Specialist Subjects

Sarita Pockell – Performing Arts teacher

Sarita Pockell has been teaching Performing Arts skills, directing musical theatre, and creating cabaret-style variety shows with young people for over 15 years. She has taught and directed students from over 30 different counties, and has spent the past 3 years directing and running “Vaudevillians Stage Troupe (VaST)”, a child-based theater troupe specializing in unique variety shows created by and for kids. Before creating her troupe, Sarita was the full-time Music and Drama teacher at several progressive private schools in the East Bay and Marin County. An active musician, She has performed in Austrailia, Japan, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, and all over the United States and Europe. She is a founding member of one of the Bay Area’s favorite kids and family band, OCTOPRETZEL, and writes, produces, and records music for children (and adults). Her career path is rooted in her love of entertaining diverse communities of people, working with children and helping them to reach their potential and their goals, her spirit of collaboration, and the wonderful experiences she has had with what she believes to be one of the most transformational forms of human expression: Performing Arts!. Sarita and her family moved to Bali this year from the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the mother of two Green School students (2nd and 8th grade). sarita@greenschool.org

Jan Maraire – Creative Arts (Music/Marimba)

Jan’s passion for traditional and contemporary Shona music began in 1982 as a student of the late ethnomusicologist Dr. Abraham Dumisani Maraire. Dividing her time between the role of a Seattle art director and an African music performer, she was able to tour extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada. She was the original founding member of Zimfest in 1991 which has become the largest annual gathering in North America of students, teachers, performers and fans of Zimbabwean music. Jan later based herself in Zanzibar, Tanzania for over 10 years where she spent five years working on the development of ZIFF: Zanzibar International Film Festival, East Africa’s premiere film and music festival. A woodworker at heart, Jan built the marimba ‘orchestral’ instruments we use at Green School. She is also a Green School parent of Isami and Eddy. jan.maraire@greenschool.org

Adam Felton – Music

Adam E. Felton is a passionate, energetic and creative Performing Arts and Primary teacher who has gained broad professional experience in diverse educational settings in three different countries. Having delivered and developed a number of curricula throughout Southeast Asia, he has acquired the strong ability to adapt his teaching style to foster understanding, enthusiasm and learning in children from a broad spectrum of cultures and backgrounds. Pak Adam is returning to Green School after a two year hiatus in which he has not only continued to teach at international school and private level, but has also toured and performed with a number of world class musical acts, both here in Bali and abroad. Most recent he performed with Hawaii-based international touring act ‘Nahko and Medicine for the People’ throughout their month long tour of the island and headlining spot at Bali Spirit Festival. adam@greenschool.org

Sri Agustini – Assistant to the Music Teacher

I was born in Bali to a Java-Balinese family. I discovered my true passion – singing – when I was 23. I was working at Bali’s Hard Rock Hotel and began traveling throughout Indonesia with a band, singing covers. I moved back home after a while, where a childhood friend introduced me to the Green School. When I stepped my feet at the school, I knew what journey I wanted for my life. I’ve been inspired by the many wonderful souls here, the “learning by doing” education and my love for singing, dancing and performing is coming back stronger than before! tini@greenschool.org

Jen Buchanan, Middle & High School Art

Jen joins Green School after three years of living in the hot desert climate of Saudi Arabia where she has been working as an Assistant Head at the British International School Riyadh. Originally from Perth, Western Australia, Jen has spent much of her adult life travelling the globe. Highlights from Jen’s travels include time studying at Institute Seni Indonesia (ISI in Yogyakarta), working as a volunteer with the United Nations in East Timor, coordinating health education programs in India, and in more recent years a fulfilling career as an arts educator in her home country and abroad. Jen is a strong advocate for the promotion of the arts as central to student learning and within the wider school community. Over the years, Jen has organised several large group exhibitions and held several exhibitions of her own work. She is a published children’s book illustrator and the director of two internationally featured short animated films. In her spare time, Jen is happiest when engaged in a range of outdoor pursuits including diving, road biking, and camping. She is excited to be joining Green School and to have the opportunity to work in such a beautiful and engaging environment. jen.buchanan@greenschool.org

Colin Kuit – Physical Education Specialist

Colin is from South Africa, holds a Sports Science degree and teaching degree in Physical Education. He was PE teacher/Aquatics director for 5 years at an international School in Manila, Philippines prior to moving to Bali. Colin is currently the PE teacher and Sports co-ordinator at Green School and also director of ISSC(International Schools Surf Camp) where he also works closely with Green Camp. He has competed at swimming at national level and international level at surfing and surf lifesaving. colin.kuit@greenschool.org

Paul Eperjesi (Yeshi) – Primary PE Teacher

At the age of 20, Yeshi started his physical education career teaching in primary and secondary schools in country Queensland, Australia. Travelling to Alberta, Canada, he completed a Bachelor of Physical Education and represented the University in Fencing. While involved in many sports, Yeshi has a particular interest in Dance and physical disciplines such as Yoga and Tai Chi. He completed a Masters in Education at the University of Western Sydney in 2010 with research design into Environmental Attitudes in Teenagers. Yeshi believes strongly in the importance of free play in childhood, particularly in the outdoors.For the past five years he has been working with small independent, human centered schools in the Blue Mountains. He is looking forward to contributing to the primary classes at the Green School. paul.eperjesi@greenschool.org

henryHenrique Veloso – Primary Green Studies

Originally from the Brazilian Cerrado, where the world’s most biodiverse savannas are located, Henry grew up with an intimate contact with nature. His dream of becoming a biologist grew since he was a child, where climbing trees, swimming in waterfalls and observing animals and other living organism were his favourite childhood activities. Henry earns his Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Education in Biology in the University of Brasilia; this is where he found a holistic approach on investigating nature through Ecology. After working for some years on academic research about Behavioral Ecology of a bird species, he gained valuable experience about Permaculture as a way to use his expertise in Ecology to build a better world. Henry has been working in the area of Permaculture for more than 4 years. His experience includes teaching outdoor programs in Asa Branca and Sitio Geranium, a Permaculture Institute and an organic farm in Brazil, and also giving and taking workshops and courses in the area in some of the more than 30 countries he has been to. Henry especially loves the hippie mood of Green School children and the diversity of the people in the school’s community. He likes masakan padang, capoeira, climbing trees and most of all, he likes sleeping! henry@greenschool.org

Max Jones – Head of Learning Support

Max is from Wales and holds a postgraduate teaching qualification and MBA. His whole teaching career has been in special needs, focusing on learning support, autism and alternative approaches to teaching. He has a passion for learning and believes through kindness you can inspire a child to achieve anything. Max joins Green School after a year running the Balinese Children’s Foundation, where as Head of School, he taught, trained and ran the Yayasan on a daily basis. Before coming to Bali Max spent time as a learning support specialist at the Children’s Academy in Bahrain. Max describes himself as an outdoor junkie: he recently completed the Great Wall of China marathon, covering 42k, 20,000 steps and 126 towers all in 6:32 to finish second (part of the time while wearing a Green School jersey!) , and later this year he will participate in the Arctic Circle marathon at the North Pole. “Kindness is a language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see” max@greenschool.org

Jackie Pye – Counselor

Jackie Pye is originally from a small town in Ontario, Canada and is moving to Bali with  Steve and their kids Roxana (11) and Asha (9). She loves to travel with her family and having spent much time in India over the past 10 years. Jackie has been an educator for 16 years and with a Bachelors of Science, Bachelors of Physical and Health Education, Bachelors of Education and a Masters in Environmental Studies. Her experience has been in alternative and outdoor education, private and public education, international schools, and most recently at an outdoor therapeutic boarding school for students with substance addictions. She was also the director of a traditional canoe tripping camp in Algonquin Park in Canada, a place where a few of our GS students spend time in the summer. All of her experiences have inspired her to continue to work with people and build positive communities through experiential learning and physical activity. Jackie is excited about Green School’s approach to learning and its location in Indonesia. jackie.pye@greenschool.org

Kriss Rita – Middle and High School Learning Support Specialist

Kriss will be moving to Bali from Portland, Oregon where she has worked in special education for eight years with the Centennial School District. The focus of her work has been in learning support and transition services with students ages 14-21. She helped to create and expand the transition programs for the school district eventually opening and coordinating two school programs. Both schools continue to thrive and serve a variety of students, families, and the community. She has been working with children in a variety of educational roles since 1996 in Pennsylvania, Montana, and Oregon. When not working Kriss spends most of her time in the outdoors kayaking, hiking, and cycling. Her other passion is international travel including trips to Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, Guatemala, Mexico, and now creating a home in Bali! kriss.rita@greenschool.org

A.-Michelle-Navarro---Learning-Support-Specialist-and-TeacherA. Michelle Navarro – Primary Learning Support Specialist and Teacher

Michelle is originally from the Sonoran desert (Arizona), but loves this whole planet as our home. She’s been a teacher of special education and English for speakers of other languages over the last twelve years (seven with kids). Her last two years were spent collaborating with the Abu Dhabi government school system and Vanderbilt University in creating the special needs component of an Emirati model school/teacher training project. She’s also taught on the US/Mexican border, and for short stints in the Czech Republic and in Mexico. Before teaching, she spent time on stage, most memorably with some scaly, feathery, prickly and furry co-stars. When she isn’t at school, she might be found looking for medicine plants, playing with puppets, writing, paddling a kayak, getting her hands dirty in something fun and messy, or most likely, dancing Argentine tango. She’s incredibly honored and excited to be part of this amazing community of learners. michelle@greenschool.org

Jaclyn George -  ELL/ESL

Originally from Windsor, Ontario, Jaclyn George began her journey in education five years ago, teaching English to second language learners in Cairo, Egypt. Her passion to explore unique cultures then brought her to Northern China, where she continued teaching English to learners of all ages and levels. Her experiences in China were inspirational, and led her to deepening her teaching practice at the University of Wollongong, Eastern Australia. She completed her Graduate Diploma in Education, specializing in Earth and Environmental Science. She holds a Bachelors degree in Environmental Resource Management, and TESOL certification. Jaclyn’s desire to be part of an environmentally conscious community has led her to Green School, energized to be part of an ESL program that creatively encourages students to be resourceful, independent learners working towards a sustainable future. Jaclyn is thrilled to be in Bali, where she enjoys yoga, surfing and the natural environment. jaclyn.george@greenschool.org

Puri Wahyuni – Lab Technician

Puri wahyuni was born and rised in Tabanan Bali, and  hold teaching qualification from Ganesha Universty in Biology. She was join green school at 2009 . She is responsible for Maintenance and upkeep of the laboratory needed. Puri is Balinese dencer since she was a young girl and love children very much. puri@greenschool.org

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