Meet the faculty & staff at awakening seed school
Danielle Dueppen | Executive Director
About Danielle: This is Danielle’s fourth year in administration at the Seed and her first 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 marathoning and 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 the school ever since. Mary has taught preschool through 5th grade, and is now the founding director.
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 (especially her husband Bill), gardening, writing poetry, creating art, and practicing yoga. Keep up to date on Mary’s thoughts by reading her blog posts.
Bill Glover | Business and Facility Manager
About Bill: Bill is the business and facility manager. He has a strong background in business and management, and has operated his own business for over 40 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’s been handling the finances and maintenance ever since. Bill has played a significant part in the Seed’s growth and expansion, and daily 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, as well as his two daughters and wife Mary.
Debbie Moody | Office Manager
Sarah Balluff | Accounts Receivable
About Sarah: Sarah has been a part of Awakening Seed since the start. She attended the Seed through 5th grade. Sarah inspired Awakening Seed to open up enrollment to toddlers and helped shape the program it is today. Four years ago, Sarah “retired” from teaching to further her education. She works part-time as the accounts receivable 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.
Free time: Sarah lives in Ahwatukee with her husband and two daughters, ages 19 and 17.
Priscilla Bendorovicz | After School Director
About Priscilla: Priscilla is a native Arizonan. She is an artist, specializing in portrait painting as well as still-life. Priscilla loves creating art with the kids. It brings her joy to watch them play and share her art expertise with them through projects. Priscilla has worked in the after-school program, assisted in numerous classes, served as a lead teacher in the Seed’s summer art camp, and this year begins her second year as the after school director.
Education: Priscilla has an associate’s degree in fine arts from Mesa Community College and a bachelor’s degree in art education from Arizona State University.
Free time: In her free time she likes to bake, garden, go to movies and travel. Her future plans are to teach secondary art and/or teach privately.