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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
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.

Karen Hannan-DeWalt
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

A native 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, Betsy.

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.

Tony Losasso
Early 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 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, and their daughters Gwendolyn and Julia reside in Geauga County.

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 and Staff

MIDDLE SCHOOL - Faculty/Staff

JudyJudy Venaleck
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.


MikeMike Ard
Guide

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.

TaniaTania Bertolone
Guide

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.


BenBen Bowman
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.





RobynRobyn Dill
Office Coordinator

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.





JimJim Ewert-Krocker
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.



HeatherHeather Fisher
Office Assistant (Part-Time)

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.



DagmarDagmar Kluwe-Mebus
German Guide

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.



RachelRachel McKinney
Farm Manage; Guide

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.


DavidDavid McNees
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 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.


AnaAna Montanye
Spanish Guide

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.


ElizabethElizabeth Seney
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 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.


Residential Staff - Middle School

DanielleDanielle Hayes - Houseparent (Part-time)

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.



EdEd Ryan -- Houseparent

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.



MarySueMarySue Price Ryan -- Houseparent

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.



CassieCassie Sorrells -- Houseparent

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 - Faculty/Staff

LaurieLaurie Ewert-Krocker
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 programs.


DagmarDagmar Kluwe-Mebus
German Guide

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 Universität 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 Universität 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.



RachelRachel McKinney
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.



AnaAna Montanye
Spanish Guide

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.




JenniferJennifer Snead
Mathematics Guide

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 "dorm-mom." 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.



RyanRyan Tucker
Humanities and Philosophy Guide

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.


Adjunct Staff - Upper School

ValerieValerie Raines
College Counselor

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 improvement projects.



SamuelSamuel Schoeniger
Entrepreneurship

Samuel 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.



JoannaJoanna Zona
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.




Residential Staff - Upper School

AndrewAndrew 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.







RachaelRachael 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.


 


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