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
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 27 years working as the chief administrator of Peachtown and until 2014, taught music at all grade levels. For several years, she was the lead teacher in the Upper Level Classroom, and for the past 14 years, she has taught Upper Level math classes as well.
Upper Level, Lead Teacher
Anne (Bird) Cramer, B.A. Wells College, Psychology, Education Minor; currently working on a Masters in Literacy Education, and earned her certification in Elementary Education, K-6. Winner of Words in Action award from American Shakespeare Center, 2013. She is a member of the NCTE and ILA.
Bird has worked at Peachtown for 16 years. She specializes in juvenile and young adult literature and has brought her talent in theater arts to the annual Peachtown drama productions. Bird loves Peachtown's rotating curriculum as it offers new opportunities to grow as an educator and explore research in a variety of areas for the classroom.
Karin Trouyet, B.A. National University, Early Childhood Education; coursework in TESOL and TCF accreditation; ACTFL member since 2014. Karin holds a Masters in Education, Curriculum and Instruction with specialization on U.S. Education in the Global Context.
Karin is in her fourth year at Peachtown. She was raised in Mexico, France, and Italy, and moved to the area from San Diego, where she worked as an assistant teacher in preschool and substitute teacher in elementary grades at a French immersion language school. Fluent in four languages, Karin is a passionate teacher who loves to share her multicultural perspective with children.
Lower Level Classroom Teacher
Alyssa Binns Gunderson, B.A. Hartwick College, English (20th Century American Literature), Women's Studies Minor; Teacher Certification, Wells College, English Language Arts, 7-12
Alyssa has taught at Peachtown for five 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 young children bring to the classroom.
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.
Jeanne Hearst is a Reading Recovery Specialist. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and Education, an M.A. in Language Arts, and received her NYS certification in Corrective and Remedial Reading. Jeanne has been teaching reading recovery to children and adults with great success for more than 40 years.
Cathy Mullarney is a Music Educator with over 32 years of experience in General and Choral Music Education. She has a B.M. in Music Education from SUNY Potsdam and an M.M. from Youngstown State University, as well as Level 1 certification in Orff-Schulwerk, a music education approach. She is a practicing flutist and as she says, "limps along" on the piano, ukulele, and recorder.
Marilyn Post is an Art Educator who holds a B.A. from Wells College in English and History. She spent 33 years as a Senior Counselor for at-risk youth and completed an extensive amount of graduate coursework in the Fine Arts, Education, and Special Education at Syracuse University. Marilyn has served as a docent at the Everson Museum for the past 13 years, where she gives tours and leads outreach programming for all ages. She's also a regular participant in a figure drawing group in her spare time.