Meet the faculty & staff at awakening seed school
Jay Cleveland | Music Teacher
About Jay: This is Jay’s seventh year teaching music at the Seed. Jay hopes to share with students his knowledge of music, as well as his love of music and guide them in their use of music in their everyday lives.
Education: Jay graduated from Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri, with degrees in music therapy and music education in 1992. Jay completed his music therapy internship at the Children’s Center for Neurodevelopmental Studies, a school for children with autism and other spectrum disorders.
Free time: When he isn’t working, Jay enjoys reading and spending time with his family, including his wife Christine and kids Emily and Jack. Outside of the classroom, he teaches guitar and other music lessons.
Mahaliyah Grace | PE Teacher
About Mahaliyah: Aloha from Mahaliyah! A traveler at her core, Mahaliyah has immersed herself in living locally in several areas of this world outside the mainland U.S. for brief stints, including Hawaii, Italy, Spain, Egypt, Japan, Indonesia, and Nicaragua. She has felt a magnetic pull to wee ones throughout her entire life and was blessed with the opportunity to start facilitating yoga with Kinder-5th graders in the Chandler public school district last year. She immediately fell in love with it! She is always an advocate for healthy, active living and feels very much in alignment with facilitating physical activity and mindfulness practices for our youth. She discovered the Seed when researching alternative schools for her two-year-old daughter, Immorah, and fell in love with the Seed’s unique way of integrating diverse co-existence while cultivating individual gifts, as well as the foundational reverence for Mother Earth. She is deeply honored to be working and playing with these Awakening Seedlings.
Education: Mahaliyah has completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s of business administration focused in management, a 200-hour yoga teacher training certification and several leadership and communication trainings.
Free time: Mahaliyah’s passions include conscious activism for social justice, new paradigm parenting and distinguishing rites of passage in the cauldron of American culture.
Diane Hughes | Spanish Teacher
About Diane: Diane is returning for her ninth year as the Spanish teacher at Awakening Seed. She has two children who are students at the Seed.
Education: Diane has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and Spanish, a minor in Latin-American studies and a post-baccalaureate certificate in elementary education, all from ASU.
Free time: When she isn’t at school, Diane enjoys working with fibers, reading Spanish literature, practicing yoga and spending time with her family.