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, Three/Four Preschool Teacher
Mrs. Cole earned her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Lake Erie College. She taught for three years at Painesville Christian Academy before staying home with her family and homeschooling her children. She has been active in various children’s ministries including volunteer director of Preschool Ministry, Preschool Children’s Leader for Bible Study Fellowship, Children’s Church Team Leader and Good News Kids Group Leader. Mrs. Cole joined Agape’s teaching team for the 2018-2019 school year and resides in Chardon with her husband and six children.
Mrs. Elizabeth Miller, Four/Five Preschool Teacher
Mrs. Miller holds a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education at Mount Union College and holds a Preschool through Third Grade teaching license with a Reading Endorsement for Preschool through Twelfth. She joined Agape’s teaching team for the 2014-2015 school year bringing experience as a Kindergarten teacher and Reading Intervention Tutor. Mrs. Miller resides in Burton with her husband Caleb, sons Oliver and Sawyer and daughter Lucy.

Mrs. Rachel Snedeker, Four/Five Preschool Teacher

r.snedeker@agapeca.com

Mrs. Snedeker holds a degree in Elementary Education from Nyack Christian College in New York and taught First Grade before starting her family. Mrs. Snedeker joined Agape’s teaching team for the 2016-2017 school year serving in various teaching roles in our First Grade and Preschool. She resides in Chardon with her husband Jordan and children Lincoln, Ellianna and Josephine.

 
Mrs. Amy Taddeo, Kindergarten Teacher
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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.

Miss Michelle Trask, First Grade Teacher
m.trask@agapeca.com

Miss Trask earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Malone University with a teaching license for Preschool through Third Grade. After graduating from Malone, she spent time on the mission field teaching English in Honduras and has also served as a teacher in Quito Ecuador in a First and Sixth Grade Classroom. Miss Trask joined Agape for the 2016-2017 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.

Miss Kalyn Ward, Second 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.
Mr. Dakota Ward, Third Grade Teacher
Mr. Ward holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Slippery Rock University in Early Childhood and Special Education. He has teaching experience in Third Grade and First Grade as well as classrooms with autistic and special needs students. He spends his summers on the Leadership Staff at Camp Whitewood and also serves as a Camp Counselor at Royal Family Kids Camp for children who have been abused, neglected or abandoned. Mr. Ward resides in Chardon and joined Agape for the 2018-2019 school year.
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.
Mr. Larry Domokos, Fourth Grade Teacher
Mr. Domokos holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Faith Baptist Bible College and a Master of Arts in Elementary Administration and Supervision from Bob Jones University. He brings 36 years of Christian school teaching experience from Northfield Baptist Christian School. Mr. Domokos resides in Middlefield. He joined Agape for the 2016-2017 school year. 
Supporting Staff
Mr. Martin Baker, Bus Driver
Mr. Baker comes certified with 27 years of experience driving a variety of trucks and vehicles. He resides in Mesopotamia with his wife Ruth and son Mason. Mr. Baker has been with Agape since the 2011-2012 school year.  

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.  
Mr. Courtney Miller, IT Administrator
Mr. Miller holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University. He has used computers for many years during his electrical engineering and project management career and had instructed others on the use of computer software during his employment in industry. Mr. Miller lives in Burton with his daughter Suzanne. Mr. Miller joined Agape for the 2012-2013 school year.  
Miss Kayla Pavlic, Tutor and Teacher’s Aide
Miss Pavlic is a graduate of Christian Liberty Academy High School and has served in the Nursery and Children’s Church at her local church. Miss Pavlic resides in Kinsman and joined Agape for the 2017-2018 school year.  
Miss Sarah Rowley, Tutor
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.  
Mrs. Kaitlyn Schmidt, Three/Four Preschool Teacher’s Aid and Tutor
Mrs. Schmidt attended Rosedale Bible College and has served as a camp counselor for children of all ages as well as Vacation Bible School. Mrs. Schmidt resides in Mesopotamia with her husband Daniel and joined Agape for the 2018-2019 school year.  
Mrs. Christina Walsh, Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Walsh assists the President and holds an Associate of Arts Degree from Lakeland Community College. Mrs. Walsh resides in Middlefield with her husband Joe and their sons Micah and Isaiah. Mrs. Walsh has been with Agape since the 2010-2011 school year.  
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.