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 a B.A. from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, M.Ed. from California State University, San Jose, California Teaching Credential in Social Studies/ESL from California State University, Dominguez Hills and an M.Ed. from 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 Lead 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 Lead 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 Teacher
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
DENA MALON, 1st Grade Teacher
Dena is a graduate of Hunter College in New York and holds degrees in Communications and Theatre. She also possesses a Waldorf certification from Sunbridge College and has more two decades of teaching experience. She comes to Greenwood from New York where she taught at the Rudolf Steiner School for eleven years. She previously taught for ten years at the Waldorf School of Atlanta, and has additional prior experience as Artistic Director at C.R.E.A.T.E, an educational theater company in Atlanta. When she’s not teaching, she enjoys traveling with her husband and spending time with their two adult sons.
KATHY DARCY, 2nd Grade Teacher
Kathy is a graduate of Excelsior College in New York and holds degrees in Psychology and Music. She also possesses a Master's Degree in Education, a Waldorf teaching certification and over two decades of solid teaching experience. She has taught two classes from 1st through 8th grade - one in Colorado and one here, and additionally taught for five years in Hawaii. Most recently, Kathy graduated the 2017 8th Grade class from Marin Waldorf School. She is married and the proud parent of two beautiful adults that both had the richness of Waldorf education from pre-school through high school. Multicultural education and innovating the curriculum are important to Kathy, as are her love of music, culture, art and travel. Kathy is enthusiastic about life in general and works hard to impart this zest for life to her students.
TRACY FLEMING, 3rd 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.
ANNA TOSICK, 4th Grade Teacher
Anna comes back to Greenwood School from Hawaii, where she was one of the founding teachers at Kona Pacific Charter School, taking a class from 2nd through 8th grades, another through 3rd and 4th, and a Kindergarten class for one year. She was one of Greenwood’s earliest Nature teachers, working closely with the class of 2004 from their 5th through 8th grade. Anna has her BA in English Literature from Belmont Abbey College, her teaching credential from Sonoma State University, MA in Curriculum Instruction from Indiana University, and completed her Waldorf training at Kula Makua Waldorf Teacher Training in Honolulu. She is an avid outdoorswoman, competitive outrigger canoe paddler, and mother to 16-year old son.
ALECIA DODGE, 5th 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.
ROLAND BARIL, 7th 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, 8th 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.
SPECIAL SUBJECT TEACHERS
LESLEY FISHER, Language Arts
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, 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.
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.