STAFF & ADMINISTRATION

/STAFF & ADMINISTRATION
SUSAN GOSS

SUSAN GOSS / ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR

In 1976 I moved to Skagit Valley and fell in love with the beauty of the PNW and the opportunity to raise my children in a small agricultural community. My children grew up and began their own adventures, my daughter now lives in New Orleans and my son, his wife and my first grandchild live in South Korea! When I found myself with an empty nest, I started traveling and working across the United States for the next 20 years but my heart always drew me back to Skagit Valley. In 2015 I moved back and now live in Sedro Woolley with my sister Mary, 2 ducks, Tippie and Blackberry and 2 Golden Retrievers, 9 year old AnnaBelle and 1 year old Lily (who has grown up at Greenwood Tree and loves children)! I am honored to dedicate another year to supporting the teachers, families and leadership of Greenwood Tree.
MARIA HANSEN

MARIA HANSEN / REGISTRAR

Coming soon.
VICTORIA BAKER

VICTORIA BAKER / TEACHER

Coming soon.
CRYSTAL SHEER

CRYSTAL SHEER / TEACHER

Coming soon.
DHYNA HAYNES

DHYNA HAYNES / TEACHER

Dhyana grew up in a large family in Detroit, MI where she attended the Detroit Waldorf School. She loved to learn and was very curious about the world. Perhaps because of this, she moved to Central America after she graduated from the University of Michigan with degrees in Spanish and Comparative Literature. There, she volunteered in several kindergartens and discovered that she has an instinct for seeing the children before her, and for working in creative ways to provide them with experiences that meet the children. After one-and-a-half years working in Costa Rica and Guatemala, Dhyana traveled to Brazil where she fully immersed herself in learning a new language and traveled by land from Venezuela into the Amazon, and then down the Amazon River on a boat. From there, she continued traveling by land to southern Brazil. In four short months she learned a whole new language! To this day, this is one of the most amazing experiences of her life. When she returned to the United States, she began to teach Spanish, first at the Detroit Waldorf School and later at the Progressive School of Long Island in New York. After living in New York City for five years, Dhyana no longer wanted to live in a large metropolis. She moved to New England where she received her MEd. from Antioch University with a degree in Education and Waldorf Teacher Certification in 2013. Dhyana recently moved to Bellingham from Ashland, Oregon where she taught Spanish, middle school math, beeswax modeling and painting among other subjects at the Siskiyou School. She is beyond thrilled to join the Greenwood Tree School and looks forward to getting to know all of the children and their families soon.
BRITT SHELLENBERGER

BRITT SHELLENBERGER / TEACHER

Britt Shellenberger grew up in the Skagit Valley and after traveling and living elsewhere has returned here to raise her family. She is happy to call this beautiful valley home again, with all of its natural diversity and beauty. Britt welcomes the opportunity to discuss and nurture the growth of the human spirit. She views challenges as opportunities and ‘failures’ as necessary. By being able to sit with challenging situations and allow the growth of each person, she is well suited for work with children. She is driven by this passion to understand others and uses it to continually find new and interesting ways to engage the whole child. Britt has been with Greenwood Tree from the beginning, serving in various positions in the community, and two years ago began the weekly outdoor education program for Grade 2. She will be continuing this outdoor program for Grades 3 and 4 this year and will be teaching the Home-school Enrichment program for Grades 2, 3, & 4; The Dandelions. Britt graduated from The Evergreen State College with a degree in Cultural Studies, in 1999 and furthered her education at Western Washington University and the North Cascades Institute, graduating with a MEd in Environmental Education and Non Profit Administration in 2003. These studies have supported her passions and challenged them.
SHELLEY SHOENBERGER

SHELLEY SHOENBERGER / TEACHER

Shelley Schoenberger is excited to be returning to Greenwood Tree as the Sunflower Class Teacher combining Grades Three and Four.  As a Skagit Valley native, she is honored to be an educator in the community where she was raised. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish Teaching, Shelley spent a year in Switzerland and Spain, then started her career in education teaching high school Spanish.  During this time she continued with her education, earning a Master’s Degree in Spanish from the University of California at Santa Barbara.  She taught high school Spanish for seven years and has continued teaching Spanish as well as other classes at Greenwood Tree after leaving public education and staying home with her children. Shelley has been a part of the Greenwood Tree community since the birth of the school, serving as a board member, parent and teacher.  Greenwood Tree introduced her to Rudolf Steiner and Waldorf education, inspiring her as a teacher, mother, wife, friend, sister and daughter to nurture the individual genius inside of each of us.  She has witnessed her two children grow alongside the school and fellow students and is blessed to be a part of this unique and amazing community. Shelley has a passion for education, Spanish, movement, handwork, being outside, cultivating and preserving food and maintaining a living home with her family and community.
SOPHIE DOBRA

SOPHIE DOBRA / TEACHER

Sophia grew up in an international family and regularly traveled overseas as a child. She trained as a ballet dancer (until retiring at the age of 15), and received an interdisciplinary liberal arts education at the Evergreen State College, where she studied music, literature, art, and botany. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1991, she continued study in the field of education and human development and taught preschool. She also worked in the corporate world and continues to do freelance work in editing, graphic design, and small business administration.

Having homeschooled her three children since the beginning, Sophia is now looping through the Waldorf (K-8) curriculum for the third time. She is a strong proponent of home education. In addition to study of Waldorf pedagogy, she has participated in and/or taught in homeschool community groups and parent partnerships, attended educational and homeschooling conferences, given talks to the public promoting homeschooling, and published articles in Home Education Magazine.

Sophia has been the upper grades class teacher at Greenwood Tree for many years and is pleased to continue with our charming and creative group of older children year after year. Like homeschooling, teaching a lively group like ours is always a changing and challenging adventure that calls for all one’s talents, wisdom, and knowledge. Prior to teaching, she also served Greenwood Tree as a teaching assistant, substitute teacher, board member, marketing manager, grant writer and creator of the original website.

Her other interests include fiber arts (knitting, spinning, weaving, sewing), handcrafts, historical fiction, storytelling, homesteading, gardening, cooking, baking and music. Though she has played piano and guitar since childhood, she decided it’s never too late to learn a new instrument and recently began learning to play the violin. She enjoys picking up tips and new songs from her students.