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 fifteen professionals who each have years of experience working with young children.  Head 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: 15

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!”


Laurie Brewer

Laurie

Laurie

  • Assistant Teacher, Kindergarten
  • B.A. Elementary Education/University of Arizona
  • M.S. Education of the Deaf/Penn State University
  • Years at Fairville: 8

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: 9

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: 7

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!”


Cortney Encarnacion

Cortney

Cortney

  • Assistant Teacher Bumblebee & Firefly Room
  • B.A. Sociology / University of Massachusetts
  • MSW Temple University
  • Years at Fairville: 3

Cortney's favorite thing to do is to spend time with her husband and two amazing children.  They love going to the beach, hiking, swimming, exploring, playing sports and dramatic play.  She also enjoy listening to music, exercising and dancing.  She loves traveling home to Massachusetts to visit her family and she is a huge Boston Red Sox fan.

“ When I first visited Fairville, I fell in love with the campus.  The grounds are so beautiful and the children have so many different spaces and yards to play and explore. My son and daughter have both been students at Fairville and I love the feeling of community, friendship and peace that defines the school.”


Amy Hammon

Amy

Amy

  • Head Teacher, Kindergarten
  • B.A. International Relations/University of Delaware
  • M.Ed. Elementary Education/Wilmington University
  • Years at Fairville: 7

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 seven 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: 1

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

  • Head Teacher, Grasshopper Room
  • B.A. English/Elementary Education/College of Wooster
  • M.A. Elementary Education/Widener University
  • Years at Fairville: 4

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

  • Head Teacher, Butterfly Room
  • B.S. Elementary Education and Early Childhood Development/Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Years at Fairville: 21

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

  • Head Teacher, Bumblebee Room
  • B.A. French & Russian/Queen Mary College/London
  • Years at Fairville: 6

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

  • Office Administrator
  • B.A. Communication/ New England College
  • M.S. Educational Leadership/Neumann University
  • Years at Fairville: 8

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.”


Andrea Puskar

ANDREA

ANDREA

  • Head 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: 2

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 6 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

  • Assistant Teacher, Inchworm Room and Kitchen Assistant
  • B.A. English and Psychology/Lake Forest College
  • M.Ed. Elementary Education/Wilmington University 
  • Years at Fairville: 2

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

  • Head Teacher, Firefly Room & Inchworm Room
  • B.S. Early Childhood Education/University of Delaware
  • Years at Fairville: 10

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: 7

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.”