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 nineteen 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: 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 Classroom
  • B.S Business Administration from 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 Classroom
  • 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.”




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 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: 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!"



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.”



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, 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, MWF
  • BA History, University of Connecticut
  • MEd, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Maryland
  • Years at Fairville: 2

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: 4

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

  • 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 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 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 is enjoys spending time with her two teenagers and black lab. She also loves to go kayaking, hiking, and swim 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 Classroom
  • 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 
  • BA in Sociology and Women’s Studies/University of Delaware
  • MPA, Nonprofit Leadership & Community Development/University of Delaware
  • Years at Fairville: 2

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.”