Phone: 610-284-7992


Degrees and Certifications:

*Bachelors Degree in Liberal Arts *Masters Degree in Early Elementary Education Pre-K - 4th Grade & Special Education Pre-K - 12th Grade *Autism Endorsement Certificate Pre-K - 12th Grade

Ms. Dawn Zirpoli


My name is Dawn Zirpoli and this is my first year teaching in the Upper Darby School District. Before coming to UDSD I spent 12 years in the Garnet Valley School District at the High School. For the majority of that time I was a classroom paraprofessional in their Life Skills and Autistic Support Classrooms. My last year there I taught in their Extended School Year Program, in the summer of 2016 and 2017, and fulfilled two long-term substitute teaching positions in the Autistic Support Classroom. In March of 2017 I also fulfilled a three month long-term substitute position in the Interboro School District, at Glenolden Elementary School, in the 1st and 2nd grade Emotional Support Classroom. 

I have always wanted to be a teacher and in 2006 I began my journey into making my dream become a reality. I began taking classes at DCCC and shortly after transferred to Neumann University. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Education from Neumann University in May of 2013. I continued on at Neumann University and received my Master's Degree, in December of 2015, in Early Elementary Education Pre-K thru 4th grade and Special Education Pre-K thru 8th grade. I also received an Autism Endorsement Certificate Pre-K thru 12th grade. 

I am very thankful for the opportunity to work in a school district that embraces diversity throughout their schools as well as the community. My goal is to always provide a safe and welcoming environment that is conducive to learning; where all children can come to school and feel accepted.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Dawn Zirpoli

Learning Support Teacher

Kindergarten Center