Committed, Passionate and InspireD
HEAD OF SCHOOL
SHAHEER FALTAS, M.Ed.
Shaheer’s education includes an M.Ed. from California State University, a Teaching Credential in Social Studies/ESL from UCLA and an M.Ed. from Rudolph Steiner College. He was the Co-founder/Director of the Kona Pacific Public Charter School in Hawaii and also served as the Executive Director at Journey School in Orange County. Shaheer began his career as a teacher in South-Central Los Angeles, teaching history and language arts.
Shaheer is committed to educational excellence and innovation while honoring the beautiful traditions that are hallmarks of Greenwood School. He loves Marin’s natural beauty and discovering the area with his wife Maria and daughter Newara.
Early Childhood TEACHERS
CATERINA CEGIN, Preschool Director
Caterina brings her love of puppetry, handwork, and seasonal celebrations to the preschool. She has a decade of experience in early childhood education and has been a lead teacher since 2008. Raised by Slovak immigrants near Chicago, she grew up speaking Slovak and later studied Spanish extensively. After graduating from The Evergreen State College, her interest in people and cultures inspired Caterina to become a Waldorf teacher. She studied at both Sound Circle Center in Seattle, WA and Rudolf Steiner College, where she earned her early childhood teacher certificate. Caterina enjoys hiking, travel, dance and music.
PEGGY ROCK, Kindergarten Teacher
Peggy has an abiding interest in the performing arts, and has studied singing, acting, mime and puppetry; she draws from this background in creating the environment and culture of her class. She holds a B.S in Education from the University of Illinois and has been the lead kindergarten teacher at Greenwood since 2004. Convinced that she has one of the best and most important jobs on the planet, she delights in the special gifts of the young child and marvels at the mystery of each one of her students.
VICKI SEASTROM, Kindergarten Teacher
A native Californian, Vicki has worked with children and families for more than twenty years. She earned her B.A. in Anthropology and Education from CUNY-Hunter College, is a graduate of LifeWays, and completed her certificate in Waldorf Education at the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training. Vicki joined Greenwood School in 2006 and the early childhood faculty in 2012 where she serves as the morning assistant and leads the Kindergarten outdoor afternoon program. Her passions include being outside, gardening and using her hands for all kinds of crafts.
KARLA WOOD, Preschool Assistant
Karla arrived in California after a childhood playing in the green forests and ocean inlets of Southeast Alaska. Her education includes a B.A. in english Literature and Teacher Certificate from Rudolf Steiner College. She has taught in Waldorf early childhood programs for 20 years and still finds her passion in being with the little ones. Karla's other great joys are hiking in amazingly beautiful places with her family and traveling near and far with her daughter.
MARY MOORE, Kindergarten Assistant
Mary joined the Kindergarten team at Greenwood in 2014. She received her B.A. from the University of San Francisco. After beginning her professional career in secondary education, Mary has been involved in various children’s programs such as the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. Her love is now centered on early childhood education. Mary enjoys travel and would like to live in Ireland someday.
Grade School Teachers
TRACY FLEMING, 1st Grade Teacher
Tracy has taught for over 19 years in public, private, and Waldorf schools in California and Oregon, as well as in Spain and Brazil. She received a B.A. in Language Studies (Spanish and Chinese, minor in French) from UC Santa Cruz and her Waldorf Teacher Training at Rudolf Steiner College. Tracy also holds two California teaching credentials: Bilingual Multicultural Multiple Subject and Spanish Single Subject. Originally from Oahu,Tracy comes to Greenwood from Camino del Rio School, a Spanish dual immersion school in Eugene, OR.
RHIAN DAVID, 2nd Grade Teacher
Born and raised in San Francisco, Rhian attended the San Francisco Waldorf School from kindergarten through 12th grade and received her diploma from Rudolf Steiner College. Rhian completed a four-year apprenticeship as a lead kindergarten teacher at The Mulberry Classroom, a curative Waldorf school for children with special needs. She was a 1st and 2nd grade assistant teacher at San Francisco Waldorf for two years while earning her B.A. in Organizational Behavior and Leadership from the University of San Francisco. She was also a classroom counselor at San Anselmo School for emotionally disturbed children. Rhian has a passion for social justice and public education reform.
MALIA LAURELIN, 3rd Grade Teacher
Malia has taught, trained and mentored in independent and public Waldorf schools for the past 30 years and has worked with schools all over the world––Scotland, Germany, France, Italy, Holland, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, and Southern Africa. She was also an adjunct faculty member at Rudolf Steiner College as a mentor and field supervisor. She was a founding member/board member and treasurer of the Kona Pacific Public Charter School on the island of Hawaii. She received her Waldorf Certification from the Waldorf Institute of Southern California after studying at the University of Arizona.
HEATHER FIELDS, Main Lesson Teacher - 4th Grade Teaching Team
Heather holds a B.A. from Tulane University, an M.A. in Waldorf Education from Rudolf Steiner College and a California Multiple Subjects Credential from Dominican University. She brings more than 13 years of experience, most recently at Kona Pacific Public Charter School. She has taught all ages from preschool to adult learners. Her diverse experience also includes teaching in an Ecuadorian open-air classroom, D.C. public school district and self-care lessons for developmentally disabled children in Pennsylvania. Her love of the Bay Area brought her to Greenwood School. Picture coming soon
ROLAND BARIL, 5th Grade Teacher
With over 22 years of experience as a class teacher and school administrator, Roland earned his B.A. in American History, magna cum laude, from Sonoma State University, and completed a two-year master’s program in Waldorf Education at Sunbridge College in New York. He is a graduate of a five-year training in Spatial Dynamics. Roland spent three years as a member of the Leadership Council for the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America. Roland chairs the Greenwood School Fathers Group.
PAULINE BOHN, 6th Grade Teacher
Pauline graduated magna cum laude from SFSU and has 20+ years teaching experience. She has a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (Spanish Bilingual/Bicultural certification), with an emphasis in teaching English. She has extensive experience as a mentor of teachers and as a teacher of model lessons. Working with colleagues at Greenwood and those at other Waldorf-inspired schools is a source of great inspiration. Pauline works with students to develop critical thinking skills and fosters student engagement. She is committed to working deeply with her students to foster curiosity, self-reliance, and heart.
LESLEY FISHER, 7th Grade Teacher
Lesley holds a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies from UC-Berkeley, a B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin, a California Language Development Specialist Credential, California Professional Clear Elementary Credential, and a Supplementary Authorization in General Science. She has over nine years of teaching experience and 800 hours of experience facilitating ropes courses. Her experiences are supported by deep training in Waldorf education. She lives in San Francisco with her two teenage daughters. (picture coming soon)
JOLENE JACKSON, 8th Grade Teacher
Jolene has 20 years of experience as a class teacher. She earned her Master’s Degree in Waldorf education from Antioch College and her B.S. in music education from New York University. She is also a certified music and elementary school teacher. Over her years as a teacher, she has not only provided a solid academic curriculum in the areas of math, language arts, history, and the sciences, but has also developed a flair for drawing, choral and instrumental music, speech and drama.
SPECIAL SUBJECT TEACHERS
YEA FLICKER, Director of Learning Services and Support
Yea received her B.A. from Georgetown University and M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Greenwood School, Yea created and managed the Department of Learning Services at the College Preparatory School in Oakland, taught 5th grade for an AmeriCorps program, and was a curriculum advisor and instructor for Exploration Summer Program at Wellesley College. Yea is a trained Mindfulness in Education instructor and certified Qigong teacher. Her passion is helping students define and reach their goals. Yea enjoys hiking, camping, and taking road trips with her husband.
HARRISON HOBART, Language Arts Teacher: Grades 6 - 8
After graduating from Yale with a B.A. in English, Mr. Hobart embarked on a successful career in business and finance. Returning to his first love (English), he earned his M.A. from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English and subsequently taught two years at Marin Academy and four years at Tamalpais High School. He enjoys the challenge of working with Middle School students after spending so much time in the high school arena.
BEN TUNNEY, Nature and Environmental Studies (NEST) Coordinator for Grades 4-8
Benjamin brings five years of experience as an environmental science teacher to Greenwood School. Previously, he worked for the Marin County Office of Education as a naturalist, Lawrence Hall of Science as a curriculum development specialist, and Sacramento Tree Foundation as a community plant leader. He holds a B.A. in sociology and statistics, as well as a multiple subject teaching credential from CSU Sacramento. Benjamin enjoys reading, playing tennis, hiking the Point Reyes National Seashore, and contemplating the mysteries of the universe.
MARITZA SOTO, Spanish
Originally from Mexico, Maritza brings Spanish alive to the children at Greenwood School. She has over eight years teaching experience in both public and private schools, most recently at the Live Oak Charter School in Petaluma. A graduate from Sonoma State, Ms. Soto holds a B.A. in Chicano Latino Studies. She also earned her Bilingual Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development (BCLAD) certificate from Sonoma State. Maritza loves spending time with her children and especially loves cooking for them.
SHANA STRONGIN, Math
Shana earned her B.S. in Biology & Environmental Science from UCSC, Science Teaching Credential from S.F. State, M.S. in Forest Science from Yale and did doctoral coursework in Ecology at U.C. Davis. She started her teaching career as a consultant developing and implementing K-8 hands-on science curriculum. She taught 4th-12th grade science and environmental studies for 8 years. While at San Domenico H.S., she developed a hands-on environmental studies program. Shana has completed almost 500 hours in "Making Math Real" training and has been teaching math at Greenwood School since 2014. Shana enjoys doodling, graphic novels, acting and outdoor adventures.
EDITH SZENDREY, Music: Choir, Strings and Orchestra
A native of Vancouver, Edith earned a B.S. in music from the University of British Columbia in both violin and viola, and a minor in fine arts. In addition to inspiring young musicians for over a decade, she works with local symphonies including the Marin Symphony and the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and has performed in chamber music concerts with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, the San Francisco Choral Society and the Arlekin Quartet. She is director of the Junior Program at the Hawaiian Performing Arts Festival held every July.