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Hershey Montessori Staff

"The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say 'The children are now working as if I do not exist.' "
 
Paula Leigh-Doyle

Paula Leigh-Doyle

Head of School

Paula joined Hershey Montessori School in 2007 as Head of School, supporting the Concord and Huntsburg campuses. Paula holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Goddard College in Vermont, and an AMI Primary Montessori diploma from Sion Hill College in Ireland. Her experience includes eight years of teaching, and thirty-one years of specialization in Montessori education for economically and developmentally at-risk children. She was also the founding Executive Director of an AMI Montessori school in Cleveland. Her dedication to education includes twenty-one years of headship at independent Montessori Schools. Paula is a presenter for national and international education and Montessori conferences, and published in North American Montessori Teacher Association journals. Paula treasures her time on her mini-farm, as a steward of sheep, horses, and various pets and also growing food. She enjoys learning about living systems and contributing to community wellbeing.

Concord Faculty

Parent-Infant

Tierney Dewan-Saperstein

Tierney Dewan-Saperstein

Parent-Infant Community Guide

Tierney earned her undergraduate degree from Xavier University in Social Science in 1998. Tierney received her AMI Primary diploma from the Washington Montessori Institute and her Master’s in Education from Loyola University in Maryland in 2002. She earned an AMI Assistants to Infancy diploma in 2004 and has been with Hershey Montessori School since 2002. In her time away from school, Tierney enjoys teaching group fitness classes and spending time with her husband, Josh, and their daughters.

Young Child Community

Lashawn Caldwell

Lashawn Caldwell

All-Day Young Child Community Guide

Lashawn grew up in Redlands, California, and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology in 2002 from California State University, San Bernardino. After the birth of her first child, she decided to explore and learn more about Montessori. She became an assistant in a Toddler Community at Montessori in Redlands School in Redlands, California. After working there for three years, she and her family moved to Cleveland Heights in 2011, where she started as an assistant in the Toddler Community at Ruffing Montessori School. Thereafter, she enrolled in the AMI Assistants to Infancy Training with Dr. Silvia Dubovoy at the Montessori Institute of San Diego in La Jolla, California. In 2018, she successfully completed her Master’s in Montessori Education for children ages 0-3 years from Loyola University in Maryland. Lashawn enjoys camping, playing the ukulele, and spending time with her three children in her free time. 

Danielle Krause

Danielle Krause

All-Day Young Child Community Guide

Danielle received her Bachelor of Arts in Child Development with a minor in education in 2010 from Whittier College. Following that she attended the Montessori Institute of San Diego and the University of San Diego, earning her AMI Assistants to Infancy and Primary diplomas, as well as a Master’s in Education in curriculum and instruction with a specialization in Montessori Education in 2011. Danielle has been with Hershey Montessori School since 2011. Danielle grew up in San Diego and enjoys crafting, decorating, cooking, baking, reading and a good movie

Luisa Mendez

Luisa Mendez

All-Day Young Child Community Guide

Bio coming soon.

Children’s House

Karen Hannan-DeWalt

Karen Hannan-DeWalt

Children's House Community Guide

Karen received her AMI Primary diploma at the Ohio Montessori Training Institute in Cleveland in 1998. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Hiram College with a minor in environmental studies. Karen assisted in the Young Child Community at Hershey Montessori for two years prior to becoming a teacher at the Primary level in 2000. Karen enjoys yard work, playing in rivers and handywoman work.Karen’s three sons have been long-time students at Hershey beginning in the Parent-Infant program.
Hind Hassan

Hind Hassan

Children's House Community Guide

Hind is a greatly respected AMI Children’s House guide with fifteen years of experience and a tangible energy for bringing the highest quality pedagogy to children.  Hind trained with current Hershey guide Johan van der Wee and retired AMI Children’s House guide Jayne Koeth, and took a lead role in a Montessori classroom in Cleveland’s Urban Community School. Hind obtained her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in education in Lebanon and taught there for seven years before moving to the USA and discovering Montessori.

Johan van der Wee

Johan van der Wee

Children's House Community Guide

Johan earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the International Agricultural College in the Netherlands, and 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. He also completed the Montessori Orientation Program to Adolescent Studies. Johan has been with Hershey Montessori since 2014. When he is not teaching, Johan enjoys running (he has completed nine marathons, including Boston!), biking, painting, and spending time with his beloved dog, Betsy.

Elementary

Jennifer Finan

Jennifer Finan

Early Elementary Community Guide

Jennifer attended Ohio University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Hearing and Speech Sciences. After serving as an Elementary Assistant at Hudson Montessori School, she was inspired to enroll at the Washington Montessori Institute where she received her AMI Elementary diploma. Jennifer has taught both Upper and Early Elementary since joining Hershey Montessori in 1993. Jennifer enjoys traveling, camping, hiking, cooking, and photography. 
Saren Peetz

Saren Peetz

Early Elementary Community Guide

Saren attended Hudson Montessori School and came to Hershey to study as a 9th grade student (Hershey did not yet have a high school in those years). She volunteered multiple times a week on the farm through high school and during her summers in college. Before returning to Hershey as a guide, Saren attended College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine and completed her AMI Montessori training outside of Baltimore. Her first teaching position involved the starting of the first elementary classroom at a tiny rural Montessori school in Virginia. She and her partner, Ian, have two bunnies, a blind kitty, a California king snake, and about 360,000 honeybees in six colonies! She also frequently visits her childhood horse and dog at her family’s home nearby.

Venus Kohler

Venus Kohler

Upper Elementary Community Guide

Venus has been working with children in the Montessori environment since 2004 in Washington state.  She went on to pursue her AMI Elementary training in 2006 at the Montessori Institute of Milwaukee.  She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Mumbai and a Bachelor of Science in Education, as well as her Master of Science in Education.  Venus also assisted in Montessori curriculum alignment with state standards.  Venus joined Hershey Montessori in 2012.  Venus and her husband Eldon have two sons and a daughter.  In her spare time Venus enjoys baking, organic gardening, home improvement projects, reading, and writing poetry.
Sarah Tetzloff

Sarah Tetzloff

Upper Elementary Community Guide

Sarah holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio, and received her AMI Elementary diploma from the Washington Montessori Institute, along with her Master’s in Education in Montessori Education from Loyola University in Maryland. Sarah spent 18 years teaching and directing youth in theatre arts and additional time as an Outreach Director helping school faculty incorporate the arts into their curriculum. Sarah joined Hershey Montessori School in 2007. Sarah enjoys playing volleyball, bird watching and researching her family history.

Concord Administration

Leslie Steelman

Leslie Steelman

Concord Campus Office Coordinator

Leslie joined the Hershey Montessori School community in December of 2016.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs from the University of Mary Washington in Virginia, and a Master’s degree in Secondary Education from Holy Family University in Philadelphia.  Following her undergraduate degree, Leslie served as a Peace Corps Volunteer for two years in the West African country of Niger.  While living in Niger, she worked with her town’s middle school to promote girls’ education through extracurricular activities.  Leslie has prior substitute teaching experience with area public school districts and administrative experience with a local accounting firm.  She and her husband Lyle enjoy traveling and taking road trips whenever they have the chance.
Eileen Hull

Eileen Hull

Concord Campus Office Assistant

Bio coming soon.

Zaynab Twaddell

Zaynab Twaddell

Concord Campus Coordinator

Zaynab has a master’s degree in Montessori Education from Loyola University in Maryland and received her AMI Primary Diploma in 2003 from the Foundation for Montessori Education in Toronto, Canada. She has spent the last 8 years living in China with her family, where she held various roles including being a stay at home parent, running a small Montessori Children’s House, and later working at a large Montessori School in Shenzhen, China. Zaynab worked at Hershey previously as admin support in the Development Office, as well as did substitute teaching at all levels. She is thrilled to be back with her whole family, her husband working at the Huntsburg campus teaching Mandarin Chinese, and her two young boys attending the program. Zaynab loves singing with children and has experience with the Music Together In-School curriculum. In her spare time, she enjoys going for nature walks, healthy cooking, building community with family and friends, and wants to learn how to play the guitar!

Middle School Faculty

Brooks Cavin

Brooks Cavin

Middle School Director & Math Guide

Brooks began his Montessori education at the age of two at a Montessori Children’s House in southern California. Following a Quaker high school education, Brooks earned a degree in mathematics at Carleton College. After working abroad at the Universidad Anáhuac México Sur International Business School, he earned an AMI Elementary Diploma and master’s degree in Montessori education from Loyola University in Maryland, and began the Upper Elementary program at St. Croix Montessori School in Stillwater, Minnesota, where he went on to serve as Director of Academics and Admissions. Brooks then began his 14-year tenure at Lake County Montessori School in Minneapolis as the middle school math teacher and assistant principal. Brooks was especially passionate about supporting the school’s Junior High program and its 160-acre working farm campus in Wisconsin, the Land School. In his free time, Brooks enjoys listening to and performing music, art, travel, and spending time with family.

Natalie Hudak

Natalie Hudak

Middle School Guide

Natalie received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio Wesleyan University with majors in Biology and English. After teaching outdoor and environmental education to youth in Ohio, Washington, North Carolina, Rhode Island, and aboard a tall ship, Natalie completed the teacher licensure program at Baldwin-Wallace University. She has taught science and language arts to middle school students for the past 8 years. Natalie enjoys spending time with her four children and exploring the outdoors while hiking, paddling, and cross country skiing.
Nicole Lederle

Nicole Lederle

Middle School Guide

Nicole grew up in Newbury, Ohio and attended college at Ashland University where she obtained a degree in Integrated Language Arts Education for grades 7-12. After graduating, Nicole worked as a 9th grade English teacher at Crestview High School for four years. During this time, Nicole advised the freshmen class, volunteered with the FFA, drama club, art club and assisted in numerous other clubs and activities throughout her time there. Along with teaching English, Nicole has also taught Creative Writing and Mythology. Outside of working, Nicole enjoys being outdoors, hiking, kayaking, taking photos and being around animals.

Danielle Miles

Danielle Miles

Middle School Guide

Danielle is a Mentor, Ohio native who recognized the value of the Montessori ideology while in high school when she worked as a classroom assistant/aftercare provider at the Concord campus in the late 90s. Her journey back to Hershey has taken 20 years. Since graduating with a degree in History and Secondary Education from John Carroll University in 2001, Danielle has lived and worked in many diverse communities. Her previous work in education includes teaching high school History in Beaufort, SC; working with learning disabled students from 3rd-12th grade at a private school in Miami, FL; honing her Montessori skills at Montessori Academy of Broward, in Pembroke Pines, FL as the middle school Science and Social Studies teacher; and working with middle school students in urban public schools, in both Indianapolis and Cleveland, teaching Social Studies, Science and Design. She is licensed in Ohio to teach 5th-9th grade Science and Social Studies and 7th-12th grade History. Danielle is married and has a son (13) and a daughter (15), and two beagle-rat terrier dogs. When not teaching, she enjoys hiking, yoga, traveling, reading, and spending time on her family’s 100 acres of woodlands in NY state.
Cristina Echeverria

Cristina Echeverria

Spanish Guide - Middle & Upper School

Cristina Echeverria originates from Colombia, South America. She is fluently bilingual in both Spanish and English. Cristina was an Attorney in Colombia and worked in the regulation of energy, gas, telecommunication, and environmental divisions of law at the Government office.  She found her vocation as a Spanish teacher when she moved to the U.S.A eleven years ago.  During this period, she taught Spanish to students of many different nationalities, ages, and cultural backgrounds.  Her lessons were taught from beginner to advanced levels. Cristina received an “Alternative Resident Educator License World Language” from the Ohio Department of Education. She continues training to strengthen her new vocation , which includes education courses at Walsh University and has received certificates of Professional Development in Waldorf philosophy while teaching in a Waldorf elementary and middle school for the past four years.  She enjoys sharing learning strategies, and alternative learning techniques, to support students acquiring another language. Cristina loves integrating the Arts and guiding her students to make meaningful connections with new avenues for communication. Cristina likes to travel, read, and take walks in the woods to enjoy nature.   She loves life with her daughter and all the excitement and adventure it brings with it.

Sara Guren

Sara Guren

Visual Art Specialist

Sara received her degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan in 2000.  She began working with adolescents both during her time at Michigan and afterwards as a backpacking trip leader in the Western U.S. and British Columbia wilderness’ for a teen adventure company, Adventures Cross Country.  She then went on to work and travel in New Zealand, Ski Patrol in Lake Tahoe California, and earn her certificate in Photography in two summers at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography in Missoula, Montana. She completed the AMI Orientation to Adolescent Studies in 2010 and has served as an art specialist for Creative Expression classes both at Hershey and Marin Montessori School in California.  In addition to teaching photography at Marin Montessori School she and her husband became house parents for their boarding program for a year. She and her family returned to Ohio last year and as a Hershey Montessori graduate, Sara is thrilled to be able to join the staff on the Farm as well as to have her two girls enrolled at the Concord Campus.  Sara’s interests include trail running, art art and more art, gardening outside with her kids and curling up on the couch with a good book and a cup of tea.

Upper School Faculty

John Buzzard

John Buzzard

Upper School Director & Humanities Guide

As an educator for over 26 years, John has served as a teacher, administrator, curriculum director, and teaching coach. He has a love for many subjects, including Mathematics and Science, but is excited to return to teaching in his first love, History and Humanities. John earned a B.A. in LIberal Arts at St. John’s College in Annapolis, and went on to earn a M.Ed. in Administration and Leadership. John is a lifetime practitioner of project-based and student-centered learning. John has lived all over the United States and has camped in, driven through, and explored 46 states. With his wife Kacie and three children, Vivian, Caroline, and Gideon, he is excited to be an active participant in the Hershey Montessori community. In addition to his passion for academic learning, John is also passionate about cooking and games.
Doug Cornett

Doug Cornett

English Language Arts Guide

Doug taught English, World History, and Humanities at both middle and high school levels for the past ten years at Northwest Academy middle and high school in Portland, Oregon. He has also been teaching college credit English through Portland State University and began his career teaching writing as adjunct professor for a year there. He has published a middle grade novel, Finally, Something Mysterious, by Knopf Books, and anticipates the sequel to be published in 2022 in addition to many literary magazines and fiction writing honors and prizes. He has a passionate vision for theory, practice, assessment, and growth, for both teaching and learning. Doug is also looking forward to returning to his family roots in Hudson, Ohio, with his wife and two young children.

Jill Levin

Jill Levin

English Language Learning

Jill has five years of experience teaching in middle and high schools, three of which were at the former Montessori High School at University Circle and two at Ratner Montessori middle school. Jill has been teaching at Lake Erie Ink, A Writing Space for Youth, since 2017 where she is also the program director and has served as a Parent Partner providing practical and emotional support for families and adolescents in crisis at Akron Children’s Hospital.

Joel Rabe

Joel Rabe

Mathematics Guide and Campus Math Chair

Joel’s sixteen years of experience teaching mathematics (geometry, algebra, calculus and AP calculus) includes three years at Hawken’s middle and high school, three years at The Wellington School, Columbus, and most recently at Cuyahoga Christian Academy. Joel also continually served as advisor and coached basketball, cross country and track and field. He is particularly drawn to project-based learning and fostering positive mindsets about mathematical thinking and collaborating with colleagues for inter-disciplinary learning. Joel and his wife will live on the Huntsburg Campus and are excited to enroll two of their three young children at the Concord Campus.

Matthew Sorrick

Matthew Sorrick

Science Guide

Matt brings twenty-six years of experience teaching environmental and related sciences to elementary through college level students. Beginning as a middle school science teacher and coach including three years at University School, Matt subsequently became the Director of the Center for Science Education, Hiram College, and coordinator of Environmental Outreach for Hiram College’s Field Stations, where he taught community education programs for elementary through adult learners. Serving as Adjunct Faculty at Hiram, Matt has been student teacher supervisor and mentor of teachers in the science education licensure program. . Matt and his wife, Roxanne, a teacher education professor at Hiram College, have two children who are now in third level education.

Cristina Echeverria

Cristina Echeverria

Spanish Guide - Middle & Upper School

Cristina Echeverria originates from Colombia, South America. She is fluently bilingual in both Spanish and English. Cristina was an Attorney in Colombia and worked in the regulation of energy, gas, telecommunication, and environmental divisions of law at the Government office.  She found her vocation as a Spanish teacher when she moved to the U.S.A eleven years ago.  During this period, she taught Spanish to students of many different nationalities, ages, and cultural backgrounds.  Her lessons were taught from beginner to advanced levels. Cristina received an “Alternative Resident Educator License World Language” from the Ohio Department of Education. She continues training to strengthen her new vocation , which includes education courses at Walsh University and has received certificates of Professional Development in Waldorf philosophy while teaching in a Waldorf elementary and middle school for the past four years.  She enjoys sharing learning strategies, and alternative learning techniques, to support students acquiring another language. Cristina loves integrating the Arts and guiding her students to make meaningful connections with new avenues for communication. Cristina likes to travel, read, and take walks in the woods to enjoy nature.   She loves life with her daughter and all the excitement and adventure it brings with it.

Sara Guren

Sara Guren

Visual Art Specialist

Sara received her degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan in 2000.  She began working with adolescents both during her time at Michigan and afterwards as a backpacking trip leader in the Western U.S. and British Columbia wilderness’ for a teen adventure company, Adventures Cross Country.  She then went on to work and travel in New Zealand, Ski Patrol in Lake Tahoe California, and earn her certificate in Photography in two summers at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography in Missoula, Montana. She completed the AMI Orientation to Adolescent Studies in 2010 and has served as an art specialist for Creative Expression classes both at Hershey and Marin Montessori School in California.  In addition to teaching photography at Marin Montessori School she and her husband became house parents for their boarding program for a year. She and her family returned to Ohio last year and as a Hershey Montessori graduate, Sara is thrilled to be able to join the staff on the Farm as well as to have her two girls enrolled at the Concord Campus.  Sara’s interests include trail running, art art and more art, gardening outside with her kids and curling up on the couch with a good book and a cup of tea.

Huntsburg Administration & Support Staff

John Buzzard

John Buzzard

Upper School Director & Humanities Guide

As an educator for over 26 years, John has served as a teacher, administrator, curriculum director, and teaching coach. He has a love for many subjects, including Mathematics and Science, but is excited to return to teaching in his first love, History and Humanities. John earned a B.A. in LIberal Arts at St. John’s College in Annapolis, and went on to earn a M.Ed. in Administration and Leadership. John is a lifetime practitioner of project-based and student-centered learning. John has lived all over the United States and has camped in, driven through, and explored 46 states. With his wife Kacie and three children, Vivian, Caroline, and Gideon, he is excited to be an active participant in the Hershey Montessori community. In addition to his passion for academic learning, John is also passionate about cooking and games.
Brooks Cavin

Brooks Cavin

Middle School Director & Math Guide

Brooks began his Montessori education at the age of two at a Montessori Children’s House in southern California. Following a Quaker high school education, Brooks earned a degree in mathematics at Carleton College. After working abroad at the Universidad Anáhuac México Sur International Business School, he earned an AMI Elementary Diploma and master’s degree in Montessori education from Loyola University in Maryland, and began the Upper Elementary program at St. Croix Montessori School in Stillwater, Minnesota, where he went on to serve as Director of Academics and Admissions. Brooks then began his 14-year tenure at Lake County Montessori School in Minneapolis as the middle school math teacher and assistant principal. Brooks was especially passionate about supporting the school’s Junior High program and its 160-acre working farm campus in Wisconsin, the Land School. In his free time, Brooks enjoys listening to and performing music, art, travel, and spending time with family.

Joyce Cole

Joyce Cole

Farm Manager

Joyce comes to Hershey with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Hiram College.  She also holds a post-baccalaureate certification in secondary education from Cleveland State University. For the past 15 years, Joyce has lived with her husband, Tom, and their two children, Ella and Tommy, in rural dwellings outside of Cincinnati and Cleveland (Geauga County). Inspired by a deep curiosity to live sustainably on the land and a long-standing dream to farm, she studied herbalism, worked on farms and fed her family locally-grown and foraged foods. From her current home in Chardon, Joyce enjoys shepherding both her goats and her two adolescents, practicing yoga, and helping her husband build their unconventional silo and shipping container home.   She is honored to share her passion for farming with Hershey Montessori’s Adolescent Community.
Robyn Dill

Robyn Dill

Administrative & Admissions Manager

Robyn earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in communication from Miami University. Her farm experience led 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. Robyn joined Hershey Montessori in 2011 and lives in nearby rural Geauga County.
Laura Jolliff

Laura Jolliff

Office Manager & Technology Advisor

Laura is a native Northeast Ohioan and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology with a Music minor from Case Western Reserve University. Prior to joining the Hershey Community in 2018 when the Upper School building opened, she spent twenty years working in corporate information technology. Outside of school, Laura enjoys supporting local food organizations, hiking and spending time with her family.

Katie Poe

Katie Poe

Nutrition & Kitchen Coordinator

Katie joined Hershey Montessori School in 2014, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition Science. As the nutrition manager, she is responsible for menu planning, daily meal preparation with students, and interaction with local vendors. She takes pride in sourcing local products and utilizing as much of the home-grown fruits and vegetables from our farm in the kitchen as possible. Meals are planned to maximize a diverse, nutritious diet. Katie’s hobbies include being a mom to two awesome children who have both attended Hershey, gardening, softball, and traveling.
Valerie Raines

Valerie Raines

College Counselor

Valerie Raines provides educational advising that is focused on college admissions, scholarships and financial aid, and degree completion. 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, and is president of VRaines Consulting. She enjoys kayaking, biking, jazz, and home improvement projects.

Huntsburg Residential Staff 

Sharyn Laux

Sharyn Laux

Residential Coordinator

Sharyn has studied theater, art, French, philosophy, business and English literature. She holds the AMI Primary certificate and has worked with Primary students for over twelve years. Most recently she has worked in Residential Life, initially as head of the food program and then director of residential life. Sharyn adores her son Avery, God, and her dog Hank. Her passion is running trails.
Whole School Administrative Staff
Lakisha Wingard

Lakisha Wingard

Director of Admissions

Lakisha joined Hershey Montessori School in August 2016.  She graduated from Xavier University with a major in Communications and minor in Gender and Diversity Studies. Most recently, she completed her AMI 6-12 Montessori Orientation (also known as the AMI Montessori 6–12 Assistants Certificate) in May 2021 and the AMI 3-6 Montessori Orientation course in January 2022.  Prior to joining Hershey, Lakisha was the regional director for a national nonprofit focused on dropout prevention.  Additionally, Lakisha is a former college admissions professional and has worked in admissions at Macalester College, The University of Alabama in Huntsville, and Auburn University at Montgomery. The common thread to her professional career has been relationship building and service to students and adults from all life experiences. She is grateful to share the Hershey Montessori School journey with her spouse and three elementary aged learners.

 

Deanna Meadows-Shrum

Deanna Meadows-Shrum

Director of Marketing and Communications

Deanna joined Hershey’s administrative team in the spring of 2019. A graduate of Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication with emphasis in Public Relations. Deanna has more than 20 years of experience in related fields of marketing and communication. Her career has taken her from farmlands in the heart of Ohio to the United Nations in New York City. She has built marketing and communication programs for both large and small organizations by tapping her unique passion to “grow things that matter.”  Her most important and revered role is being “mom” to her three children. Helping them grow brings her great joy and reward.  In her downtime, Deanna seeks the outdoors, relishing time on her bike, kayak, sitting around a fire, and being barefoot in the grass.
Lynette Ruple

Lynette Ruple

Director of Finance

Lynette joined Hershey Montessori School in 2014 as Director of Finance. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Bowling Green State University with concentrations in accounting and international business. She also studied at the University of Alcalá in Alcalá de Henares, Spain. Lynette has earned the designation as a Certified Public Accountant and is a Chartered Global Management Accountant; she is a member of both the OSCPA and AICPA. Lynette enjoys downhill skiing, golfing and spending as much time as possible being outdoors with her family. She and her husband Jon reside in Geauga County with their two sons. Together, they love being a part of the amazing and inspiring Hershey community.
Shelley Morgan

Shelley Morgan

Human Resources Administrator

Shelley joined Hershey in the summer of 2020 as the first Human Resources Administrator for the school.  She received her Human Resources Management degree from Lakeland Community College while working full-time in the field of Human Resources.  She later attained her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification in addition to earning her Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) designation along with the Group Benefits Associate (GBA), Retirement Plans Associate (RPA), and Compensation Management Specialist (CMS) specialty designations from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP) and the Wharton School of Business.  She has over 24 years of experience in Human Resources in the supply chain management, manufacturing, and professional services industries, along with having contracted at another private school in Northeast Ohio.  Shelley loves spending her free time reading and experiencing nature, especially amongst the trees where she lives in Hambden Township, Ohio along with her husband, two daughters, dog, chickens, and ducks.

 

AJ Bissell

AJ Bissell

Whole School Facilities Manager

A.J. grew up in Chardon and resides in Burton with his wife Tracy and their son Ben who is a student at the Hershey Upper School.  Currently he is the Whole School Facilities Manager for Hershey, managing the Concord and Huntsburg campuses.  He worked in the construction industry for twenty years, including six years living in the Catskill mountains in New York learning the timber framing, plumbing, stone masonry and heavy equipment trades.  A.J. enjoys being outdoors, mountains, streams, golfing, motorcycles and cooking.