College of Arts and Sciences

Biology

WFIS Staff

Holly Clark Holly Clark - Children’s Educator

Holly Clark came to the Institute in July 2002 as the second full-time children’s educator. Ms. Clark holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Education from Lesley University through the Audubon Expedition Institute and a Bachelor of Science in biology from Bowling Green State University. She has considerable teaching experience in both classroom and informal educational settings, including the Russell Byers Charter School in Philadelphia, the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, and Greenacres Foundation in Ohio, where she served as a naturalist. Her voluntary activities include work for Philadelphia Cares, garden-tending for the Philadelphia Horticultural Society, teaching composting to at-risk youth in Virginia Beach, coaching basketball for an inner-city high school girls team, and ongoing work with the permaculture community. Ms. Clark works with Ms. Semos and Ms. Fecher on development and presentation of the Institute’s programs for children, including field trip lessons, the GeoKids LINKS partnerships, local outreach, and teacher training workshops.

Sabrina Fecher  - Children’s Educator

I began working at Wagner Free Institute in August 2006, as a GeoKids teacher and Outreach Coordinator. Previously, I taught in the Philadelphia School District for five years. I have a BA in English and a MS in Elementary Education. I find my work rewarding because I teach in different schools with excellent teachers and curious, excited children.

Sabrina Fecher
Susan Glassman HSue Glassman  - Director

I am the Director of the Wagner Free Institute of Science. As Director, I oversee all of the Institute’s Programs and work in conjunction with staff on program development and planning. I also organize and develop the adult education series every year and am responsible for the ongoing preservation of the building and collections. I have an undergraduate degree in biology and completed graduate studies in architecture and historic preservation at the University of Pennsylvania. I have research interests in history, architecture, and urbanism and have served as a consultant on a number of building preservation and interpretive projects in Philadelphia. I am also deeply interested in the history of natural history and the development of museums in the nineteenth century (for obvious reasons). I work closely with the Institute’s children’s educators to plan for the growth and development of the GeoKids program and collaborated with Karen Snetselaar on the National Science Foundation grant. I am committed to the program’s goal of enriching the lives of North Philadelphia children through the rich resources of our collections and staff, and through our partnerships with local schools and Saint Joseph’s University.

Dana Semos – Director of Children’s Education

Dana Semos joined the children’s education staff in 2000 and was appointed Director of Children’s Education in summer 2002. At the Wagner Institute, she oversees the children’s education programs and shares responsibility for the GeoKids LINKS partnerships with Ms. Clark and Ms. Fecher. Prior to working at the Wagner, Ms. Semos was a classroom teacher for over ten years. Additionally, she provided professional development to school administrators and teachers in the area of standards based education through her work with educational consulting firms such as the Council for Basic Education, Strategic Teaching, and Learning Effects. She has extensive training in teaching science at the elementary level and served as lead teacher for the Delaware Science Consortium from 1997 to 1999. She also participated in the pilot study for the New Standards Science Reference Exam, a science assessment program, and served as an adjunct professor for an undergraduate methods class at Wilmington College. Ms. Semos has received honors for her work with children from the Delaware State Board of Education (Order of Excellence) and the Brandywine School District. Most recently she was awarded a Middle Childhood Generalist Certificate from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Her volunteer service includes work for Philadelphia Cares. She is actively involved in community development activities at the Wagner Institute and works closely with area groups to develop programming that reaches local children and supports community revitalization efforts.


Dana Semos