Educating the Whole Child.

Specials/Elective Teacher Classrooms

BTSALP Art Specialist

Lydia Stewart

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UG Nature Journaling Syllabus

As an Idaho farm girl, and a proud graduate of BYU-Idaho, I learned early on what it means to set goals and work hard to achieve them. I graduated as an honor student with a Bachelor degree in Elementary Education. I discovered how to be a successful student though persistence even when learning did not come easily for me. Along the way, I developed a passion for the Arts. Participation in choirs, theater, dance, and visual arts deepened my education and allowed me to make discoveries and connections that I could not have made in any other way.  I recently completed my Visual Art Endorsement, and have been inspired by the power of an Arts Integrated Education. I love deepening the students Expeditions through art exploration.

I have been a longtime advocate for charter schools, and proudly stand behind GreenWood's amazing core values. I feel passionate about the 'Expeditionary Learning' model and the school's holistic approach to education, health, and living a balanced life. Example is the most powerful teaching form, and I work hard to model an active, healthy life-style for my students. I have seen firsthand the unique success achieved by an EL Education, and I love contributing to the amazing learning environment offered through Visual Art at GreenWood.

I've enjoyed over six years of educational practice, either serving on a school board or teaching 1st and 2nd Grade, Preschool, Art, and Music. This experience has reinforced my firm belief that parents play a vital role in the success of a school and classroom. Parent involvement in "Growing Greenwood" is both essential and greatly appreciated in the art room. I welcome parent communication, cooperation, and art discovery. Come paint with us or volunteer in the art room!

My life is rich and full with opportunity! I am an active mother of four beautiful children, 3 of whom attend GreenWood. Needless to say, I am heavily invested in the school's success. I've enjoyed almost 15 years of marriage to my best friend and biggest supporter. I stay busy serving in my church, baking, picking blackberries, and up-dating an older home. In my spare time, I love to draw and paint, read, quilt, write poetry, and illustrate children's books. I integrate healthy living through family bike rides and hikes, tennis, and as a member of a co-ed volleyball team. Team sports have always been my favorite, because I feel that "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts." Similarly, the GreenWood "forest" is superior because of the combined efforts of each individual "tree."

I agree with Picasso that, "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."

Health & Wellness Coach

Diana Sciandra

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I grew up in Fredericksburg, Virginia. After High school I high tailed it for San Diego where I obtained a Forest Management Certification from Citrus College. From there I moved to ZigZag, Oregon and began my 11 year career as a United States Forest Service, Wildland Firefighter, ultimately working On the Mt. Hood, Arapahoe-Roosevelt and Inyo National Forests, working in every aspect of Fire. During the winters I successfully competed nationally as a competitive snowboarder, also working as a Snowboard/Skateboard coach for Windells Snowboard Camp and Mammoth Snowboard Team. Thank fully I traded one body beating for another and became an at home mother to my amazing son, Tosh in 2010;)

As I raised my son, I also worked to build an all-female snowboarding Non-Profit and Online Magazine called "Shred Betties", a non-profit geared towards empowering females through action sports. Not to mention the number one new source for woman's snowboarding in the United States!

My love for my son and the Shred Betties girls lead to me to want to be a better coach and all around healthier person. I obtained a certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition because I believe health and wellness starts with what we feed our bodies. Becoming a Holistic Health Coach changed my world for the better and I only hope to keep the ripple effect going here at GreenWood helping the teachers, students, parents and staff reach for optimum health and wellness to ensure our children can grow to be their best self!

In my free time I love to snowboard, skateboard, practice yoga, stand-up paddle board, cook, be present with my son, be a successful imperfect mother and partner, and just all around like to MOVE and have FUN, to me that's what life is all about. Our higher power gave us this amazing life, I plan to "shred" every inch of it!

I hope to help students "find their fun" with skills that will better their everyday lives and the activities they love.

Physical Education Coach

Julia Gee

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Julia Gee grew up trying to keep up with four brothers in Murray and later three more sisters in Mapleton Utah. Her parents both were educators. She married her High School track star. As a high school graduate she was accepted to the UVU nursing program which was never a dream goal, but the volleyball and basketball team needed players. Consequently, these college years were satisfying in spite of the goal confusion. After receiving an LPN license and working at Utah Valley Hospital, she enrolled in her dream at BYU in PE. With 30 credit hours left a new baby and a job in Brigham City, college was discontinued until her sixth child went to kindergarten.

After receiving a Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education from Utah State, she competed for numerous teaching positions. With the competition difficult, the choice was made to take a PE position at Box Elder School District. When better opportunities to give came open at Maria Montessori the leap of faith was made. Montessori education captured her heart. But changes necessitated a move to Green Wood Charter School where she is passionate about their philosophy. She is excited for the journey at Green Wood, and will continue as long as her service entices children and teens to have foundational sports skills, fitness for life, friends, and fun. She is currently finished with those last 30 credit hours for PE and Health receiving her bachelors from Weber State.

I hope to help challenge student in foundational sports skills, fitness, and fun.

Environmental Education Teacher


Sean Cleary

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Ethno-Botany Syllabus

I was born and raised in So Cal, school athlete/scholar through high school and college.  Took mostly science, but ended up with a degree in communications.  Began teaching at the age of 17, being a coach for the local junior high school wrestling team.  Have coached off and on ever since.

Began science teaching about 15 years ago working for the Orange Co Dept. of Ed, in a division known as Inside the Outdoors.  ITO, as the division is known, is an award winning outdoor education and science supplement for classroom teaching.  Working there, I conducted field trips teaching environmental science, ethno-botany, as well as historical and comparative sociology programs.  I also worked as a traveling scientist, bringing science experiments and animal presentations to schools.  We moved to Utah with the wife's job in aerospace with Parker Inc.  Personal interests include hiking/camping, off road adventure, 4x4 and adventure biking, radio control.

Music/Technology Teacher

Kara Lyon

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I was born in Mesa, Arizona. As a child, I lived in several different houses and attended several different schools until just before my eleventh birthday when my parents relocated to West Jordan, Utah. Before settling in Utah, my mom and my aunt attempted to teach me how to play the piano, but when we moved to West Jordan, I began studying piano with my accomplished and beloved teacher and mentor, Catherine Tenney. She shaped me in ways that changed the course of my life, and because of her, I knew as a young teen that I wanted to grow up to be a Mom and a music teacher. As it approached time to graduate high school, I prepared to audition for the piano program at the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University. This took hours of preparation and sacrificing time with friends, but when audition day came, I was ready! I performed a perfect audition, and just a few weeks later, I found out that I had been accepted! I was thrilled.


 I spent the next two-and-a-half years earning my Piano Pedagogy Certificate, which included taking classes in ear training, music theory, music history, keyboard skills, etc. As part of the program, I also taught in the USU Youth Conservatory program teaching individual piano lessons as well as group music classes to children in the community. I found that my passion was teaching music to children. In fact, I spent the next 15 years teaching piano lessons.                   

Just a few months after starting at USU, I landed a job working at the library on campus. I began working in the Special Collections department, and later I worked in the Cataloging department. After earning my Piano Pedagogy degree, my passion for books and my love for working with books, led me to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in English. I graduated with that degree just two years later.               

One year before I graduated from USU, I fell in love with a tall, curly-haired, blue-eyed, glasses- wearing, guitar-playing, country-raised, kind, intelligent, and gentle man. A few months later, he asked me to marry him, and I have been thanking him ever since. We were married in January 2008, and have since gone on many adventures, and have built a beautiful and exciting life together. We have lived in three different states (Utah, Massachusetts, and Washington). We have three children, and each one was born in a different state! I made the choice just after our first child was born, to become a stay-at-home mom, teach piano lessons, and support my husband in his career pursuits in mechanical engineering. It wasn’t until the summer of 2021, when our youngest was about to start Kindergarten at GreenWood, that I began working again.               

I have many passions and interests, including reading, writing, hiking, weekly dates with my husband, adventuring, and supporting my kids in their pursuits of soccer and music and wherever else their dreams lead them. In 2018, I began my health journey and am now very dedicated to continuously improving my physical and mental health. I found a new love for running and yoga, and am a firm believer in how helpful therapy, mindfulness, and self-care can be.

In fact, the slogan of “Educating the Whole Child” and the unique HEALTH values are what first drew me to GreenWood. I love GreenWood, and all it stands for. Every day, I feel as if I am living the dream- I get to be a wife, a mom, a music teacher, and a librarian! Every day provides me an opportunity for exciting growth and development, and I am honored to be part of GreenWood!                

“Without music, life would be a blank to me”  -Jane Austen              

Crew & Character / Teacher Assistant Elective

Kylie Peterson

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Kylie has been teaching at Greenwood for 6 years. They have lived in Utah their entire life and currently reside in Layton with their partner, son, 2 dogs and cat. In their free time they enjoy working with resin, reading, and collecting houseplants.

They currently hold a degree in both Health Promotion and Education and are working toward their Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Design from Weber State University.  Kylie lives a plant-based lifestyle and loves everything that Greenwood stands for. 

If they had to choose their favorite health values they would choose Healthy Habits and Honoring Diversity.


There exists within everyone a grand passion, an outlandish thirst for adventure, a desire to live boldly and vividly through the journey of life.

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