Faculty

Mackenzie Ford
Early School Teacher
Pre-K
mford@greenwood-friends.org

Mackenzie is a caring and passionate early childhood educator. Her mission is to create a welcoming and safe learning environment for all students to express their own interests and curiosities. A graduate of Penn State University majoring in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Special Education and Human Development and Family Studies, Mackenzie has substituted in multiple grades in elementary schools and recently was a preschool teacher in Selinsgrove, PA. Outside of school, Mackenzie enjoys hiking, spending time with her family, friends and her dog Barkley.


Shannon Kirk
Early School Teacher
Grades K – 2nd
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.


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Early School Teacher
Grades 3rd-4th
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!


Jerod Savage
Middle School Teacher
Grades 5th – 8th Science/Math Teacher
jsavage@greenwood-friends.org

Jerod comes to Greenwood from beautiful Hawaii, returning to his roots here in Central PA. Jerod has 15 years of classroom experience, and also recently served as Vice-Principal for the Lana’i High & Elementary schools. He earned his BS in Elementary Education from Bloomsburg University. Jerod has served as a volleyball coach, Lego robotics advisor, Little League umpire and is an avid ukulele builder!


Deb Zollmann  
Middle School Teacher
Grades 5th – 8th Humanities/Math Teacher
dzollmann@greenwood-friends.org

Deb is a veteran educator of children of all abilities and learning styles. She is passionate about social justice and creating welcoming and inclusive communities for students. She is the mother of four, including a recent 8th grade graduate at GFS. Deb has many years of experience leading transformative mission and field trips and has an extraordinary ability to construct project-based learning that captures the imagination of all students.


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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.


Jody Love
Music Teacher
jlove@greenwood-friends.org

Jody 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 . In her free time, she enjoys cooking, putting together puzzles and leading the Worship Team at her church.


Ruth Zelanski
Art Teacher
rzelanski@greenwood-friends.org       

Since graduating from the 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 Early School program.

Administration


Andy Jones-Wilkins
Head of School
ajoneswilkins@greenwood-friends.org

Andy Jones-Wilkins began his career in education in 1989 at the oldest Quaker school in the country, the William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia.  After five years of service there Andy and his spouse Shelly embarked on a two year, 18,000 mile bicycle tour around the world before settling in Paradise Valley, AZ where they both taught at the Phoenix Country Day School.  Andy’s administrative career began at Head-Royce School in Oakland, CA where he served for five years as the Head of the Middle School before accepting his first Head of School appointment in 2006 at The Community School in Sun Valley, ID.  Longing to return to Friends education, Andy became the 6th Head of School at Tandem Friends School in Charlottesville, VA in 2011.  While there he guided the school through a comprehensive accreditation process with Friends Council on Education and along the way reinforced the school’s Quaker identity.  Most recently Andy served for two years as Head of School at The Delta School before accepting the appointment as Head of School at Greenwood Friends in Spring, 2021.

Andy and his wife Shelly have been happily married for nearly 30 years and are the proud parents of three sons, Carson (23), Logan (21), and Tully (18).  An active outdoors family, the JWs can often be found traveling the country camping, hiking, and adventuring. They are thrilled to have settled in the Susquehanna River Valley and look forward to exploring all the trails and mountains this region has to offer.


Shelley Evans
Administrative Assistantshelley 2015
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.


                                                                                                      

Jody Love
Business Manager
businessmanager@greenwood-friends.org

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.

 

Board of Trustees

Greenwood Friends School is governed by a Board of Trustees composed of 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:  Jennifer Albright, Baker Anderson, Bryan Campbell, Mia Diehl, Dean Girton, Janice Hambridge, Melissa Rycroft and Larry Smith

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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.