GBRSS science teacher Shawn Green’s interest in science grew directly out of his fascination for the intricacies of nature. Growing up on Long Island, he and his family used to camp in the Catskills, where he had the chance to experience nature close-up. As a young adult, Shawn realized that he wanted to know more about the birds, the plants and other aspects of the natural world.
After graduating from Wesleyan University, that curiosity, along with a desire to learn about other cultures and effect positive change in the world, led Shawn to join the Peace Corps.
He lived in Thailand, where he worked in education; primarily health and environment. He also helped village schools procure grants for projects such as libraries and playgrounds. It was a tremendous learning experience, he says. Shawn and his wife, Chaba, travel back to Thailand every other summer to visit her family.
Rudolf Steiner’s holistic approach to education – the incorporation of hands, head and heart – attracted Shawn to the Waldorf teaching philosophy and he received his Masters from Sunbridge College in New York, joining the GBRSS staff in 2008.
Science and nature are never far from Shawn’s life. In his spare time, he likes to hike and swim and he and his wife recently bought their first house and are learning how to maintain and improve a home.
Some of Shawn’s favorite aspects of teaching 6th through 8th grade science and mathematics are seeing the students’ reactions to experiments, and the class discussions they trigger. He also enjoys the students’ enthusiasm during the Science Fair and finds that, in addition to mentoring his students, he is also learning from them.