Diane is returning for her eighth 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.
P. E. Teacher
Lanita Ugstad is our P. E. teacher. She is a native of Tucson and is a certified yoga teacher with experience teaching children of all ages. Lanita has worked in a preschool, studied child development at the college level and has plans to enroll in courses at Scottsdale Community College. When she is not teaching P. E. at the Seed, she teaches yoga in various other settings, is a doula, a mom and a yoga teaching mentor. Prior to teaching yoga full time, Lanita had a career in business. She looks forward to offering the children at the Seed a balance of physical education experiences, including yoga.
This is Jay’s sixth 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.