Saturday, October 10, 2009

Meet the Teachers

Peachtown Staff

Peachtown encourages cooperative learning for its students and cooperative teaching for its teachers and administrator. The teachers and administrator at Peachtown work together. Each teacher knows every student and has the opportunity to work, eat or play with them everyday. We have no substitute teachers, just fellow teachers.

The Peachtown staff is comprised of full time, part-time and adjunct teachers. Staffing is adjusted to accommodate the current student population with the goal of maintaining a 6

to 1 student/teacher ratio. The Lower Level classroom houses grades pre-K - 3 and the Upper Level classroom houses grades 4 – 8. Each of these classrooms has a lead teacher and may utilize part-time or full-time teaching assistants as enrollments warrant.

Peachtown teachers are hired based upon their talent for teaching. New teachers are mentored as they develop their skills in the classroom. Proven teaching ability and the academic rigor of their educational experience is valued above teacher certification. Due to the nature of the curriculum, teachers must be researchers and learners. Teachers may or may not hold state licenses.

Head of School, Music Teacher and Upper Level Math Teacher

Barbara Post, B.A. Wells College, Music; M.A. SUNY Empire State College, Social Policy, Education

Barbara, as the founder of the school, has spent 20 years working as the chief administrator of Peachtown and teaching music. For several years, she was the lead teacher in the Upper Level Classroom, and for the past 7 years, she has taught Upper Level math classes, including high school Math I.

Lower Level, Lead Teacher

Kathleen Button, B.A. SUNY Geneseo, Sociology, Elementary Education; M.S. SUNY Cortland, Early Elementary Education

Kathy has 18 years of teaching experience in public and private classrooms as well as Head Start. She retains her NYS permanent certification. Kathy has worked at Peachtown for the past 8 years

Upper Level, Lead Teacher

Anne (Bird Cramer), B.A. Wells College, Psychology, Education Minor; Graduate coursework in Speech Pathology

Bird has worked at Peachtown for 8 years. She worked previously with special needs children and developmentally disabled adults. Bird specializes in juvenile and young adult fiction and has brought her talent in theater arts to the annual Peachtown drama productions.

Adjunct Teachers

Peachtown has adjunct teachers in the fields of Reading Recovery, Art and Foreign Languages (French and Spanish) and other subjects, as needed. Weekly swim instruction and the After School care program are staffed with Wells College students.