Meet the faculty & staff at awakening seed school
Danielle Dueppen | Executive Director
About Danielle: This is Danielle’s tenth year in administration at the Seed and her seventh as executive director. Prior to being part of administration, she was an assistant in the Toddler 1s and PreK, the lead teacher in the Preschool 2.5/3s, and the lead in the 3rd/4th grade class. She is thrilled to be part of a school where children learn rich academic content as well as how to be compassionate citizens of the world.
Education: Originally from Pittsburgh, Danielle graduated from Allegheny College with a degree in psychology and elementary education. Danielle finished her master’s degree in educational leadership through Northern Arizona State University in May 2013. She is a certified principal and holds a K-8 teaching certificate with an endorsement in early childhood education.
Free time: Danielle’s husband, Eric, is a school district administrator, and they have two children, Madeleine and Connor. Outside of school, Danielle enjoys staying active with her family.
Mary Glover | Founding Director/Co-founder
About Mary: Mary is the founding director of Awakening Seed School. She and Anne Sager established the school in 1977 when Mary’s two daughters, Sarah and Astraea, were young, and she has been teaching and directing at the school ever since. Mary has taught preschool through 5th grade, and is now the founding director. All five of her grandchildren attended the Seed, and her great-granddaughter is now a student in the Preschool 4s class.
Education: Mary has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with an emphasis on early childhood education, and a master’s degree in elementary education from ASU. She is also a certified yoga instructor. Mary has published numerous articles and books, including Making School by Hand, A Garden of Poets, and Surprising Destinations.
Free time: Outside of school, Mary enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, writing poetry, reading, creating art, and practicing yoga. Keep up to date on Mary’s thoughts by reading her blog posts.
Debbie Moody | Office Manager
Sarah Balluff | Accounts Manager
About Sarah: Sarah has been a part of Awakening Seed since the start, and attended the Seed through 5th grade. Sarah inspired Awakening Seed to open up enrollment to toddlers and helped shape the program it is today. Ten years ago, Sarah “retired” from teaching to further her education. She works as the school’s accounts manager while continuing with her other life goals. Sarah is familiar with many aspects of the day-to-day events of Awakening Seed and is always happy and willing to answer questions or make you feel at home.
Education: Sarah is an Awakening Seed Alum as well as a graduate of Tempe High School. She went on to receive her CDA from Central Arizona College, with a focus on Infant/Toddler Development. She loves learning, and has continued her education by enrolling in courses at MCC, such as Ceramics, Biology and Mathematics.
Free time: Sarah quilts, crafts, and creates. She and her husband enjoy traveling, off-roading and being outdoors. They live in Mesa with their granddaughter, Ellie.
Bill Glover | Maintenance Support
About Bill: Bill has a strong background in business and management, and has operated his own business for over 50 years. Among his many positions, Bill was the Arizona logistics coordinator for Hands Across America. Prior to becoming the business and facilities manager at the Seed, Bill was in the construction business and took the position at the Seed “for a couple of weeks until we found someone” in 1986. He handled the finances and maintenance until a few years ago when he retired from the business manager part of his job. He currently supports the school through a variety of maintenance tasks. Bill has played a significant part in the Seed’s growth and expansion, and continues to see that the Seed is a safe and inviting place for the children and staff. He enjoys helping out with projects that make learning fun and exciting for the students and teachers.
Free time: Bill loves spending time with his four granddaughters and grandson, great-granddaughter, and his two daughters, and wife, Mary.