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Learning, It's Personal

Knowledge takes root when it’s planted in experience.

Children are natural-born learners. We believe an educator’s greatest challenge isn’t to teach children, but rather to create an environment that keeps their inherent curiosity intact. Each Upland classroom serves as an ideal place for children to explore, experiment, fail, succeed, learn and grow, both as individuals and as a group.

At the heart of every great teacher is a curious learner.

Upland teachers are skilled educators, experts in community building and scholars of child development. Our teachers know it is more important to pose good questions than to offer answers to which a student feels no connection. The right question will spawn ideas and experiments, as well as research and conclusions. The right question will set the group on a journey that will lead deep into their subject of study.

Board of Trustees

List of 6 items.

  • William "Bill" W. Wylie, Jr.

    President

    Bill Wylie, is the father of Stuart ‘95 and Peyton ‘99. He is a lifelong Chester County resident.  Bill attended the University of Delaware, earning a B.S. in Finance. He has spent his entire career as a registered investment advisor.  Bill served as an Upland Trustee when Stuart and Peyton were in school, rejoining the Board in 2016. Bill asserts that Upland Country Day is a unique educational institution providing an excellent academic and values-based education in an attentive, safe, small school environment. He is pleased to be able to contribute to an institution that has been so prominent in the life of his family
  • Richard D. Wood, III '83

    Vice President
    Director of Government Relations & Sustainability, Wawa, Inc.

    Rich is an Upland alum. After Upland, Rich attended South Kent School graduating in 1986. He then went on to Washington College graduating in 1991 with a B.A. in American Studies. He then attended St. Joseph’s University – Erivan K. Haub School of Business obtaining a Master of Food Marketing, Business.

    Richard lives in Wawa, PA with his wife Tara (also an Upland alum – maiden name Kubeck) and their three children. Rich began working in the family business (Wawa) as a Marketing Analyst, managing his own Wawa Market, and then moving through different departments, learning key aspects of marketing. Rich has been the Director of Government Relations & Sustainability at Wawa since 2009. Rich has also served on the Young Friends of the Brandywine Conservancy, Agricultural Advisory Board of Chester Heights Borough, the Quaker Golfing Society and Advocacy Council of Northern Home for Children and Riddle HealthCare Foundation Board. Recently, Rich has joined the Board of Washington College.
  • David Harrington

    Treasurer
    CEO, Seamark Capital

    David Harrington is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and is currently an Upland Trustee and Board Treasurer. He is the head of the finance committee and served on the search committee for Head of School. He is the parent of three Upland grads, Andrew, Lindsay and Ian. David is a managing partner and founder of Seamark Capital in Chadds Ford, which is a long/short equity fund. He graduated from the Salisbury School and has a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Lawrence University.
  • Pattie Morgan Miller

    Pattie has worked in the Technology Sector for leading cyber security and data management firms including, RSA Security, Symantec, Pivotal Software, Veritas and most recently Cohesity.  She received her BS in Math/Computer Science from the University of Richmond and earned a MS in Systems Engineering from Widener University.  Her husband, Jake, has a farming and landscaping business and is starting a whiskey distillery.  Their daughter, Ashley ‘14, started at Upland in the 1stgrade.  After graduation matriculated to Lawrenceville ‘17 and is currently a junior at UVM.   Pattie has been active in many community causes specifically in the area of preservation, the environment, open space and education. She has held board seats for the Kennett library, S.A.V.E., the Junior League of Wilmington and her alma mater, Sanford School. She and Jake live in Toughkenamon.  
     
  • Anthony J. Drexel Cadwalader, '79

    Journalist and Community Volunteer

    Tony is an alumni of Upland and a graduate of Lake Forest College. He currently resides in Unionville and has been involved in many of Upland’s Alumni activities including Winter Weekend and the Phone-­-a-­-thon. Tony is currently president of Drexel Media Company LLC, an Internet publishing and new media company. He is a former award-­-winning journalist with The Kennett Paper and The Daily Local News. He has worked with the Chesapeake Publishing and the Journal Register Company, where he rose to become editor as well as head of advertising design. Prior to that he was in real estate in New York City, converting residential apartment buildings to condominium and co-­-op entities, and later with Emlen-­-Wheeler/Prudential Fox-­- Roach outside Philadelphia doing residential and commercial sales.

    Tony is currently on the executive committee of the Drexel Family Initiative at Drexel University, which seeks to provide scholarship opportunities for financially disadvantaged students who have shown a commitment and spirit of giving back to their community. A cancer survivor, he has done charitable work with the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life and is a supporter of Shine, a group affiliated with The Cancer Program of The Chester County Hospital and Health System. Additionally, he has actively helped launch or financially supported many social and non-­-profit organizations, such as the Young Friends of the Brandywine and the Brandywine Conservancy, the Buck & Doe Trust, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and, the Woodlands Cemetery in Philadelphia.
  • Ambrose Carr

    Ambrose and his wife, Elizabeth, are current Upland parents to Maisie '24 and Libby '28.  Ambrose is a partner in the firm of Prosperian Wealth Management. He is a retirement specialist.  Ambrose and his family live in Wilmington.  

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  • Therese Corkran

    Consultant

    Terry is involved on multiple board committees at Upland. She serves on the Development Committee, the Enrollment Management Committee and the New Trustee Committee. She has two children in the Upland classes of 2012 and 2014. She was class parent for two years, the chair of annual giving (2004-2006 and 2008) and on the board since 2010.

    Terry was a U.S. Army officer for four years, in maintenance management based in Germany, followed by a strategy consultant at Accenture/Andersen Consulting for five years, an independent consultant in human resources, operations and strategic planning for non-profit organizations for six years, and is currently with LCH in Kennett Square. She has served on the Buck and Doe Trust Board since 1999 (president 2009-2010), on the NHA Board of Chester County Hospital since 2011 and was the auction chair of SAVE Shindig in 2008.

    She spent a year in Paris and speaks conversational French while having knowledge of German, Japanese and Spanish. Terry is originally from Port Jefferson, N.Y. and earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Masters in Business Administration from Cornell University.
  • William "Bill" Wilson


    Bill Wilson, father of Molly '05 and Abigail '08, served Upland as the combined Admissions and Business Director from 1994 to 2005. Before Upland, he was the Business Manager, Director of Admissions, and a math and economics teacher at Friends School in Mullica Hill. Bill currently works for Mitchell, Sinkler & Starr in Philadelphia.
     
    The Wilson's live in Mendenhall, Pa. and enjoy spending free time with family, working on their farm, boating and fly fishing. 
     
    Former:
    Trustee - Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS)
    Clerk –Friends Committee on Education
    Treasurer – Friends Education Fund
    Member - Pennsbury Twp Open Space Committee
     
    Current Member:
    CFA Institute
    Philadelphia Securities Association
    Philadelphia Estate Planning Council
    Finance Committee Friends Council on Education
     
     
     
     
     
  • E. Bradford "Brad" DuPont, Jr.

    Brad is a former history teacher and the current boys' lacrosse coach at Tower Hill School. He previously worked in the Alumni and Development Office also at Tower Hill.   He received his B.A. from Williams College and an M.A. in history from the University of Delaware. Brad is on the Board of Directors for Centreville Layton School.
     
    Brad lives in Chadds Ford and is the father of Upland alum, Scott '13.
  • Mary Pat Fralick

    Former Principal, Vitalize Consulting

    Mary Pat Fralick is currently the president of the Board of Trustees. She is also a three time with three children who graduated from the School in 2007, 2011, and 2016. She also sits on the Development Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee and the Enrollment Management Committee. Mary Pat has served as a trustee of the School since 2003 with roles as both an officer and committee chair. She has been part of the Upland community since 1999 and has been very active in the Parents’ Association during her entire tenure at the school. Mary Pat has recently retired after a successful career in the Healthcare IT industry. She was a co-founder and COO of Elumen Solutions in 1989, which was acquired by CTG in 1999. In 2002, she co-founded Vitalize Consulting Solutions, where she served as CEO, CFO and COO until the company was purchased by SAIC. Mary Pat holds an MBA from St. Joseph's University and a BA from Rutgers University, where she majored in economics.
  • Steven Friedemann

    Owner, Meander Fin Creative Studio

    Steve and his wife, Melissa Watson, became Upland parents in 2012. As of 2017-2018, their daughter, Eliza, and son, Henry, are in Grade 5, daughter, Naomi, is in Grade 3, and son Simon is in K. Steve owns Meander Fin Creative Studio in Hockessin, DE. Meander Fin Creative Studio is a full service graphic design and branding firm that was founded by Steve in 2007. Steve graduated from the University of Delaware in 2000.

    Steve has also done some pro bono work for the Marketing Department and currently serves on the Buildings and Grounds Committee and Enrollment Committee.
  • J. Charles Gerbron, Jr.

    A 1995 graduate of Upland Country Day School, Charlie is a partner in the law firm of MacElree Harvey, Ltd. where he focuses his practice on litigation and land use related matters. Before beginning his legal career, Charlie taught English and history and coached soccer, hockey, and lacrosse at Upland from 2003-2005. Charlie has been an active member of the Upland Alumni Association for many years and has served as the Association’s President since 2014. Charlie is a graduate of The Lawrenceville School, Georgetown University, and the Villanova School of Law. He lives in Kennett Square with his wife Meredith '97 and their two daughters, the older of whom is an Upland student.
     
     

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  • David Hoffman, M.D.

    David Hoffman, M.D. 
    David has been a Board-Certified family physician since 1993.  He and his wife, Carol, are co-owners of Paradocx Vineyard in Landenberg.  David completed his undergraduate in biology at Bucknell University. He attended Jefferson Medical College and completed his residency at the Medical Center of Delaware.  He is a member of the Pennsylvania Wine Marketing & Research Board and a previous board member of the Pennsylvania Wine Association. Dave is the father of current Upland students, David '20 and Wyatt '23.  He is also a host parent to a Finnish exchange student, Nestori Leinonen '20. 
  • Hillary Jones

    Community Volunteer

    Hillary became an Upland parent in fall 2013. She is married to Upland alum Timothy Jones. The couple supports annual giving each year and Hillary Jones served as new parent chair of the annual campaign in 2014 to 2015. Their son, Walker, came to Upland in 2013, followed by Hudson in 2014. Hillary ran a successful consulting business where she managed sports and entertainment marketing as well as event production for Fortune 500 companies including Hershey, Visa, Chrysler, Brown-Forman Beverage Company and Swiss Army Brands. Additionally, Hillary has experience in advising start-up ventures. As a volunteer, she has been an advocate for the Land Conservancy and specifically for the Chandler Mill Bridge.
  • Phoebe Driscoll Fisher, M.D.

    Phoebe is a pediatric anesthesiologist at A.I. duPont for Children.  She earned her undergraduate degree in mathematics from Bryn Mawr College and her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania.  Phoebe completed her surgical internship at Georgetown University Hospital and her fellowship in pediatric anesthesia at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.  
     
    Her philanthropic work focuses heavily on land preservation.  She has served on the board of both the Cheshire Hunt Conservancy and S.A.V.E.  Phoebe has supported Upland in countless ways from chairing auctions to organizing Paperchase fundraisers, and hosting several Finnish exchange students.  
     
    She is also an active member of the Chester County horse community.
     
    Phoebe is the mother of former Upland students Jack and Lydia ’12, Phoebe ’19,  and Oliver 
    "Busby" who attended Upland until 2
    nd grade.  She is married to Rush, '76.  Phoebe and Rush reside in Unionville.
  • Mary Jean "MJ" Stenz

    MJ is currently a Kindergarten teacher in the Coatesville Area School District.  She is a former principal Caln Elementry School.  She earned a B.S. in Early Childhood Education and Teaching from the University of Maryland and an M.S. in Education from Penn State.  An alum of Upland, MJ's daughter Taylor '15 is also an Upland graduate.  MJ lives in Kennett Square with her husband, Mark.  
  • Peter C. Thayer

    Head of School, St. Anne's Episcopal School

    Peter has more than 36 years experience working in independent schools. He is currently the Head of School at St. Anne’s Episcopal School, a Pre-K through 8th grade independent day school in Middletown, Delaware. Previously he served as the Head of Middle School at Lancaster Country Day School in Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Admissions Director at Kent Denver School in Englewood, Colorado and as an English teacher and college guidance counselor at University Liggett School in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Thayer attended Episcopal Academy, then located in Merion, Pennsylvania. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Williams College and a Master of Arts in English from Middlebury College Bread Loaf School. He and his wife, Francie, have three grown children, each involved in independent school education.