Meet the faculty & staff at awakening seed school
Kristen Ruiz | P. E., Classroom Substitute
About Kristen: Kristen started at The Seed as our office manager in January 2010. To accommodate her busy life as a mom and student, she made the change to being our in-house classroom substitute. She is excited to start another great year at the Seed. She and her husband have two children: Izak, who is in the 1st/2nd grade class, and Brynlee, who is in the Toddler 2s. Prior to working at the Seed, Kristen was a licensed massage therapist and took one year off to stay home with Izak. She has experience in business management, as well as extensive organizational skills and a passion for disinfecting.
Education: Kristen received her Certificate of Completion in Massage Therapy from Chandler Gilbert Community College in 2008. She is currently working on her undergrad in applied biological sciences and plans to apply to a physician assistant program in the future.
Free time: Kristen loves reading, hiking, camping, and most of all spending as much time with her family as possible.
Jay Cleveland | Music Teacher
About Jay: This is Jay’s eighth 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 tenth year as the Spanish teacher at Awakening Seed. She has two children, one who is a student in the 3rd/4th grade class and one who is a recent Seed graduate!
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.