Teachers set the stage in each classroom for a school year full of friendship, learning, and exploration.


Meet Fairville’s Staff

Our staff is made up of twenty professionals who each have years of experience working with young children.  Lead teachers and assistants are well-versed in guiding students in non-violent conflict resolution, which is a focal point of each child’s social and emotional development throughout their time at Fairville.  Teachers set the stage in each classroom for a school year full of friendship, learning, and exploration.

Staff Bios


Sandy Abbott

 Sandy

Sandy

  • Assistant Teacher, Grasshopper and Butterfly Rooms

  • Art and Nature Enrichment Teacher

  • B.S. Elementary & Special Education/West Chester University

  • Years at Fairville: 17

Sandy loves spending as much time as she can with her children and grandchildren. She also enjoys shopping, going out to lunch or dinner with friends, spending time at the beach and cooking.

 

“Fairville is a special place. I love watching the children learn and play inside and outside on the beautiful grounds at Fairville! I love watching them grow from September to May: making friends, exploring, drawing, laughing, painting, creating, cooking and sharing. I love meeting and interacting with the wonderful families, staff members and children!”


Saira Ahmad

 SAIRA

SAIRA

  • Assistant Teacher, Ladybug Room

  • B.S. Business Administration/International University of Islamabad, Pakistan

  • Years at Fairville: 2

I like to spend free time with my family. Our family likes to travel, watch movies, play board games and eat out. I am a dog lover and often foster for All4Paws Rescue. I am fascinated by the various cultures all around the world and would like to travel and learn about as many as I can. 

"I am excited to be a part of Fairville. Ever since we moved into the neighborhood 5 years ago, my family and I found this place to be magical! To me, working with children is most rewarding. I find that their simplicity, kindness, innocence and ability to love unconditionally is contagious and heartwarming. Fairville has welcomed me with open arms. Its like being a part of a family!” 


Laurie Brewer

 Laurie

Laurie

  • Assistant Teacher, Cricket Room

  • B.A. Elementary Education/University of Arizona

  • M.S. Education of the Deaf/Penn State University

  • Years at Fairville: 10

In her free time Laurie likes to travel with her family, hike, camp, SCUBA dive, grow flowers and berries, make mirrors and trivets with tiles, have movie/dinner dates with friends and work through an endless list of house and garden projects.

“The children are certainly my motivation to work at Fairville. Their genuine affection, observations and wonderings are delightful day after day. I appreciate the intellectual curiosity of our children and their enthusiasm for trying new activities. I can’t imagine a profession more fulfilling than teaching.”


Meghan Cobb

 Meghan

Meghan

  • Lead Teacher, Grasshopper Room

  • OOWTK and Fun Friday Enrichment Teacher

  • B.S. Early Childhood Education/University of Vermont

  • Years at Fairville: 1

When Meghan is not at school, you can find her coaching at one of the local high schools or training for an up coming race. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She likes the warm sun at the beach but loves the snow for skiing. 

“The moment I walked through Fairville’s doors, I fell in love. I am blessed to be apart of a community that values the importance of early childhood education and provides limitless opportunities for the children to feel loved and fall in love with learning. Fairville is my dream come true!”


Kristen Dougherty

 Kristen

Kristen

  • Bookkeeper

  • B.S. Finance/Saint Joseph’s University

  • Years at Fairville: 2

When Kristen is not at Fairville, she is working for her family business. She is also busy with her three daughters and spends plenty of time enjoying their activities. Kristen plays competitive tennis and loves to read. In her spare time, Kristen loves to visit Hilton Head, and enjoys walking her dogs at the Pocopson Park.

“There is no nicer place to work than Fairville. I have had many jobs and I cannot say enough about the kindness that surrounds 216 Pond View. I feel so blessed to have been able to work with Sharon F., and now Andrea L."


Amy Hammon

 Amy

Amy

  • Lead Teacher, Kindergarten

  • B.A. International Relations/University of Delaware

  • M.Ed. Elementary Education/Wilmington University

  • Years at Fairville: 9

When Amy is not at school, she is busy enjoying every moment she can with her family.  They love being outside, hiking, swimming, and just hanging out together.

“Fairville wrapped its arms around me twelve years ago when my daughter started as a two-year-old. I haven’t left this wonderful community of kids, parents and teachers since. I feel so blessed to be part of this magical place called Fairville.”


Julie Hazzard

 JULIE

JULIE

  • Kitchen Manager

  • B.A. Sociology/Tufts University

  • M.S. Public Health/West Chester University

  • Years at Fairville: 3

Julie loves to be outside whether hiking, hanging out at the beach or strolling at Longwood.  She enjoys reading, writing and spending time with family. Julie appreciates her creative outlets of cooking and fabric arts.  

"The community of Fairville has been so welcoming from the teachers and staff, to the Board, parents and children. As a vegetarian myself, I am excited to manage a kitchen and prepare vegetarian food for our youngest friends!"


Kristin Jenney

 Kristin

Kristin

  • Kitchen Assistant

  • B.A. Sociology/University of Maryland 

  • Years at Fairville: 1

Kristin loves spending time with her husband and two children. She also enjoys taking walks and relaxing in the sun. 

“I have been involved with Fairville for many years as a parent and volunteer and now a staff member. It really is such a special place and feel very fortunate to be a part of this community.”


Betsy Kotsch

 Betsy

Betsy

  • Lead Teacher, Butterfly Room

  • B.S. Elementary Education and Early Childhood Development/Indiana University of Pennsylvania

  • Years at Fairville: 23

When Betsy isn’t at school she likes to read, travel, spend time at the beach and play with her grandchildren.

“I love my job at Fairville. The children are, of course, what I love the most. Their enthusiasm, their honesty, their innocence and their curiosity make my job fun and fulfilling. I also love that Fairville is a small school with a strong sense of community. It is a place where everyone-children, teachers, staff, parents and board members-nurtures and supports each other. I love Fairville’s play-based curriculum, its spacious outside areas and its commitment to Quaker values.”


Nikki Lache

 Nikki

Nikki

  • Lead Teacher, Bumblebee Room, TTH

  • OOWTK Enrichment Teacher

  • B.A. Writing/Ithaca College

  • M.Ed. Elementary Education/University of Pennsylvania

  • Years at Fairville: 1

When Nikki is not at school, she loves spending time with her husband and two little boys.  They love going to the beach, cooking, and exploring playgrounds and gardens.

“I love seeing the wonder and joy on the children’s faces at Fairville when they make new discoveries and learn through play.  I am honored to join such a warm and wonderful community of children, families, and teachers.”


Andrea Linvill

 Andrea

Andrea

  • Head of School

  • B.A. Communication/New England College

  • M.S. Educational Leadership/Neumann University

  • Years at Fairville: 10

When Andrea is not at school she likes spending time with her family, enjoying live music, traveling, cooking and sailing.

“I appreciate the opportunity to teach in a school so fully infused with Quaker values. We have the ability to provide a deep and meaningful education while truly honoring the unique, special aspects of each child. The way we honor and address the children is also true in the relationships among colleagues and other adults in the community. This makes working at Fairville a very warm, supportive and positive environment.”


Leslie Neuberger

 LESLIE

LESLIE

  • Lead Teacher, Bumblebee Room, MWF

  • B.A. History/University of Connecticut

  • M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction/University of Maryland

  • Years at Fairville: 2

Leslie is a mom of four. She enjoys hikes, travel, and outdoor adventures with her husband, kids, and puppy Mabel. Leslie also loves tackling home improvement projects, gardening, and caring for the family's fish and chickens. 

"The moment you walk through the doors of Fairville, it's clear something special is happening. I feel blessed and humbled to teach in this unique environment which embraces the pace and simplicity of early childhood. Fairville is a place where children can be completely in tune with nature, music, art, and one another--free from noise and distraction. Childhood is cherished here in a truly beautiful, developmentally-sensitive way.” 


Andrea Puskar

 ANDREA

ANDREA

  • Lead Teacher, Ladybug Room

  • B.A. Psychology/Shippensburg University

  • M.Ed. Counseling Psychology/James Madison University

  • Ed.S. Counseling Psychology/James Madison University

  • Years at Fairville: 4

When not at Fairville, Andrea loves being with her husband, three children, and puppy.  She enjoys being active in her children’s school and volunteering at A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children. She loves cooking, reading, traveling, and being near the water.

“I fell in love with Fairville the moment I walked in the door years ago and though my role has changed, I have never left!  I am so grateful to be a part of the community that is Fairville Friends.  It brings me great joy to spend my days with young children in a picturesque setting with Quaker values at its core.  All 3 of my children attended Fairville and I am honored to have the opportunity to teach at such a special place.”


Mimi Royer

 Mimi

Mimi

  • Lead Teacher, Kindergarten

  • B.A. English and Psychology/Lake Forest College

  • M.Ed. Elementary Education/Wilmington University

  • Years at Fairville: 3

In her spare time, Mimi enjoys spending time with her family and she loves to read!  She is enjoying a new hobby of ice skating and is exited to see how that goes! 

"I love that Fairville is passionate about creating lifelong learners. The wonderful educators at Fairville strive to teach the values of peace, equality, and caring for the earth.  Having graduated from a Friends School, I understand just how special a Quaker Education is. I feel so fortunate to be a part of such an amazing and loving community."


Holly Taylor

 Holly

Holly

  • Assistant Teacher, Firefly and Bumblebee Rooms

  • Science Enrichment Teacher

  • B.A. English/Gettysburg College

  • M.Ed./University of Pennsylvania

  • Years at Fairville: 1

Holly loves spending time with her family and friends, reading, writing, traveling, and getting out into nature.

“As a Fairville parent as well as staff member, my colleagues inspire me daily to strive to be a more effective and reflective educator. The atmosphere of kindness and nurturing patience that they impart to this enchanting place allows students to wonder, discover, create, challenge themselves and engage with nature in a loving and supportive environment. I'm so honored to be welcomed into this special community.”


Kate Taylor

 Kate

Kate

  • Assistant Teacher, Kindergarten

  • Kindergarten Fun Friday Enrichment Teacher

  • B.A. Integrated Arts/Bard College

  • Post-baccalaureate Certification in Elementary Education/West Chester University

  • Years at Fairville: 1

In her free time, Kate enjoys reading, cooking, gardening, journaling, making arts and crafts, nature walking, taking pictures, going to the movies, laughing and dancing with her family, having tea with friends and most of all, cozying up with her husband and cats. Both are blessed with green thumbs and love the flora and fauna of this beautiful area. 

“Fairville Friends School is a true gem in education. What a joy to return to this beautiful campus. I had worked here as an assistant in the Ladybug Room, many years ago, and I was immediately drawn to the way all the instructors and staff communicated with the children and one another with gentle, loving kindness. All Fairville students have the freedom to grow and play outdoors, creatively express through multiple forms of art, learn how to problem solve with others through collaboration and sharing, all while gaining an early education through fun, engaging lessons. Everything about Fairville is child-focused with such care, from the design of the school to the pedagogy of the instructors. I am so thrilled to once again have the opportunity to work at this haven of peace and learning."


Meaghan Toohey

 Meaghan

Meaghan

  • Lead Teacher, Firefly Room

  • B.S. Early Childhood Education/University of Delaware

  • Years at Fairville: 12

When Meaghan is not at school, she enjoys spending time with her two teenagers and black lab. She also loves kayaking, hiking, and swimming in the ocean.

“I love working at Fairville! Meeting for Worship is my favorite part of the day. I enjoy making daily discoveries with the children about the world we live in. The children keep me smiling and I love learning new things with them.” 


Taryn Sutch

 Taryn

Taryn

  • Lead Teacher, Cricket Room

  • B.S. Business/University of Delaware

  • M.S. Education/University of Pennsylvania

  • Years at Fairville: 9

Taryn enjoys spending time with her husband and two wonderful children.  She enjoys taking her dog for walks, relaxing in the outdoors, skiing and yoga.

“I love the opportunity to see the world through the eyes of the children at Fairville. It is a delight to witness the process of learning at all levels. I also enjoy working with families to help their children get started in the world of preschool.”


Melissa Watson

 MELISSA

MELISSA

  • Office Administrator

  • B.A. Sociology and Women’s Studies/University of Delaware

  • M.P.A. Nonprofit Leadership & Community Development/University of Delaware

  • Years at Fairville: 3

Melissa is mom to four (Fairville!) children, she loves being by the water, riding her bike, spending time with family, reading, kayaking, her adorable sheepadoodles, and chocolate.

“Fairville is a joyful place and I am deeply grateful that my family is part of this wonderful community.”


Kari Wolff

 Kari

Kari

  • Preschool Playtime Teacher

  • B.A. Political Science/University of Rochester

  • M.Ed. Early Childhood Education/George Mason University

  • Years at Fairville: 1

Kari loves spending time with her husband, two children and their dog. She enjoys traveling and exploring places nearby and far away. When she has free time she enjoys yoga, crafting, baking and reading.

“I adore the pure innocence and excitement young children possess. When I spend time with them I am constantly inspired by their enthusiasm and unique perspectives. Since walking into Fairville I have viewed it as a magical place where young children develop a strong foundation for a lifetime of learning and discovery. I am excited and grateful to support and encourage the youngest learners at Fairville along with their caregivers. It is an amazingly warm and welcoming environment that values what is truly important about the special time of early childhood.”