Woodlynde School Leadership

George N. King, Jr., Interim Head of School, comes to Woodlynde having successfully served as the headmaster for Moravian Academy in Bethlehem, PA, from 2007-2016 and the headmaster at Wooster School in Danbury, CT, from 2003-2007.  Earlier in his career, George served as upper school head at Greenhill School in Dallas, TX, and the Bullis School in Washington, DC. He also led marketing efforts at both Moravian and Queen Anne School and has enjoyed fundraising in his roles as a head of school, which he describes as "just one more important way to connect to the community." A strong advocate for students, he also established learning assistance programs for students with learning differences at both Wooster and Bullis.
Dorinda Shank, Assistant Head of School, Grades 9-12, has a distinguished career in education and administration that includes teaching positions, chair of Woodlynde's mathematics department, Upper School learning specialist, and director of admissions. She was a recipient of the Woodlynde School Distinguished Teacher Award in 2005 and has been with Woodlynde for over a decade.
Elizabeth Maglio, M.S., Assistant Head of School, Grades K-8, began her career at Woodlynde in 2012 as an Upper School learning specialist.  She was appointed Head of FOUNDATIONS & Lower School in 2014. Prior to coming to Woodlynde, Elizabeth worked at The Phelps School and Envision EMI. She holds a M.S. in education from the University of Pennsylvania. A native of North Carolina, Elizabeth now resides in West Chester with her husband and two sons.
Dave Shank, Dean of Students and Director of Operations, has been a member of Woodlynde's faculty since 1980. During that time he has served as head of the physical education department, director of athletics, teacher, and coach. A graduate of Penn State University, he has a B.S. in health and physical education. Dave and his family live in Glen Mills.
Kristen Tabun, Director of Enrollment Management, came to Woodlynde in 1997 and served as a Middle and Upper School French teacher for nine years. For five of those years, she was also a college counselor. She became the director of college guidance in 2007. Kristen earned both her B.A. in French and her M.Ed. in secondary education from Widener University. Before coming to Woodlynde, she taught French in the Exeter Township Area School District and Palmyra Area School District. She became Director of Admissions in 2015.

Lisa Ketcham, Director of Advancement, joined the Woodlynde staff in 2010. She came to Woodlynde from the Philadelphia Theatre Company where she was the director of institutional advancement. Prior to that she served as the executive director of the American Diabetes Association in Central/Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey; the director of development of the Opera Company of Philadelphia; The museum deputy director at the Baltimore Museum of Art; and as the deputy director of development at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Lisa received her B.S. in English at Colby College. She lives in Gulph Mills with her husband and daughter.
Irene van Zijl, Director of Finance, has worked at Woodlynde since 1992. A native of Scotland, Irene received her education in South Africa. She and her husband also lived in Tehran and London before moving to the United States, where she worked in an insurance company prior to joining the Woodlynde commmunity. Irene and her husband currently reside in Malvern.
Jason Hoffman, Director of College Guidance, came to Woodlynde in 2012 and served as a building substitute and an Upper School English teacher before becoming the Director of College Guidance in 2015. Prior to Woodlynde, he taught English and language arts in the North Penn School District. Jason is a graduate of Bloomsburg University.
Scott Purdy, Director of Athletics, is a Woodlynde alumnus, having graduated in 1995. He started at Woodlynde as a physical education teacher in 2006 and became the Director of Athletics in 2011. He holds a B.S. from Cabrini College. Scott currently resides with his wife (also a Woodlynde alum) and two children in Limerick.
Penny Moldofsky, Director of The Literacy Institute, has been a teacher and administrator at Woodlynde for over 20 years. She received both her B.S. and M.S. in education from the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a Pennsylvania Certified Reading Specialist, holds a Wilson Reading System® Level II Certification, and is a Wilson® Teacher-Trainer. Penny has served on the board of the Pennsylvania Branch of International Dyslexia Association, and has been active in education for over 35 years. Penny currently resides in Paoli.

Woodlynde School

445 Upper Gulph Road, Strafford, PA 19087-5498
Tel: 610.687.9660 
Woodlynde School is a private, co-ed college prep day school located in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that serves intelligent, talented students with learning differences in Grades K - 12. Woodlynde provides a comprehensive, evidence-based Kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school program in a challenging yet nurturing environment for students with average to above average cognitive abilities (IQ) who have language-or math-based learning differences (such as Dyslexia, Dysgraphia or Dyscalculia), Executive Function Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), or Auditory Processing Disorder. Even for those students without a diagnosed learning disability (LD), Woodlynde offers expert and caring teachers in small classroom settings that support academic success. Woodlynde School also offers a post-graduate (PG) program in partnership with Rosemont College as well as a regional Summer Camp for students who learn differently.