I attended Greenwood Friends over 30 years ago. I still cherish and reflect on some of the wonderful things I learned while I was there. A truly wonderful school!
Greenwood Friends School is always striving to improve, while maintaining a commitment to established educational practices that succeed. An important next step in our educational approach is to expand our mixed-age classrooms in the Lower School so that we gain the benefits of this approach, while containing class size to approximately 12 students. For 2020-21, our classrooms will be Pre-School (ages 3-4), Lower School (K/1/2 and 3/4 classrooms), and Middle School (5/6 & 7/8 classrooms). We will continue to have one lead teacher in each classroom and will add support staff, as needed. Read more below for the benefits of mixed-age classrooms.
Participation in Greenwood Friends School’s annual giving appeal by all members of our community—parents, alumni, faculty & staff, members of the board of trustees, and many friends—is critically important for the success of the school. Please remember that, whatever the size, every gift is valuable and important, and that your gift is an investment in the future of our children, the local community, and the world. Tuition covers about 50% of Greenwood’s operating expenses. Annual giving is absolutely necessary to help cover the rest, allowing the school to keep tuition as reasonable as possible and still build a community of students from diverse backgrounds.
To learn more about how you can support annual giving, contact the school at 570-458-5532.
Interim Head of School
Larry clerked the Finance Committee and volunteered at Greenwood before joining the Board and becoming Treasurer. His wife, Jean, also served on the Board 25 years. Their children – Elizabeth, a local photographer, and Matthew, a fisheries biologist working for NOAA at their Miami, Florida lab – attended GFS from preschool to 6th grade which was as far as one could go at that time. Elizabeth’s sons attend GFS – James is in fifth grade and Justin in second, so Larry and Jean have joined the ranks of GFS grandparents. As veterinarians, the Smiths enjoy all their creatures great and small and their many gardens at home. They enjoy being part of Quaker education.
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.
Jody Love joined GFS in January 2017 as the Music Teacher. She had been teaching private music lessons in the area for several years beforehand. 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, and is a QuickBooks certified bookkeeper.