Burton Faculty and Staff

Mrs. Susan Gifford, Academy President
Mrs. Gifford has been serving as the Administrator for the school since its opening in the 2005-2006 school year. She brings more than 20 years of business experience to her position. Mrs. Gifford holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Bowling Green State University, a Master’s from Cleveland State University and has completed coursework in Early Childhood Education at Lakeland Community College. Mrs. Gifford, her husband Russ, and daughter Emily live in Orwell.
Mrs. Bridget Cole, Preschool Teacher
Mrs. Cole earned her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Lake Erie College and taught for three years at Painesville Christian Academy.  Mrs. Cole joined Agape’s teaching team for the 2018-2019 school year and resides in Chardon with her husband and six children.

Mrs. Susan Petrick, Kindergarten Teacher

Mrs. Petrick holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Bowling Green State University with a teaching license for Kindergarten through Eighth Grade.  She also served as Three/Four Preschool Teacher and Tutor at Agape.  Mrs. Petrick, her husband Shawn and daughters Lauren, Rachel and Lindsey reside in Middlefield.  Mrs. Petrick joined Agape for the 2012-2013 school year.

Mrs. Amy Taddeo, Kindergarten Teacher

Mrs. Taddeo holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Lake Erie College with a teaching license for First through Eighth Grade with a concentration in reading.  Mrs. Taddeo, her husband Al and daughters Isabella and Maddy reside in Chardon.  Mrs. Taddeo joined Agape for the 2015-2016 school year.
Mrs. Karen Grooters, First Grade Teacher

Miss Kalyn Ward, First Grade Teacher

Miss Ward holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Mount Union with a major in Early Childhood Education and minors in Intervention Specialist and Psychology. Her teaching license is in Early Childhood Education.  Miss Ward resides in Chardon and joined Agape for the 2015-2016 school year.
Mrs. Havilah Southern, Second Grade Teacher
Mrs. Southern has been with Agape since our first school year in 2005-2006. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Kent State University. Prior to joining Agape, she was a teacher at Head Start. Mrs. Southern, her husband Mike, and sons Elijah, Abram, Aaron and Caleb reside in Hiram.
Mrs. Rachel Snedeker,  Second Grade Teacher
Mrs. April Westover, Third Grade Teacher
Mrs. Westover earned her degree in Early Childhood Education from Youngstown State University. She completed student teaching in Third Grade in the Warren City Public Schools and has also served as a Tutor at Cardinal Elementary School and taught Preschool for Geauga Head Start. Mrs. Westover resides in West Farmington with her husband Brian and her two sons. Mrs. Westover joined Agape for the 2018-2019 school year.


Mrs. Bethany Brown,  Fourth Grade Teacher
Supporting Staff
Mrs. Karen Coley, Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Esther Geletka, Intervention Specialist
Mrs. Geletka holds a degree in Education from Indiana Wesleyan University and a Masters in Reading from Kent State University. She specializes in students who process information differently or are on the Dyslexia spectrum and in the Barton Reading and Spelling Program. Mrs. Geletka joined Agape in 2005.  
Mrs. Bethany Majetich, Music Teacher
Mrs. Majetich holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Music Education from Oral Roberts University. During her career she taught music in a Christian school with more than 200 students, served as music director for churches, and served the Lord as a missionary. At Agape, Mrs. Majetich teaches music class and produces the school’s Elementary Christmas program and the end of the school year program’s Middle School and High School performances. She resides in Burton with her husband Bob. Mrs. Majetich has been with Agape since the 2005-2006 school year.  
 Miss Diana Mast, Preschool Aide
Miss Melissa Mullet, Administrative Aide
Miss Sarah Rowley, Tutor/Teacher’s Aide
Miss Rowley earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (Preschool through Sixth Grade) from Liberty University and taught Fifth and Sixth Grade Math in Virginia for one year before returning to Ohio. Miss Rowley resides in Garrettsville with her family and joined Agape for the 2018-2019 school year.  
Mr. Alan Skeen, Bus Driver
Mrs. Rebecca Yost, Art Teacher
Mrs. Yost holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Kent State University in Art Education and teaches art class at Agape. Before teaching at Agape, she taught art classes for the Grace Home School group. She resides in Middlefield with husband Neil and children Keegan, Deacon, Corah and Claire. Mrs. Yost has been with Agape since the 2005-2006 school year.