Meet The Team


  Team Member:  Joel DiBartolomeo

  Role:  Assistant Superintendent

  Years in Education:  27



Experience:  Joel is a graduate of Marple Newtown High School. He is a  former accountant turned secondary math teacher. His teaching career  began in southwest Philadelphia and took him to Haverford Township  where he remained for 21 years. He served as the middle school athletic director, an assistant principal, and then for eleven years served as an elementary school principal. Joel is eager to give back to the community and profession that proved to be the catalyst to his adolescent growth. He is an avid reader of literature, non-fiction, and philosophy. Joel and his wife, Sharon, of 21-years live in Narberth with their three teenage boys and dog, Hugo. You can find him in his leisure moments walking with his dog in the Wissahickon, knocking the keys on the piano, or with a pen in hand writing. To help relieve stress, he bikes, swims, and studies martial arts. Among his greatest joys are spending time with his family and watching his boys play lacrosse or football. 



  Team Member:  Sheila Amodei

  Role:  Supervisor of Teaching and Learning: STEM

  Years in Education:  32



Experience:  Sheila is a former elementary and middle school STEM and Computer  Science teacher, athletic coach, robotics coach, and curriculum developer in the   Great Valley School District.  Prior to coming to Marple Newtown School District in   the Fall of 2022, Sheila served as an Assistant Principal and Principal in the Owen J.  Roberts School District. She is passionate about working as a team to provide opportunities for students to learn and grow in their skills and knowledge within the fields of STEM. Outside of work, Sheila resides in West Chester where she enjoys spending time with her husband, children, and the family’s dogs, reading, exercising, and going to the beach.




  Team Member:  Brooke Tocci

  Role:  Supervisor of Teaching and Learning

  Years in Education:  22




Experience: Brooke is a passionate educator who served as an Elementary Teacher in both the Cherry Hill Public School District and at The Haverford School. Upon leaving the classroom to pursue her love of literacy, she worked as  a K-12   Literacy Consultant in the Greater Philadelphia Area and as an Early literacy   Specialist with Children’s Literacy Initiative. Most recently, Brooke served as an Assistant Principal in the School District of Philadelphia. Brooke resides in Malvern and enjoys spending time with her husband, their two boys, and their two Labradoodles.



  Team Member:  Lisa Kelly

  Role: Supervisor of Teaching and Learning

  Years in Education: 16



Experience:  Lisa is an educational leader who is passionate about  mentoring teachers and instilling a love of learning in students.  She is a  former English and reading teacher who spent most of her teaching  career in Philadelphia.  Before becoming an administrator, Lisa spent  time working for the Delaware County Intermediate Unit as an instructional coach and mentor.  Most recently, Lisa served as an Assistant Principal in the Wissahickon School District, where she had the pleasure of supervising teachers, overseeing summer programing, and working with a variety of community partners.  Lisa resides in Montgomery County and enjoys spending time outside with her husband and two children.  



  Team Member: Jessica Mattei  

  Role: Supervisor of Teaching & Learning

  Years in Education: 16



Experience: Jessica comes to Marple Newtown with a range of experience.   She started her career as a middle school math teacher and then transitioned   to teaching elementary school in the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District.   There, she supported and led several curriculum committees and developed a deep commitment to teaching and learning.  During the summer of 2021, Jessica was hired by best-selling author Julie Stern to coach teachers all over the world in curriculum design focused on conceptual understanding and transfer.  Most recently, Jessica served as a K-12 STEM Instructional Coach in the Perkiomen Valley School District, where she also had the opportunity to teach high school Algebra 1 and Statistics.  She is most passionate about improving mathematics instruction and creating equitable opportunities for students in the STEM fields.  Outside of work, Jessica resides in West Chester where she lives with her husband, three boys, and Beagle-Bulldog Georgia.  She enjoys cooking, baking, and doing anything that fuels her drive to be creative and connected to people.



  Team Member:  Dawn Ulshafer

  Role:  Teaching and Learning Secretary






Experience: Dawn graduated from Upper Darby High School and  started  her career as a Bank Teller. Dawn moved her way up the   corporate  ladder and was promoted to Senior Administrative Assistant with Sovereign National Bank in the Human Resources department.  While working at Sovereign National Bank, she continued her education at Rosemont College studying HR Management. Dawn also comes to us   from Wyeth Pharmaceuticals as the HR Senior Administrative Assistant as well as GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals. Dawn loves her family, painting, writing, the beach and going for walks to explore nature.  Dawn   is coming to us most recently from the important role of childcare       provider and parent for her children, (Sabrina, Zack, and Zayden) who are   students in MNSD. Dawn is excited to assist the Teaching and Learning Team and MNSD in any way she can!