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Brenda Esch Brenda Esch
Head of School
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Brenda received an MS in School Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Religious Studies from Guilford College. In between she completed graduate coursework in Counseling at the Earlham School of Religion and participated in Friends Council on Education's Leadership Institute. Brenda served as Head of School at Greenwood Friends School from 2008-2012 and, prior to that, was a teacher for 13 years. Brenda joined the Friends School of Wilmington community in 2012.

Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith
Lower School Director
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Certified in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Sarah earned an MA in Elementary Education from Lesley University and a BS in Education, Early Childhood, from the University of Georgia. Sarah joined the FSW faculty in 2017 as the Lead Teacher in 1st grade. She moved into her current administrative role in 2020.

Amy McGlinn Amy McGlinn
Interim Middle School Director
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Amy earned her MS in Art Education from the Rochester Institute of Technology and her BS in Interdisciplinary Arts for Children from New York State University. Previously, she taught K–5 Art in Wake County at Olive Chapel Elementary and 2-3 year olds in a Raleigh preschool. Amy joined FSW in 2011. Amy was a member of the Friends Council Leadership Institute's 2017-19 cohort and stepped into this interim role in 2020.

Marla Schoolmeester
Marla Schoolmeester
Business Manager
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Marla joined the FSW Administrative Team in 2018. Marla previously served as Head of Friends School of Charlotte (NC) during which time she and her staff joined FSW for summer training in the Responsive Classroom social curriculum. Marla was also on FSW’s Board of Trustees, serving as Clerk of the Finance Committee.

Tracy Tertzagian
Tracy Tertzagian
Director of Athletics and Enrichment Programs
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Tracy received her Bachelor of Science in Health, Physical Education and Recreation from High Point University. In addition to her experience as a preschool teacher, she has coached youth volleyball, soccer, golf, and basketball teams. Tracy joined the faculty at FSW in 2004.

Cameron Francisco Cameron Francisco
Director of Communications
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Cameron earned an MS in Education and a BA in History from the University of Tennessee. He joined the faculty at FSW in 2003 teaching Middle School Social Studies and joined the Administrative Team in 2012. After serving as the Director of Student and Academic Life, he moved into his current role in 2020.

David Hoolahan
David Hoolahan
Director of Admissions
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David earned a BS in Business Administration from Penn State and a BA from La Roche College in Graphic Design. He moved to Wilmington in 2001 and joined FSW in September 2013 as the Pine Grove Campus Administrative Assistant. In July 2018, David was appointed Director of Admissions.

Lona Popovic
Lona Popovic
Development Associate
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Lona earned a Masters of Arts and Sciences in Museum Studies from NYU in 2010 and a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Illinois in 2002. She joined the Friends School Administrative Team in 2016.

Marianne Nutt
Marianne Nutt
Executive Assistant
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Marianne graduated from Berkley Secretarial School in New Jersey and worked for 20 years in the insurance industry. She moved to Wilmington in1995 and worked for 10 years in an insurance claims office prior to joining the FSW staff in October 2011.

Richard Lawrence
Richard Lawrence
Facilities Manager
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Richard retired after 35 years with the Underwater Archeology Branch of the NC Department of Cultural Resources. He joined the FSW staff in July 2010.