community, the only classroom space available was the chicken coop. This was a short teaching gig, but enough to convince Jon that education was his true calling. When he returned home Jon joined the School District’s Literacy Intern program and began working on his Masters in Elementary Education. Perhaps a result of his first experiences in that chicken coop, Jon has always worked to connect his students with the world outside – mainly through inquiry learning, meaningful field trips, and collaboration with outside experts. Having sent many graduates of his previous middle school to SLA, Jon is thrilled to be joining the SLA-MS faculty.
Monique CarterMonique Carter
Fifth & Sixth Grade Math
Monique Carter is excited about teaching children MATH! Throughout her career, teaching middle school students has been her ultimate joy and passion. Monique holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Swarthmore College and continues to work on receiving her M.Ed in educational policy from Widener University. Monique began her career at a special education Friends school and loved it so much she stayed for twelve years. She also taught in a Charter school in Chester city for five glorious years. Monique treasures the lessons learned from all her former students and is ready for those lessons to come!


Team Opportunity (7th & 8th Grade)

Ethan RiouxEthan Rioux
Seventh & Eighth Grade Math
Ethan took an unusual path to teaching, first earning a Bachelor of Music degree from Temple University and later pursuing a M.Ed. degree in Secondary Education and Mathematics from Drexel University as part of the Philadelphia Teacher Residency program. He has since taught students at every grade level from 7th up to 12th. Ethan LOVES all things math, but if you can find him a good puzzle to solve, he’ll be forever grateful. Ethan recommends trying out KenKen (a cousin to Sudoko) for anyone looking for a good brain stretching. Ethan is also a performing musician, an outdoors lover, and an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan.
Brittany MilnesBrittany Milnes
Seventh & Eighth Grade Science
Brittany is excited to be joining the SLAMS team and start a new journey in her 8th year as a teacher. Brittany grew up in Massachusetts with her awesome family, where she often goes to visit on weekends and breaks. She has a degree in Biology from the Pennsylvania State University and after graduation, did not immediately see teaching as a career. When she moved to Philadelphia in 2009, she began her path to becoming a teacher by getting her Master’s degree in Education at Drexel University. Since that time, she has been teaching kids science in Philadelphia in middle school classrooms. She loves to find new and interesting ways to help students engage in science and get excited about their own learning. When Brittany isn’t at school, you can find her chasing after her two toddlers, trying to be a runner, cooking, cheering for the New England Patriots, or listening to true crime podcasts.
Sara Nissley
Sara Nissley
Seventh & Eighth Grade Humanities

Sara believes in learning by doing and that education is an exercise in curiosity.

She has an undergraduate degree in Justice, Peace, and Conflict Studies, earned her teaching certificate from UPenn, and has a MS in Restorative Practices and Education. She has taught 7th & 8th graders in Philadelphia since 2003 and most recently taught for 3 years at The Cloud Forest School in Monteverde, Costa Rica. When Sara is not teaching, she is camping, reading, and spending ample time on her front porch with her husband and three children in Cedar Park, West Philadelphia.


Team Wellness

Sharlean PillaySharlean Pillay

Sharlean Pillay is delighted to be the founding counselor at Science Leadership Academy Middle School. Originally from Union City, CA, Sharlean moved to the suburbs of Philadelphia as a teenager with her family. She earned her BA in Psychology from Temple University. She immediately went to work as a social worker in Philadelphia. She became a crisis counselor in an emergency room in Bucks County. While working in the hospital, she received a dual MS in School and Community Counseling from Gwynedd Mercy College.

Sharlean held the position of Mental Health Clinician, at the C.A.R.E Program at Barratt Middle School for 8 years which provided therapeutic classrooms that incorporated the Re-education Principles developed by Nicholas Hobbs into an academic treatment design to positively impact children with chronic behavior issues.

Prior to SLAMS, Sharlean had been the Vocational School Counselor at the STARS Program, providing school guidance services to students in placement that utilized the Sanctuary Model for trauma informed care. While at STARS, she chaired the Anti Defamation League’s No Place for Hate Initiative leadership committee. She was selected to receive extensive training in Cognitive Therapy through the Beck Institute.

Sharlean lives in Harleysville with her two children, Jonah and Nika. In her downtime, she enjoys cooking, gardening, upcycling and watching japanese animation.

Greg GoettnerGreg Goettner
PhysEd and Health

Mr. Greg Goettner is entering his 2nd year teaching at SLA-MS, and his 10th overall as an educator. He has taught at all levels of education from K-12 and has coached a variety of middle school athletic teams including basketball, soccer, and track. Mr. Goettner was born and raised in the Philadelphia area. He graduated from Lock Haven University with a bachelor degree in Health and Physical Education and received his masters in education from Cabrini University.

Mr. Goettner is a life long Philadelphia sports fan and is looking forward to building a strong health and physical education program, along with an athletic program offering students a variety of sports.

Emma Bergman
Emma Bergman

STEP Clinical Coordinator

Emma Bergman, LSW is thrilled to join the SLAMS team as a new STEP Social Work Coordinator! She brings her passion for positive youth development and social justice to this role at SLAMS. She holds a Bachelors in Psychology from Haverford College and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. Emma’s commitment to active learning and engagement balanced with supportive counseling and safe environment coalesced working in after-school programs and continues to grow throughout her career in the field.

Emma is particularly committed to using trauma informed principles and practices that attend to intersectional oppression in supporting equitable best practice for all youth. Emma believes that social emotional learning is deeply human and universal for adults and youth alike, and is committed to using social-emotional skills and knowledge to contribute to a more equitable world in which all youth have access to high quality educational and out of school time programming. In her free time Emma enjoys cycling, gardening, engaging in community initiatives, baking, boating, and participating in revolution.

Helen LeeHelen Lee

Ms. Lee is the full time (yes that’s right, FULL TIME) nurse at SLA-MS. After graduating from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Ms. Lee has worked in Philadelphia since 2011. She worked as a floor nurse on the Renal Unit at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, as a case manager at Esperanza Health Center in Kensington for a year, and is now happy to be a school nurse with The SDP at SLA-MS.

Outside of work, Ms. Lee loves spending time with her daughter Charlie and watching football with her Cowboys fan husband, Dan (she didn’t find out he was a Cowboys fan until it was too late!). She thoroughly enjoys trolling him every time the Cowboys lose – especially to the Eagles. Ms. Lee also plays in a flag football league with her husband and they hope to visit every NFL stadium in their lifetime.


Team Curiosity

Diana PottsDiana Potts
Community Partnership Coordinator

Diana Potts excitingly joins the SLA-MS family. Through her time in education Diana has worked with elementary and middle school grade students. She holds a BA in history, a MAT in elementary education and MS in technology education. She is currently in the process of earning her EdD with a focus in writing and science education. She has taught students social studies and science, with a concentration in arts integration. While at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York she acted as the technology integrator at Fieldston Lower and worked across grade levels in the PreK-12 school. She is happy to be joining SLA-MS as a teacher, with a focus in building community partnerships.

Beyond the classroom, Diana has authored and facilitated workshops for teachers on a range of topics including STEM education, arts integration into core subject areas and effective communication for learning communities. She has presented at local and national conferences. She is happy to be returning to Philadelphia and looks forward to making East Passyunk her home.

Meredith MartinMeredith Martin
Technology Coordinator & Tech/Makerspace Teacher
Before becoming the founding Technology Coordinator at SLAMS, Meredith spent eighteen years teaching at an elementary school in New Jersey.  She is a true computer geek, with a passion for STEM and Making.  Meredith is a Google For Education Certified Teacher, and a Google For Education Certified Trainer.  She presents nationally for the Bureau of Education & Research, and is a sought after speaker for both educational technology and STEM topics.  She has been a speaker at the ISTE Conference, National Maker Faire, World Maker Faire, and many other conferences and events.  At SLAMS, she is sharing her love of both technology and STEM with her students along with her motto: If you’re not making a mess, you’re not doing it right!  When she is not teaching or presenting, Meredith spends her time reading ridiculous amounts of books, kayaking the creeks and rivers of NJ, and hanging out with Maker-geek friends. She lives with two lazy dogs, the world’s least-intelligent cat, and an evil Bengal appropriately named Loki. She is extremely excited to be a part of the SLAMS family.  You can follow her education adventures on her blog, Tech For Teachers, or find her on Twitter.
Marcie HullMarcie T. Hull
Art Teacher
Before becoming SLAMS’ Art Teacher in 2018, Marcie was the founding Technology Coordinator for SLA’s Center City campus. And before that Marcie spent five years at Shoemaker Middle School from 2000 to 2005. She brings a powerful understanding of both the fine and digital arts and their role in schools. She has established a reputation as one of the top digital arts educators in the city. Marcie has helped to start EduCon and presented there and at the National Educational Computing Conference, PETE&C, the NY Tech Forum and has worked training teachers all over the School District of Philadelphia. Marcie also collaborates with Inquiry Schools to help teachers across the country.
Erika SaundersErika Saunders
Learnin’ Maximizer (7th & 8th Grade Special Ed)

Miss E. couldn’t be more thrilled to be a founding teacher at SLAMS!  She has been an SLA “groupie” since she first heard that there would be a high school in Center City. Project-based, inquiry-driven education is an awesome way to learn – and teach!  Miss E. is a proud parent of a SLA-Center City alumni – so SLA is pretty much in her blood. Another thing that’s in her blood? Teaching! It’s her passion. She has a Master’s degree in Education from Chestnut Hill College and is a National Board Certified Teacher. Miss E. spent the first eight years of her teaching career with the School District of Philadelphia at J.C. Ferguson, before joining Independence Charter School.  At SLAMS, Miss E. teaches children how to maximize their learning as a Special Education Teacher. That’s what makes her … the Learning Maximizer!!

When she’s not teaching … or thinking about teaching! … you can find Miss E. with her nose in a book.  She is an avid reader and is usually reading at least 2 to 3 books at a time! Beyond books, Miss E. loves watching movies, taking in the great outdoors (mainly just looking), and enjoying this crazy thing called life.

Stefanie LondoStefanie Londo
Special Education Liason
(5th & 6th Grade)
Stefanie Londo is super excited to be a part of the SLAMS team and embarking on a new adventure in the School District of Philadelphia.  Stefanie is a life-long Philadelphia resident and has taught in the school district for fourteen years. She is a graduate of Gwynedd Mercy University with a Bachelor’s degree is Elementary and Special Education. She also holds a Master’s degree is Educational Administration from the University of Scranton.  Stefanie will be returning to her roots in the classroom and helping students discover their strengths and reach their potential as a special education teacher. She believes strongly in the mission and values of Science Leadership Academy and especially in doing what’s right for kids. When she’s not teaching, you can usually find her running all over the city training for whatever crazy long distance race she has coming up.  Stefanie’s passions are cooking and baking, running, anything Disney related, and most of all, her students.
Claudia Lamk
Claudia Lamk

Spanish Teacher

I was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia.

I moved to Philadelphia to work as an architectural intern and I worked in architecure until I realized I am passionate about education and that I want do do something significant with my life.

So I changed my path and started working with a social work agancy as a parent educator while I was getting a masters in elementary school teaching.

I have been teaching in diffrent settings for the past 7 years, of which I have worked for 5 years with the PSD.

My immediate family is small: My husband Michael, my son Gabriel, and our dog Checkmate and cat Keet-Tee. But my extended family in Colombia is large. We go visit every other year for Christmas.

Traveling is my second passion and we try to go somewhere we have not gone every summer.

I am very excited to be at SLAMS as the Spanish program founding teacher and I have been moved by staff, parents and students’ warm welcome.