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 seventeen 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 in Grasshopper and Butterfly Classrooms
  • Art & Nature Enrichment Teacher
  • B.S. in Elementary & Special Education/West Chester University
  • Years at Fairville: 16

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, Cricket and Lunch Assistant
  • B.S Business Administration from International University of Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Years at Fairville: 1

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, Bumblebee and Firefly Classrooms
  • B.A. Elementary Education/University of Arizona
  • M.S. Education of the Deaf/Penn State University
  • Years at Fairville: 9

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.”


Vicki Chandler

Vicki

Vicki

  • Assistant Teacher, Ladybug Room
  • B.S. Home Economics/Child & Family Services/Social Work/Mansfield University
  • Years at Fairville: 10

Vicki enjoys spending free time with her husband and daughters. She likes to raise and train dogs for Canine Partners for Life. She also likes to sew, garden and spend time outdoors.

“I enjoy sharing new experiences with the children: creating artwork with different mediums, exploring nature outside, tasting new foods at lunch, learning about something unfamiliar. Working with the younger students at Fairville gives me the opportunity to witness the children’s great growth in skills, language and confidence through the year.”


Sharon Fichthorn

Sharon

Sharon

  • Head of School
  • B.A. Psychology/Early Childhood & Elementary Education/Widener University
  • M.Ed. Reading/Widener University
  • Years at Fairville: 8

On weekends Sharon likes to explore Philadelphia, especially its music and art venues, or watch independent films. She enjoys taking early morning walks, reading, babysitting her grandchildren, and spending time at the beach.

“I love spending my days at Fairville. Listening as the children find their voices and share their thoughts and feelings during Meeting is an endearing way to begin each day. Watching our young students as they explore, make discoveries, and create-often with abandon-is very rewarding. I also enjoy conversing with our families and learning about the hopes and dreams they hold for their children.  There is a strong sense of camaraderie at Fairville and our days are filled with plenty of joy and laughter-that makes working here fun and fulfilling!”


Amy Hammon

Amy

Amy

  • Lead Teacher, Kindergarten
  • B.A. International Relations/University of Delaware
  • M.Ed. Elementary Education/Wilmington University
  • Years at Fairville: 8

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 eleven years ago when my daughter started as a two-year-old. I haven’t left this wonderful community of kids, parents and teachers since and 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: 2

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!"


Christine Huxtable

Christine

Christine

  • Lead Teacher, Grasshopper Room
  • B.A. English/Elementary Education/College of Wooster
  • M.A. Elementary Education/Widener University
  • Years at Fairville: 5

Christine loves spending time with her family hiking, biking, canoeing, skiing, boating and crabbing. She carries her camera everywhere she goes because she loves being able to capture a special moment in time on film.  Knitting is another favorite pastime, as is reading. Christine has a dog named Rufus and they love to go on long walks together.

“The atmosphere at Fairville makes me happy. The teachers are supportive and kind to one another, and it is clear that they thoroughly enjoy working with the children. Since I am an educator who also happens to be a Quaker, working at Fairville is the perfect place for me to live my Quaker values while doing what I love most!”


Betsy Kotsch

Betsy

Betsy

  • Lead Teacher, Butterfly Room
  • B.S. Elementary Education and Early Childhood Development/Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Years at Fairville: 22

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.”


Judy Leigh

Judy

Judy

  • Lead Teacher, Cricket Room
  • B.A. French & Russian/Queen Mary College/London
  • Years at Fairville: 7

Judy has taught in Early Childhood Education for over 30 years.  Prior to coming to Fairville, she spent 17 years at the former Oak Lane Day School teaching 3 and 4 year olds. Judy enjoys cooking for her friends and family, traveling, and spending time at the Chesapeake.  She enjoys taking workshops on cooking, paper arts, bookbinding and butchery.

"Coming to work every day in a beautiful pastoral setting where children learn through joyful play, where colleagues give and get support from each other and where parents respect teaching done in the "Fairville way" isn't just a job, it is a privilege. I love working in a place that is filled with song, where simplicity is valued and peace is the backdrop for everything we do."


Andrea Linvill

Andrea

Andrea

  • Assistant Head of School
  • B.A. Communication/ New England College
  • M.S. Educational Leadership/Neumann University
  • Years at Fairville: 9

When Andrea is not at school she likes spending time with her family, enjoying live music, travel, 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
  • BA History, University of Connecticut
  • MEd, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Maryland
  • Years at Fairville: 1

Leslie is honored to join the teaching staff at Fairville for the 17/18 school year. A mom of four, she enjoys hikes, travel, and outdoor adventures with her husband, kids, and puppy Mabel. She 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: 3

When not at Fairville, Andrea enjoys being with her husband and 3 children.  They love to explore all that this area has to offer from parks to museums, beaches to cities, and farms to restaurants.  She is active in her children’s school and also loves cooking, reading, and traveling. 

“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

  • Co-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 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."


Meaghan Schiller

Meaghan

Meaghan

  • Lead Teacher, Firefly Room
  • B.S. Early Childhood Education/University of Delaware
  • Years at Fairville: 11

Meaghan enjoys reading and spending time at the beach, biking and swimming.  She runs to keep in shape, but she doesn’t enjoy it. Her family is very important to her and when she is not at Fairville her life revolves around her husband and two children. They enjoy playing board games, swimming in the ocean, and hiking together.

“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

  • Preschool Playtime Teacher, Afternoon Enrichment Teacher
  • B.S. Business/University of Delaware
  • M.S. Education/University of Pennsylvania
  • Years at Fairville: 8

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 
  • BA in Sociology and Women’s Studies/University of Delaware
  • MPA, Nonprofit Leadership & Community Development/University of Delaware
  • Years at Fairville: 1

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

“Fairville is magic.”