Department of Support Services

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  • Academic, Social-Emotional, and Physical Health Support

    Sewickley Academy enrolls a diverse student body with a variety of backgrounds, skills, talents, and interests. Recognizing that students develop, learn, and grow in a variety of ways, the Academy is committed to working with teachers and parents to help children understand their unique personalities and learning profiles. Parents are valued “partners in education” and are consulted and closely involved in individualized planning on behalf of each child’s personal and academic success.
    The Student Support Services team coordinates with faculty and families to ensure that every child has an academically and socially enriching Pre-K through Grade 12 experience. Consultation and services are available in the areas of learning, counseling, and health. The Academy provides direct support to students through one-to-one and/or small group sessions, as well as classroom-based facilitations in coordination with faculty to help identify and support students’ personal and academic strengths.

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  • Teachers and Advisors

    Teachers and advisors offer the first line of support to Pre-K through Grade 12 students.  Our low student-to-teacher ratio allows for differentiated instruction and individualized attention designed to meet the needs of our students. When observations prompting concern related to the academic, social/emotional, or physical well-being of a student occurs, teachers implement different approaches or strategies independently or in collaboration with colleagues and or the student’s family.
  • Director of Student & Instructional Support

    Rachel Shannon is the Director of Student & Instructional Support. She is available to consult with students, faculty, and families. Any temporary or long-standing diagnostic information having an impact on a student’s learning needs to be shared with Ms. Shannon (e.g., a learning disability, or mental or physical health challenge) so that she can in collaboration with teachers determine necessary action plans or strategies to assist the student.
  • Students Support Service Team

    Each division has a Student Support Service team to facilitate comprehensive student support. The Student Support Service team meets weekly to analyze student-centered concerns and ensures that the needs of students are addressed in a timely and meaningful manner, while respecting confidentiality and “need to know” guidelines.

Meet the Team

List of 11 members.

  • Photo of Rachel Shannon

    Rachel Shannon 

    Director of Student and Instructional Support
  • Photo of Beth Brown

    Beth Brown 

    School Nurse
  • Photo of Derek Chimner

    Derek Chimner 

    Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Photo of Matthew Elliott

    Matthew Elliott 

    Director of Safety, Security, and Transportation
  • Photo of Carolina Lanza

    Carolina Lanza 

    LS Learning Specialist
  • Photo of Shannon Rankin

    Shannon Rankin 

    Director of Student Life, Middle & Senior Schools
    412-741-2230 ext. 3074
  • Photo of Sally Weir

    Sally Weir 

    Lower School Reading Specialist
    412-741-2230 x3063
  • Photo of Dorothy Killmeyer

    Dorothy Killmeyer 

    Learning Specialist
  • Photo of Matthew Cragg

    Matthew Cragg 

    School Counselor
  • Photo of Bradleigh Peterkin

    Bradleigh Peterkin 

    Learning Specialist
  • Barbara Ammoura 

    ESL Teaching Tutor