Head of School
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.
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 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.