EXPERIENCED, Passionate, and InspireD
Our deeply experienced teachers believe a healthy individual is a prerequisite for a healthy society. As such, they place the development of each individual child in the focal point. Diverse learners require diverse instruction: inquiry-based learning, direct instruction, peer-to-peer learning, independent learning, and on and on. They also know that students thrive when they're in a safe learning environment where opinions and differences are respected and not restrained or rejected.
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.
PEGGY ROCK, Kindergarten Teacher
Peggy holds a B.S in Education from the University of Illinois and has been the lead kindergarten teacher at Greenwood since 2004. She 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. 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
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.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. Her passions include being outside, gardening and using her hands for all kinds of crafts.
MARCY SUMMERS, Kindergarten Teacher
Marcy has been in early childhood education for over 30 years and has gained valuable experience through teaching, mentoring and holding administrative responsibilities. She created the first Kindergarten class at Greenwood. She received her B.A. in Literature then went on to study Waldorf Education in England and Sacramento. She realized that early childhood education was her passion and obtained a M.A. in Human Development. She has a deep interest in providing opportunities for children to develop a secure sense of self and to cultivate a feeling of community.
KARLA WOOD, Kindergarten Assistant
Karla has taught in Waldorf early childhood programs for 20 years and still finds her passion in being with the little ones. Her education includes a B.A. in English Literature and Teacher Certificate from Rudolf Steiner College. She arrived in California after a childhood playing in the green forests and ocean inlets of Southeast Alaska. Her great joys are hiking in 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
LAURIE TUCHEL, 1st Grade Teacher
Laurie has served as a teacher and administrator in Waldorf Schools for 22 years. She was a founding member of two Waldorf schools including the Sebastopol Charter School in Sonoma County where she served for 21 years. Laurie is trained in Making Math Real, Nurturing Arts Therapy, Collaborative Counseling, Werbeck singing, and Bal-A-Vis-X Exercises. She has worked as a naturalist, illustrator, and painter, and received her undergraduate degrees in biology and science illustration, with a minor in theatre arts.
TRACY FLEMING, 2nd 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.
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.
ALECIA DODGE, 4th Grade Teacher
Alecia holds a B.S. from UC Davis, a M.Ed. and Waldorf Teaching Certificate from Rudolf Steiner College (RSC), and an Applied Arts Handwork Subject Teacher Training Certificate from Sunbridge College. With 25 years experience teaching in Waldorf Education, she has served in many leadership roles including Faculty Chair, Secretary, and Trustee. She came to Greenwood School from the Waldorf School of Santa Barbara where she graduated her first 1–8 class in June 2017. She has also led the Handwork Subject Teacher Training Program at RSC since 2003.
HEATHER FIELDS, 5th Grade Teacher
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 from Kona Pacific Public Charter School. She has taught all ages from preschool to adult learners. Her diverse experience also includes teaching self-care lessons to developmentally disabled children in Pennsylvania, in an Ecuadorian open-air classroom, and in the District of Columbia Public Schools.
ROLAND BARIL, 6th 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 an M.A. in Waldorf Education from 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 and currently chairs the Greenwood School Fathers Group.
PAULINE BOHN, 7th 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, 8th Grade Teacher
Lesley holds a B.S. in Conversation and Resource Studies from UC Berkeley, a B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin, and a California Language Development Specialist Credential, California Professional 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. She lives in San Francisco with her two teenage daughters.
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 adviser and instructor for the 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.
TREVOR SMITH, Music: Choir
Trevor loves music! In a teaching career spanning 20 years, he has taught elementary and middle school classes, childrens' choirs, adult music theory courses, high school workshops, toddler classes, and private lessons. He studied classical composition at CSU Northridge, and actively works on at least one composition project at all times. He also enjoys writing rock and folk music, and attempts to spend some time each day practicing jazz guitar. When he's not working on music, Trevor can be found hiking, camping, swimming, biking, or looking at the stars.
MARITZA SOTO, Spanish
Originally from Mexico, Maritza brings Spanish alive to the children at Greenwood School. She has over eleven years experience teaching in both public and private schools. Maritza holds a B.A. in Chicano Latino Studies and a Bilingual Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development (BCLAD) certificate from Sonoma State University. Maritza loves spending time with her children and especially loves cooking for them.
SHANA STRONGIN, Math
Shana joined Greenwood School in 2014 and has completed over 500 hours of Making Math Real training. She earned her B.S. in Biology & Environmental Science from UCSC, a Science Teaching Credential from SF State, and an M.S. in Forest Science from Yale. As a consultant, she developed and implemented a K–8 hands-on science curriculum. She taught 4–12th grade science and environmental studies for eight years and developed a hands-on environmental studies program for San Domenico High School. Shana enjoys doodling, graphic novels, acting, and outdoor adventures.
EDITH SZENDREY, Music: 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.
Nature and Environmental Studies (NEST) Coordinator: Grades 4-8
Ben has been an environmental science teacher for six years. His experience includes work for the Marin County Office of Education as a naturalist, the 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.