Faculty and Staff
Dr. Faye Janine Pleso, CEO/Principal
Some of Dr. Pleso's experiences include being a Head of School, an elementary teacher (in U.S. and in Honduras), a manager of a mental health organization, a TSS, a regional beauty advisor trainer for the corporate office of Avon, and an owner/operator of an antique shop. She has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Youngstown State University, a Master's degree in Education Administration/Leadership from Jones International University, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy Administration and International Non-Governmental Organizations from Walden University. In her spare time, she participates in living history events of many time periods, including Empire, U.S. Civil War, and WW2. She loves to travel throughout the U.S. and abroad. She also enjoys activities for health and fitness including walking many miles a day in the Gettysburg National Military Park.
Mrs. Leigh Gugliette, Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Gugliette has been working as an administrative assistance for over 15 years. Before coming to GMCS in 2010, she worked at PA Counseling Services. Mrs. Gugliette enjoys people and loves helping make the school days at GMCS enjoyable for children. She lives in Spring Grove with her husband and her daughter and enjoys exploring paranormal activity, visits to the beach, creative art and spending time with her family.
Mrs. Heather (Grace-Rutledge) Edmond, Teacher (Kindergarten)
Mrs. Edmond has been teaching Kindergarten with Gettysburg Montessori Charter School since it was first chartered in 2010. Mrs. Edmond is a certified Montessori Teacher, with a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Concordia University and a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Elementary Education from Gettysburg College. In her free time, Mrs. Edmond enjoys gardening, reading, cooking, cake decorating, camping, kayaking, playing the African djembe drum, and hosting bi-monthly community drum circles in downtown Gettysburg.
Ms. Kyla Weatherly, Teacher's Assistant (Kindergarten)
Mrs. Brittany (See) Lawrence, Teacher-Primary (Kindergarten)
Mrs. Lawrence has been teaching at Gettysburg Montessori since 2013. Mrs. Lawrence is a graduate of Shippensburg University with a degree in Elementary Education and concentration in Reading. She also holds her International Montessori Teaching Diploma that she earned from the North American Montessori Center. In her free time Mrs. Lawrence enjoys reading, baking and spending time with her family.
Mrs. Ann Zapf (Wright), Teacher's Assistant (Kindergarten)
Mrs. Zapf is a graduate of McCann School of Business and Technology with an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and is certified by the American Heart Association in First Aid, CPR, and AED. Ann has been a teacher’s assistant with GMCS since 2014. In her free time she enjoys kayaking, biking, gardening, camping, and spending time with family and friends.
Ms. Elizabeth Shoop, Teacher's Assistant (Grades 3-4)
Ms. Shoop holds an Associates Degree in Human Services and is currently working towards her Bachelors Degree in ABA Psychology from Purdue Global University. Ms. Shoop comes from a large family and enjoys helping children achieve their goals. In her spare time, Ms. Shoop enjoys crafts, spending time outdoors and baking.
Mr. Evan Stare, Teacher (Grades 1-2)
Mr. Stare has been with Gettysburg Montessori Charter School since 2014. Mr. Stare graduated Cum Laude from Eastern University and holds a BS in Early Education. Before coming to G.M.C.S. Mr. Stare worked at non-profits with school age children. He attributes his ability to communicate with his students and parents effectively to his time spent there. Mr. Stare has been working with kids for over 10 years and he enjoys working with and learning about them daily.
When Mr. Stare isn't in the classroom he enjoys reading, watching movies, or spending time with his family and friends.
Mrs. Jodie Crone, Teacher's Assistant (Grades 1-2)
With over 10 years experience working with young children. She is a great addition to our team! She holds an Associates Degree in Technology from Yorktowne Business Institute. Mrs. Crone is a highly motivated with a passion for learning! In her spare time, Mrs. Crone enjoys spending time with her family.
Mrs. Amanda Jan, Teacher (Grades 3-4)
Mrs. Jan has been with G.M.C.S. since 2012. In 2010, she graduated Cum Laude from York College of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Elementary Education, with a Minor in Special Education. She has worked with children in a variety of settings for the past 15 years, including child care, tutoring, and teaching. Outside of her passion for working with and educating children, she enjoys art, gardening, yoga, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Mrs. Lauren Auchey, Teacher's Assistant (Grades 3-4))
Mrs. Auchey graduated from Consolidated Business in 2001 with an Associates Degree in Business Administration. After acquiring her first job in child care, she quickly realized this is where she belongs. She feels great pride and accomplishment watching children learn and grow. She has been in the education field for 15 years. She has worked with all ages and with different organizations, including the YWCA of Hanover. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband, son and extended family. She also enjoys, running, hiking and drawing.
Mrs. Megan Stough, Teacher (Grades 3-4)
Mrs. Stough has been with Gettysburg Montessori since 2010. She is a graduate of Shippensburg University, where she studied Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education.When Mrs. Stough is not teaching, she enjoys reading, playing tennis, spending time with her family and watching football.
Mrs. Tiffany Beal, Teacher Assistant (Grades 1-2)
Mrs. Beal graduated from Penn State University in 2011 with a degree in Health and Human Development and Family Studies focused on children. She takes great pride in making a difference in helping children learn and grow. Outside of school she enjoys gardening, spending time with family and absolutely loves playing with her dogs!
Mrs. Katie Sauter, Teacher (Grades 5-6)
Graduating in 2009 from Shippensburg University, Mrs. Sauter holds a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Special Education. Throughout the past three years, she has been a substitute teacher in local districts, including the Gettysburg Montessori Charter School. Miss Jarvis looks forward to working another year with the students and faculty of the GMCS!
Miss Jess Speelman, Teacher Assistant (Grades 5-6)
Miss. Speelman has an Associates in Early Childhood Education and working towards her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education. She enjoys the outdoors, camping and hiking, Her competitive edge keeps her class intrigued. She enjoys spending her spare time with her friends and family as well as her beloved three legged dog named Roxy.
Mrs. Nicole Gulden, Teacher (Grades 5-6)
Mrs. Gulden is a graduate of Millersville University. While there, she studied Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education. She joined the GMCS team in the fall of 2012. Before joining the team she completed two long term substitute positions: one in the Gettysburg School District and one for our own Mrs. Jan! She also tutored and lead summer academies at Enlightened Learning Center. In her free time, Ms. Rickell loves to curl up with a good book or spend time with her family and friends.
Mrs. Keri Bechtel, Teacher's Assistant (Grades 2-3)
Mrs. Bechtel is a 2012 graduate from Shippensburg University with a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education. She holds teaching certifications in both Maryland and Pennsylvania. She has been a valuable team member with GMCS for three years beginning in our first and second grade classes as an assistant teacher. The following year she taught in our third and fourth grade class as a long term substitute lead teacher. She now teaches our second third grade class! She enjoys reading, gardening and spending time with her family in her spare time!
Mr. Zachary Woodward, Health and Physical Education Teacher
Mr. Woodward is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Go Crimson Hawks!) and holds a B.S. in Health and Physical Education. Prior to teaching at GMCS he worked in the Frederick and Montgomery County school districts completing a LTS assignment for each. Mr. Woodward lives in Frederick county where he enjoys refereeing basketball at the youth and high school levels. In his free time he enjoys fishing, riding atv's, hunting, and restoring/working on classic cars and trucks. Above all else Mr. Woodward cherishes spending time with his friends, family, and dog Clyde.
Miss Erica Swiger, Art Teacher
Miss Swiger graduated from Shippensburg University in 2012. She has a BA in Fine Arts and an Art K-12 teacher certificate. She has been a substitute teacher for four years in several counties in PA. She has had a long term position as a 5th grade teacher, teaching Math, Social Studies and Guided Reading at Bermudian Springs Middle School and was an elementary Art teacher at Bermudian Springs Elementary School for the 2016-2017 school year. When Miss Swiger isn't teaching, she works as a part-time photographer and she does Genealogy research for her own family and for other people. She also likes to draw, paint, cook, listen to music, watch movies, collect antiques and spend time with her friends, family, her cat, Twiggy and her snake, Cooper.
Mrs. Amy Wojnarski, Music Teacher
Miss Amy has been a teacher since 1993. She has a Bachelor's degree from Mansfield University and a Master's Certificate from Towson University in Music Education. Her experience has been with public and private school, and has included homeschooling for many years. She also teaches private music lessons. Her passion includes leading worship at the mission and working with the homeless in many of the surrounding cities. Time with her family is very valuable and they love to travel and explore!
Ms. Becky Black, Special Education Coordinator
Mrs. Black earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education at York College of Pennsylvania, and later went on to earn her Special Education Certificate through Immaculata University. Mrs. Black recently worked with Manito, Inc. in a program located in the Eastern York School District for a few years. She also has had the opportunity to work for FEMA as a disaster case manager. Mrs. Black lives in the Gettysburg area with her husband and son. In her free time, Mrs. Black is a leader for the Adams County 4-H Sheep Club and enjoys cooking, baking, basketry and reading.
Ms. Loren Householder, RTII Specialist (Reading)
Ms. Householder is a 2012 graduate of Shippensburg University and holds a B.S. in Elementary Education, with a minor in reading. She has had the opportunity to work with children in a variety of settings and job opportunities since high school. Ms. Householder enjoys hiking, reading, watching movies, crafts, and spending time with her family and dog Ruger.
Mrs. Amanda Hedrich, RTII Specialist (Math)
Mrs. Hedrich is a 2009 graduate of Towson University and holds a B.S. in Elementary Education. She is also certified in Special Education and Early Childhood Education. She has been in the teaching field for almost 10 years, teaching all different areas. Her passion is teaching math with a hands on, multi-sensory approach. Mrs. Hedrich enjoys spending time with her family and daughter, reading, watching movies, and spending time with her dogs Abby and Bear.
Ms. Megan Freeman-Parks, Executive Assistant
Ms. Adrian Kavanaugh, School Nurse
Nurse Adrian earned a Master’s of Science in Nursing and Nurse Educator Specialist from Thomas Edison State University, Trenton, NJ. She joined the GMCS family in 2016. Adrian has over twenty years’ experience in health care, primarily as an Operating Room Nurse. For her transition to school nursing, she worked at Capital Camps in Blue Ridge Summit, PA. Nurse Adrian describes her time there as 'boot camp… no, seal training.' She concludes, "The experience was very valuable. I gained practical skills, tips, and tricks in caring for children." Nurse Adrian lives in Fairfield, Pa on a Certified Wildlife Area. She delights in watching and providing for birds, deer, and other animals. She loves to travel, hike, play games, and entertain.
Mrs. Rita Egloff, Food Services
Mrs. Rita helps organize our cafeteria staff as well as greeting our students with a smile each day! She creates beautiful lunch menus to help keep parents and teachers apprise of our daily lunch and breakfast choices. Mrs. Rita lives on a farm with many remarkable birds and animals. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family on the weekends!
Ms. Kara Allen, Food Services
Ms. Kara helps prepare our delicious breakfast and lunch daily. In her spare time, he enjoys spending time with her daughter. Ms. Kara greets each student with a smile! She provides a well balanced meal as our students nutritional health is her top priority!
Mrs. Peg Middaugh, Food Services
Mrs. Peg helps in our school cafeteria providing a well balanced nutritional meal for lunch each day! She helps keep kitchen operations organized and greets each student with a smile! In her spare time, Mrs. Peg loves to snuggle up with a good book!