Concord - Faculty
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.
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.
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
Children's House 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.
Children's House 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.
Johan van der Wee
Children's House Community Guide
of the Netherlands, Johan earned a B.S. in Agriculture from that country's
International Agricultural College. After using his agricultural degree in Costa
Rica and Cameroon, Johan moved to America. It was while working as a Park
Interpreter for the Dayton Metroparks System that Johan discovered his love of
teaching, as he developed educational programs for preschool and homeschool
groups, as well as designing an award-winning children's gardening program.
During this time Johan earned a Master's Degree in Public Administration from
the University of Dayton. Wanting to further explore a career in education,
Johan enrolled in the Ohio Montessori Training Institute, earning his AMI
Primary diploma , and has been working as a guide in Montessori classrooms ever
since. He also completed the Montessori Orientation Program to Adolescent
Studies offered by the North American Montessori Teacher Association. When he is
not teaching, Johan enjoys running (having completed nine marathons, including
Boston!), biking, cross fit, painting, and spending time with his beloved dog,
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.
Elementary Community Guide
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
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, and their
daughters Gwendolyn and Julia reside in Geauga County.
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.
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 and Staff
MIDDLE SCHOOL - Faculty/Staff
Middle School Program Director; Guide
Judy has been with Hershey Montessori Middle School
Program for the past 18 years and is one of the founding members of the
Adolescent Community. 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 Adolescent Community and in addition to
being Program Director, also teaches occupations and workshops regularly.
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, and has three children:
Kyle, Lucas, and Makenna. Her children have attended Hershey Montessori
School. She and her family reside in Concord, OH.
Mike earned his Bachelor's degree in Secondary Integrated Social Studies
Education from Kent State University. Prior to joining the faculty at
Hershey, Mike taught for ten years in both public and independent schools
located in Colorado as well as Ohio. His time in Colorado included work as a
faculty member of the Peak School, a progressive independent school located
in Frisco, CO, where students were guided through experiential,
project-based learning models with an emphasis on the roles of local and
global citizenship. Mike will complete the AMI Montessori Orientation to
Adolescent Studies course in the summer of 2015. Originally from northeast
Ohio, Mike now resides in nearby Montville with his wife and two children,
who attend Hershey. Mike enjoys a variety of sporting pursuits and has
experience as both a participant and coach in basketball and track and
field. Additionally, Mike is an enthusiastic maple-sugarer, having earned
awards at both the Geauga County Fair and the Chardon Maple Festival.
Tania earned her Bachelor of Arts in Theater
from Miami University and minored in Sociocultural Studies. In her first
year out of college, she traveled the eastern half of the U.S. as a
puppeteer for MadCap Puppets. After the tour, she moved to California to
pursue and practice her love of the arts. Tania continued to study theater
in Los Angeles, and also began writing, recording, and performing her own
music. In 2006, Tania moved back to her hometown of Willoughby, OH, to
pursue a teaching degree at Notre Dame College. For the next 8 years, Tania
served as a public school teacher of language arts, reading, science, social
studies, and mathematics. Tania discovered Montessori education when she and
her husband, Michael, enrolled their then one-year-old daughter, Giada, at
Hershey Montessori School. Tania instantly became passionate about
Montessori education. Through her Montessori work and research, she was
asked to serve as a board member for the Ohio Montessori Alliance, where she
continues to advocate for all things Montessori. Tania will complete the AMI
Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies course in the summer of 2015.
Tania's other passions include cooking, yoga, gardening, spending time with
her family, and taking hikes in the woods with her dog, Diesel.
Assistant Facilities Manager
Ben joins Hershey's Adolescent
Community as Assistant Facilities Manager. He finds purpose and joy in
working for a more just and sustainable world. Pursuing these passions, he
has lived and worked at a Catholic Worker house in St. Louis, managed an
internship program and permaculture project in Ecuador, and, most recently,
completed an intensive study of sustainable construction in Canada. He is
excited to experience the natural beauty and nurturing community that he has
observed at Hershey. In his free time he enjoys fermenting delicious foods,
repairing and riding bicycles, and getting his hands dirty in the garden.
Robyn joined the Hershey community in
2011 as Office Coordinator. She earned her Bachelor's 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 horticulture industry as a trade magazine editor, writer, and
marketing professional prior to joining Hershey. She interfaces daily with
students, staff, and parents at the Huntsburg campus. She and her husband,
Mike, and daughter, Madelyn, live nearby in rural Geauga County.
Facilities Manager; Residential Advisor
Jim is the
supervising adult for the facility's operations and is one of the founding
members of the Adolescent Community. He also 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 was instrumental in designing
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.
Heather attended Kent State University where she
earned a Bachelor's Degree in Education. Prior to coming to Hershey, Heather
lived in rural Maine where she worked with Maine Organic Farmers and
Gardeners Association as an administrative assistant. Her interests are in
gardening, food, and fiber. She grew up in Geauga County and loves the area.
Heather resides in Chesterland with her husband, Dave, two kids, dog, cats,
bunnies, and chickens.
Dagmar has been the German specialist at Hershey Montessori Middle School
since 2012. She was born, raised, and educated in Germany and holds a
diploma in nutrition and health from Justus-Liebig University in Germany as
well as an additional teaching certificate for the German School System for
middle school and high school students in North-Rhine Westfalia and Hessia,
Germany. She worked as an assistant for elementary and middle school
students at the University Dortmund, Germany, where she was involved in
teacher education. Before she came to the U.S., she taught for 12 years in
the German school system. As a native speaker, she loves sharing the
language and her cultural background with the students of all ages. Dagmar
and her family have lived in Ohio since 2004. In her free time, she loves
cooking, gardening, swimming, and reading.
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
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 AMI Montessori Orientation to Adolescent
Studies course. His undergraduate work included poetry, literature, natural
sciences, and education at Middlebury College and U.C. Berkeley. David also
holds a Master's 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 a nurse at a local hospital and their children, Lucy and
Cormac, attend Hershey.
Ana grew up in
the Geauga County area. She received her B.A. in Political Science with a
minor concentration in Spanish from Colgate University in 2012. Before
coming to Hershey, Ana taught ESOL Introduction to American Culture and
Costume Design and tutored in every subject to all levels of high school
students in New Lebanon, NY, for two years. Outside of academics, Ana has
pursued various philanthropic avenues including volunteering and fundraising
for the Hope for Honduran Children Foundation, volunteering at Fieldstone
Farm's Therapeutic Riding Center, and writing grants while serving on
Colgate University's Student Philanthropy Council. In her spare time, Ana
enjoys traveling, crafting, ballroom dancing, and babying her dog, Daisy.
She has a passion for both interior and bridal design. She will be teaching
Spanish, and other projects at Hershey Montessori Adolescent Community.
Residential Staff - Middle School
Danielle Hayes - Houseparent (Part-time)
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 AMI Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies course in the
summer of 2011. Before coming to Hershey, Elizabeth taught 7th grade
mathematics and high school 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, gardening, and working out. She
is also an artist who works in acrylics and graphite pencil portraits. She
will be teaching Algebra, Occupations and Humanities. She will also be
leading various art projects and outdoor Physical Expressions.
Danielle came to teaching through her undergraduate work in
Cultural Anthropology. While conducting qualitative research in schools, she
came to know and love the students she worked with and asked questions about
the aims and means of our education system. After graduating from Washington
University in St. Louis with degrees in anthropology and photography, she
went on to film and produce a youth-driven documentary series. More
recently, Danielle taught Humanities, Photography and Filmmaking at Saint
Martin de Porres High School and completed the AMI Orientation to Adolescent
Studies. She is looking forward to a school culture where movement, nature,
and art are fundamental to the work. In her free time, Danielle can be found
crafting an interpretive dance, sharing stories with friends and family,
riding her bike, practicing yoga, or buried in a good book.
Ed is an East Coast transplant who received a BA in
Political Science from Trinity College. He has spent the past fifteen years
working with at-risk youth and special needs adults as a teacher, coach, and
mentor. Prior work included time in corporate America as a financial adviser
as well as a corporate trainer. Ed, along with his wife, MarySue, and their
two basset hounds (Moose and Rosie) look forward to joining the residential
team as houseparents and sharing his interest in outdoor activities, wood
working, and cooking with the students.
MarySue Price Ryan --
MarySue is originally from Michigan where she and her
husband, Ed, enjoy spending time at their summer home with their five grown
children. She studied fine arts at Marlboro College as well as animal
husbandry and market gardening in Vermont. She also worked on a dairy farm
where she helped conduct research at the UVM farm in Burlington. Prior to
joining Hershey, MarySue taught early reading intervention and was a
librarian for the Bourne, MA, K-4 school system for 10 years. MarySue is a
professional photographer and artist and has earned the prestigious Ron
Howard project imagination award. In her spare time she enjoys knitting,
reading, felting, board games, and spending time outdoors.
Sorrells -- HouseparentUPPER SCHOOL - Faculty/Staff
Cassie received her BA in Multidisciplinary
Studies, with concentrations in Anthropology, Biology, and Linguistics, from
West Virginia University in 2012. She came to the Hershey community after
spending a year in Madrid, Spain, where she received her TEFL certification
and had the opportunity to teach English to children aged 3-10, as well as
adults. Cassie is a Montessori alumna, and was drawn back to her roots when
she realized that she wished to pursue a career in education. Cassie is
absolutely thrilled to be joining the Residential team full time at Hershey,
and looks forward to sharing her interests in yoga, reading, theater, and
Spanish, with the boarding community.
Upper School Program Director; Pedagogical Director;
Language Arts Guide
Laurie has been a staff member at Hershey Montessori
School for 25 years. Laurie started Hershey Montessori's Middle School
program in 1996, was on the design team for the Huntsburg farm campus and
program, and served as Head Teacher for the Adolescent Program and then
Assistant Head of School until 2010. She holds AMI diplomas at the primary
and elementary levels, a BA in English from John Carroll University, and an
MA in English from the University of Washington. She is passionate about
Montessori education but also about literature and writing. She looks
forward to guiding Upper School students in Language Arts and to being a
part-time houseparent in the Upper School Residence. Laurie lives with her
husband Jim (Facilities Manager and Residential Advisor for the HMS Middle
School) and has two grown children, both of whom attended Hershey from age 2
through middle school and both of whom are Montessori educators. Laurie
serves as Pedagogical Director of both Middle School and Upper School
Dagmar has been the
German specialist at Hershey Montessori Middle School since 2012. She was
born, raised, and educated in Germany and holds a diploma in nutrition and
health from Justus-Liebig UniversitÃ¤t in Germany as well as an additional
teaching certificate for the German School System for middle school and high
school students in North-Rhine Westfalia and Hessia, Germany. She worked as
an assistant for elementary and middle school students at the UniversitÃ¤t
Dortmund, Germany, where she was involved in teacher education. Before she
came to the U.S., she taught for 12 years in the German school system. As a
native speaker, she loves sharing the language and her cultural background
with the students of all ages. Dagmar and her family have lived in Ohio
since 2004. In her free time, she loves cooking, gardening, swimming, and
Integrated Science Guide; Farm Manager
Rachel has been teaching in the Hershey Montessori School Adolescent Program
since 2002. Her specialty has included project work in biology and geometry
as well as work focused on the farm and gardens. She looks forward to
expanding this work in the Upper School program. She grew up on a small
diversified family farm in Eastern Ohio and has carried a love of the land
and natural world in everything she has done. Prior to working at Hershey,
she worked in the field of environmental education, taught middle school,
and managed an educational and CSA program on an organic farm. She has a
B.A. in Science from The College of Wooster and an M.A.T. in Education from
Kent State University. In her free time she enjoys playing old time banjo,
cross country skiing, biking, paddling, hiking, knitting, volunteering for
the local park district, and many other pursuits. She lives in Huntsburg.
Ana grew up in the Geauga County
area. She received her B.A. in Political Science with a minor concentration
in Spanish from Colgate University in 2012. Before coming to Hershey, Ana
taught ESOL Introduction to American Culture and Costume Design and tutored
in every subject to all levels of high school students in New Lebanon, NY,
for two years. Ana will complete the AMI Montessori Orientation to
Adolescent Studies course in the summer of 2015. In her spare time, Ana
enjoys traveling, crafting, ballroom dancing, and babying her dog, Daisy.
She has a passion for both interior and bridal design.
Jennifer earned her B.S. in Mathematics and M. ED.
in Curriculum & Instruction from Virginia Tech in 2008. That year she began
her teaching career at an all-girls boarding school in Tappahannock, VA,
where she taught Precalculus and Calculus as her primary role. However, she
soon realized an equally important second role, which was being a
Because of this she also became a mentor and life-coach to many of her
students and was able to make lasting connections and memories. She then
taught at Animas High School, a project-based learning charter school in
Durango, CO, where she focused on teaching Algebra I, PreCalculus, and
Calculus. In addition to her teaching responsibilities at Animas, she was
the Assessment and Measurement Coordinator. Jennifer will complete the AMI
Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies course in the summer of 2015.
After her daughter, Evelyn, was born in 2014, she and her husband decided to
move back east to be closer to family. Jennifer is delighted to be a part of
the Hershey community, and she is looking forward to the endless
opportunities in project-based learning.
Ryan TuckerAdjunct Staff - Upper School
Ryan received his Bachelor of Arts from East Tennessee
State University in Philosophy and English. After college, Ryan joined the
Peace Corps and volunteered for two years in Azerbaijan. His primary job
there was teaching English as a second language. When he returned to the
U.S., he lived and worked in Washington, DC, providing experiential learning
for high school and middle school students in American government, civics,
and history. Ryan taught English, geography, speech, and theater in a small
boarding high school for three years. He attended the AMI Montessori
Orientation to Adolescent Studies course in the summer of 2011 before
beginning to work as the humanities and language arts guide for the
Montessori middle school community at The Post Oak School in Houston, TX.
Ryan spent the 2014-2015 school year at Hershey Montessori School working on
developing the curriculum for the Humanities in the Upper School. He also
taught a humanities project in the Middle School. Ryan will start his
Master's program in education during the upcoming year. Ryan's interests are
in the outdoors, sports, and cooking.
Valerie provides educational
advising to families, schools, and organizations that is focused on college
admissions, scholarships and financial aid, and degree completion, as
president of VRaines Consulting. Her career encompasses three decades of
service in education and philanthropy with positions at Laurel School,
Oberlin College, Connecticut College, the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland,
United Way, and KeyBank Foundation. Valerie earned her bachelor's degree at
Northwestern University and her master's degree at Case Western Reserve
University. She is president of the board of directors for the Woodruff
Foundation of Cleveland. She enjoys kayaking, biking, jazz, and home
is primary Account Manager for the Northeastern Ohio-based Entrepreneurial
Learning Initiate (ELI). In this capacity, Samuel manages class creation,
order fulfillment, company finances, and partnership development. Prior to
joining the ELI team, he worked for himself buying and selling audio
equipment on eBay. In doing so, Samuel learned much about testing
assumption, obtaining and retaining customers, market research, and an
overall understanding of business ethics. Samuel attributes his capacity for
empathy and helping others to his Montessori education. He attended
Montessori schools from kindergarten through 8th grade, including two years
at Hershey Montessori School's farm-based middle school program in
Huntsburg, OH. When not working, Samuel is almost always hiking or chasing
waterfalls with his camera and his four-legged friend, Cooper.
Joanna ZonaResidential Staff - Upper School
Business Management and Financial Literacy
Prior to majoring
in sales and marketing and minoring in economics with secondary education
concentration at Lake Erie College, Joanna spent 10 years in the business
field as a retail florist. After achieving her teaching certification, she
taught for seven years at Brush High School where she was the department
coordinator. Joanna was involved in various activities with the students,
including Future Business Leaders, Business Advisory Council, and Project
Love. She then returned to the retail florist industry by owning and
operating a 3,000-square-foot floral center doing in excess of $600,000
annually. Joanna has a 30-year working knowledge of business as well as high
school teaching experience. Currently, Joanna is marketing several
business-based software products. She enjoys teaching adult education
classes as well as independent floral designing. Joanna resides in Concord
Township with her son Cameron.
Andrew Marshall -- Residential Staff, Creative and Physical Expression
Andrew Marshall received a B.A. in Film and Television from the Savannah
College of Art and Design. Prior to joining the Hershey community, he had a
varied career as a photographer, graphic artist, video editor, and
filmmaker. Andrew spent two years as Houseparent in the Adolescent Community
Middle School. He completed the AMI Orientation to Adolescent Studies course
in 2014. He enjoys reading, running, weight-lifting, mountain biking,
cooking, playing chess, and long-distance outdoor adventures.
Shaw Marshall -- Residential Staff, Creative Expression, Humanities
Rachael Shaw Marshall holds a B.A. in Vocal Performance and an M.A. in
Speech and Theater. She gained her AMI certification during the AMI
Orientation to Adolescent Studies in 2011 and became a houseparent for
Hershey's Middle School in 2012. Before coming to Hershey, Rachel was a
humanities guide, lower elementary assistant, and drama/music teacher for a
Montessori school in Georgia. She also taught music and drama through
various theaters and private studios and organizations. Rachael performs
professionally in her spare time and enjoys running, walking her two dogs on
the farm, cooking, and outdoor activities.