SUSAN GOSS / ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR
DHYNA HAYNES / TEACHER
BRITT SHELLENBERGER / TEACHER
SHELLEY SHOENBERGER / TEACHER
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.