Lia Andrews (Language Arts) Lia is the director and founder of Language University. She is a gifted teacher of multiple languages to children. She received her BA in both French and English, with a minor in Spanish from West Chester University. She also obtained a Master’s degree in French from Middlebury College.
In 2008, Lia began teaching French and Spanish to children, emphasizing education through music, drama, and fun. After studying abroad in France and backpacking through Europe, Lia made it her life’s goal to create a program that would introduce a second language to children.
Lisa Cocchiarale (Drama, Preschool) B.A. John Carroll University and post-graduate theatre study at Rowan University. Lisa is the Founding director of Widener University’s FreshBaked Theatre Company, which serves children and families in greater Chester/Delaware County with quality theatre for young audiences. She is a talented performer, teacher, and director and has taught locally at Stagestormers and the Carousel Performing Arts Center. Her directing credits include the Players Club of Swarthmore and serving as director of Lafayette, Indiana’s Civic Youth Theatre, Lisa was honored as “Outstanding Youth Director” in 2000 for her educational outreach production, The Orphan Train
Sophia Crespo (Language Arts) Sophia hails from Ecuador with a degree in psychology. Her focus is learning development with preschool and elementary student populations primarily through second language programming. She is adept at assisting young learners and facilitating an ease of second language learning while making it an enjoyable and rewarding experience. She utilizes music, art, and drama activities in the learning process; and she has developed cooking classes for young students as a curriculum component to build rapid second language vocabulary and reinforce listening skills. She brings a vitality and energy to the introduction of the Darlington second language program as an enhancement to the Preschool experience.
Jeff Dietzler (Drama) Jeff began his theatre career over 20 years ago as a student, performer, and director in the nationally recognized “Upper Darby Summer Stage.” His early experiences laid the foundation for his expertise as an accomplished technical director, stage manager, and choreographer.
Jeff holds a B.A. in Theatre and a Secondary Teaching Certificate. He is the Director of Performing Arts at the St. Elizabeth School in Wilmington, DE where he also teaches music and theatre classes. He is passionate about inspiring young minds through the wonders of theatrical performance!
Sarah Gober (Drama) Sarah is a multi-talented Darlington Teaching Artist. Her skills are utilized both as a teacher of music (piano) and drama. Sarah has a strong passion for teaching and forming partnerships with other creative expressive professionals. As a direct offshoot from music directing, Sarah also has an extensive passion for developing individuals in the dramatic and theater arts. To amplify this merger, she is an excellent collaborator able to synthesize music and dramatic acting for enhancing performance art. She actively teaches and coaches drama workshops and classes in hopes to instill confidence, creativity, and self-expression. She obtained a Masters degree in Piano Accompanying /Opera Coaching from Temple University and a BA in Piano Performance from West Chester University.
Sarah is available during the academic year on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Josh Yoder (Drama) is a state certified teacher with a BS degree in Secondary English Education from West Chester University with a focus in the Dramatic Arts. Josh has taught professionally with several Philadelphia area theaters, including Philadelphia Theatre Company and Hedgerow Theater. He has also taught alongside PAEP, the Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership. When not in the classroom, Josh is one half of the dynamic acoustic rock duo, Two Ripped Jeans, has assistant directed at the Players Club of Swarthmore, and is a founding member of Pars Temporis, an interactive theater collective focused on creating authentic theatrical works in non-theatrical spaces. In the classroom, Josh strives to help every student find their voice and to live and speak their truth in all venues.
Josh is available during the academic year on Saturday.
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