Greenwood Friends School has a community of exceptional students, teachers, staff, volunteers, parents, and friends.

Administration

andy 2015Andy Smith
Head of School
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Andy has more than 35 years experience in several independent schools. He has served as Head of School in PreK-8 schools in Michigan and recently in West Virginia. Andy and his spouse, Chris, a Pittsburgh native, have two grown children. Tory attends graduate school at the University of Cincinatti, and Jay resides with his family in Frederick, MD. Andy has played golf all his life and a sunny day will always find him longing for a round on the links.

 

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Shelley Evans
Administrative Assistant
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Shelley appreciates working in such a caring, nurturing environment. Her professional background is in human resources and public administration. Shelley has an A.S. degree from Brandywine College and majored in business education at Bloomsburg University. Seven grandchildren keep Shelley and her husband Don happily active with sports, dance, and drum & bugle corps events. Shelley has served on various community boards.  She enjoys reading, family activities, and caring for her dog and cat.


frank 2015Frank Titman
Maintenance Supervisor

Frank began his maintenance career during his many years of farming and working in a garage. He joined the GFS staff when his daughter enrolled as a student. When the school bought their first bus and started a route to Lewisburg, Frank obtained his bus license and became the driver. Along with his many varied duties at the school, Frank also works for Camp Victory in Millville. He lives in Greenwood Valley with his wife Gretchen and daughter Elizabeth who attended GFS from preschool through eighth grade and is now a certified veterinary technician working at Bloomsburg Veterinary Hospital as their Technical Staff Supervisor.

 


                                                                                                      

 


 

 

 

Faculty

jennJenn Boyunegmez
Director of Early Childhood Education & Teacher
jennb@greenwood-friends.org

Jenn is happy to begin her sixth year at Greenwood in the newly created Early Childhood Center. Jenn holds a BSEd in Early Childhood and Elementary and is passionate about the Reggio Emilia approach to early education. She was a teacher at Columbia Sullivan Head Start, a Child Care Coordinator for Columbia Child Development Program, and worked at the Berwick YMCA and Rainbow Hill Preschool. Jenn and husband Erol have three children: Aydin, Ayla, and Zeki, all of whom attend Greenwood.

 


Denise Snyder 
Early Childhood Education Teacher
dsnyder@greenwood-friends.org

Denise earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Temple University, a program that emphasized both design and fine arts.  Art history, art appreciation, and communication through design are subjects she enjoys. She values serving the community as a volunteer at the Bloomsburg Public Library, spending time with her family, and “playing” in her garden. Denise had been our part-time Art Teacher and is now delighted to be teaching the students in our Early Childhood Center.

 


kristaKrista Wenner
Grades 1 & 2 Teacher
kwenner@greenwood-friends.org

Krista will teaches 1st and 2nd grade at Greenwood. She previously taught our students in 2nd and 3rd grades. Krista has a BA in Elementary Education from American University and MSEd in Curriculum and Instruction from South Dakota University.  Her years of teaching experience include inner-city public school settings, substitute teaching,  and English subjects teacher at an Orthodox Jewish school.

 


audraAudra dePrisco
Grades 5, 6, 7 & 8 Teacher
adeprisco@greenwood-friends.org

Audra received her B.S. in Education with a minor in Theatre Arts from Bloomsburg University. She taught virtually every level from pre-K through eighth in positions in Hazleton and Harrisburg before coming to Greenwood thirteen years ago. Since that time she has completed coursework in teaching secondary level English and theatre arts. Audra is an ardent supporter of arts in education and has designed and implemented various dramatic arts clubs and workshops. Audra launched the popular Kitchen Science course at Greenwood a few years ago and wrote a curriculum guide for teachers on the subject.  Audra and her husband Jeremy, a musician/composer, perfom professionaly as a musical duo.


elizabethElizabeth Sterling
Grades 5,6, 7 & 8 Teacher
elizabeths@greenwood-friends.org

Elizabeth has more than 10 years experience teaching and developing curricula for her own classroom, including at Lewisburg Area High School.  She holds a BA in Psychology and studied Animal Behavior/Psychology at Bucknell University for her Master’s degree.  She is certified in Permaculture Design and in Teaching Permaculure to Children.  Elizabeth has three children and is a regular attender of Millville Monthly Meeting.


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Dottie Grocott
Spanish Teacher
dgrocott@greenwood-friends.org

Dottie continues her mission of teaching for life, joining Greenwood after retiring from public education. She earned her BSEd and MSEd from Temple, MSEd in Technology at Wilkes, and has taught since 1968. Her ancestors were martyred Christian teachers and she strives to support their belief that teachers are to serve the main dish of life with strength: Dignity Integrity Sincerity Humility, served with Christian love. Her ancestors and Spanish teacher would also expect that rather than retire, she devotes her life to the life-long responsibility of educating others.


Catri Barba
Grades 3 & 4 Teacher
cbarba@greenwood friends.org

New to our school in 2017, Catri most recently taught 3rd grade for two years at Mar Vista Elementary in Oxford, California.  She received Bachelor’s degrees in dance and religious studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master’s degree in curriculum and insruction along with teaching credentials from CSU, Channel Islands. Catri and her husband Paul have recently settled in Lewisburg.


Jody Love
Music Teacher

Jody (Maida) Love joined GFS in January 2017.  She  has been teaching private music lessons in the area for several years. She spent the majority of her career in higher education administration before taking time to raise her children and establish a family business.  Jody holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree and a Master of Science in Technology Education, both from Mansfield University of PA .


Elizabeth Gorbey                       
Art Teacher (ECC-2)
egorbey@greenwood-friends.org

A former GFS alumna,  Elizabeth earned a Bachelor of Arts degree for Mass Communications with a minor in Studio Art from Bloomsburg University .  Since 2001 she has been working as a photographer/owner of Willow Springs Photography.  She and her husband Micah reside near Berwick with their two sons who are both currently GFS students.

 


Ruth Zelanski
Art Teacher (3-8)
rzelanski@greenwood-friends.org

Since graduating form University of Connecticut earning a BFA with a concentration in photography, Ruth has worked as a creative director at a graphic design firm, and has exhibited her work internationally.  She also makes art jewelry and has been published in several books.  Ruth lives in Bloomsburg with her husband, and two daughters who are enrolled in our ECC program.

Board of Trustees

Greenwood Friends School is governed by a Board of Trustees composed of 15 volunteer members. According to our bylaws, a majority of the trustees must be members of the Religious Society of Friends; the other trustees are at-large members.  Trustees are nominated by the Committee on Trustees, a Board committee, and appointed by the Board as a whole for three-year terms. The Board meets once a month and conducts its meetings in the manner of Friends — according to the rules and customs governing Quaker Meetings for Business.  Officers of the Board are the Clerk, Assistant Clerk, Recording Clerk, and Treasurer. The Head of School participates in Board meetings as an ex officio member. The work of the Board is facilitated by standing committees and by ad hoc task groups as needed. Membership on Board committees is open to non-Board members.

Greenwood Friends School Board members include: Pete Doerschler, Tawnia Converse, Larry Smith, PJ Harte, Joan Silver, Baker Anderson, Dina Patsiavos, Gavin Noble, and Steve Stumbris.

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Millville Friends Meeting

peace-is-the-way.jpg Greenwood Friends School is under the care of the Millville Monthly Meeting and the Upper Susquehanna Quarterly Meeting.

As part of a network of more than 80 Friends schools in the United States (concentrated in the Philadelphia area), Greenwood benefits from the expertise shared by our colleagues near and far. You can learn more about Quaker education from the Friends Council on Education. They provide an excellent description of “What does a Friends School have to offer?“.

Greenwood welcomes children from families of all faiths and backgrounds.