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Karen Mason

Karen Mason

Titles: Director of College Counseling
Degrees: M.A., Pennsylvania State University 1989
B.A., Wilkes University 1985
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Karen joined Germantown Academy in 2009 after serving as Director of College Guidance at Wyoming Seminary (a national co-ed boarding school in Kingston, PA) for 13 years. Karen also taught English and served as a member of the administrative team at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA, and wrote a monthly column for The Times Leader. She earned her BA in English from Wilkes, and her MA in English Literature from Penn State University. At GA, she hosts an advisory as a member of Alcott Day House. Karen is Past President of the Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling (PACAC) and has presented at conferences held by NACAC, PACAC, and the Middle States Mid-Atlantic Region of the College Board.

Susan Merrill

Susan Merrill

Titles: Associate Director of College Counseling, Head of Osbourn House
Degrees: B.A., Franklin & Marshall College
M.S., University of Pennsylvania
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Susan joined Germantown Academy in 2011 after serving as Director of College Counseling at Delaware Valley Friends School in Paoli, PA for seven years. Susan also taught Science and assisted with college counseling in the gifted program at Spring Ford High School in Royersford, PA. She earned her BA in Biology and Psychology from Franklin and Marshall College and her M.S.Ed from the University of Pennsylvania. She is an academic advisor for Galloway House and an At-Large Delegate to PACAC. She is a member of PACAC and NACAC.

Kendra Grinnage

Kendra Grinnage

Titles: Assistant Director of College Counseling, Diversity and Community Life Coordinator
Degrees: B.A., University of Virginia
M.S.Ed., University of Pennsylvania
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Kendra is a graduate of the University of Virginia who worked most recently at the Oldfields School in Maryland. A History major with a minor in African-American Studies, Ms. Grinnage also is an advisor to Galloway House. She is eager to assist GA students in their journey to finding a great college fit: "Nothing beats the feeling of walking on to a college campus and knowing that you can call that place home."

Daniel St. Jean

Daniel St. Jean

Titles: English Teacher, College Counselor
Degrees: B.A., Yale University
M.A., Middlebury College
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Dan St. Jean has taught at GA since 2010 and joined the college counseling team in 2016. He earned a B.A. in English at Yale University and an M.A. in English at Middlebury College. Before coming to GA, he taught at The White Mountain School in Bethlehem, New Hampshire, where he chaired the English department, led experiential field courses, and served as an advisor and dorm parent. In addition to teaching English 9 and upper-level literature courses, he also coaches Middle School cross country, coordinates the Project HOME tutoring program, and advises juniors and seniors in Osbourn house. He loves his work and is excited to mentor students as they transition from high school to college.

James Fenerty

James Fenerty

Titles: History Teacher, Athletic Liaison for College Counseling
Degrees: M.S., Drexel University
B.A., La Salle College
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Jim came to Germantown Academy in the Fall of 1989 from Bishop Egan High School in Fairless Hills, PA. While at Bishop Egan, Jim served as the Chairman of the History Department, Counselor in the College Guidance Office, as well as the Varsity Basketball Coach. During his tenure at Germantown Academy, he has taught in the Middle School and Upper School History Departments. For the past 20 years, Jim has taught the highly popular Civil Liberties course in the Upper School. In addition to his academic work, Jim has served as an Advisor and Member of the Washington House.

In the early 1990s, Jim assumed the position of the Director of Athletics at Germantown Academy and continued in that role until the end of the 2016-17 academic year. During that time, Jim oversaw 80+ athletic teams while filling over 230 coaching spots each year. As the Varsity Boys Basketball Coach since the 1989-90 season, Jim's teams have won an all-time League Record 17 Championships. In the 2016-17 season, Jim became only the 3rd Boys Basketball Coach in the Philadelphia High School Leagues' history to accrue over 600 victories.

During his coaching tenure at Germantown Academy, Jim has guided over 60 young men as they continued their playing careers in college. Jim assumed the position of Athletic Liaison to the College Counseling Department in the Fall of the 2017-18 school year.

Virginia Allenson

Virginia Allenson

Titles: Assistant to the Director of College Counseling
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Since 1992, Ginny has established herself as a tremendous resource for students and parents as they navigate the college process. She assists in scheduling college visits on the GA campus, compiling college application materials, and formulating information for the school's college guidance information program, Naviance. Ginny holds an Associate's Degree from Wesley College.