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 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 part of a curriculum 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.
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