Meet the faculty & staff at awakening seed school
Courtney Calhoun | PE Teacher
About Courtney: Courtney is in her second year of teaching P.E. at the Seed. She is also a Seed parent with a son in the Preschool 4s class. Courtney was a former gymnast and volleyball player and has coached various sports throughout her life. She loves to be energetic and fun while teaching children how to be active and healthy. She’s originally from the Chicago area and a huge Chicago sports fan.
Education: Courtney graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s in family & human development with an emphasis on child life. She has worked in the non-profit sector in the community and in social services with youth and families. She is currently pursuing a masters in science of healthcare delivery from University of Arizona.
Free time: In her free time, she enjoys reading, play dates, watching and playing sports (football and gymnastics especially), time with friends and family, and eating delicious new foods (particularly sushi). Family time consists of the family dog, 3.5-year-old son Connor, and husband Shawn.
Jay Cleveland | Music Teacher
About Jay: This is Jay’s eleventh year teaching music at the Seed. 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.
Education: Jay 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.
Free time: When he isn’t working, Jay enjoys reading and spending time with his family, including his wife, Christine, and kids, Emily and Jack. Outside of the classroom, he teaches guitar and other music lessons.
Diane Hughes | Spanish Teacher
About Diane: Diane is returning for her thirteenth year as the Spanish teacher at Awakening Seed. She has two children who are both Seed graduates!
Education: Diane has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and Spanish, a minor in Latin-American studies and a post-baccalaureate certificate in elementary education, all from ASU.
Free time: When she isn’t at school, Diane enjoys spending time with her family.