x = independently organized TED event

This event occurred on
May 21, 2011
9:00am - 5:00pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Jenkintown, PA
United States

The goal of TEDx AFS is to tap into some of the great minds associated with our school and hear what they are passionate about. TED’s tag line - “Ideas Worth Spreading” - provides an inspiring conceptual framework for our own event. What makes TED and TEDx events so compelling and interesting is the passion behind the speakers, the range of presentations and the willingness of the audience to listen and engage.

575 Washington Lane
Jenkintown, PA, 19046
United States
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Joan Saverino

Joan Saverino is an adjunct professor at Arcadia University in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice. She has worked for 30 years in education, museums and as a private consultant. Most recently, she was the Director of Education and Outreach at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania where she was the creator and founding director of PhilaPlace (, a collaborative neighborhood history and culture Web-based project.

Margaret Sayers

Margaret Sayers is a child and adolescent psychologist and an AFS parent. She regularly gives workshops on a variety of parenting topics. "I grew up in North Carolina in a very politically conservative family,” says Margaret. “By the age of eight, my parents had dubbed me a socialist because of my ceaseless questioning of racial and socioeconomic injustices that were evident all around me in the rural community where I was raised. My husband and I, both white, adopted two biracial children. This experience has personalized my experience of racism."

Marianne Mitchell

Marianne Mitchell received her BFA from Washington University in St. Louis. She has studied painting in Japan and China as well as with prominent critics at the Vermont Studio Center. Marianne has exhibited in New York, Washington DC, Santa Monica, San Francisco, and Scotland, and has been represented in Philadelphia by Rosenfeld Gallery for 15 years. She is a guest curator locally and a visiting critic nationally and internationally. Marianne’s work is in numerous public and private collections locally, nationally, and internationally.

Medard Gabel

Medard Gabel is a noted author and speaker who marched with Martin Luther King in Selma, Alabama and worked with Buckminster Fuller for 13 years on Spaceship Earth and World Game endeavors. Medard has been designing, developing and delivering experiential educational programs since 1970. He is currently the CEO of BigPictureSmallWorld and BigPicture Consulting. His latest book is Designing a World That Works for All.

Justin Solonynka

Justin Solonynka has a B.A. in Mathematics from Lehigh University and teaches math at AFS. He is the recipient of several distinguished teaching awards. A professional musician ( who has recorded numerous albums and performed all over the east coast, Justin is also the author of a book of essays, Swine Before Pearls, published by Lehigh University.

Christy Green

Christy Green is a technology teacher at a public school in Medford, NJ. She has conducted many workshops for colleagues about technology and is an advocate for placing more advanced technology in the hands of our students. In 2008 Christy took part in the Google Teacher Academy in New York City.

Catalina Rios

Catalina Rios is the Lower School Spanish Teacher at AFS.

Joel Price

webmaster and information manager at Friends' Central School in Wynnewood, Pa. An unabashed social media nerd, he has spoken to audiences about facebook, twitter and flickr use in education at conferences across the US. He has played mandolin, violin and sung in a folk trio, Ellipsis, since 1998.

Dov Campbell

has worked in the technology field for 20 years and currently serves as a technology integration specialist and educator at Friends' Central School in Wynnewood, Pa. He has presented to US and international audiences about the use of multimedia and web-based tools in education, as well as having served as a learning fellow for Powerful Learning Practices, a professional development that allows educators to learn about 21st century learning and teaching.

Bruce Schmit

Bruce Schmit is a Philadelphia based architect who has worked on five continents in the educational realm. He also has an undergraduate degree in music and was a symphony musician (French horn) for 11 years.

Dave Fry

Dave Fry's work has appeared on PBS-TV nationally, winning best Children’s Programming in PA in 1991 with his RockRoots program. His Play Guitar with Dave Fry, an introduction to acoustic guitar was released on PBS-TV in 2005 and has been broadcast on over 150 stations. His I Like Peanut Butter CD won Best Re-release from the Children’s Music Web in 1999. Dave has been associated with Young Audiences of New Jersey and Eastern PA for many years, and has been named Master Artist by the state of New Jersey and Teaching Artist by the state of Connecticut, as well. Dave also founded and was Artistic Director of Godfrey Daniels, nationally recognized folk club for 25 years.

Jon Watts

Jon Watts ( is a Quaker spoken poet and songwriter. His two Quaker albums, recorded when he was a student at Guilford College and later Pendle Hill, have been shared widely among Friends. Jon tours the East Coast (sometimes on bicycle!) and has shared his music and message with many Friends schools. He is currently recording his third studio album, about Early Quakers and nakedness.

Jule Anne Henstenburg

Jule Anne Henstenburg, MS, RD, CSP, LDN has a BS in Nutrition from Pennsylvania State University, a MS in Nutrition from Cornell University, and is currently a PhD student in Health Policy at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. She has held positions in research, business, health care, and academia and is a Registered Dietitian and Licensed Dietitian-Nutritionist in the State of Pennsylvania. Jule Anne is a co-author of Fit as Family: A Guide to Working Together for Health and Fitness and is currently Director of the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Program at LaSalle University in Philadelphia.

Organizing team


Fort Washington, PA, United States
  • John Rison
  • Anna Stiegel
    Committee Member
  • April Tvarok
    Committee Member / theater tech
  • Deborra Pancoe
    Committee Member
  • Roseanne Sessa
    Committee Member
  • Rosanne Mistretta
    Committee Member
  • Judy Hill
    Committee Member / co organizer
  • Rosanne Mistretta
    Committee Member
  • Hossein Kholghi
    Committee Member
  • Chris Buzby