Diane Hughes

Spanish Teacher

Diane is returning for her seventh year as the Spanish teacher at Awakening Seed. She has a B.A. in Fine Arts and Spanish, a minor in Latin-American Studies and a Post-Baccalaureate certificate in Elementary Education, all from ASU. Her goal this year is to teach Spanish in a meaningful way by fostering a school-home connection. She has two children who are students at the Seed. When she isn’t at school, Diane enjoys working with fibers, reading Spanish literature, practicing yoga and spending time with her family.

Jay Cleveland

Music Teacher

This is Jay’s fifth year teaching music at the Seed. He 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. Jay provides music therapy services in the in-home setting, as well as in the classroom as an independent contractor. Outside of the classroom, he teaches guitar and other music lessons.  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. When he isn’t working, Jay enjoys reading and spending time with his family, including his wife Christine, daughters, son and grandson.

Anna Blocher-Rubin

P. E. Teacher

This is Anna’s fourth year teaching at the Seed. She began in 2008 as the P.E. teacher, when her own children attended the Seed.  She graduated from ASU in 2004, taught  special education in public and charter schools, then completed a Masters in Education at Grand Canyon University with an emphasis in Curriculum and Technology in 2009.  Anna completed a yoga teaching program at the 200-hour level through Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in 2007. Currently she is continuing her yoga training at Desert Song Healing Arts Center, through a 300-hour program, which will bring her to a master’s level of yoga, with an emphasis on yoga therapeutic techniques for children. She teaches yoga in other private schools that service children with special needs, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, The Children’s Museum of Phoenix, at a community college. Anna loves spending time with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs.