"As a Nurse we have the opportunity to heal the mind, soul, heart, and body of our patients, their families, and ourselves. They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you never made them feel."
- Maya Angelou

Welcome to Health Services!

The National Association of School Nurses defines school nursing as a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well being, academic success, and life-long achievement of students. The Nursing Offices at State Road and Kemblesville are staffed by Registered Nurses during all student school days. Our nurses provide first aid to sick or injured students and administer prescribed medications. Health counseling and health education are available to all students.

We are here to offer our students a safe, caring environment to come to in sickness and in health, to discuss any and all health concerns and to keep our students in school and learning!

Many parents do not understand our request for a doctor’s order to administer medications to their child. The following is an excerpt from the March 30, 2010 “Guidelines for Pennsylvania Schools for the Administration of Medications and Emergency Care” from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

“…A prescription provides instruction to the pharmacist for dispensing the medications, while a medication order provides instruction to the nurse for administration of the medication. Medication orders are required for both prescription as well as over the counter medications and herbal remedies.”

As stated above, the paper prescription you receive from your child’s doctor is actually a document for the pharmacist to use to dispense the medication and includes instructions on how and when to take the medicine. It is not the document required by state law and by the nursing office to give the medication to your child. No medications will be administered without a doctor’s order. There will be no exceptions to this state law.

To reach the Nursing Office

State Road campus (3rd-12th grades) 
please call 484-667-5000 and select 2 

Kemblesville Early Learning Center (K-2nd)
please call 610-255-5325, extension 203

Our AGCS Nurses

Holly Verderame, RN, BSN, CSN 

Nursing Department Team Lead

State Road campus: hverderame@agcharter.org
Nurse Holly resides in Oxford, PA with her husband and two children. Holly is an honors graduate of Delaware Technical College's Associate Degree Nursing program and received her BSN from Chamberlain College of Nursing. Holly received her Certification in School Nursing from Eastern Mennonite University.  Holly's nursing background includes addictions/psychiatric, medical/surgical, education, and pediatrics.

Cindy Avery, RN, BSN, CSN, NCSN

State Road campus: cavery@agcharter.org 

Nurse Cindy and her family reside in Kennett Square.  Cindy obtained her BSN degree from West Chester University, then received her Certification in School Nursing from Immaculata University.  She is a Nationally Certified School Nurse as well.  Her background includes addiction/psychiatric, public health, and special education school nursing.  Her son attends AGCS. 

Samantha Miller-Hall, RN, MSN, NCSN 

Early Learning Center: smillerhall@agcharter.org

Nurse Samantha resides in Landenberg, PA and has two children at AGCS. She graduated from York College with BS and then obtained her BSN and MSN from University of Delaware, with a concentration in pediatric nursing. Samantha has been a school nurse for seven years and is a Nationally Certified school nurse.  She has a background in pediatrics and medical/surgical nursing.