Fifth Grade

Brook Graves

Born and raised in the Upper Perkiomen Valley, Brook Graves joined our staff as a Special Education Support Teacher, then became a fifth-grade classroom teacher in 2010. With an undergraduate degree in criminal justice administration from Central Pennsylvania College, she went on to earn her M.Ed. at Lehigh University with dual certification in special education N-12 and elementary education K-6. She worked as a Teacher Associate at Centennial School of Lehigh University, a special education day school for students with emotional behavior disturbances and autism, during the 2008-2009 school year. While there she assisted in the preparation and implementation of Individualized Education Programs, unit and lesson plans, positive behavior supports and behavior intervention plans. In fall 2009, she was also a Student Teacher with the Bethlehem Area School District where she wrote and taught lesson plans in all academic subjects.

Brook has learned over the years that each and every day is a gift. It is important to live life to the fullest because one never knows what the next day will bring. To that end, she enjoys an active life filled with hobbies and sports: In winter she is out on the mountain skiing and snowboarding; when it’s warm, she rides her mountain bike, hikes, swims and plays Lacrosse, or spends days tending the fresh vegetables in her garden. Contact Brook Graves at

What is it like to teach at Seven Generations?
I am very thankful for the opportunity to be part of such a great team! By “team” I mean the staff, students, and parents of Seven Gen. 



Jeannine Leydic 

Jeannine grew up in Eastern Long Island and moved to the Philadelphia area for Graduate School. Jeannine has an Undergraduate Degree in Environmental Science from Stony Brook University and a Master of Education from Cabrini University. She began her career in education working in a Nonprofit Organization as the Education Coordinator. She has also worked as a camp counselor at Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education adding to her experience teaching in the outdoors. Jeannine has taught High School Biology in Philadelphia for a short time. She also has experience working with Special Needs children as a Learning Support Paraprofessional in a Suburban District and a Behavior Technician at Children’s Integrated Center for Success. Jeannine taught Kindergarten here at Seven Generations for years as one of the founding teachers.

Jeannine was drawn to Seven Generations as she is passionate about teaching in the outdoors. She also believes in educating the whole child and creating a balance throughout the school day. Seven Generations Charter School cultivates all of these beliefs and Jeannine is happy to be back teaching in the community.

Jeannine enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter. They visit family in New York and Western PA, as well as hiking trails and restaurants on their weekends. Jeannine also enjoys taking Les Mills exercise classes in her solo free time.