Jean Wallace, CEO
As the Chief Executive Officer of Green Woods Charter School, Jean is responsible for guiding the school through the design and implementation of Green Woods' award-winning curriculum and for spearheading the school's successful, strategic growth and future direction. In addition to leading Green Woods through two, five-year charter renewals, executing a plan to triple student enrollment, and securing over 18 million dollars in investors, Jean continues to work in collaboration with our staff, board, community and educational partners to build on this successful past towards an even greater future. Jean's ongoing responsibilities include supporting the efforts of amazing, innovative teachers and working closely with the school's expert controller to ensure that Green Woods is both achieving as a school and thriving as a business.
Charter schools are public schools. As such Jean is accountable to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for ensuring that our students are receiving a standards-based learning experience, from qualified teachers, within the guidelines and mandates of Federal, State, and Charter School Law. Jean is extremely proud to have been chosen to join a cohort of educators in a new doctoral program in Educational Leadership at Arcadia University. Although delaying this opportunity to focus full time on the growth of Green Woods, Jean loves learning and looks forward to continuing her studies at Arcadia.
Jean currently holds four Pennsylvania education certifications: Principal K-12,Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction, K-12 Environmental Education, and Elementary Education. She earned two post-graduate certifications, as well as her MAEd in Environmental Education, a BA in Elementary Education, and an Associate Degree in Health Science.
Steve Masterson, Dean of Faculty and Students
Steven is the Dean of Faculty at Green Woods Charter School. Previously, Steven spent 9 years teaching first, second, third, and fifth grades at the School District of Philadelphia and the past 4 years as an administrator at Green Woods. Steven is a certified elementary school teacher and school principal. He earned a Bachelor in Science in the Administration of Justice from Penn State University, Master of Arts in Elementary Education from Chestnut Hill College, and his Principal Certification from Drexel University. Steven's role at Green Woods is to build within our community a common focus and purpose: students first.
Gina Knowles, Special Education Coordinator
Gina Knowles has worked in the field of special education for over 20 years. Her experiences include being employed as a teacher and as an administrator in both the public and private school systems. As an educator, she was awarded the New Jersey Governor's Award for Outstanding Teaching. This award is given to teachers who exemplify excellent teaching in their use of effective instructional techniques and by developing an environment that inspires students, fosters their feelings of self-worth and their love of learning. She enjoys working with children and helping them experience success in school.
Gina earned her Bachelor of Arts in Special Education and Elementary Education from LaSalle University. She then attended Holy Family University, where she received her Masters in Education Leadership and obtained her Principal's Certification. Gina furthered her education by attending Arcadia University to complete the certification program for Supervisor of Special Education. During the 2011-12 school year, Gina successfully completed the Pennsylvania Fellowship Program for Special Education Leaders. She is committed to being a life-long learner.
Gina grew up in this area and has always had the parks in the Wissahickon as her playground. She still lives locally with her husband and three children. In her spare time, Gina enjoys being outside planting in her gardens or playing tennis.
Chris Hunsberger, Dean of Students
Chris Hunsberger steps into the role of Dean of Students with more than fourteen years experience teaching and working with students of diverse backgrounds. Prior to his time as Physical Education teacher at Green Woods, Chris was the Health and Physical Education teacher at Ambler Day School and Holy Family Villa Academy. Mr. Hunsberger (or "Mr. H.", as students call him affectionately) has a great rapport with our children and is looking forward to building upon the positive school climate in his new position.
Beginning in 2012, Mr. H contributed his energy and effort to developing several engaging student programs at Green Woods. He was one of the teachers who developed our Trailblazer Cup Challenge, creating a plan for our student body to compete in schoolfocused games and competitions throughout the year, culminating in a Field Day at the end of the school year. He is also a leader for the Trailblazer Running Club, coaching after school to help 7th and 8th graders complete the Broad Street Run through the Students Run Philly Style program.
Mr. Hunsberger grew up in Collegeville and graduated from Perkiomen Valley High School. He then went on to East Stroudsburg University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree, with a teaching certification in Health and Physical Education K12.
Mr. Hunsberger is married and has two lovely daughters. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing and spending quality time with his family.
Nicole Starke, Technology Coordinator
Nicole Starke concentrates her time on bringing technology into the classrooms and learning spaces at Green Woods Charter School. Collaborating with teachers, her goal is infuse technology in the curriculum as a tool for researching, problem solving, and creating content. She also supports and trains the staff on innovative technologies, providing on the spot training to keep everyone learning.
Mrs. Starke is a native of the Pacific Northwest, born in Oregon and raised in Washington. She moved to the east coast for school, and has resided here since. She received her B.A. from American University in Washington, D.C., and her M.Ed. from Rosemont College. She is a Pennsylvania certified Instructional Technology Specialist, and a member of the International Society of Technology in Education.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and travelling. She is also a runner, and enjoys being outdoors as much as possible.
Kim Birkmire, Transportation Manager
Kim began her journey many years ago. She worked early on for the Day Care Association of Montgomery County and later with children at Kencrest. Being with children is her passion. She believes that making a positive and everlasting impression on children is critical.
This is Kim's sixth year at Green Woods! She began her journey at Green Woods as a parent volunteer helping to jumpstart the school's early fundraising efforts. Her success as a volunteer fundraiser lead to a position on the Board of Trustees where she served as Board Secretary. When offered an opportunity to work at Green Woods, she just couldn't pass it up as it would afford her the opportunity to, once again, work with children, families and staff. The job as Office and Transportation Manager places Kim in the central hub at Green Woods. Everyday brings a new and interesting challenge. Kim loves the work she does.
"What I enjoy most about my job is the daily interactions with the students." says, Kim. "The students' candid remarks and humor are priceless, and each day the students at Green Woods put a smile on my face, which is more than anyone can ask for while working at their job."
Kim has been married to her husband, John, for more than 25 years. They have two terrific sons, Steven and Brian, who are both graduates of Green Woods. Steven currently attends the Pennsylvania School of Technology. Brian is a thriving senior at Science Leadership Academy and a talented member of the SLA Ultimate Frisbee Team.
Karen Reed, PIMS & Student Enrollment Coordinator
Karen is a long time resident of the Roxborough area. She holds degrees in Business Management and Paralegal/Para Accounting. Karen and her husband Bill have three boys, Matthew, Michael and Nicholas, all flourishing Green Woods Charter School students.
As the PIMS & Student Enrollment Coordinator, Karen brings to Green Woods a wealth of knowledge and expertise in database management. Karen also works directly with the Green Woods' Controller's office, managing and tracking payroll. As with everyone, at Green Woods, however, Karen's job duties incorporate the wearing of many hats.
Jeanne Keough, Administrative Assistant
Jeanne Keough was born and raised in nearby Germantown and graduated from Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science with a degree in Marketing. She worked for 13 years at Asher's Chocolates in their retail candy store as the assistant manager until she left to raise her family. Jeanne and her husband Dennis are the proud parents of 2 children, Caitlin, a graduate of Green Woods now attending Science Leadership Academy, and Shamus, a Green Woods middle school student.
Jeanne utilizes her marketing skills by working closely with the Green Woods controller, keeping track of supplies and invoices. You can also find Jeanne monitoring arrival and dismissal and supporting the many needs of students, teachers, and staff in the very busy Green Woods front office.
Tori Cellucci, Receptionist and Administrative Support
Tori is the newest member of our Administrative Team and is responsible for managing our reception area and providing overall support to the Leadership Team. Tori will be greeting visitors, ensuring the building entrance is secure, and monitoring and tracking student attendance. She will also be supervising the lunchroom and supporting the Administration in the coordination of special projects and events. Tori joins Green Woods having many years of experience in all of these areas.