Meet Jenn Boyunegmez
Jenn is a passionate early educator with nearly 20 years of experience teaching children aged 3-9 in a variety of settings. She partners with families to advocate strongly for their children. Parents are their child's first and forever teachers, and Jenn honors the invitation to join families on this journey. Jenn facilitates opportunities for children to develop emotionally, socially and academically. She empowers children to manage risk-taking, become fully developed members of a healthy community of learners and challenges their academic strengths while gently encouraging their needs. A vocal advocate of the importance of play, Jenn creates a learning environment which allows for investigation and discovery, develops critical thinking skills, promotes emotional regulation and fosters literacy skills with rich language experiences. Inspired by the outdoor education movement, she has developed programming for experiences in the woods for children in preschool through 2nd grade. Jenn makes space for children to fully wander in wonder.
In 2023-2024, Jenn is the 1st and 2nd grade lead teacher.
B.S. Ed. / Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Major: Early Childhood Education / Minor.: Music
K-6 Elementary Education
Meet Ashley Brochart
At Fern Hill, Ashley is the teacher of 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. She has spent the majority of her career providing developmentally appropriate play, psychosocial support, procedural preparation and diagnosis education to children in the hospital setting. She understands the value of play and the importance of developing strong relationships with children and their families. Ashley meets children where they are on their journeys and develops a plan to provide them with the skills needed to thrive. Play is the way children learn and discover the world and Ashley is excited to provide a learning environment that focuses on the child. Children will be encouraged daily to investigate, discover and collaborate, as they build a solid social, emotional and educational foundation.
M.S. Child Life Specialist / Loma Linda University School of Behavioral Health
B.A. / California Baptist University
Major : Liberal Studies - Elementary Subject Matter Program / Concentration: Early Childhood
PA Private School
Certified Nature Educator
Meet Bethany Marcello
For 2023-2024, Bethany is Fern Hill's Pre-K and Kindergarten teacher.
She values empathy as a basis for learning. When kids
feel safe emotionally, they can take risks, and risks are
where the magic happens--learning, collaboration,
self-trust and fun. Years as a public and private school
teacher, Penn State Master Gardener and nature teacher have taught her that treating
children with dignity via choices and emotional validation fosters meaningful learning.
● B.A.: Shippensburg University, English with a Secondary Certification, Summa Cum Laude
Meet Michelle Brown
Michelle is joining us in two unique roles, new to Fern Hill this year. As a Development Specialist, she will be working with students, teachers and families to provide support and accommodation socially, emotionally and academically for 25 hours a week. Her beliefs align with the educational philosophy of Fern Hill School, which recognizes emotional health and security as integral to social and cognitive growth.
Michelle lives in Bloomsburg and has been the secretary for her family's landscaping business and caring for her 3 children for the past 6 years. Michelle has a degree in Developmental Psychology from Duke University.
She is also fulfilling a part time role as the administrative assistant