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Concord - Faculty

Tierney Dewan-Saperstein
Parent-Infant Community Guide

Tierney Dewan-Saperstein received her AMI Primary diploma from the Washington Montessori Institute and her Master's in Education from Loyola University in Maryland in 2002. She continued her schooling earning an AMI Assistants to Infancy diploma in 2004.

Tierney has been with Hershey Montessori School since 2002, assisting in many areas of the program, including Early Elementary, Aftercare, library operations and the Young Child Community.

In her time away from school, Tierney fills her schedule teaching group fitness classes and spending time with her husband, Josh, and their daughters. Tierney and her family are thrilled to be part of the Hershey community.

Danielle Brassard
All-Day Young Child Community Guide

Danielle Brassard attended Whittier College where she received her B.A. in Child Development with a minor in Education in 2010. Immediately afterwards, she began her Montessori certification through the Montessori Institute of San Diego and the University of San Diego. She earned her A.M.I. Assistants to Infancy and Primary dipolmas as well as a Masters in Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Montessori Education in 2011. 

Danielle grew up in San Diego and moved to Ohio to serve Hershey Montessori School as a Young Child Community Guide in 2011. 

Danielle enjoys crafting, decorating, cooking, baking, reading, and a good movie. She is delighted to be part of the Hershey Community. 

Alyssa Conklin-Moore
All-Day Young Child Community Guide

Alyssa Conklin-Moore received her B.A. in Anthropology with a minor in Psychology from Oberlin College in 1998. She immediately went on to pursue her Montessori certification by attending the Ohio Montessori Training Institute, where she earned her A.M.I. Primary diploma in 1999. Next, she was off to Denver, Colorado where she focused on children under three and completed her A.M.I. Assistants to Infancy diploma in 2000. Ultimately, she earned her Master's in Education from Cleveland State University, specializing in Montessori Education as well as Curriculum Development and Instruction. In 2001, Alyssa traveled to Paris, France to participate in the International Montessori Congress that assembles every four years. Alyssa completed her doula training with ALACE (Association of Labor Assistants and Childbirth Educators) in 2006.

Alyssa has been with Hershey Montessori School since 1999, serving as a Guide in the Young Child Community. She also spent many years collaborating with young families as the facilitator of the Parent-Infant Program. Alyssa has assisted with the three year old nap program and also served in a supporting role for the residential staff at the Adolescent program in Huntsburg, OH.

Alyssa and her husband, Chris, have two children, Alexis Rae and Asher. Together, they enjoy reading, time spent outdoors, and simply being together at home! They celebrate the unique way in which the Hershey Community has enhanced each of their lives with gratitude.

Jayne B. Koeth
Primary Community Guide

Jayne Koeth received her B.A. degree in Speech/Communications from The College of Wooster in 1979. She received certification as a Jr. Great Books Leader from The Great Books Foundation, a nonprofit educational organization, in 1997. She received her AMI Primary diploma in 2004. She received certification in the Wilson Language Reading System Level 1 in 2005.

Jayne joined Hershey in 1994 as an Elementary assistant. After two years, she became the School Librarian, developing the library environment for the next 9 years. While in the library Jayne enjoyed working with the Elementary children in small reading groups as a Junior Great Books Leader. Inspired by their love of work, she pursued her AMI Primary diploma, and has had her own classroom since 2005.

Jayne enjoys health and fitness, gardening, cooking, reading, church involvement, and time spent with friends and family: husband Rick and two daughters.

Karen Hannan-DeWalt
Primary Community Guide

Karen Hannan-DeWalt received her AMI Primary diploma at the Ohio Montessori Training Institute in Cleveland in 1998. She also holds a B.A. in Biology from Hiram College with a minor in Environmental Studies.

Karen's previous experience includes working as a full-time mom, a cytogenetics technologist, a Hiram College laboratory teaching assistant, and an environmental planner for a regional agency. She also assisted in the Young Child Community for two years prior to teaching at the Primary level starting in 2000. She has a special interest in providing outdoor opportunities and large motor activities for children.

Karen's three sons have been long-time students at Hershey, beginning in the Parent-Infant program up through the Adolescent program on the farm. She enjoys yard work, playing in rivers and handywoman work.

Sam Heinz
Primary Community Guide

 

Jennifer Finan
Early Elementary Community Guide

Jennifer Finan attended Ohio University where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Hearing and Speech Sciences. Inspired by the Montessori approach to education, she enrolled at the Washington Montessori Institute and received her AMI Elementary diploma (ages 6-12).

Jennifer worked for one year as an Elementary assistant at Hudson Montessori School in Hudson, Ohio before joining Hershey's elementary program in 1993. She has taught in both the Early and the Upper Elementary programs.

Jennifer enjoys traveling, camping, hiking, cooking, and photography. She lives in Concord Township, Ohio with her husband, Chris, and their daughter, who is enrolled in Hershey's Elementary program.

Kate Witosky
Early Elementary Community Teacher

Kate Witosky holds both the AMI Primary and Elementary diplomas and also a M.Ed. in Montessori Education from Loyola University in Maryland. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and was a chemist in the paint and adhesive industry prior to becoming a teacher.

Starting in 2000, Kate was an Upper Elementary teacher at Hershey Montessori School and then became an Early Elementary teacher in the Fall of 2007. Her family has been involved with the school since 1992.

Kate also holds both Level I and Level II certification (ages 3-9) in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a Montessori-based program of religious formation for children. Kate is a catechist at her church in Chardon, Ohio. Kate and her husband, Gary, reside in Chardon with their two children, both former Hershey students.

Sarah Tetzloff
Upper Elementary Community Guide

Sarah Tetzloff was inspired by her drama work with Hershey elementary students to take the Montessori Elementary training. She holds a BFA degree in Theatre Arts from Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio and received her AMI Elementary diploma from the Washington Montessori Institute, along with her M.ED in Montessori Education from Loyola University in Maryland.

Sarah spent 18 years teaching children the art of theatre at the Fine Arts Association in Willoughby, as well as six years as Outreach Director, helping school administrators and teachers build arts curricula into their classrooms. Sarah joined the teaching staff of Hershey Montessori School as an Upper Elementary guide in 2007.

Sarah enjoys playing volleyball, bird watching and researching her family history. She also loves spending time with her boyfriend, Bart, and their yellow lab, Sky.

Venus Kohler
Upper Elementary Community Guide

Venus comes to Hershey Montessori with sound elementary level experience from Vancouver, WA. She has been working with children in the Montessori environment since 2004. After her experience as an assistant solidified her interest in the Montessori Method, she went on to receive her AMI Elementary training in 2006 at the Montessori Institute of Milwaukee, WI and has been teaching since. She also holds a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Mumbai and is currently pursuing her Masters in Education. Venus also assisted in Curriculum Alignment (state standards vs. Montessori) and incorporated Reading and Writing (Language Arts) into the Montessori environment.

Venus grew up in India where among other endeavors she spent time traveling as a youth representative and performer for an International Youth Conference.

Venus and her husband Eldon have two young boys - Isaac and Elijah. In her spare time from mothering and maintaining an Elementary Montessori environment, Venus enjoys organic gardening, home improvement projects, reading, and writing poetry.

Huntsburg - Faculty

 

Robyn Dill,
Office Coordinator
Robyn Dill joined the Hershey community in 2011 as Office Coordinator. She earned her Bachelor of Philosophy degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Communication from Miami University of Ohio. Her farm upbringing led her to a career in the commercial greenhouse industry as a trade magazine editor and marketing professional prior to joining Hershey. She is learning to multi-task as she works daily with students, staff, and parents at the Huntsburg campus. She and her husband, Mike, have a daughter, Madelyn, and live in nearby Thompson, OH.

Laurie Ewert-KrockerLaurie Ewert-Krocker
Adolescent Community Faculty, Pedagogical Advisor

Laurie has been with the Hershey Montessori School Adolescent Program since it began in 1996. She was the Upper Elementary teacher before that and helped to design the farm environment and program.

Her original degree work was a B.A and M.A. in English, and she taught college writing for 9 years before joining the Montessori world. She has AMI training at the 3-6 and 6-12 levels. Laurie will guide Humanities Projects, as well as workshops in writing, grammar, and literary analysis.

She is currently teaching part-time and consulting part-time for Montessori adolescent programs through the North American Montessori Teachers’ Association.

She hikes, plays the guitar, sings, and enjoys theater and Native American history and culture. Both of her children went through Hershey Montessori School from ages 2-14. She is married to Jim, the Farm School Farm and Facilities Manager, and they live in a house on the school property

Jim Ewert-KrockerJim Ewert-Krocker
Farm and Facilities Manager, Residential Advisor

Jim is the supervising adult for the farm’s operations. He leads Occupation Projects and guides book group discussions.

He has a B.A. in Philosophy from John Carroll University, and he managed a wholesale tree and shrub nursery for many years before joining the Hershey staff in 1998.

Jim helped to design the farm environment and facility. He and Laurie have two children who went through Hershey Montessori School from Infant Community through the Middle School.

Jim enjoys the outdoors, some occasional baseball and basketball, and traveling to see different landscapes.

David McNeesDavid McNees
Adolescent Community Guide

David enjoys his role as a generalist guide, teaching Drama, Writing, Occupations, Humanities and more.

Prior to Hershey, he was a guide at Hudson Montessori School's Adolescent Program, during which time he completed the NAMTA Adolescent Orientation.  

His undergraduate work included poetry, literature, natural sciences, and education at Middlebury College and U.C. Berkeley. David also holds a Masters degree in Creative Art Therapy and Applied Psychology from New York University in the Steinhardt Graduate School of Education.

Having worked as an individual and group therapist, David brings a very caring and knowledgeable psychological understanding to his work as a guide.

An avid Shakespearean scholar and actor, David has produced and performed in many states.  He has traveled extensively, living and working in different cultures, and is thrilled to settle into such a beautiful area.  His wife, Elizabeth, is an ER nurse at a local hospital; and their children, Lucy and Cormac, attend Hershey at the Concord Campus.

Judy VenaleckJudy Venaleck
Adolescent Community
Program Director
Adolescent Community Guide
Occupations, Humanities, Math, Creative and Physical Expression

Judy has been with Hershey Montessori Middle School Program for the past 15 years. Her background includes an Environmental Education major which includes a Secondary Education Teaching Certificate.

Before coming to Hershey Montessori School, Judy worked at the Holden Arboretum, the Shaker Lakes Nature Center, and the Cleveland Botanical Garden.

Judy has been involved in many areas at the Huntsburg Campus and in addition to being Program Director, she also teaches pre-algebra, Occupations, workshops and book groups, and various craft and physical expression projects.

Judy's interests include nutrition, gardening, cooking, knitting and a variety of sports. She looks forward to offering workshops in these areas to the students this year.

Judy is married to Jim, a Lake County Park Ranger, and has three children: Kyle, Lucas, and Makenna. Her children have attended Hershey Montessori School. She and her family reside in Concord, Ohio.

Rachel McKinneyRachel McKinney
Adolescent Community Guide
Biology, Geometry, Farm, Gardens, Creative and Physical Expression

Rachel joined the Hershey community in 2002.

Rachel McKinney earned a B.A. in Biology from The College of Wooster and an M.A.T. in secondary education from Kent State University.

She had many adventures teaching in experiential education programs in both North Carolina and the Catskill Mountains of New York and was a naturalist in South Carolina and Ohio. Prior to coming to the Hershey Adolescent program, she managed an organic market farm and non-profit organization. She also taught middle school science and math in a school near Akron, Ohio.

She grew up on a diverse family farm and enjoys almost any activity related to the outdoors (hiking, cross-country skiing, biking). She also enjoys knitting and playing old-time banjo with other local string band musicians. She resides in Huntsburg.

Tony LosassoTony Losasso
Adolescent Community Guide
Humanities, Occupations, Woodshop, Creative and Physical Expression

In 1989, Tony received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Zoology from Kent State University. 

After working for Lake Metroparks as a naturalist and manager of The Wildlife Center, he assisted Laurie Ewert-Krocker in her (9-12) elementary classroom at Hershey Montessori from 1993 to 1996.  In 1997 he completed the (AMI) Montessori Elementary Teacher Training Course in Washington D.C.  While at Forest Bluff Montessori in Lake Bluff, Illinois he accrued seven years of experience as guide of both lower (6-9) and upper (9-12) elementary  level classes.  His work with the adolescent includes assisting with Ruffing Montessori’s first two-week adolescent farm experience in 1996.  He was also the lead guide for The Greenspire School, a Montessori Junior High located in Traverse City, Michigan. 

In 2006 the opportunity arose to move back to Ohio to rejoin the Hershey Community as an adolescent guide. Amy, his wife, Gwendolyn and Julia, their daughters, and their dog Stuart reside in Geauga County.

Elizabeth SeneyElizabeth Seney
Adolescent Community Guide

Elizabeth Seney received her B.A. in Psychology from National University and an M.A. in Secondary Education from Grand Canyon University and is a licensed middle school mathematics teacher.  She attended the NAMTA Adolescent Orientation in the summer of 2011.

Before coming to Hershey, Elizabeth taught 7th grade mathematics and high school level Algebra in Durham, North Carolina for four years. Prior to that, she wrote and taught the computer curriculum for Kindergarten through 6th grade in Irvine, California for Alderwood Basics Plus.

In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking with her dog, and working out.  She is also an artist who works in acrylics and graphite pencil portraits.

She will be teaching Algebra, Occupations and Humanities at Hershey Montessori Adolescent Community. She will also be leading various art projects and outdoor Physical Expressions.

Lucy McCormickLucy McCormick
Adolescent Community Guide

Lucy has just completed a Master’s degree in Independent School Leadership from Teachers College at Columbia University.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Grinnell College. 

She served as a faculty member for three years at Scattergood Friends School, a Quaker boarding school located in West Branch, Iowa. At Scattergood she taught Social Studies, composition, ceramics and worked as a cook, a dorm parent, and caretaker for the chickens on the school’s small farm.  Prior to this, Lucy worked at an environmental foundation in Boston and at a boarding school in Greece.

During the summers she strives to find some new experiences, such as traveling to Bangladesh to observe NGOs at work, leading a backpacking trip along the Appalachian Trail, or working at a service learning camp in Baltimore. In her free time, Lucy likes to swim, do yoga, bake bread, undertake spontaneous DIY projects and enjoy Iowa summers to their fullest.

Huntsburg - Residential Staff
  

Rachael Shaw Marshall,
Adolescent Community Residential Staff

Rachael Shaw Marshall holds a B.A. in Vocal Performance and an M.A. in Speech and Theater. She started her Montessori career 8 years ago as a lower elementary assistant. Her love of Montessori eventually lead her to gain AMI certification during the North American Montessori Teacher's Association Adolescent Training in the summer of 2011. She joined the Adolescent Community as a houseparent in 2012 and returns following her summer wedding to Andrew, who will be joining her as a full-time houseparent. Rachael performs professionally in her spare time and enjoys running, walking her two dogs on the farm, cooking, and outdoor activities.

 

Andrew Marshall,
Adolescent Community Residential Staff

Andrew Marshall was introduced to the world of Montessori education through his wife, Rachael Shaw Marshall, a current Adolescent Community houseparent. Prior to that, he was a writer, producer, editor, videographer, and graphic artist for public television and for various nonprofit organizations. He holds a B.F.A. in Film and Television from Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia. Andrew is an accomplished photographer and successfully completed a 4 1/2-month solo hike of the Appalachian Trail, walking 2,184 miles from Maine to Georgia. Andrew enjoys the outdoors, the study of science and history, and chess. He is looking forward to introducing the cuisine of his native southern states to our boarding students.

Paige Huggler-Olson,
Adolescent Community Residential Staff

Paige Huggler-Olson completed her AMI Elementary Montessori training in Portland, OR, in the spring of 2013. She received her Bachelor's degree in Social Work with a minor in Art from George Fox University. Prior to being trained in Montessori, she worked for 3 years at the non-profit organization CASA of Oregon. Paige lived in Honduras for a year where she worked as a fourth grade teacher at a bilingual school. Her husband, Ty, will have some part-time residential responsibilities as well. Paige enjoys hiking, camping, ceramics, slack lining (tight-rope walking), cooking, knitting, traveling, and building relationships with people.


Tyler Olson,
Adolescent Community Part-Time Residential Staff

Tyler (Ty) Olson received his M.A. in Conflict Resolution from Portland State University with a concentration in Peace and Justice Studies, and studied Religion and Education for his B.A. at George Fox University. Currently he works as the program coordinator for Global Issues Resource Center at Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, OH. He will be living on the farm with his wife, Paige, and will have part-time residential duties. Ty enjoys biking, running, fishing, traveling, ceramics, and long walks/hikes with Paige and their two dogs.

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