Teachers

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.

Early Life

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.

Pottery

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.

Music

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+.

Wood Working

Wayne Miller graduated from Southern Illinois University with a degree in Elementary
Education in August of 1974. Two weeks later he started his career as a sixth grade Social Studies teacher in the Dunlap School district in Central Illinois. Along with teaching, Mr. Miller put on his coaching hat after school each fall and spring where he was the boys and girls High School Varsity soccer coach.

Mr. Miller is proud of his 32 year career in the Dunlap School District that recognized as one of the highest ranking school district in not only Illinois, but also the United States. When he retired from Dunlap in 2009 he was not able to walk away from teaching so he began another episode as a substitute teacher. Inspired by one of his former students he scratched built a pirate ship and treasure chest and then wrote a children’s book called Black Dog The Reluctant Pirate. He has shared his book to over 2000 children in over 75 times in classrooms and libraries.

He currently works as a Docent at the Fairhope Museum and also substitutes as needed at the Marietta Johnson Organic School museum that is located in the Bell Building on School Street. In 2017 he helped the museum secure a grant from the Fairhope Single Tax Colony to digitalize documents collected from Marietta Johnson and her students and teachers. In the fall of 2017 he edited over 200 original photographs in their collection for the Alabama Mosaic website.

His unique connection with the museum will allow students to see and handle many of the wood projects that previous Marietta students built. This will serve as an inspiration for our current students.
From the very first day students will wear safety glasses while learning how to handle basic woodworking-tools including hammers, hand saws, measuring tapes, and the brace and bit. Many of the projects will be coordinated with our staff in pottery and art. The first several wood projects for the students will also include using their knowledge of the alphabet in designing nameplates-the first one is for the classroom, and the second nameplate will be taken home. All classes will then help with sign for Marietta Johnson School. These projects will give the young students a basic introduction to designing, laying out, cutting, and building their own wood structures.

Future projects
Pirate ships Fairy houses Wood cars and trains Bird Houses and Bird Feeders
Puppet stage and full scale stage pull toys model of Bell Building