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 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. 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. Susan Petrick, Kindergarten Teacher
s.petrick@agapeca.com

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
a.taddeo@agapeca.com

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. Michelle Tiber, First Grade Teacher
m.trask@agapeca.com

Mrs. Tiber 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. Mrs. Tiber joined Agape for the 2016-2017 school year.  She resides in Burton with her husband Adam.
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 Faith Menefee, Third Grade Teacher
Miss Menefee holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Grove City with a minor in Studio Arts. Her teaching license is in PreKindergarten thru Fourth Grade with field experience in several grades.  Miss Menefee joined Agape for the 2019-2020 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. 
Miss Sarah Rowley, Fourth Grade Teacher
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.  
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. Bethany Brown, Barton Tutor 
Mrs. Brown earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Religious Studies from Kent State University and her Master of Arts in Family & Consumer Sciences, Child Life from the University of Akron. Mrs. Brown resides in Burton with her husband Cory and their children. She joined Agape for the 2019-2020 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.  
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.  
Mrs. Kaitlyn Schmidt,  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 daughter Ana 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. Kori Wilson, Three/Four Preschool Teacher’s Aide
Mrs. Wilson holds an Associate’s Degree in Business Management from Kaplan University and has served families and children at Emeth Gymnastics and the YMCA in Oregon. She resides in Middlefield with her family and joined Agape for the 2019-2020 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.