To teach at Greenwood Friends School is to be planted in fertile soil. My first year at Greenwood sped by in a whirlwind of activity, with procedures and traditions to learn fresh, but I recognized immediately that I had found a place where I could use every bit of what I had learned in college and in previous teaching positions. Here I found a faculty committed to keeping up with the latest educational practices while staying loyal to the best of the tried and true. Here I found veteran teachers to offer guidance and advice. Here I found educators interested in designing and adapting the curriculum to meet the needs of the students – a true child-centered curriculum. I feel blessed to teach in an environment where academic standards are met through meaningful, hands-on, investigative learning, and where that learning happens across a rich curriculum that includes art, music, and physical education.
In addition to what Greenwood offers me as a teacher, the school provides a deep sense of community, offering support and encouragement personally as well as professionally. At all times, the tight-knit Greenwood staff, faculty and families have been there for me and my family, giving freely of their time and care.
Most remarkable about Greenwood: the kind of student it fosters. More than anywhere else I have experienced, students here ask thoughtful questions, think of others as well as themselves, and value the thoughts and feelings of their peers. By the time they leave us after Middle School, they know they have the power to make a difference and help heal the wounds often inflicted in a careless world. Greenwood students are passionate, often eloquent, and always powerful.
Truly, this is an environment in which one can lay down roots, grow strong and flexible branches, and reach for the sky – whether a friend of the school, a student, a teacher, a parent, or a grandparent. That is why I teach at Greenwood.
This essay is an adaptation of a talk teacher Audra dePrisco gave at Greenwood’s Grandparents and Special Friends Day in October 2007.
Greenwood Friends School teaches children to think critically, creatively, and compassionately. The school provides a challenging and supportive academic environment, guided by the Quaker principles of peace, integrity, equality, community, simplicity, and stewardship.
Greenwood Friends School implements its mission in the following ways:
- We nurture a child’s natural curiosity and encourage students to “learn how to learn.”
- Instruction is student-centric, acknowledging each child’s learning style, abilities, and rate of development.
- Flexible classroom groupings allow children to progress in each subject at their own level of ability
- We believe that children reach their highest potential through hands-on and investigative activities that are relevant to tehir lives.
- Students are challenged to recognize and value their own potential and to appreciate the potential of others.
- We strive to help children build a strong self-image and to be their own advocate.
- We value a diverse school community in which students work cooperatively
- We reach out to embrace the local and global communities believing that each person can make a difference in the world.
- Meeting for Worship encourages spiritual and personal growth in a centered atmosphere.
Greenwood Friends School accepts children without regard to race, gender sexual orientation, economic, social or religious background.
Preschool (age 3) through 8th grade
Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends
Friends Council on Education
Educational Records Bureau
Under the Care of:
Millville Monthly Meeting
Upper Susquehanna Quarterly Meeting