Diane Hughes

Spanish Teacher

Diane is returning for her ninth 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. 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 seventh 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. 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, and kids, Emily and Jack.

Mahaliyah Grace

PE Teacher

IMG_7310Aloha ~ Mahaliyah here! A traveler at my core, I have immersed myself 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. I have completed a BA in psychology, an MBA focused in management, a 200-hour yoga TT certification, as well as several leadership and communication trainings. I have felt a magnetic pull to wee ones throughout my entire life and was blessed with the opportunity to start facilitating yoga with Kinder-5th graders in the Chandler public school district last year. I immediately fell in love with it! I am always an advocate for healthy, active living and feel very much in alignment with facilitating physical activity and mindfulness practices for our youth. I discovered the Seed when researching alternative schools for my 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. My passions include conscious activism for social justice, new paradigm parenting, and distinguishing rites of passage in the cauldron of American culture. I am deeply honored to be working and playing with these awakening seedlings.