Our Faculty


  • Dr. Ashley Deans, Executive Director - PhD Physics from York University, Toronto, MSc Physics from Aston University and BSc Physics from Imperial College
  • Dr. Richard Beall, Head of School, PK through 12 Principal - PhD from M.U.M., MA in Education Administration from MIU, MA in Vedic Science from MIU and BA in American Studies from Wittenberg University
  • Laurie Baumann, Girls School Director - Teacher of Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation Programs since 1972, Member of Founding Administration of Maharishi International University (now Maharishi University of Management) in Fairfield, Iowa, in 1974 and Teacher and Administrator at Maharishi School since 1997
  • Laura Bordow, Preschool / Lower School Director - MA in SCI from M.U.M. and BA in Psychology & Education from Barat College
  • John Armstrong, Dean of Boys School - graduate of Maharishi School Class of '05, BA in English & Educational Studies from Colorado College

Preschool/Child Care Faculty

  • Fatima Akber, Preschool & Child Care Teacher - BA in Education and BA in Arts, both from the University of Peshawar
  • Allison Honeycutt, Pre-Kindergarten - graduate of Maharishi School Class of '98, MA in Education from M.U.M. and BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art & Design
  • Chrissy Hunter, Infant and Toddler Program- Associate of Science fom Indian Hills Community College, and is a Certified Nurse Assistant
  • Mala Ngethe, Preschool - graduate of Maharishi School Class of '00, BA in Education from M.U.M.
  • Armando Tejada, Preschool Administrator and Preschool Teacher- BA in English and Psychology from Georgetown University

Lower School Faculty

  • Sarah Belok, 1st/2nd Boys- BA in Elementary Education from M.U.M.
  • Karen DeAngelis, Sustainable Living - BA in Biology from M.U.M.
  • Stephanie Holland, Kindergarten Boys & Girls - BA in Elementary Education from M.U.M.
  • Allison Honeycutt, Lower School Art & Music Enrichment - graduate of Maharishi School Class of '98, MA in Education from M.U.M. and BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art & Design
  • Donna Nelson, Music, Lower School Music Instructor and Development
  • Asha Sharma, Sanskrit Teacher - BS in Botany, Zoology & Chemistry from the University of Rajasthan
  • Kathleen Siemsen, 3rd/4th Boys - BS in Elementary Education from Iowa State University
  • Karen Valentine, Lower School Art - BFA from the University of Colorado and BA in Education from M.I.U.
  • Kate Vetter, 1st/2nd Girls - MA in Elementary Education from M.I.U., MA in Education from Harvard and BA in History from the University of Toledo
  • Meg Vigmostad, 3rd/4th Girls - BA in Elementary Education from St. Mary's Dominican College and AMI Montessori Diploma from Ravenhill Academy
  • Cathy Wadsworth, 5th/6th Boys - BA in Art & Education from M.I.U., MA in Teaching from M.U.M.
  • Charlotte Zmachinsky, 5th/6th Girls - MA in Elementary Education from MIU, BA in English from Suffolk University, BA in Art from the University of New Hampshire
  • Marcella Gill, Lower School Resource Teacher- BS in Elementary Education, Master of Education and Curriculum Studies, TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) endorsement

Middle/Upper School Faculty

  • John Armstrong, American History
  • Cheryl Carter, Academic Counselor - BS in Secondary Education / English from SW Missouri State University, Talented & Gifted Endorsement from the University of Iowa and Reading Endorsement from Iowa Wesleyan College
  • Carol Chesnutt, Economics (in training to become the Director of Development in Summer 2012) - BIE (Industrial and Systems Engineering) from the Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Akber Ali, Computer Science, Data Manager/Technology Specialist - MSC in Computer Science from Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad - Pakistan, MS in Computer Science from M.U.M
  • Cynthia Cornell, Language Arts, Sanskrit - MA in Secondary Education / Reading Specialist, BA in Secondary Education / English both from Arizona State University
  • Laurie Eyre, Upper School Mathematics, Tennis - MSCI from MERU, BA in Math from Sacramento State University, MA in Math Education from the University of Maryland, Secondary Math Credential from the State University of NY and MIU
  • Lawrence Eyre, Social Studies, SCI, Tennis - MA in Vedic Science from M.U.M., MA in New Testament from the Yale Divinity School / Luther Seminary, BA in American Studies from Yale
  • Evelyn Ellinghaus, Spanish - Education degree from Guatemala
  • Jane Fleshman, Academic Support - BSCI from M.E.R.U.
  • Kristina Gelfand, World Literature - BA in Literature & Education from M.U.M. and is working on an MA in SCI also from M.U.M.
  • Lucinda Hall, Language Arts, Writing - MA in Secondary Education / English, BA in Literature from M.I.U., AA in Theater, Radio & TV from Fullerton Community College
  • Barbara Hays, Mathematics, Science - studied Electrical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon School of Engineering
  • Greg Holland - Art, Photography, Sustainable Living - BFA in Painting and BA in Secondary Education from M.U.M.
  • Richard Incorvia, English, Social Sciences - MA in Teaching, BA Arts from M.U.M.
  • Tom Kepler, Language Arts, SCI - BA in English from the University of CA Davis, Certification from California State University Chico, AA in Language Arts from Butte Community College
  • Lynwood King, Physics, SCI - BA in SCI from MIU, MA in Maharishi Vedic Science from MUM, and PhD in Maharishi Vedic Science from MUM
  • Angela Mailander, English Language Learning (ELL) Tutor - PhD in English from Kent State University, Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Iowa, MA in English from Cleveland State University, BA in German from Kent State University
  • Susan Marcus - SCI, Sanskrit
  • Suzanna Mullenneaux, Middle/Upper Guidance Counselor - MA in Counseling Psychology from Norwich University, BA in SCI from M.U.M.
  • Karen Price, Mathematics - BA in Biology and Secondary Science Education from Swarthmore College
  • Girma Tessema, Biology, Chemistry - MA in Education from M.U.M., MSc in Biology and BSc Biology from Addis Ababa University
  • Greg Thatcher, Art - MA  in Painting & Drawing from the University of Saskatchewan, BFA from the University of Victoria
  • Amy Epstein Thiel, SCI - BA in Psychology from the University of Santa Cruz
  • Brendan Thomas, Speech - studying Education and Literature at M.U.M.
  • Mark Wilkins, SCI, DI - BA in Humanities from Colorado State University
  • Dr. Richard Wolfson, Curriculum Consultant - PhD in Physics and MA in Physics from MIU, BSc in Physics and Math from the University of British Columbia

Physical Education and Sports Faculty

  • Owen Blake, Boys Basketball Coach
  • Jean Bousquet, Boys PE Teacher - MS in Applied Mathematics from the University of Paris
  • Rig Gelfand, Athletic Director - BSCI from MERU and is working on an MA SCI from M.U.M.
  • Mitch Haas - Baskeball Coach, Varsity Boys
  • Justin Heaton, Boys & Girls Basketball Coach
  • Brendan Higgins, Coach for Soccer, Basketball, Track, Tennis - AA from Bergan Community College, 500 hr. Massage Certification from Sports Massage Training Institute
  • Ed Hipp, Boys Golf Coach - 2 yrs college study at MERU and M.U.M.
  • Eric Hoffmann, Boys and Girls PE Teacher and Coach - BS in Chemistry from the University of Washington
  • Alice Monk, Lower School Physical Education - MS in Education from Portland State University, BS in Recreation & Park Management from the University of Oregon, Certifications in Physical Education and Visually Impaired from Portland State University
  • Shane Orne, Girls' PE Teacher
  • Joe Verstrepen, Varsity Track Coach
  • Sam Rose, Varsity Soccer Coach
  • Lawrence Eyre, Tennis Coach - MA in Vedic Science from M.U.M., MA in New Testament from the Yale Divinity School / Luther Seminary, BA in American Studies from Yale, 2009, Iowa Tennis Association’s Coach of the Year (2000), USPTA-Missouri Valley Coach of the Year (2008) and USPTA National High School Coach of the Year (2009)
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