Meet a few of our instructors –
Kathy Wolper has always had a passion for sweets. She has about 30 years of ex- perience teaching children and training adults. She is a PA certified elementary teacher and has a Certified Technical Trainer designation. Kathy decided to combine her love of teaching with her love of baking and candy making and from that, the Kitchen Wizards brand of culinary enrichment programs were born.
Kathy is enthusiastic about cooking, baking, and candy making because she loves working in the kitchen. It gives Kathy a feeling of accomplishment when she pro- duces something tasty, and as Kitchen Wizards, we hope to ignite that love of the culinary arts in our students. Kathy has taken candy making and baking classes at Main Line School Night and The Disney Institute, in order to hone the skills she learned from her mother while she was growing up. Kitchen Wizards hopes to be grooming future baking business owners, or at least people who can pass along these skills to their own children someday.
Joanne has been working as an educator of young children for over 30 years. She received a BS in Home Economics and Nutrition from Immaculata University and did graduate work in Early Childhood Education at Penn State University.
In 1980, she co-founded the Pre-K and Kindergarten program at St.Teresa of Avila School. At that school, Joanne has offered a stellar education to young children in Norristown and Lower Providence until it closed in June 2012. Joanne is thrilled to join the staff of Kitchen Wizards. She is looking forward to working and teaching children of all ages the joy of cooking.
Kathy enjoys learning as much as she does teahcing. After obtaining her Management BS and MS she recently obtained her Family & Consumer Science teaching certification from Immaculata University. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys in Sea Isle, Little League and other sporting events, and of course the kitchen! Her passion for cooking came from her mom who taught her to cook from scratch.
Becca has been working as a French teacher since 2008 . Originally from upstate New York, she received her Bachelor’s degree in French Language and Literature in 2006 and her Master’s in Adolescent Education with a concentration in French Education in 2008, both from the State University of New York College at Oswego. Since then, she has taught middle and high school French in New York, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania.
Becca is currently a middle school French teacher for the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District. In addition to her love for French language and culture (and, of course, food!), Rebecca enjoys cooking and baking for her family and friends, traveling, snowboarding, and spending time with her husband and their pets.
Gina currently works as a substitute teacher in the Colonial School District. Some of her past teaching experiences included first grade in the Norristown Area School District and at Conshohocken Catholic School. Gina graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management then continued on to get her Master’s in Education and PA K-6 teaching certificate from Cabrini College. Baking is one of Gina’s passions. She love to share special treats with her two children and husband. Gina is always being recruited to create special treats for family and friends.
Diane has been a teacher for 25 years. Currently, she is a teacher at Saint Katharine Drexel School in Holland, PA. Besides doing Science labs with her students, she loves experimenting with recipes at home and school. Her Italian born grandmother and mother formed the basis for her love of cooking. She wrote down many of her grandmother’s recipes, since Grandmom didn’t believe in writing them. Unlike her grandmother, Diane’s mom has an eclectic assortment of cookbooks from every country. Diane believes that “cooking is love made visible”.
Anita has been a stay-at-home mother for 20 years. Her four children are ages 20, 17, 15, and 10 years old. She has always enjoyed cooking and baking. Her favorite thing to do is bake!
Anita has a hands-on approach with her children in the kitchen and enjoys how they take pride in their creations. She was recently given her family recipes to the famous Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes. Anita looks forward to recreating these beloved family dishes! Cooking and baking are her passions! Anita is excited to teach Kitchen Wizards and show children how easy the cooking and baking can be!
Mare teaches Kindergarten at Bridgeport Elementary School. She is currently enrolled in a Master’s in Education program with a Reading Specialist Certification at Cabrini College. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from West Chester University in 2010. In her spare time Mare loves to read. She is a big Harry Potter fan.
Mare started cooking in college. Her family would say that the schedule of a teacher has benefited them, because it has given Mare the free time to experiment in the kitchen. Eventually, cooking became her new hobby. Mare loves to try new things with old family recipes when cooking and baking.