Staff & Administration

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Susan Goss

Susan Goss / Operations and HR Manager

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

Greenwood Tree has been such an important part of my entire family's life since its inception over 8 years ago. My youngest, now 9, wasn't even walking when we first met some of the original members of the cooperative. I feel like my children have literally "grown up"in this community and it has been a blessing to us all. I have served the community in many ways, drawing on my experience as an elementary school teacher as well as more recently a social worker. In addition to acting as the registrar for the past 4-5 years, I helped teach the Root children class in the early years of GWT as well as served as the board President in our 3rd and 4th year of operation. I live with my family on Samish Island where I still can't believe that this girl from the landlocked flat midwest state of Kansas gets to look out her window every morning not only to see Samish Bay, but Mount Baker in the distance - it is such a gift. I enjoy reading and cooking ( for other people most especially!) and help my husband grow lots of fruits and veggies every year. When I can, I love to make things - sew, knit, crochet, build with wood, etc.
Eileen Frazier

Eileen Frazier / Root Children and Tulips Teacher

Eileen is excited to join the 2018-19 teaching team as the Roots and Tulips teacher. She has been an active member of the Greenwood Tree community since 2012 and has held many roles in that time including school Registrar, board member, bookkeeper assistant, teacher’s assistant in 2012 Saplings class and Co-teacher in 2015 for the Roots Class. She has incorporated elements of Waldorf education into homeschooling her 4 children, ages 14-2, and she is pursuing additional Waldorf teacher training through Sound Circle in Seattle. Prior to her transformation into “Mom”, she worked in the veterinary field and has a BS in Animal Science from the Univ. of Maryland. She moved to WA from MD 17 yrs ago and she feels blessed on a daily basis to have the privilege to live in our Magic Skagit and to pursue her love of gardening, travel, animals, community and friends. She is passionate about educating the whole child with both love and with respect for their individual selves. She’s looking forward to guiding parents and children during these precious early childhood years and she hopes to hold a daily rhythm that is full of wonder and opportunities for curiosity and exploration.
Victoria Baker

Victoria Baker / Thimbleberries Teacher

I am excited to begin my 6th year teaching at Greenwood Tree Educational Cooperative and to return to the Thimbleberry Kindergarten. I am the proud parent of two adult Waldorf alumni and have been part of the movement for Waldorf Education for over twenty years! As a young person, I was initially drawn to Waldorf by the beauty and intention that I experienced in the Tacoma Waldorf School kindergarten and continue to be inspired by all of the vital and engaged elders still working and advocating for healthy childhood. I am dedicated to the nurturing and protection of childhood and the child’s imagination through art, story, puppetry and doll play. I received my Master in Teaching from The Evergreen State College in 2004 and am delighted to be participating in Sound Circle's teacher training with several of my GWT colleagues. The Social Inclusion and Simplicity Parenting work has been an important influence throughout my years in elementary and early childhood classrooms. Raised as an only child, I am gratified by the work of helping children and adults navigate the changes that come as a child grows and develops as well as the healthy conflicts that arise in our homes, the classroom and the playground. I feel blessed to work in this vibrant community, this beautiful valley and by the power and wisdom of the local indigenous culture and history. It is an honor to share this golden moment of early childhood with the families of Greenwood Tree and I look forward a rich and joyful year with your children and our vibrant community. I currently reside in North Everett, with my husband Jason, youngest son Cedar (Sunflowers) and Lily our very shy Bernese Mountain Dog.
Jocelyn Norcross

Jocelyn Norcross Seidenberg / First Grade Teacher

Jocelyn Norcross Seidenberg is thrilled to join GWT community as the new first grade teacher for the 2018-2019 school year. Her teaching journey began 15 years ago when her daughter was born and she discovered the value of Waldorf education as a parent. Since then she has been part of three thriving Waldorf communities, both as parent and teacher. She has a Waldorf teaching certificate and a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish. She has lived in Guam, Hawaii, California, New Hampshire, and now Washington State for the last six years. In her spare time Jocelyn enjoys traveling, practicing Spanish, gardening and spending time alone in nature. She especially enjoy spending time with her loving husband, brilliant daughter, 11-year-old cat and new puppy. She looks forward to the upcoming school year with joy!
Matthew Shannon

Matthew Shannon / Eaglets gr. 2/3 Teacher

Matt Shannon is thrilled to be joining the Greenwood Tree community in 2018. After working for years as a facilities manager, substitute, and assistant teacher at the Whatcom Hills Waldorf School, he is eager and excited to lead a class of his own. Matt also gained valuable insights during an apprenticeship in the fifth grade at the Seattle Waldorf School for several months in 2017 as part of his Waldorf teacher training. Originally from the Virginia suburbs of Washington DC, Matt came west to attend the University of Montana and earned a degree in sustainable agriculture. He followed this northwest trajectory to its conclusion in the Puget Sound area after renting one of the first farm plots at Viva Farms here in the Skagit Valley, offering an organic fruit and vegetable CSA. This opportunity led Matt to another farm near Bellingham where he was able to continue to grow produce but also raise animals and offer educational opportunities around homesteading, landscape design and appropriate technology to both children and adults. Although he has recently moved away from the farm to work on a house building project, his favorite things are still milking cows, making hay with a scythe, and working with plants and trees. He feels that young minds have much in common with plants, and that—with the right conditions and care—they both can sink healthy roots, grow strong limbs, and sow the seeds for a promising future.
Shelley Schoenberger

Shelley Schoenberger / Sunflower gr. 4/5 Teacher

Shelley Schoenberger is excited to be returning to Greenwood Tree as the Sunflower Class Teacher combining Grades Four and Five.  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.
Britt Shellenberger

Britt Shellenberger / Outdoor Ed 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.