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About the staff

Richard Starr joined the administrative staff to help make the Elijah School vision happen after a successfull sixteen-year career in business. He earned a degree in History from the University of Delaware, but worked for the Fortune 500 before God impressed upon him the need to return to an early desire and pursue a career in education.

He has worked with several non-profit organizations, most notably as President of Freedom Hills Therapuetic Riding Program. Richard is passionate about helping young people acquire the skills and education needed to succeed in an often confusing and decaying culture; “Students today need life skills as much as math skills.”

He attends Moore’s Chapel UMC and lives nearby with his wife, two daughters, two dogs, and four horses. Richard teaches high school foreign language, critical thinking/worldview, geometry, consumer math, literature, and history.  He is also Vice-President of Nicanor Inc., a non-profit feeding the hungry in Cecil County.

Marilyn Groop has spent nineteen years as a home-school mother, teacher, and advocate. She is co-founder of Mt. Sophia Academy in Delaware, a home-school umbrella group which has now graduated ten classes. It was Marilyn’s desire to have a Christ-centered school for non-traditional learners (her own) that sparked the Elijah School to life.

Marilyn has a Bachelor’s from New York University and serves as Director of Development and as President of our Steering Committee. She also teaches pre-algebra and algebra.

Betty Rogers earned a Bachelors degree in Nursing from Immaculata University and worked as a nurse for 30 years at Christiana Care.  She went on many missions and Operation Smile trips around the world. Betty joined Elijah School in 2014 as she felt called to teach our special students.  Betty teaches Literature, Biology, and Bible as Literature.

Evie Cunliffe joined Elijah School first as a mentor and is now our Guidance Counselor.  She completed her undergraduate at Williams College and her graduate work at Liberty University.  Evie is a Licensed Counselor and the principal of Living Water Counseling.  She is responsible for testing new students, measuring progress and student behavior, and for managing the mentor program.  Evie also teaches Social Skills class.  She is always available to parents and students who are struggling, as well as teachers who need some extra help.