Faculty & Administration
Secretary of education for the City of Philadelphia
Community outreach coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania
Interim CEO of a Philadelphia charter high school
Jacqueline Jeffries Barnett
Education is nationally known to be an indicator to the progress of families, communities, cultures and societies. The spark we help to ignite within our students will allow them to rise above challenges, nurturing the gift of self-love and confidence needed during the ever-important years of middle school. They will be propelled into their high school journey ready to show the world the light within them. I am the 5th generation of educators on both sides of my family including college professors. Education has played an important role in my own life as a political science major with a philosophy minor at FISK University, graduating with honors with the intention of attending law school.
The decision to join Serviam Girls Academy was born from a deep desire to make a lasting impact in the lives of young women. I am honored to be a part of this passionate community, working closely with SGA's talented faculty and staff, our supportive parents, and our exceptional students. Together, we will build a legacy of excellence and empower the next generation of female trailblazers, poised to break barriers, shatter glass ceilings, and make a positive impact on the world.
Math and Resource Teacher
When I visited Serviam for the first time I met a student who told me that her goal was to learn as much as humanly possible. At that moment I knew that this was the right place for me. It is so important to give students who want to learn the best opportunity to do just that.
6th - 8th grade ELA and 7th grade Social Studies Teacher
One of my favorite quotes by Winston Churchill is, "success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.” I would love for my students to leave my class with the will to keep growing; to not let success nor failure hinder them as they strive to reach their goals. I love being a part of the Serviam Girls Academy family because I see the essence of that quote embodied by everyone here. The faculty, staff, and student body work hard to find new ways to be successful and courageous every day and it’s truly something special.
With a passion to spiritually mentor others, it is a JOY to serve as the religion/Bible teacher at Serviam Girls Academy. From the first time I interviewed at Serviam it felt like home. My utmost desire is to see these young ladies grow closer to the ONE who loves them most, God.
As soon as I stepped inside Serviam Girls Academy for the first time, I felt like I was home. I felt an immediate connection to Serviam's vision which is "Empowering young women, changing the world." Being given the opportunity to be a part of SGA and the girls' lives, I feel truly blessed and appreciative. I come here every day with the hopes of inspiring the girls, pushing them to be their best selves, and encouraging them to make their own mark in this world.
Physical Education Teacher
I chose to be at Serviam because I wanted to be at a place where I could use my talents and abilities to make a difference in the lives of others. The young women have a special opportunity here and I wanted to be a part of their journey. As their first year full time Physical Education teacher I’m committed to helping them improve their fitness and athletic abilities. I hope they are inspired to find a sport or activity they love doing and make it a part of their lives.
Front Office Coordinator
"Children are our future leaders of tomorrow". At Serviam Girls Academy students receive more than a basic education curriculum. Serviam provides enrichment programs that have become a rare commodity in our educational system. These classes help inspire career choices, teach our students team work, responsibility, respect and build character. At Serviam not only we have a very dedicated staff and faculty but we have built bonds of sisterhood between staff, faculty and students. This is a forever treasure that our students could carry on for a lifetime.
"It takes a village to raise a child." - Jane Cowen-Fletcher
Information Technology, NJIT
Social Media Marketing, University of Delaware
“To whom much is given, much is required" - Luke 12:48
Grauate Support Program Director
Edoukou (eee doo ku) is a licensed social worker who comes to Serviam Girls Academy with a strong passion and commitment in making sure girls and young women receive the resources, opportunities, and support they need to thrive. She has a variety of experiences working with youth in different capacities and is looking forward to supporting the girls of Serviam Girls Academy in pursuing their educational, career, and personal goals. Edoukou is a graduate of Lafayette College, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Women & Gender Studies. She is also a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where she received her Masters in Social Work.
In her free time, Edoukou plays rugby for the Philadelphia Rugby Football Club and enjoys binge watching drama documentaries with her cat, Parsnip. She is also currently training to be a birth and postpartum doula!
Director of Development
Serviam Girls Academy changes the trajectory of a young woman’s life in a positive way and I am thankful to be a part of such a meaningful organization.
Mary Lou McMahon
Volunteer, Development Team
SGA is an exceptional school with dedicated and inspiring teachers and staff with a mission that I truly believe in. I volunteer here to help in any way I can to further the program and goals of the school. For the past 14 years I have seen the program in action, and for the most part, the resulting transition of the students from 5th grade through 8th grade has been outstanding.
BA International Management and Business - Budapest Business School
BA International Marketing - University of Lincoln
I am impressed by Serviam Girls Academy and the quality education it provides to our students. I believe that everyone deserves an equal chance to learn no matter what their background or abilities are. I am passionate about helping others and building a strong foundation for our students. Serviam is a home away from home where girls are thought to believe in themselves and pursue their dreams where only the sky is the limit.
"Be who you needed when you were younger." -- This is a quote that has held such a strong meaning to me for most of my adult life. Being at Serviam allows me to put that quote into action each day. Middle school is a challenging time for young women and I am grateful to be at a place each day that not only values them, but teaches them how to succeed in this ever changing world.
BS & MA from Fordham University
Sr. Mildred Haipt
I choose to volunteer at Serviam because I believe passionately in Serviam's mission and the importance of a solid and challenging education for our girls.
Board of Directors 2023-2024
- Bob Kirkwood, Chair
- Neilli Mullen Walsh, Vice Chair
- Barbra Andrisani, Secretary
- Evelyn Brady
- Shakesha Clarke
- Peter Crivelli
- Joe DeSantis
- Mike Fortunato
- Suken Jogani
- Shaila Kapur
- Nancy Walsh Law
- Monica Taylor Lotty
- Marion Lynch, OSU
- Todd D. Marvin
- Musa Nsereko
- Margaret O'Dwyer
- Lourdes Puig
- Jason Sookhoo
- Missy Veghte
- Shannon Woodloe
- Jacqueline Jeffries Barnett, ex officio
BOARD OF MEMBERS 2023-2024
- Barbra Andrisani, Chair
- Marion Lynch, OSU
- Michelle Hogan
- Meg Kane-Smith
- Joseph Morrissey, OSFS
ADVISORY BOARD 2023-2024
- Stacey Bacchieri
- Karen Buckley
- David Cole
- Cindy Gardner
- Sally Gore
- Michelle Granger
- Martina Hayward
- Cynthia D. Hewitt
- Terri Kelly
- Ellen Kullman
- Rosemary Lassiter
- Cindy Pettinaro-Wilkinson
- Sheridan Quarless-Kingsberry
- Michelle Schwandt
- Jim Roszkowski
- Wendie Stabler