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

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, in this his third year at Green School, has developed the school’s music curriculum with a strong emphasis on individual creativity, composition, multi-instrumentalism and ensemble-based performance. He is also an accomplished professional drummer, having performed with numerous world class musical acts, both here in Bali and abroad. In 2014 alone he toured with Australian Award-Winning Blues and Roots musician, Ash Grunwald, as well as LA-based World Roots revolutionaries, ‘Nahko and Medicine for the People’. 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

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

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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