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Arian graduated from Atlantic Union College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a Minor in Physical Education. He later earned a Masters in Education from The University of Akron.
Arian has been a teacher for almost 25 years teaching at Christian Schools and providing summer camps for kids to exercise, have fun, and learn about God. He is currently a Bible and Science Teacher for grades 5- 8 and the Physical Education Teacher for all grades at Mayfair Christian School. He also has implemented the PE Plus Program for after school intramural sports.
Arian has been married to his wife Alison for almost 19 years and they have 4 children; Ayanna, Alivia, Arian Jr. and Aryz.
Arian loves to exercise, hike and learn about nature. He loves spending time with his family especially on the Sabbath. Most of all he loves God, loves to tell others about Him and has a passion for young people to know Jesus as their friend.
Mrs. Grahn joined the staff at the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year as head of the music department. She has a Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Arts in Music degrees from Andrews University, and Suzuki Piano Foundation 1A-7 Teacher Training. At Mayfair, Mrs. Grahn teaches music theory, K-8 choirs, and hand chimes. She is a member of the Suzuki Association of America. "Her goal is to challenge each student to develop their musical ability to their highest potential for the glory of God."
Carolyn and her husband, Pastor Larry Grahn, have three adult children, a son-in-law, and three grandsons, two who attend MCS, and one who attends Great Lakes Adventist Academy. In addition to teaching at MCS, she also teaches private piano lessons and serves as church organist and pianist. Her hobbies include sewing and photo preservation.
I am originally from Akron, Ohio. I attended the neighborhood school for Kindergarten and first grade at the church school in our church on Market St.
I was a second grade student at Mayfair Christian School (originally called Uniontown SDA School) the first year it opened. I attended there until I graduated from 8th grade.
I attended Mt. Vernon Academy for four years and then Columbia Union College for four years, where I earned a BS in Elementary Education. During my teaching career, I also earned an MA in Curriculum and Instruction from Andrews University.
I taught Grades 1-4 in a multi-grade church school classroom for over 20 years and became quite experienced at creating themed units and writing multi-level lesson plans.
Since then I’ve done a variety of things including working in business and school offices, substituting and teaching 4th grade in a public school setting, teaching VPK (Voluntary Pre-K) for 3 years, and most recently, teaching Kindergarten at my home church school, MCS.
My favorite hobby has always been music – playing piano, flute and guitar and singing harmony. I’ve always enjoyed playing in band and trying the various instruments. I was challenged early on to create my own flute parts and piano arrangements and really enjoy doing so. I also enjoy teaching piano students how to be creative with music.
I enjoy traveling, and have been to most of the continental USA and also to England, Scotland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Ukraine, Russia, Canada, and Mexico.
Teaching Kindergarden is something I really enjoy, and am glad to be part of the MCS team.
Mrs. Herrera graduated from The University of Akron with a B.A. in Education. She obtained her Master’s in Special Education k - 12 at Walsh University. She is an ESL prodigy herself with Spanish being her first language.
She is currently our Spanish Language Interpreter at Mayfair Christian School (MCS) through the Stark County Education Service Center in Canton, Ohio. She works at MCS in most classrooms with students who are limited in English speaking skills. She also assists with interpreting phone calls from Spanish speaking parents who are requesting information and relating information home for the office and school personnel.
She administers assessments/testing to students in Spanish and English and works with students one-on-one or in small groups to monitor progress and performance. She also works as an Intervention Specialist at MCS and other schools in Stark and Summit counties, providing specialized services to students who have IEPs (Individual Education Plans and SPs (Service Plans).
Mrs. Herrera is married to Paul M. Herrera and have three children named David, Peter, and Nina. She also has four grandchildren who are Hannah (13), Nevaeh (12), Mateo (10), and Lucia (8).
Mrs. Knight is the 3rd and 4th grade teacher and has been teaching in Adventist education for 12 years. Mrs. Knight grew up in Ohio and is a graduate of Mt. Vernon Academy. From there she went on to attend Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with endorsements in Computer Applications, Jr. Academy Bible, Jr. Academy English, Jr. Academy General Science, Jr. Academy Math, and Jr. Academy Social Studies.
She has completed a Master of Science Degree in Elementary Reading and Mathematics. Mrs. Knight lives in North Canton with her husband, Rob. They enjoy traveling, outdoor activities, games, and being with friends and family. Mrs. Knight’s goal in education is to make a positive difference in children’s lives through teaching, team building and discovery, and most important of all, encouraging the formation of relationships with Jesus Christ and others around them.
Ms. Heidi (as most of the students refer to her as), grew up in the Mansfield area where her father was a pastor. She attended Mount Vernon Academy where she met her future husband and they both went on to attend Andrews University. In 2002, she graduated with an Associates in General Business. After marrying in 2002 she worked in the Andrews University Financial Aid Department for a year. In July 2013, she joined the staff of Mayfair Christian School as their Administrative Assistant. Two of her boys currently attend Mayfair Christian School and are in 5th and 8th grades. Her third son is in 10th grade at a private boarding academy.
Heidi is devoted to Adventist Education and her church where she currently serves as the co youth Sabbath school teacher and Deputy Pathfinder club director. She truly has a passion for helping young people find Christ.
Jan Levin is a fine artist whose favorite mediums are oils and pastels, studying under acclaimed award winning portrait artist Chris diDomizio for over eleven years, award winning master pastel landscape artist Barbara Jaenicke, and international award winning watercolor artist Dylan Scott Pierce. She also creates pottery, stained glass, and Garden Houses. (Visit www.JanLevinArt.com).
Jan taught high school art at Atlanta Adventist Academy, an innovative, multi-campus SDA school comprised of three metro Atlanta sites and eight additional partner schools throughout GA, AL and TN, using interactive simultaneous videoconferencing technology.
Jan is also a seasoned writer, editor and proofreader with over 20 years' experience, the majority of that time working in the law field (corporate and litigation). She is an editor for The Journal of Applied Christian Leadership at Andrews University, and has edited many fiction, non-fiction, sci-fi, memoir, scholarly and inspirational books for authors nation-and world-wide.
She brings her Clifton Gallup strengths of connectedness, intellection, strategic, individualization, input, and empathy to Mayfair Christian School to make a difference in the lives of the MCS students and the Akron First Seventh-day Adventist church, where she serves as the Pastor’s wife. She is also a lifelong musician who has sung and played her songs for people across the world. When warm weather finally comes to Ohio, she loves organic gardening.
Mrs. Miriam Troup has been an educator for over twenty years. Her experience began long before she graduated with her Masters of Arts in Teacher in 2008. She has worked in educational leadership for over eight years with children ranging from birth through high school. This includes but is not limited to running her own daycare, spending time in different elementary settings as a teacher and administrator, working as a high school principal of a boarding academy, and leading an intervention program in the public school system.
Her passion is taking students on an educational journey that will culminate in them choosing the professional paths that God has designed for them to follow. Using nontraditional instructional strategies, providing authentic learning experiences, and encourage self-motivated exploration are tools that she uses on a continual basis. Her professional and personal experiences have contributed to her ability to think outside of the box.
She graduated with a BA in Communications from the University of Detroit Mercy and a MAT in Elementary Education and Language Arts from Andrews University. Her focus is reading intervention. She has worked with students and propelled them on to success in and outside of the Adventist school system. She has also traveled to various places around the world which include Palau, the Philippines, Japan, Kenya, and most of our United States. She has worked with students from various backgrounds and enjoys immersing herself in new cultures. Learning about other people is a lifelong lesson that she hopes she can pass on to others.
She is the wife of one husband, Dennis Troup, and a mother of three wonderful daughters, Kayla (24), Tayler (22), and Faith (18). She enjoys spending time with her family, reading and traveling to new places. Her time at Mayfair Christian School has been a blessing to her family and she looks forward to many more years here.
Mrs. Carlyle is an experienced teacher. She has taught 4th-8th grade students in Michigan, Virginia, and Ohio areas. Mrs. Carlyle has worked in education for 10 years and within the Adventist education system for 2 years. She attended Oakwood and Andrews University as well as Western Governors University. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Elementary Education.
While working in education she has developed a passion for literacy, writing, and science. She has a strong desire to see children succeed and develop with God as the leader of their lives. She has been trained in Writing Pathways, Conscious Discipline, growth mindset, standard base grading, technology education, leadership development, and data driven assessment throughout her career. She is certified in elementary education and computer applications. She also has certifications in junior academy: art, English, math, photography, and social studies. She is continually learning to enhance her skills for the betterment of her students.
She resides in the Akron area and has 3 children, Israel, Eden, and Elijah, with her husband, Pastor Morris Carlyle of 15 years. She enjoys reading, creating, photography, nature, and Sci-Fi genres. She is a patient, loving, and wise teacher who is looking forward to partnering with parents and students so they can grow spiritually and academically.
Mrs. Johnson teaches first and second grade at Mayfair Christian School. This is her eighth year teaching at the school. She has a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Akron and is also an Early Childhood Intervention Specialist. She also has experience as an aide, administrative assistant, tutor, and after-school teacher. She has her NAD certification and will be working toward her Master’s. She is passionate about Adventist education and emphasizes the importance of making connections between church, home, and school.
In the classroom, her main objective is to help students form a lasting relationship with Christ and learn to rely on him in everyday situations. She is a devoted and energetic teacher. She loves to incorporate fun and engaging lessons. She is a wife and mother of two boys in fourth and seventh grade at MCS. In her spare time she enjoys fitness, reading, playing sports, outdoor activities, and spending time with her family and pets. She is also involved in Adventurers, VBS, and Women’s Ministry at her church.