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Karen Mason

Karen Mason

Titles: Director of College Counseling
Degrees: M.A., Pennsylvania State University
B.A., Wilkes University
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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. Susan serves as the Head of Osbourn House. She is a member of PACAC and NACAC.

Jonathan Na

Jonathan Na

Titles: Assistant Director of College Counseling, Director of Testing
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Jonathan Na joined the College Counseling team in the 2018-19 school year as the Assistant Director of College Counseling and the Director of Testing. Mr. Na brings an interesting perspective to college counseling with a background as a pastor and youth minister. He is well versed in counseling teens as they grapple with becoming their best selves.

An undergraduate major in music history at Dickinson College where he studied abroad in England for a year, Mr. Na spent the summer prior to joining GA attending intensive college counseling training for new counselors. Charismatic with an infectious enthusiasm for life, a sharp intellect, and well-honed writing talents, Mr. Na is eager to plunge into the GA community in this pivotal role. Mr. Na will also be on the coaching staff of volleyball and serve as an advisor.

Daniel St. Jean

Daniel St. Jean

Titles: English Teacher, Academic Enrichment Teacher, College Counselor
Degrees: B.A., Yale University
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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, Varsity Boys Basketball Coach, College Counseling Athletic Liaison
Degrees: B.A., LaSalle University 1972
M.S., Drexel University 1983
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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.

Daniel Evans

Daniel Evans

Titles: Associate Director of College Counseling
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Dan joined the Germantown Academy College Counseling team in 2020 with 30 years of experience working in college admissions. He has extensive experience working on the East and West Coasts at small liberal arts colleges and a large research university. He has been a senior admissions officer at Elizabethtown College, Lafayette College, the University of Puget Sound (where he served as director), and the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as an admission officer and athletic liaison. He joined the William Penn Charter School in 2004 as the Director of College Counseling and served in that position and as a member of the senior management team for 16 years.

Dan has served as a faculty member of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth College Colloquium and the Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling (PACAC) Summer Institute. He also served as a member of the PACAC Executive Committee. He has been featured in books, newspapers and magazine articles discussing the college application process. He and his wife have three children; two of whom have successfully navigated the college search process and the youngest is a member of the GA Class of 2025.