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16245 Westside Hwy SW
Vashon, WA, 98070

206-466-7398

Homestead is a place-based multi-age learning community located on 7 acres of farm and woodlands, on Vashon’s Westside. We offer a hands-on, hearts-on embodied curriculum rooted in practices that promote social intelligence and connection to the natural world. Our curriculum seeks to provide children with tools and support for living a full, balanced and creative life by giving equal value to each of the four windows of knowing: feeling, imagining, sensing and thinking. Mentors honor each child’s unique gifts and learning styles, supported by our small mentor-student ratio. Homestead children, mentors and families journey together to create a learning community rooted in compassion,  connection and gratitude.

Mentor Bios

 

The Vashon Green School Mentors

While each of the mentors at the Vashon Green School bring diverse experiences and backgrounds to the school the ideology that unifies each of them is their shared passion for teaching in an innovative, unconventional classroom environment.

 
 

Dana Schuerholz

Dana Schuerholz, B.S. Syracuse University, founded the Homestead School in 2007.  In 2016, to embody an eight year evolution of an alternative educational model, Homestead became the Vashon Green School. The new name reflects her passion for sustainable, progressive, ground breaking educational opportunities.  Dana's myriad experiences with education, community organizing, social activism, photojournalism (in the US and in Latin America), organic agriculture, permaculture and parenting bring her to this work. She has taught in public and private schools from primary to college level. She was an artist-in-residence in Seattle Public Schools for 8 years, specializing in media literacy. A life learner, she embraces the challenges and joys of mentoring and believes that a foundation in the arts and deep understanding of the natural world nurtures a life guided by one’s soul.

 

Lucia Armenta

Lucia Armenta is a native of Mexico.  She graduated with (Licenciatura en Education) Education Degree from Colegio Esparza in Puebla, Pue. Mexico in 2000 and moved to Chicago area.  SHe received an Associates Degree in Education,with honors, from DuPage College in Illinois.  Lucia spent four years teaching Spanish to 2-10 year old students through Language Starts, both as a lead teacher and teacher trainer.  She spent six years as the Aurora Public Library and World Relief - Literacy Specialist and Coordinator for the PACT program (Parents And Children Together).  In 2006 she founded and continues to run Spanish 4 All, an Immersion Spanish Program for Children.

 

Thomas Elliott

Thomas Elliott, Ph.D. has propelled himself through 27 years teaching experience by engaging reason and imagination both together. He teaches the beauty of mathematics through games, metaphor and attention to structures in the natural world. His career includes a wide range of topics and age groups. He’s been a philosophy professor, a poet, a fifth-grade four-dimensional geometry teacher, a Fulbrighter in India, among other things. The common thread is a deep love for learning. While rooted in traditional academics, Thomas is deeply committed to Earth-based education. He sent his daughter to Vashon Green School for three years and is delighted to join the faculty as the math specialist. 

 

 

Amy Mercer

With over eight years of dedicated experience as a specialist on learning differences and as a practicing interventionist, Amy offers a wealth of knowledge, which makes her an excellent diagnostician and resource for creative solutions.  Amy’s dedication to her students inspires her to a continual pursuit of, and extensive reading on, the most current brain research as it relates to learning and knowledge acquisition.

Amy received her training as a Certified Dyslexia Specialist from Susan Barton and is an expert on the Barton System for Reading and Spelling.  She has also been trained to use Lindamood-Bell's LiPS program for phonemic awareness.  Both curriculum are research proven dyslexia intervention programs.  

Using her understanding of learning differences, Amy also provides remediation for difficulties with math and writing skills.  Interventions are highly individual and use an array of multisensory, techniques.   

She received her B.A. in psychology from Argosy University in 2006 with an emphasis on Sociolinguistics.