Meet the Teachers

Kathy Fleming -
Kathy has a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Masters of Education in Early Childhood Education. She has taught for close to 40 years with all of them being at Fairhaven School. She enjoys her job and loves working with preschoolers. She serves on several committees and is in charge of the Books are Fun and Book Fair events.

Holly Fulford -
Holly has been teaching at Fairhaven School for nearly 40 years. She has a certificate in Special education K-12, which she earned at John Carroll University in Cleveland and Notre Dame College of Ohio. Holly has an Early Childhood certificate from Youngstown State University. She lives in Hermitage, PA. Her favorite teaching motto is, "With age comes wisdom." She has a son in his 20s that lives in Virginia. She enjoys spending time with family, reading, and her dog, Arty.

Holly Heikkinen -
Holly graduated from the Mount Union College in 2002 with a bachelor's in Early Childhood Education. She started her teaching career in a kindergarten classroom and then moved to Florida, where she was a preschool special needs teacher for two years. In 2009, she and her family moved home to Ohio. She continued her passion for teaching special needs children and started working at Fairhaven as an Early Intervention Specialist, which lasted five years. When a position was available, she became a Preschool Intervention Specialist. As a teacher, she continues to take additional coursework in special needs education to further her knowledge. She is married and has three children ages 8-14. Her entire family enjoys spending time outside and being active in sports.

Sissy (Florence) Keeling -
Sissy's first bachelors degree is in Health and Physical Education from Slippery Rock University. Since these jobs are hard to come by, she went back to Youngstown State University because she found that she loves working with young children. Sissy did her student teaching at a variety of places, but the one she loved the most was here at Fairhaven School. She had no intentions of working with children with special needs, but completely fell in love with them. She had a great experience with Sally Biviano and was shown how rewarding it can be working with very young children. She says it was wonderful to see children become so compassionate and caring with each other. Sissy has been an Early Intervention Specialist for the past 17 years (birth to age 3). She says it was a difficult decision to move into the preschool from Early Intervention, but she's adjusting and learning every day from the children she works with. Sissy finished her second bachelors degree in Early Childhood at Kendall College and completed her masters in special education, along with her Early Childhood Intervention Specialist license, at the University of Toledo. Her philosophy with working with young children is "Children learn best through hands on experiences."

Shannon Lesnak -
Shannon has a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Kent State University. She also attended the Kent State University graduate program and earned a Reading Endorsement and Early Intervention Specialist Certificate. She has a masters degree in Early Childhood Special Education. Shannon has previous experience as a first grade teacher and a kindergarten/first grade reading intervention teacher. She believes in the importance of building a caring classroom community and providing hands-on learning experiences that integrate literacy, math, and science.

Tricia Maxwell -
Tricia received a Master of Science in Education (with dual certification in General Education and Special Education) from Manhattan College in New York, where she was born and raised. She has an Intervention Specialist K-12 License as well as an Early Childhood Intervention Specialist Supplemental License. Tricia has been working with children, in a variety of settings, since she has been a teenager. Teaching is her calling and children are the joy of her life. Tricia is married with one son, age 8. Tricia enjoys going to the gym where she takes Tae Bo (a hybrid of aerobics and kickboxing), dance, and boot camp classes.

Erin Morris -
Erin has a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Intervention Preschool-Grade 3 mild/moderate/intense and an Intervention Specialist License K-12 moderate/intense, both from the University of Akron. Erin taught one year in a primary MD self-contained classroom (K-5) prior to coming to Fairhaven. She is on the Special Olympics committee and the Instructional Cabinet committee. She enjoys running, reading, being outside, and being with family. She is fond of the Bill Gates quote, "The first five years have so much to do with how the next 80 turn out."

Lisa Moser -
Lisa has been working with preschool aged children in both private daycare and public schools since 1984. She has a BS in Christian Education from Cincinnati Christian University and went to Youngstown State University to complete coursework for her teaching license. She worked for the Mahoning County Educational Service Center for 19 years before joining the Fairhaven family. She enjoys reading and hanging out with her grandchildren, friends, and family in her spare time. She is an avid Ohio State fan. O-H!

Danielle Mrofchak -
This is Miss Danielle's third year as a member of the Fairhaven Preschool Family! Prior to Fairhaven, Miss Danielle worked as a Kindergarten teacher and also an Early Intervention Specialist. Miss Danielle received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Akron in Early Childhood Intervention Specialist and Intervention Specialist Mild to Moderate. She continued on to Youngstown State to complete her Master's in Advanced Early Childhood Studies. Miss Danielle resides in Poland with her husband, two daughters, Allie and Emma, along with their dog Bailey. Miss Danielle truly believes preschool is the foundation building blocks to education. It is our job to teach the little ones how to LOVE learning.

Molly Spisak -
Molly has a BA in Elementary Education (K-8), Education of the Handicapped (K-12) and Early Childhood Intervention Specialist (Pk-3) from Walsh University. In addition to completing courses through the Autism Certification Center, she has completed the TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication related handicapped Children). Molly has 22 years of teaching experience across all grade levels, preschool through age 22.

Cheryl Vanatsky (Weathersfield-Seaborn) -
Bio to come.