Faculty & Staff 2022-23

Kara Douglass
Head of School
B.A. English Literature and German
M.A. Counseling
Montessori Certification Ages 3-6
Years at TFSSA: 16

 

Peggy Fiala
Assistant Head - Lower School
B.S. Education
M.Ed.
Licensed Professional Counselor
Years at CDS: 5

 

Diane Loyd
Assistant Head - Upper School
Athletic Director
B.S. Medical Technology
B.S. Physician Assistant
Years at TFSSA: 14

 


TODDLERS

Rachel Kohl
Teacher
B.A. Elementary Education
M.A. Early Childhood Education
Montessori Certification Ages 0-3 and 3-6
Years at CDS: 9

 

Susan Partain
Assistant
Montessori Certification Ages 3-6
Years at CDS: 26

 

  


Afternoon Assistant (as necessary) 


PRESCHOOL/KINDERGARTEN

Bowen/Hassan Classroom

Courtney Bowen
Teacher
B.S. Early Childhood Education
Montessori Certification Ages 3-6
Montessori Paraprofessional Certification
Years at CDS: 5

 

Shadia Hassan
Teacher
B.A. Fine Arts
Montessori Certification Ages 3-6
Years at TFSSA: 18

 

 

Bhutani/Klasing Classroom

Puja Bhutani
Teacher
B.A. Commerce
Montessori Certification Ages 3-6
Years at CDS: 6

 

 

Lindsay Klasing
Teacher
B.S. Elementary Education
M.A. Elementary Education
Montessori Certification Ages 3-6
Years at CDS: 8

 

 


LOWER ELEMENTARY (Grades 1-2-3)

Kathy Chu
Teacher
B.S. Design
M.A. Elementary Education
Montessori Certification Ages 3-6
Years at CDS: 15

 

Lisa Fitzler
Teacher
B.A. Spanish and Education
M.A. ESL / Linguistics
Ed.D. Educational Leadership
Montessori Certification Ages 3-6
Years at CDS: 16
 

Kristen Kruger
Teacher
B.A. Paralegal Studies
M.A. Education
Montessori Certification Ages 0-3, 3-6, 6-9
Years at TFSSA: 14

 

 

Amy Lamb
Teacher
B.A. Sociology
M.A. Educational Leadership
M.A. Education Processes
Years at CDS: 7

 

 


UPPER ELEMENTARY (Grades 4-5-6)

Juliet Burns
Teacher
B.A. Architecture and Urban Planning
Years at TFSSA: 3

 

 

 

Tracy Lannert
Teacher
B.S. Elementary Education
M.A. Education
Years at TFSSA: 12

 


Tiffany Saffell
Teacher
A.A. Paralegal Studies
B.A. Special Education
M.Ed. Instructional Design
Years at CDS: 3

 

Katie Sternhagen
Teacher
B.A. Psychology
M.Ed. Marriage and Family Counseling
Years at CDS: 4

 

 

 


SPECIALS

Kim Bellchamber
Learning Center Director - Lower School and Upper School
B.S. Education / Special Education
Years at TFSSA: 2

 



Emily Bryan
Art Teacher - Lower School
B.A. Art History
M.A. Art History and Archaeology
Years at TFSSA: 1

 

 

Shadia Hassan
Art Teacher - Upper School
B.A. Fine Arts
Montessori Certification Ages 3-6
Years at TFSSA: 18

 

 

Ryan Lancaster
Physical Education Teacher - Lower School and Upper School
B.A. Education / Health Education
M.S. Education
Years at CDS: 11

 


Martha Melendez

Spanish Teacher - Upper Elementary (Grades 4-5-6)
B.A. French
M.A. French
Years at TFSSA: 2

 

 

Deborah Steurer
Learning Center Reading Specialist - Lower School
B.A. Elementary Education
M.A. Special Education
Ph.D. Educational Administration
Years at TFSSA: 20

 

Gaby Toujas
Spanish Teacher - Preschool and Lower Elementary (Grades 1-2-3)
B.A. Education and Fine Arts
Years at TFSSA: 12

 

 

 


UPPER SCHOOL

Anne Barenkamp
History Teacher - Upper School
B.A. English
M.A. Liberal Arts
Years at TFSSA: 5

 

 

Emily Bryan
History Teacher Upper School
B.A. Art History
M.A. Art History and Archaeology
Years at TFSSA: 1

 


Seth Hurwitz
English Teacher - Upper School
B.A. Literature and Language
M.A. English and American Literature
Ph.D. English and American Literature
Years at TFSSA: 12



Martha Melendez
Spanish Teacher - Upper School
B.A. French
M.A. French
Years at TFSSA: 2

 


Skyler Mitchell
Science and Math Teacher - Upper School Science
B.A. Biology
Years at TFSSA: 2

 

 


Gaby Toujas
Spanish Teacher - Upper School
B.A. Education and Fine Arts
Years at TFSSA: 12

 



Lensyl Urbano
Science and Math Teacher Upper School 
B.S. Geology
Ph.D. Geology and Geophysics
Montessori Certification - Secondary: Ages 12-15
Years at TFSSA: 11

 

 


ADMINISTRATION / SUPPORT STAFF

Sherri Anselm
Registrar
B.S. Nuclear Engineering
Years at TFSSA: 2

 



Stephanie Coulter
Director of Enrollment Management
B.A. Journalism
Years at CDS: 3

 



Sarah Doyle
Business Manager
B.S. Accounting
Certified Public Accountant
Years at TFSSA: 12

 



Laura Hahn
Director of Marketing
B.A. English
Years at TFSSA: 10

 



Valerie Mertz
Farm Manager
B.A. Biology
M.A. Educational Processes
Years at TFSSA: 9

 


Rick Platz
Director of Facilities
Years at TFSSA: 12

 

 

 

Stephanie Prewitt
Director of Development 
B.A. English
Years at CDS: 3