CFS Welcomes New Administrators and STEAM Chair

Church Farm School, a private college prep boarding and day high school for boys in grades 9-12 located in Exton, welcomes new faculty members Brandon Herbert, Director of Enrollment; Suni K. Blackwell, Director of Athletics; and David Johnson, STEAM Chair and Instructor.
Brandon Herbert joins the Church Farm School administrative team as the Director of Enrollment. In this role, he will recruit high-achieving young men entering grades 9-12 to the school’s college preparatory boarding and day programs. Prior to Church Farm School, Brandon was the Director of Admission and Financial Aid at Girard College in Philadelphia, as well as the Director of the D.R.E.E.A.M.S (Diversity, Resilience, English, Engineering, Arts Math and Science) Program for rising sixth through ninth grade students at Girard College and The Philadelphia School. “Church Farm has an incredible mission that supports the holistic growth of young men within a diverse learning environment. My own educational experience aligns directly with the mission, and I see myself in the young men that CFS serves. My family and I are eager to join the CFS community and look forward to getting to know the staff, teachers, students and their families,” says Brandon.
Also joining Church Farm School’s administrative team is Suni K. Blackwell. As the Director of Athletics, Suni will run the school’s vibrant athletics program, which offers 24 teams for 11 sports. Suni comes to Church Farm School with vast experience; he was the Director of Athletics for Cheltenham School District and Delaware County Community College, and the founding Director of Athletics at Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School. “I am humbled and honored for this opportunity to join the Church Farm family and lead its athletics programs. Together, we will provide our student-athletes with the highest quality academic, athletic and social experiences. Our athletic programs will be a tool used to teach life lessons and develop the whole student in and out of the classroom. The Church Farm School athletics programs will continue to grow and represent the school's core values of respect, responsibility, integrity and brotherhood,” says Suni.
Finally, David Johnson is the new Chair of Church Farm School’s STEAM Program. In this role, David will build upon the school’s robust STEAM curriculum to create an engaging learning environment for students that bridges the science, math, engineering, arts and math disciplines. David has taught science at The Wyndcroft School, Montgomery County Community College and the Chester County Intermediate Unit. “Church Farm School has been very welcoming to me and supportive of inquiry-based instruction. The community has immense capacity for innovative research and design along with a deeply devoted faculty. I am excited for the upcoming school year.”
Brandon, Suni and David will join the Church Farm School community in July, along with Margaret van Steenwyk, who was selected in April to replace departing Assistant Head of School/Director of Academic Affairs Christopher Seeley. Margaret comes to Church Farm School from The Shipley School.
Says Head of School Ned Sherrill, “We are pleased and excited to welcome Brandon, Suni, David and Margaret to the Church Farm School community, where they will quickly add their vast experience and expertise to our mission of providing an exemplary college preparatory education to high-achieving young men from around Chester County and the world.”
The Church Farm School is an independent boarding and day school for boys in grades 9-12 located in Exton, PA. Founded in 1918 to provide an excellent education to young men from limited means, Church Farm School now serves boys from a range of socio-economic circumstances who are seeking an extraordinary educational opportunity. The school offers a challenging college preparatory curriculum and an exceptional level of personal attention, with class sizes averaging between just 7 and 12 students.