Our Teachers

Peachtown Staff

Peachtown encourages cooperative learning for its students and cooperative teaching for its teachers and administrators.  We work as a team and often pull from each other's experience and expertise.  The result is a tight knit and highly cooperative community of learners.  

Head of School
Alyssa Binns Gunderson, B.A. Hartwick College, English, Teacher Certification, Wells College, English Language Arts, 7-12, Graduate coursework in Educational Leadership and Curriculum and Instruction.

Alyssa has worked at Peachtown for ten years.  She brings an array of administrative and community action experience and taught high school English early in her career.  She is passionate about education and is grateful for to the opportunity to foster the curiosity and excitement that children bring.

Upper Classroom Lead Teacher

Bird CramerB.A. Wells College, Psychology; M.S. SUNY Oswego, Literacy Education, NYS Certification, Pre-K through Grade 6, Literacy, Birth through Grade 6  

Bird Cramer is in her 18th year at Peachtown and is glad to be a part of this vibrant community. She is passionate about Young Adult Literature, all kinds of theater, and most of all, putting great books into the hands of incredible children. 

Lower Classroom Lead Teacher

Sonjia Turner, B.A. SUNY New Paltz, Graduate coursework in Elementary Education, K-6. 
Sonjia has been working in the fields of child care and early childhood education for more than 20 years . She currently teaches STEAM along with Writing and French to our Lower Classroom.  She also leads a Friday enrichment program called "Creative Academy".    

Adjunct Teachers

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

Cathy Mullarney is a Music Educator with over 35 years of experience in General and Choral Music Education.  She has a B.M. in Music Education from SUNY Potsdam and a Masters in Music from Youngstown State University, as well as Level 1 certification in Orff-Schulwerk, a music education approach dedicated to creative music and movement for children.  She is a practicing flutist with the Auburn Chamber Orchestra and does her best on the piano, ukulele, and recorder. Cathy is also especially fond of her ongoing work as coordinator of the San Pedro Sister Community project. 

Nica Weeks holds her B.A. in Art Education from Nazareth College. While raising her two children, she continued painting, both personal and commissioned work. She was inspired by the Savannah seashore on Tybee Island, where her work was gallery shown. She also has worked as an interior decorator and home stager. She is enjoying her return to the classroom.

Ellen Wood Hall holds a B.A.  in French Studies from Agnes Scott College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in French Literature from Bryn Mawr College.  She has held several college level teacing and administration positions throughout her career and now teaches French to our 3rd-8th grade students.  She also spends her days growing dahlias, and participating in the Aurora Farmer's Market.