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. 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.
Mrs. Natasha Chapman-Lane, 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.
Mrs. Molly Cahill, Teacher (Grades 1-2)
Ms. Elizabeth Shoop, Teacher's Assistant (Grades 1-2)
Mrs. Nicki Johnson, Teacher (Grades 1-2)
Mrs Johnson is a graduate of Slippery Rock University and holds an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education. She also holds her International Montessori Teaching Diploma that she earned from the North American Montessori Center. Prior to her teaching at GMCS she worked in the Chambersburg Area School District and taught at the Montessori Academy of Chambersburg. She resides in Chambersburg with her husband, daughter, stepdaughter, son and two dogs.
Mrs. Jodi Hardy, Teacher's Assistant (Grades 1-2)
Mrs. Hardy grew up in the Washington DC metro area and attended George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, where she studied dance, English, and Elementary Education. She comes to us with 20+ years of classroom teaching and Montessori experience, from early childhood through school age. She resides in the Upper Adams School District with her husband, four children, pet cat, and snake. In any spare time that she might have, she enjoys cheering on Biglerville HS Field Hockey, Gettysburg Sharks Swimmers, and Upper Adams AYSO Soccer. She also loves to be creative, be at the beach, or sip a cup of Earl Grey by the fire.
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. Crystal Moore, Teacher's Assistant (Grades 1-2)
Mrs. Moore is a graduate of Lancaster Bible College and holds a B.A. in Theology. She is currently working towards her MSW in clinical trauma from Widner University. She has many years of experience working with children and their families, teaching in the early childhood setting, participating in homeschooling communities, and pursuing volunteer work throughout the Gettysburg and Hanover church communities. In her free time, she enjoys trips to the beach, birding, and watching the sunrise.
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. Keri Bechtel, Teacher's Assistant (Grades 3-4)
Miss Katie Jarvis, Teacher (Grades 5-6)
Graduating in 2009 from Shippensburg University, Miss Jarvis 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 Nicole Rickell, Teacher (Grades 5-6)
Ms. Rickell 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.
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!
Miss Sara Love, School Counselor
Miss Love is a graduate of Shippensburg University and holds a M.Ed in Elementary School Counseling. Gettysburg Montessori is her first counseling position. Prior to joining the Montessori community, she worked for the Chambersburg Area School District. Miss Love loves to swim and shares that passion by teaching swimming lessons for the American Red Cross during the summer months. She also enjoys reading, watching baseball, and spending time with her family, friends and dog.
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.
Mrs. Leigh Gugliette, Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Gugliette has been working as an administrative assistance for over 10 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 scrap-booking, gardening, baking and spending time with her family.
Mrs. Dani Rogers, Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Rogers comes to us after being able to stay at home with her two children for the past few years. After earning her degree in Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, she married and moved to England. Since moving back to the USA, Mrs. Rogers has worked as a legal assistant and joined our team in early 2013. In her spare time, Mrs. Rogers enjoys running, reading, camping and scrap-booking. She lives in Carroll Valley with her husband, daughter and turtle.
Ms. Adrian Kavanaugh, School Nurse
Nurse Adrian earned a Master’s of Science in Nursing and Certified Nurse Educator 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
Mr. Jasmine Johnson, Food Services
Mrs. Peg Middaugh, Food Services