First Life

Susan Roy taught first grade for twenty-five years at the Fairhope K-1 Center and
Fairhope Elementary School. She retired in 2016 and soon after that began teaching Early Life at The Organic School. For the past two years she has taught First Life.

Susan earned a bachelor’s degree from McNeese University in 1974 and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Spring Hill College in 1990. She and her husband, Ray, have lived in the Daphne/Fairhope area for the past thirty years. They have two children, Daniel and JoAnna, and three granddaughters.
Susan believes children learn best when there is a healthy balance between teacher led instruction and independent, constructivist learning. In her classroom, students are encouraged to share ideas, engage with each other, work together, and make many choices each day about their own learning. She says her greatest joy as a teacher is seeing children become avid readers, problem solvers, and self-
motivated learners.

In her free time, Susan enjoys gardening, cooking, and all kinds of household DIY.

Andrea Cocke has been teaching and working in a variety of educational environments for over twenty years. She has spent her life visiting her grandparents in Fairhope and looks forward to contributing to the community as a teacher. She is a learner, an avid yogi and a lover of all things beach. She is a
teacher who engages in meaningful conversations about children and values the voices of parents. Her classroom environment is carefully cultivated with attention to light, nature and design; all to provide the optimal learning space for teachers and children.

Her early childhood education was earned from the University of Alabama-Birmingham and an M.Ed in child development from Erikson Institute, Chicago. She has written curricula, coached and mentored colleagues in the Reggio Emilia approach and has considerable leadership experience.

Andrea believes the role of the teacher should be one of facilitator, provoker and fire starter. To her, a great teacher listens and allows for the child’s voice to shine through. She shares meaningful stories with parents, administrators and colleagues because she finds great pleasure in talking about her relationship to her students. She is joyful, happy and honored to share in the lives of the families
of the Organic school community.


Elizabeth Rezner is a local artist and potter. She has been married to John Rezner since 1994, and together they have three boys Trey Beaux, Dusty and Jake. Elizabeth has been teaching art and pottery along the Eastern Shore since 1995.
Using native clay students will create art with both hand built and wheel thrown techniques. “My goal as an artist is to create a studio environment that enables students to see the value of process verses product by encouraging self expression,” says Rezner.


Kim Jones has played numerous instruments ranging from trombone to piano to banjo and dobro. While earning a Master’s degree in Educational Administration she taught bluegrass as well undergraduate-level chemistry and animal science. She has played studio sessions across the United States, performed with professional musicians in various concert venues, and played in bands ranging from pop/rock and progressive country to bluegrass. She currently teaches vocal lessons and a variety of instruments to students ranging in age from 10 to 80+.