Educating the Whole Child.

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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

Taycee Vanlangeveld

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Hi everyone! My name is Taycee Vanlangeveld and I'm new here at Greenwood. I am proud to say that I'm a massive nerd, I love all things starwars, games, and robotics. In fact, I was on a competitive robotics team (FIRST) in highschool and we made it to the quarter finals out of 200 teams. It taught me a lot about who I am and who I want to be, as well as show me that no matter what you are doing (for example, STEM or P.E.) that you can be creative and find new ways to do things. I'm super excited to be here and to work with you!

If there is one thing that I would like to show our students that being yourself is the best version of you that you can be.

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

Lexi Nelsen

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Hello everyone, my name is Lexi Nelsen but my students call me Ms. Lexi! I just started teaching here in January, and I've been loving getting to meet all my students. A little bit about me- I just recently married my best friend and moved to the Northern Utah area, I absolutely love music and the way that it connects people, I could play pickleball or tennis every day, and I love spending time with friends and family, especially if it involves board games. ;)

I teach the specials music classes for K-5 and the Upper Grove Music Concepts class.  It has been so fun! In the specials classes, we have been learning to dance to Cotton-eye Joe and have been drumming on the African drums! In our Upper Grove class, we are really looking forward to our "Music in Cinema Project", where we will learn the difference that music can make in a movie, and then students will create a visual representation.

 I am so excited that I get a chance to get to know the students here at GreenWood!

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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