Chris Thompson – Director
“The Green School has been a magical and enriching place for our family. We would love to see our children graduate from here. I smile every day when I walk onto campus. It is a privilege being part of this community.”
Chris loves the Green School and the world of education. He has been working with the Green School in an advisory capacity since he first arrived in July 2010 and was then asked to join the Green School Board. He has been in the media world for over 23 years almost all of which he spent with Electronic Arts (EA), where he saw the company grow from a start-up to a $5 billion organization. His focus was building, nurturing, growing and helping organizations across the world including the UK, Germany, Canada, Japan and Singapore. Chris finished his career at EA as Vice President and General Manager of Asia based out of Singapore to move his family to the Green School after he and his wife met with John Hardy one evening.
Chris served on a number of academic/government boards and advisory committees including the Singapore Media Development Authority, Nanyang Poly (SG), Temasek Poly (SG) and the Institute of Technical Education (SG). He has been a featured speaker on media trends speaking region wide at conferences, schools and universities. He is currently an advisor to the Board of Directors of TwoFour54 where he directs the government of Abu Dhabi on their media investment and development strategies, and he advises a variety of tech start-ups here in Bali. But his heart is in education and he thinks he has found a good home.
Chris has two children, Chayton and Chenoa, who attend the Green School, and his wife, Joanne Guelke, is a health, fitness and yoga professional with international experience teaching yoga and personal training.
Alan Wagstaff, Learning Manager
Alan Wagstaff’s Green School roots go all the way back to the beginning: his “Three Springs” document, in which he described a school-centered community with various cultural, entrepreneurial and environmental projects running through it was one of John and Cynthia’s inspirations to create the project, and Alan created the original Green School curriculum. (Three Springs)
Alan has had forty years experience as a primary and secondary school teacher, a special education teacher, a school principal, and for the last decade, as an independent consultant, mentor and school developer. He has worked at and advised schools in the U.K., New Zealand, Canada, Indonesia, and Australia. Over the last several years, Alan was contracted to Silkwood Education Services – an advisory arm of Silkwood School in Nerang, Queensland Australia – as the Director of Education and Development. Most recently he has also served as Learning Manager at Silkwood School itself.
Alan brings extensive experience in virtually every aspect of growing a healthy and vibrant school– a partial list includes the development of student-centered, holistic perspectives with policy formation, curriculum innovation in all key learning areas, parent education and liaison, behavior management, co-operative learning, student assessment, learning support, values education, literacy, numeracy, and all other academic subjects, health and physical education,teacher development, mentoring, appraisal, and lesson preparation, and facilitative school management.
Andrew Slavin – Principal
Andy has been in education now for over 20 years and has worked with students from Kindergarten through High School. He has 14 years of experience as a classroom teacher, 6 years of work as an intervention and learning support specialist, and 3 years of experience as a school administrator. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, a California Certification in Cross-Cultural, Language and Academic Development, a K-8 Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential, and a School Administrators License. Prior to joining Green School in August 2009, he was as Intervention Specialist and Counselor in Oregon. He is a Green School parent of a Grade 2 child and an avid cyclist.
Purnami Lestari – Admissions and Enrollment Manager
Ami Lestari was born and raised in Bali and earned a Bachelor of English Studies from Udayana University. Ami brings a great deal of experience to her position in admissions at the School, including four years as a toddler and playgroup teacher and two years as Administration and Admissions Manager for a National Plus School in Bali. She is a dedicated mother of two. Click here to email Ami and choose ‘Admissions’ from the dropdown list.
Novi grew up in a very quite & peaceful village in Bali. After 11 years of varied working experiences, she finally found Green School where the environment reminds her of Bali in the past; bamboo houses, mud walls, and large gardens It’s so similar to her village, it gives her tranquillity of mind. Novi is committed to Green School because she loves children very much. She is the mother of 2 daughters and twin boys and particularly loves the way the school teaches children to become independent. Novi is the School Secretary, as well as assisting all teachers & the Principal. Novi graduated from the Politechnique Udayana University in Bali with a degree in the tourism industry. Novi and her daughters are expert Balinese.
Nina Tresia – Operations Manager
Nina is responsible for everything on the grounds of the campus including safety, functionality and cleanliness. She manages gardeners, housekeepers, security offices, and maintenance workers. Her brief also extends to being responsible for the Green Warung and the Kitchen. She is a member of the Green School Management Team, the Green Camp Management Team, and the Green Enterprises Management Team. Born and raised in Denpasar, Nina earned a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from Atma Jaya University in Yogyakarta. She loves to sight see and eat Balinese food.
Putu Eka Pertiwisari – Legal Manager
Putu brings 15 years experience to her position, including an in-depth knowledge of visa regulations, school legal documents, and government regulations. She brings a great combination of these knowledge and pragmatic problem solving. Putu graduated from Politechnique Udayana University in Bali with a degree in the hospitality industry. As both a mother and someone interested in education, she strongly believes that the School’s emphasis on multiple intelligence pedagogy is well suited to today’s needs and is the foundation of a happy and successfully education for the 21st century.
Charris Ford - Head of Communications
Charris and family moved to Bali to join the Green School community when his eldest son Kashius won the “Greenest Student on Earth” scholarship competition. In step with family tradition, Charris has (since 1988) been devoted to the work of advancing appropriate technology, renewable energy alternatives and promoting the values of environmental stewardship. Charris got his start as an organic farmer in the hills of Tennessee, living off grid since the age of 18 and went on to become an international biodiesel pioneer and a professional sustainability advisor. Drawing on 25 years of focused work in the eco sector and by specializing in green project design plus media campaigns aimed at achieving maximum environmental benefit, Charris has worked with numerous progressive organizations and influential individuals. Charris is also a seasoned eco emcee, enviro rapper & international speaker, who is dedicated to making green education fun and has appeared in many magazines, enviro-themed films & TV shows over the years.
Tim Fijal – Head of Admissions
Tim relocated to Bali from Vancouver, Canada with his wife Insook and their two sons, JJ (grade 8) and Ben (grade 4). Back in Vancouver, Tim is the co-owner and Academic Director of Little Mountain Learning Academy, a visionary learning center located on the University of British Columbia campus, through which he has had extensive experience in the area of enrollment and recruiting. The Fijal family had initially made the commitment to move to Bali as Green School parents, but Tim was later thrilled to accept an offer to fill the Admissions role based on expanding needs at GS. Tim will leverage his experience as a school administrator for the Green School cause, and brings with him abundant enthusiasm for the school’s vision and its exciting future. Tim’s passions include cycling, growing food, reading, and seeing happy young faces that are switched on to learning.
Shaun McGurgan – Curriculum Manager
Shaun has been a teacher all his life.He was born and spent the formative years of his life in Melbourne, Australia.In adolescence he was Captain of his local Surf Lifesaving Club and a Junior Australian Rules Football Umpire. As a young adult he was coach of under 18s Australian Football and leader of conservation based training programs for adolescents.He achieved a Bachelor of Applied Science (Horticulture) from Melbourne University and a Graduate Diploma of Education from La Trobe Uiversity before gaining employment as a class room teacher at Silkwood School on the Gold Coast.At Silkwood he had the opportunity develop a personal philosophy of education which in essence is child centred. He also learned and that as a teacher it’s more important how you be rather than what you do. He was Discipline Manager, President of the Board of Management, Manager of the Sports Program and mentor to student teachers & new employees. His proudest achievements are initiating several inter-school & school wide programs, taking a class from year 1 to 5, teaching children to read, developing relationships between the school & community organisations, positive stories from the class he took to the end of primary school and leaving Silkwood a better place than when he arrived.Shuan is happliy marreid to the wonderful Lianne and has two beautiful children Mythra (14) and Jaiah (4) both girls are attending Green School.
Rachel Glitz – Head of Development and Fundraising
Rachel never actually planned on a life in Bali. Born and raised in Santa Monica, California, she went to University in Boston (with a year in London) and a stint in Washington, D.C. working in U.S. government and politics before returning to California. She had been practicing law in San Francisco for over ten years for clients in the health care industry and the nonprofit sector when her husband, Michael, received an opportunity to conduct research in Indonesia. In the fall of 2011, Rachel moved here with her family (Annabel, now Grade 5 and Charlie, Grade 2A) for a ten month sabbatical… or so she thought. ‘Resisting’ the lure of a return to corporate law, Rachel fell for Green School and the GS community in a big way. After devoting much energy to developing the scholarship policy, something close to her heart, Rachel is excited to join the staff as the development manager to raise funds for that program, among other school fundraising needs.
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