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.
Will Hahn has been teaching History for so long he can show the great people of the past using his high school yearbook. He really enjoys talking to kids about the past, and has team-taught for several years at Mount Sophia, designing and playing several 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 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 recording epic fantasy tales of his own and of other authors.
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.
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 student teaching MSA’s Computer Science 101 with Mrs. Martin this year!
Jacob is currently a Junior and 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.