Olney Alumni List
We are very proud of our Olney El. alumni who have succeeded in all walks of life. We always welcome news of the current happening that our alumni wish to share. Please send all news and greetings to Dr. Barsky. We look forward to hearing from you!
Shaquanda Taylor (OES '01) has graduated from Bodine High School and will attend Penn State University where she will major in computer science. We wish her well.
Tamika Stewart (OES '99) is a full time student at Philadelphia Community College majoring in art. Tamika expects to transfer to a four-year institution and major in fashion design. We wish Tamika well in her studies.
Danny Lynch (OES '94) has been teaching in the Magnet Program at Northeast High School. He designed an AP Psychology class, but he plans to focus on the AP Government and AP History classes. It was certainly wonderful to see Danny at the closing /retirement party held by Olney El last June.
Joao Diego (OES '94) is currently studying Elementary Education at Temple University. Joao visited Mrs. Garrett's class (room 301) on Thursday, April 7 to complete a practicum course project. It is a pleasure to host Joao at OES.
Two Olney School graduates visited on Friday, April 1, to share news with their former teachers. Dalin Ploeun (OES' 04) currently attends Olney High School in the Business Program. Uche Azonobi (OES' 04) attends William Penn High School in New Castle, Delaware. Uche is in the Health Academy and participates on the stage crew. We wish both girls success in their studies.
Susan Qui (OES '02) is a junior at the Philadelphia High School for Girls. Susan reports that she is making excellent progress and that she was ranked first in achievement among students in the sophomore class. She plans to attend a highly selective college and major in forensic science. Susan attended Olney Elementary for nine years; she participated in our gifted support program. We are delighted to know about Susan's progress and wish her well.
Howard Robboy, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the College of New Jersey. Howard attended Olney Elementary from 1950-1957. He still has his blue and yellow pennant and says hello to everyone.
Kim Rathseyma reports that she is a sophomore studying Elementary Education at Villanova University. Kim attended Olney Elementary from 1991-1996. She visited our school in February to participate in a practicum observation for one of her university courses. Kim is enrolled in a joint program with Rosemont College and plans to become an elementary school teacher. We were pleased to hear Kim's good news and wish her well. Kim shared fond memories of her teachers including Mrs. Garrett.
Dear Mr. Barsky:
I enjoyed my “visit” to the Olney Elementary web site. I am a graduate of Olney, class of 1961. I attended from K-8, in the days when there was A and B within each grade level. There were two principals during my tenure: Ray Geist and Anna Haas. We attended from 9am until 3:30pm each day with an hour for lunch during which all children went home from noon until 1pm! There was no busing and all children lived within walking distance of the school. (I lived near Mascher and Chew).
Four interesting memories: All the children during recess chasing the coal trucks as they entered the school yard and made deliveries of tons of coal to the school for the winter. In addition, the brand new RCA huge (21”) black and white TV being rolled out by the Principal at a school wide assembly and watching the first launching of an American into space (Alan Shepard, 1961). The entire flight lasting about 15 minutes! Oh, and also (PC for the 50’s) a daily school wide morning assembly during which verses of the Bible were read aloud by faculty! Finally, regular “air raid drills” during which time all students sat in the basement hallways in case of a “real atomic attack by the Russians” !
I attended Olney High, went on to Penn State and received an MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University. I have raised three children in Chester Springs, Chester County and currently am a Regional VP for a proprietary school company.
Continued good luck to you and the staff and faculty of Olney El.