The Jefferson School board, faculty continue to grow

September 12, 2018

Since January of this year, The Jefferson School in Georgetown has grown by two board members, two administrative team members and two teachers. TJS welcomed Dr. Krista Griffin and Lesley Eichten to its board of trustees in the spring. 

Griffin, whose son attends TJS, is a chiropractor. Her passion for helping others is what motivates her to create opportunities for people to thrive, and her interest in expanding educational options in Sussex County led her to chair the Medical Campaign Committee for Sussex Academy.  She subsequently created The Lewes Dragon Boat Festival, and comes to the TJS board with valuable experience in organizational management and fundraising. 

Joining the TJS Board as treasurer, Eichten has more than 20 years of experience in small business management and accounting. Eichten, also a TJS parent, has developed relationships with many nonprofit organizations over the years thanks to her dedication to service and community development. She brings a deep understanding of business administration and finance to TJS.  

In a new and evolving position, Beth Toney joined the TJS administrative team in January as the director of curriculum and instruction. Toney will assist the head of school in internal and external matters to enhance overall educational quality related to curriculum, guidelines and standards and faculty professional development. 

Jessica Gordon arrived at The Jefferson School in July as the school’s first director of communications and development (and new TJS parent). With experience in fundraising for local nonprofits and writing for various local publications, Gordon’s focus will be on sharing the TJS story and helping to expand the school’s reach.

In August, Nicole Cocciolone and Nancy Curry joined the teaching staff of TJS. 

Cocciolone has taught for more than 15 years, and will teach third and fourth grade math and science at TJS. She focuses on project-based learning and creating nature-centered, hands-on experiences for her students, often blending traditional approaches with real-life experiences.

With nearly 10 years of experience in both music and theater, Curry will serve as the school’s performing arts teacher, teaching all grade levels. She is currently the director of Makin’ Music Delaware, is an instructor with Clear Space Theatre and works in after school programs.

“We are thrilled to welcome so many talented and enthusiastic community members to The Jefferson School,” says Connie Hendricks, head of school at TJS. “We feel very fortunate to have such an experienced board and staff, and we look forward to the continued growth of TJS with new partners on board.”

Founded in 1991, The Jefferson School is a private, independent day school in Georgetown, serving children in junior kindergarten through eighth grade. With a focus on experiential learning, TJS uses its 43-acre campus to create hands-on activities and unique educational opportunities. Small class sizes allow for more teacher-student interaction, reinforcing its values of curiosity, collaboration and creativity. For more information, visit or call 302-856-3300.