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

Administration

Beth Frattali
Head of School
bfrattali@greenwood-friends.org
570-458-5532

Beth is a passionate educator with over 15 years of experience in progressive schools as a peace studies and community service director, biology and environmental science classroom teacher, director of sustainability and founder and  manager of the Tide Turners youth activism  travel program. She has taken students around the world from the Amazon Rainforest to the Giant Panda Conservation Program in China, providing  experiential education opportunities for students to connect with  the natural world from both their hearts and their heads, empowering them as activists to help create a more peaceful and sustainable world.
Previous to becoming an educator, Beth worked as an environmental activist at Greenpeace USA where she practiced the Quaker ethics of bearing witness and nonviolence. Additionally, she has a background in homeless outreach and mental health counseling, as well as, extensive experience in nonprofit management and fundraising. She holds a BA in Social Justice and Environmental Education from Prescott College, a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University  and an MA in Secondary Science Education from American University. Beth is committed to differentiating instruction based on the theory of Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences, providing transformative educational experiences for all students who learn differently .
Beth and her husband Matt are also passionate about animal rescue and have three dogs, one cat, a chinchilla named Chewbella who you can meet at school, and several amphibians and reptiles.

 

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Shelley Evans
Administrative Assistant
sevans@greenwood-friends.org

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

Shannon Kirk
Early Childhood Education Teacher
skirk@greenwood-friends.org

Shannon is a passionate and talented educator with over 20 years of teaching experience and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She is committed to early childhood education that cherishes student curiosity, meets students at their individual levels and creates classroom experiences that encourage a love for learning.

 


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.

 


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Audra 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.


Marie Wessler
Grades 3 & 4 Teacher
mwessler@greenwood friends.org

Marie teaches 3rd and 4th grade at Greenwood Friends School.  Marie has a B.S. in Marketing with a minor in Economics from Penn State University and has earned a post-graduate diploma in Education from the University of South Florida.  Marie has lived abroad in Seoul, South Korea, Paris, France and Hong Kong before returning home to Pennsylvania 3 years ago.  She has taught in Hong Kong, and has substituted in the public school system in Pennsylvania.  Marie enjoys spending time with her family, and tending to her chickens and riding her horse!


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.