While Dorie Duquette earned a B.S., magna cum laude, in Therapeutic Recreation from York College of PA, she began an innovative career serving individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease and their families. Working on secured units as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist was extremely rewarding, but Dorie left full time employment to fulfill one of her childhood dreams. She became a stay at home wife and mom.
As a child, Dorie wanted to be a stay at home wife and mom but also a teacher. The Lord blessed her by fulfilling both dreams. Dorie began her teaching career at age 7. Her first students included Bunny, a stuffed, blue bunny and Beary, a squashed, brown bear. From these humble beginnings, Dorie eventually progressed to tutoring. In high school, she helped younger students learn to read, and in college, she helped fellow students understand Calculus. Many years later, Dorie would use the skills learned while tutoring to homeschool her own children. During the past ten years, Dorie has taught numerous co-op classes, including History, Science, Writing, Literature, Logic, Photography, and Art. Most recently, Dorie has taught several classes at Mount Sophia Academy.
When not teaching, Dorie enjoys spending time with her family, being outside, wearing flip-flops, and taking photographs. Dorie and her husband, Jerry, have four children. Two of their children are MSA graduates, and two are current MSA students.
Marilyn Groop is a co-founder and principal of Mount Sophia Academy. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from New York Univesity. While she no longer is employed as a PT, she uses her skills by volunteering for Joni and Friends’ Wheels for the World teams. She has served in Peru and Brazil.
Marilyn is currently co-teaching Intro to Writing, Writing 11, Writing 12, and Cinema Studies. She also organizes the biology labs for the level 2/3 biology class. In the past, she has taught other classes, such as biology and logic.
Marilyn began homeschooling her oldest son in 1990 and graduated her youngest in 2015. Five of her six children graduated from Mt. Sophia. Two of her sons married fellow Mt. Sophia graduates. Marilyn has five grandchildren, with another expected in February of 2020.
In 1998, Marilyn and her children joined a coop and she has taught a variety of literature, writing, and science classes. Along with teaching, she has been doing academic advising for Mount Sophia, focusing on the underclassmen. She has a passion for both children and education.
Will Hahn has been teaching History for so long he can show the great people of the past using photos in his high school yearbook. He really enjoys talking to kids about long ago (you know, even before the Beatles), and has team-taught for several years at Mount Sophia, designing and playing Problem-Based Learning simulations for crucial moments in history. More recently, Will has been turned loose on unsuspecting students in the Writing 10 and 11 classes as well as in Literature, Philosophy of Utopia and Computer Literacy. Between teaching, Will sits at the entrance hall and practices looking serious. Will has a B.A. in Ancient History from Williams College and a M.A. in Medieval History from Fordham University. He enjoys writing and narrating epic fantasy tales of his own and other authors.
Kay Hampson is a mom of 7 and a grandmother of 5. She graduated from the Easton Radiologic School of Technology in 1980. She has been married to Dean for 38 years. She enjoys music, playing on the worship team, painting, doing math, and umpiring. Summers, she can be found hiking in one of our national parks.
After graduating college, Mrs. Hampson began working at Kent General Hospital eventually leaving the work force to raise and educate her children. She ran a co-op in Dover until her children had graduated and then she taught 5th & 6th grades at Covenant Community School. Appoquinimink School District hired her as a homebound teacher, which she is still doing. She also worked for Fundamental Tutoring and began tutoring students in her own home. She joined the teaching force here at Mount Sophia six years ago. She teaches Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and geometry to level 2 students; those who don’t particularly love math and aren’t looking towards a math future. She teaches geometry and stats & probability at the college prep level. She offers three sciences: biology and chemistry, alternately, & forensics. She also offers sociology and literature courses. Mrs. Hampson has been teaching approximately 30 years.
Marlo Hughes has been teaching for over twenty years. She studied at the University of Delaware and received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education with a minor in Sign Language. Her passion for the language and for serving the deaf community later lead to her pursuit and completion of an additional degree in Sign Language Interpretation from the Community College of Philadelphia. Many students have called her “teacher” over the years, including her own five children. She homeschooled all five from pre-k all the way through high school, celebrating each milestone and making lifelong homeschool friends along the way. As for Sign Language, Marlo loves to share what she has learned, and chat with new and old friends any chance she gets. Her outgoing and joyful personality is contagious and sure to lift you up. Outside of school, you can find her making memories with her children and grandchildren, reading books, and enjoying the many other blessings God has given.
Napolin has been teaching for over 30 years, first starting in a Montessori
school as an intern and then head teacher of a preschool. She also taught her
three children at home from the mid 80’s to 2007 and the last graduating from
MSA. Laurie then continued to teach at Landenberg Christian Academy as a co
teacher for 1st and 2nd grade for 4 years. During the homeschool years she created an
in-home science program for pre school daycares called Science in a
Suitcase-All You Add is Kids which continued for 9 years. She has been teaching
middle school at MSA for the last five years.
enjoys her dog Scout. They have been a therapy team for PAWS for People for the
last 14 years. Sher also enjoys nature, swimming and hanging out with her 6
Jacob Rainbow – Student Teacher
Jacob Rainbow began programming at a very young age. By the age of 12, he had completed the Purdue University Computer Science AP course and passed the AP Computer Science A exam. While at the AP test at Kennett High School, he was recruited by the soon-to-be Software mentor for the Kennett High School Robotics team. Jacob programmed for the Kennett Robotics team for two years. Both years Demon Robotics went to Worlds.
Jacob has moved on from the Robotics team to other programming endeavors. He is now an aspiring game developer and student teaching MSA’s Intro to Computer Programming with Mrs. Martin and Video Game Development.
Jacob has been a student at MSA since 8th grade. He is active on the Swim and Soccer teams, Rhetoric, Math League, Science Olympiad, Leadership, Yearbook, Chorale, and Madrigals. He is currently working toward his black belt in Tang Soo Do.
Barbara Varnell is the junior and senior academic advisor for Mount Sophia Academy. She holds a B.S. M.S. and Ph.D. from Penn State University in Polymer Science and a Masters in Biblical Study from International Seminary. Her loves are reading and learning and she has a passion for working with young people and helping them use the gifts and talents God has given them to make a difference in the world.
Barbara teaches Honors Calculus I and II, Honors Statistics, Honors Discrete Math/Linear Algebra and Honors Chemistry II. She is also the coach for the MSA Rhetoric Team and the director of the MSA Concert Choir (she originally was a double major in polymer science and music at Penn State but decided that at some point she needed to graduate and never completed her music degree but still loves her involvement in music.) While she enjoys every class she teaches, when she is having a stressful school day her calculus class is her “happy place”.
Barbara began homeschooling her oldest daughter in 1993 and graduated her youngest in 2014. She began directing choir in 2000 and coaching the Rhetoric Team in 2003. She is active in the Delaware ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) and DMEA (Delaware Music Directors Association) and she chairs the ACSI Regional Junior High/Senior High Speech Meet in the spring.