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.

Jenn Taylor

PE Teacher

Jenn joined the staff at the Seed in 1998 as PE specialist and worked in a variety of positions in addition to PE right up until her youngest son was born in 2003. Following his arrival,  Jenn took a break from Seed employment and enjoyed adventures with her family, first living in The Netherlands and then St. Louis, Missouri.  The return to Arizona and to the Seed in 2011 was a most welcome homecoming.  She spent four years in the Toddler 1s classroom (three as lead teacher) and is super excited to be teaching PE once again. Jenn holds a BA in Early Childhood Education, and has 33 years of teaching experience. She is married and has three children (all former Seeds).  She loves to read, write, sing, take photographs, hang with her family and snuggle with her dog.

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.