The Phelps School Faculty & Staff
and Community Life
Margie Abraham joined the Phelps faculty in 2001 and served as an instructor in the Academic Support Program for nine years. She returned in 2016 to rejoin the ASP and residential life staffs and to take on duties now as Director of Weekend Activities and Community Life. She is certified as a WILSON Instructor and brings a great deal of enthusiasm to her classes in wide-ranging subject areas. When she’s not on duty at Phelps, Margie enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.
Dennis Birtch is our Director of Residential Life, as well as the Head of Campus Safety and Security. He has been involved with independent school education for over 15 years. As a US Army veteran, he brings a leadership style that students appreciate and often emulate. At Lycoming College, he was part of a National Championship wrestling program. Later, he earned a degree in Educational Psychology at Temple University. He has two daughters, Amelia (13) and Sabrena (12). Fun facts: Dennis owns 278 audiobooks on Audible where he has racked up 3 Months 15 Days 16 Hours and 23 Minutes of listening time. Hidden Brain on NPR is his favorite podcast, GamerTag: Irishguard77. Dennis is a practicing omnist and he is at home in the kitchen. Most importantly, Dennis believes in the Oxford Comma. He is also a Hilltop Dorm Parent.
Tom Corcoran is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and holds a J.D. from Widener University Commonwealth Law School. He worked as a political operative and campaign manager and enjoyed duties as a rowing coach before joining the staff at the Agnes Irwin School. There, he handled administrative functions for the Middle School and filled roles to support student life. He came to Phelps to serve as Executive Assistant to the Head of School. He then transitioned in to the role of Admissions Associate, before taking on his current role of Registrar and Director of College Counseling.
Dr. Lou Giangiulio
Dr. Lou Giangiulio is in his tenth year as school physician. He’s a graduate of the Jefferson Medical College (now Sidney Kimmel Medical College) in Philadelphia and is a US Army veteran who served for six years as an Army pediatrician, including three years at the United States Military Academy (West Point) and a ten-month deployment in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (2003-04). “Doc G” enjoys jogging, biking, and the ultimate test of coordination: playing the accordion. In 2010 he founded a solo practice, Sugartown Pediatrics, LLC, and in each of the past three years he’s been named a Top Doctor for Pediatrics in Philadelphia Magazine.
Spencer Latran is a graduate of Loyola University Maryland, where he was a Dean’s List student involved in a wide variety of co-curricular and service programs, including his role as manager of the varsity basketball team. He has served previously as an advisor, tutor, and teacher of religion, social studies, learning skills, and P.E. to middle school students. He also directed a chess club and coached cross country, basketball, and intramurals. At Phelps, he enjoys social studies and math classes, helps students improve their study skills, serves as a Gains Hall dorm parent, and coaches cross-country, basketball, and lacrosse.
Founders Dorm Parent
Mike Mansi is in his thirteenth school year at Phelps, his sixteenth overall in education. He received his B.A. in English from Haverford College and his M.A. in English from West Chester University. At Phelps, Mike is our Language Arts Department Chair, teaching a variety of English classes from middle school to AP Literature and Composition. He’s the Head Dorm Parent in Founders and coaches varsity basketball and baseball. He’s an avid Philadelphia sports fan and has a special place in his heart for Boise State Football. Mike spends his summers on the Outer Banks of North Carolina cooking at a seafood restaurant. He is very close to his parents, sister, and nephews who all live locally and can be spotted at various Phelps sporting events.
Mr. Charles A. “Tony” McGeorge is the Head of School at Phelps.
Mr. McGeorge brings distinguished professional experience in the business, non-profit and academic sectors. He was the co-founder and past president of Mustang Scholars’ Foundation, Inc., which provided college scholarships to underprivileged young men and women of promise.
Prior to Phelps, Mr. McGeorge was president of both the Missouri Military Academy (MMA) in Mexico Missouri and Valley Forge Military Academy and College (VFMAC) in Wayne, Pennsylvania. He is a former president of the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States and served on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools. In 2015 Mr. McGeorge was selected as a National Association of Boarding Schools Initiative Top 100 school Heads.
Mr. McGeorge began his business career at Johnson & Johnson. During his tenure there, he helped found two operating companies: McNeil Consumer Products Company (Tylenol) and Johnson & Johnson Health Management, Inc. He was selected as one of the national spokespersons for Johnson & Johnson during the Tylenol poisoning crisis that made business history and became a Harvard Business School case study.
His academic background includes a B.A. in Sino-Soviet History from Boston University and a M.S. in the Dynamics of Organizations from the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a certificate In School Management and Leadership from Harvard Business School/ Harvard Graduate School of Education and two certificates from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business: one in Advanced Management and another in Educational Leadership.
Mr. McGeorge taught at St. Joseph’s University in the Graduate School of Business and was selected to create their Capstone for the Pharmaceutical MBA. He also taught Strategic Management and Organizational Theory at Eastern University. He has been a Guest Lecturer at Immaculata University, University of the Sciences Philadelphia, and Ursinus College.
A poet and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Iris N. Spencer Poetry awards at Westchester University Poetry Center, Mr. McGeorge is a recipient of the McKesson Foundation’s Neil Harlan Award, PECO’s “Hometown Hero” and a Ronald Reagan Gold Medal recipient and Honorary Chairman Business Advisory Council and has been awarded The Order of St. George Knight Commander and the title President Emeritus at Missouri Military Academy.
Sharon Presta, M.Ed.
Ms. Presta is a Certified Secondary School Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology as well as a Master of Education from West Chester University. Ms. Presta continues to seek opportunities to advance in the field of counseling through additional graduate level coursework and her current pursuit of state counseling licensure. She strives to develop a strong rapport with students through culturally sensitive advising and counseling. Her non judgemental and caring approach seeks to see each individual with unconditional positive regard and acceptance. Her areas of interest include career guidance, relationship development, Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, crisis and grief counseling.
At Phelps, the school counselor is responsible for a comprehensive program which seeks to promote overall student wellbeing, provides preventative services, and responds to students’ emotional, psychological, academic, and social needs. Ms. Presta works in collaboration with the faculty, administration, staff and parents on identification and intervention strategies to assist students with their social and emotional needs. Primary roles include serving as a resource for teachers, parents and administration,developing action plans to support students in need, advising students on good decision-making during times of stress and transition, administration of standardized testing and individual/group counseling services which can assist in a positive way toward overall school performance.
Ms. Presta is available to discuss your concerns and to work together with you to provide the best possible social and emotional support here at Phelps for your student. Please reach out to learn more about this valuable school counseling resource at 610-644-1754 x1101.
Dr. Caroline Whitbeck, our Director of Admissions, is an alumna of both single-sex and boarding schools. She holds degrees from Harvard University (A.B., Classics, summa cum laude ), Brown University (M.F.A., Literary Arts), and the University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D., Comparative Literature). Caroline has presented scholarly research and had her own book of poetry published during her years as a lecturer at Brown, Penn, and Rowan University in their creative writing, critical writing, and comparative literature programs.