Faculty

At Spring Garden, as is true with all Waldorf schools, our experienced educators are in charge of student curriculum, while the administration concerns itself with the everyday business of running a healthy school.

Meet our faculty:

Kathy Miller – Nursery Preschool Teacher

  • LifeWays Childcare and Human Development Certificate
  • B.S. Early Childhood Education, University of Wisconsin, 2002
  • Associate Diploma of Social Science in Child Care Studies, Victorian University of Technology, Victoria, Australia

Julie Gannon — Preschool/Kindergarten Teacher

  • B.A. (Fine Arts), Hiram College, 2002
  • Foundation Year, 2009
  • Preschool Assistant, SGWS, 2004-2009
  • Preschool Kindergarten Teacher, 2009-present
  • Child Abuse Prevention, First Aid/CPR, Recognition of Communicable Diseases
  • Years with SGWS-10

Olga Lyuksyutova — Preschool/Kindergarten Teacher

  • M.S. (Chemistry and Ed.),Kiev State University,1986
  • Ph.D. (Chemistry),National Ukrainian Academy, 1990
  • Waldorf Certification,Rudolph Steiner College, 2001
  • Early Childhood Program,Rudolph Steiner College, 2004
  • In-services & Workshops, SGWS, 2002-06
  • In-services on Early Childhood Ed. O.D.E., 2005
  • Mentor, 2004-05
  • First Aid Training, 2003
  • AWSNA Conference, 2003
  • Years with SGWS-13

 

Marie Paul — Class One Teacher

  • B.S. (Education),University of Akron
  • Waldorf Certification
  • Founding member of SGWS
  • Years with SGWS- 31

 

Molly Sullivan — Class Two Teacher

  • B.S. Univeristy of Akron, Education Major: Grades 1-8, Minor:  Visual Arts
  • Waldorf Education Trainings 1993-2008
  • Substitute Teacher SGWS, 2012-13
  • Director, First Grace Childcare Center 2009-1012
  • Owner and Childcare Provider, 2006-2008
  • Admissions and Marketing Director, SGWS, 2000-2005
  • Parent & Child Educator, SGWS, 2001-2004
  • Preschool & kindergarten teacher, SGWS, 1996-2000

 

Chris Anderson — Class Three Teacher

  • B.A. Case Western Reserve University, Theatre/English
  • College of Santa Fe, New Mexico K-8 Certification
  • Early Childhood Assistant at SGWS for 2 years
  • Years with SGWS-4

 

Alyssa Humes — Class Four Teacher

  • Mrs. Humes is a graduate of Spring Garden Waldorf School.
  • B.S. Akron University (Education)
  • Student teaching at SGWS
  • Substitute teaching SGWS 2010-2012
  • Waldorf Foundation Studies
  • Years with SGWS-5

 

Carrie Burchett – Class Five Teacher

  • B.A. University of Akron, Business and Organizational Communications
  • Substitute teaching at SGWS
  • Early Childhood Assistant at SGWS
  • Co-Founder and part time yoga teacher for Free Akron Yoga
  • Pursuing Waldorf Teacher Certification for Grades 1-8

 

Michael Gannon — Class Six Teacher

  • B.A. (Psychology/Fine Arts),Hiram College, 1999
  • M.Ed., Antioch University New England
  • Waldorf Certification, Center for Anthroposophy
  • “Healing Forces in Waldorf Education”, Christof Weichert
  • Years with SGWS- 12

 

Royse Crall — Class Seven Teacher

  • B.A. (Anthropology & History), Brown University, 1968
  • Elementary Ed. Cert., Cleveland State University, 1992
  • Waldorf Teacher Development Association, 2001
  • Waldorf Certification, Great Lakes Institute
  • Years with SGWS-15

 

 

Cate Hunko — Class Eight Teacher

  • B.A. (Fine Arts),Wayne State University, 1984
  • M.Ed-Antioch University NE
  • Waldorf Certification-Center for Anthroposophy
  • Overview of the Grades, SGWS, 1999
  • Class 2-8 Teacher, SGWS, 1999-2006
  • Childhood Dev. Conf.,Rudolph Steiner College,2000
  • Art of Teaching Grades 3-6,Rudolph Steiner College, 2000-2003
  • Art of Teaching Grade 7,Spring Valley College,2004
  • Grammar (refresher),University of Akron,2004
  • Art of Teaching Grade 8,Rudolph Steiner College,2005
  • Instructor, SGWS Adult Watercolor Painting, 2006
  • Years with SGWS-16

 

Caty Petersilge– Handwork Teacher

  • Masters of Education, Loyola University, 2013
  • Elementary 6-12 Certification Montessori Training, 2012
  • B.A. in Ceramics, Kent State University, 2011, Magna Cum Laude
  • Member: Kent State Honors College

 

Amy Fabre — Spanish Teacher

  • B.A. (Spanish),Texas A&M University, 1988
  • Summer Institute, Sunbridge College, 1994
  • Waldorf Teacher Development Association, 1995-96
  • Waldorf Teacher Development Association, 1999
  • Waldorf Certification
  • Sabbatical, Collegio Waldorf Lima, 1998-99
  • In-services on Waldorf Education, SGWS, 2002-06
  • AWSNA Delegate Conferences, 2002-05
  • In-services & Workshops, SGWS, 2002-06
  • NBPTS Validator, 2002-03
  • Years with SGWS-21

 

Edward Grimes — Choral & Gardening Teacher

  • B.A. (Psychology), Kent State University, 1993
  • B.A. (Composition & Vocal), Kent State University, 1998
  • M.M. (Conducting), Kent State University, 1998
  • A.S. (Horticultural Science), OSU Agricultural and Technical Institute, 2011
  • Previous Experience
  • Assistant Choral Master, Opera Cleveland
  • Coordinator, Kent Classic Arts, Kent State University
  • Adjunct Faculty and Staff Accompanist, Kent State University
  • Years with SGWS- 6

 

 

Nancy Stewart — Physical Education Teacher / Athletic Director

  • B.S. (Education),Kentucky Christian College, 1987
  • Spatial Dynamics Institute, 1997-99
  • Spring Garden Waldorf School, 1993 (one semester full-time training; one semester co-teaching with Ms. Paul)
  • In-services on Waldorf Education, SGWS, 1993-2001
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Athletic Workshops
  • Years with SGWS- 26

 

Frank Vargo — Woodworking Teacher

  • Master Woodworker
  • B.A. Geography, University of Akron
  • Private business owner-woodworking
  • Years with SGWS-10

 

Emily Rode–Instrumental Teacher

 

Jennell Woodard–Extra Lesson Teacher

  • Waldorf Certification
  • Extra Lesson Training
  • Founding member of the school
  • Years with SGWS-32

 

Diane Miskinis — Tutor

  • B.S., John Carroll University
  • Foundation Year
  • Waldorf Remediation Training
  • Previously an electrical engineer, voluntarily a math tutor
  • Years with SGWS- 5

Want to speak with a class or subject teacher in depth? Please visit us during our Open Houses throughout the year.