Woolman Staff

Administration

Headshot Dorothy Henderson, Interim Head of School

After raising four children, getting a Ph.D. in Nursing from the University of Michigan and teaching for five years at the University of Washington in Seattle, Dorothy left the University and traveled for a year with her husband Doug in their Volkswagon van. She arrived at Woolman in the year 2000, seeking a life more in harmony with her commitment to mindfulness, nonviolence and simplicity. Here at Woolman she found that life. During her first 7years at Woolman, Dorothy taught Nonviolent Communication both on campus and in workshops, including at Friends General Conference. She became the Head of School in June of 2008 and served until January of 2013. She returned in 2014 as our Interim Head of School. Dorothy enjoys walking, living the faith and practice of the Religious Society of Friends, sharing Nonviolent Communication with anyone, and riding the train.

Headshot Morgan Carney, Admissions Associate

Morgan grew up in the beautiful state of North Carolina. She is originally from Charlotte, but left her heart and soul in Durham, where she studied biology and psychology at Duke University. In her senior year, she stumbled across a life-changing class on social entrepreneurship and completed two documentary photography projects - one about the new, student-run campus farm, and the other about a local elementary school's gardening and cooking program. These experiences got her hands in the dirt and led to a yearlong stint teaching kindergarten and developing a cooking and gardening program at Mundo Verde Public Charter School, a bilingual and sustainability focused school in Washington, DC. She has plans to eventually return to Durham and build an extensive nonprofit focused on education, leadership, sustainability, food, and entrepreneurship… hopefully including a very Woolman-like semester school program! While still on the west coast, she considers it her personal mission to spread the use of the word y'all and introduce everyone to grits and fried okra. In any downtime here at Woolman, she can often be found pulling up weeds in the garden, whipping up fancy desserts in the kitchen, busting out random dance moves, or reading books about urban agriculture and educational reform under the oak trees.

Faculty

Headshot Amelia Nebenzahl, Global Issues Teacher

Amelia is originally from Massachusetts and throughout the years she has come to find a home in many places around the world. She has studied International Relations and Peace Education at both the bachelor and master's levels an is thrilled to be putting her expertise, passion, and experiences into practice at Woolman. For the past five years, she has led community service and cultural immersion programs for high school students in various countries in Africa, and thus has a flourishing love for everything African. She enjoys being in the outdoors and always gets a kick out of learning words in new languages. Amelia finds immense hope in the spirit, ideas, and motivation of Woolman students and trusts that they will bring great change to the world in their own unique ways.

Headshot Graham Borgman, Intern Coordinator & Maintenance Apprentice

 

Graham comes to Woolman from his home in the high desert of Bend, OR. He has lived on the front range of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains studying philosophy, travelled in the steppe of Mongolia learning about life, and has found his way to Woolman to experience living in community, working with land, and practicing consensus. He completed the community internship last year and this year has taken on the role of coordinating the Community Internship and working as an apprentice with the maintenance crew. He may be found lost in thought, wandering the woods with friends, or spending time with his ducks and his partner Sophie.

Headshot Gray Horwitz, Environmental Science Teacher & Summer Camp Director

Environmental sustainability has been a focal point of Gray’s life for many years. After attending Oberlin College, where he graduated with a B.A. in Physics with a concentration in Environmental Science, he worked at The Island School, a semester school in The Bahamas, teaching placed-based math: analyzing carbon emissions, green energy production and water systems. His work there led him to search out other Temporary Autonomous Zones and, eventually, led him to Woolman. His other interests are photography, glassblowing, cycling (and the associated repairs), soccer, Japanese language, camping, paragliding, barefoot running, discussions on food culture & evolution, and playing piano.

Before becoming Camp Director for Camp Woolman at Sierra Friends Center, Gray spent 17 summers with Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s Quaker Camping Program, in which he grew to love intentional community and Quaker lifestyle. Nothing shaped Gray more than these formative summers, whether as a camper or staff, and Gray's goal is to maintain the magic and supportive atmosphere that makes Quaker camps special.

Headshot Hilary Ellis-Lavigne, Nonviolent Communication Teacher

Hilary came to Woolman in 2006 as an intern. She now teaches Nonviolent Communication, has worked many hours in the kitchen and the garden, still cooks for camp and other events, and is also Woolman's housekeeper. Prior to her Woolman days she worked as a professional actress, an Outward Bound Instructor and a white water raft guide. She was co-owner and operator of G.A.I.N. Inc. (Growth and Adventure in Nature), an outdoor adventure team-building business. She was born in Yaddlethorpe, England, grew up in Derbyshire, rescued worms from the garden pond, bred rats and guinea pigs, walked dogs, and rode horses and motorcycles. She rode a Honda 500/4 all around Eastern and Western Europe before the wall came down and then happened to be in Berlin when that amazing event happened. She lives on campus with her two children, Shendo and Sebastian, and never wants to leave.

Headshot Jennifer Stone, Peace Studies Teacher

Jennifer is thrilled to have joined the Woolman community as the Peace Studies teacher. After designing her own major in philosophy and social justice at the Gallatin School at New York University and receiving a Master of Arts in Teaching from Lewis and Clark College, she moved to the island of Eleuthera in The Bahamas to teach English and youth activism for three years. She is now excited to be returning home to Northern California and cannot imagine a better job than working alongside high school students to create a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world. Her interests include racial justice, feminist and queer studies, postcolonial theory, and eating a lot of coconuts.

Headshot Nicole Esclamado, Math Teacher, Art Teacher

Nicole graduated from Harvey Mudd College with a B.S. in Biology and four years of work in a bioengineering lab. The special opportunity to glimpse at microscopic worlds awakened in her a love for the endlessly complex and concentric systems of life. Moving out of the lab and into the garden and the kitchen, Nicole continued to study and live these connections that form health through farming, nutrition, and fermentation. She worked at a sustainable living and environment education center in Costa Rica, the Regenerative Design Institute in Bolinas, California, and a small organic farm in Massachusetts. During this time, she was a painter on a visual design crew that works at music and arts festivals around the country. Now at Woolman, she continues to share her enthusiasm for patterns reflected throughout nature as she teaches math and art.

Headshot Sophie Brinker, Intern Coordinator & Quaker Life Apprentice

Sophie hails from the little beach community of Santa Cruz, CA. At age 17 she attended The Woolman Semester as a student, and after graduating from Earlham College in 2012 she came back to Woolman as a Community Intern. This year Sophie is a Community Intern Coordinator and Quaker Life Apprentice.  She has worked on a number of farms around the world, is passionate about applying permaculture to her life as an educator and Quaker, and has recently become infatuated with orchard care & management. She also loves making candy, curling up on the couch to watch hours of Ted Talks, and hearing & telling stories. 

Headshot Tyler See, Spanish Teacher, Maintenance Staff

Tyler's path to Woolman stretches many miles, from New England to Europe to Washington, D.C. to the Pacific Northwest and throughout Central and South America. Just prior to Woolman, he spent the better part of three years designing and constructing a community library in the small Costa Rican village where he had volunteered over the course of ten years. It is primarily there that he has cultivated his interests in woodworking, natural building, wholesome food, music, fútbol and the Spanish language. After several years of travel, Tyler is excited to be a part of a community that truly fosters adventerous learning while sharing in the joys of the simple life.  

Site

Headshot Jared (Red) Feola, Maintenance Staff

After spending four years exploring outside the US, teaching, traveling, volunteering and learning about permaculture and sustainability, Red feels right at home at Woolman. A community member since 2009, he strives to continue learning the skills necessary for becomming self sufficient. Red's passions include spending time outdoors, hiking at the Yuba, playing music and soccer, and enjoying the satisfaction of a hard day's work.

Headshot Maggie McProud, Farm to Table Manager

As the Farm to Table Manager, Maggie is very excited to participate in all things food-related! Her experience farming and studying holistic nutrition have inspired such a profound appreciation for life that she hopes to present the opportunity for others to explore and experience natural systems through growing and enjoying healthy food. Whether in the garden or in the kitchen, she hopes to design a program wherein the essential values of farming naturally support nutrition education and healthful eating. It is in this union that she hopes to engage our community to foster balanced lives, healthy bodies, an exciting learning environment, and, of course, to have some fun!