Meet the faculty & staff at awakening seed school

Who Will Teach My Child?

Awakening Seed teachers are experienced, highly trained education professionals who care about the well-being of future generations. They’re compassionate educators striving in a spirit of cooperation to perfect their craft and bring excellence to all learning experiences.

University professors select Awakening Seed as an observation site because of the school’s unique teaching and learning approach. Awakening Seed is the choice of many Arizona State University, Rio Salado College, and South Mountain Community College students for internships or their student teaching experience.


Administration

Danielle Dueppen
Executive Director
Mary Glover
Founding Director/Co-founder
Bill Glover
Business and Facilities Manager
Debbie Moody
Office Manager
Sarah Balluff
Accounts Manager
Darlene Cardon
Office Support Staff

Lead Teachers

Ashley Ruiz
Toddler 1s Co-lead Teacher, After School
Emily Cleveland
Toddler 1s Co-lead Teacher, After School
Missy Green
Toddler 2s Lead Teacher
Bianca Lopez
Early 3s Lead Teacher
Lisa Jennings
Preschool 3s Lead Teacher
Deb Hopkins
Preschool 4s Lead Teacher
Mindy Bender-Webster
PreK Lead Teacher
Kerri Tornow
K-1 Lead Teacher
Gabbi Horst
1st/2nd Grade Lead Teacher
Kate Owensby
3rd/4th Grade Lead Teacher
Stephanie Peyton
Resource Coordinator

Assistant Teachers

Edie Michelena
Toddler 1s Assistant Teacher, After School
Alex Zapien
Toddler 2s Assistant Teacher, After School
Carrie Marley
Early 3s Assistant Teacher
Chelsea Rusing
Preschool 3s Assistant Teacher
Saki Nabeshima
Preschool 4s Assistant Teacher
Nicole Plehn
PreK Assistant Teacher
Cylie Krenkel
K-1 Assistant Teacher, After School Toddler Lead
Hannah Laugharn
1st/2nd Grade Assistant Teacher, After School
Makenna McMillan
3rd/4th Grade Assistant Teacher

Specials Teachers

Courtney Calhoun
PE Teacher
Jay Cleveland
Music Teacher
Diane Hughes
Spanish Teacher

After School

Alex Zapien
Toddler 2s Assistant Teacher, After School
Ashley Ruiz
Toddler 1s Co-lead Teacher, After School
Emily Cleveland
Toddler 1s Co-lead Teacher, After School
Cylie Krenkel
K-1 Assistant Teacher, After School Toddler Lead
Hannah Laugharn
1st/2nd Grade Assistant Teacher, After School
Emily Richeal
After School Staff