We are seeking to grow our team!
- If you are interested in an immersive learning experience in school administration, please apply to be an Intern to our Executive Director.
Rob Huge, Founder and Head of School
Rob has 17 years of experience opening and growing educational centers. He has run everything from test preparation centers to groups of regionally accredited colleges. After a six-month adventure in homeschooling his family in Central America, he was convinced there was a better way to prepare children for their futures. Rob and his wife Christine are the proud parents of four kids including three Greenfields students.
Courtney McGarry, Executive Director
Courtney graduated from Concordia University as an Early Childhood Teacher. Her lifelong passion for child development has led her to a multitude of enriching experiences. These experiences include teaching first grade in a public suburban school and a school within CPS, developing an engineering curriculum for a second grade alternative program, and being the Executive Director at a private daycare/preschool in Chicago. Her belief in natural learning environments and child-driven education through exploration brought her to Greenfields Academy, where she focuses on project design and providing operational leadership.
Rebecca Penzick, Guide
Becca earned her Masters in Early Childhood Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2012. The notion that children construct their own knowledge through exploration and play, while being guided and supported from others, was a strong focus in her graduate coursework. She is thrilled to bring her years of experience working with elementary-aged children to a school that fosters project-based learning, social emotional intelligence, and authentic community-building. When Becca isn’t wrapped up in the world of education, you can expect to find her caring for her menagerie of animals, exploring in nearby LaBagh Woods, tending to her jungle of plants, enjoying the company of friends, or watching a movie.
Ishita Bhama, Guide
Working with people to help them to be their best and follow their passions is what Ishita strives to do in her life. She has done this through experiences as a nanny, student teacher in CPS, daycare teacher, improv teacher, and meditation teacher. Her enthusiasm for working with children led her to get her Masters in Education from DePaul University. She has also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Loyola University of Chicago. To Ishita, children are creative, inspiring, and have much they can share and teach the world. When not at Greenfields, Ishita can be found out on the town taking meditation classes, cultivating her love for writing, or watching a play at a local Chicago theatre.
Dan Berkley, Guide
Dan joins Greenfields having earned his Masters in Education through the New York City Teaching Fellows program and having spent over 4 years as a science and math teacher in high schools in both Chicago and New York City. Prior to teaching, Dan worked for years as a professional circus performer, most notably touring as a clown with Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey’s Circus. After leaving Ringling, he worked as a freelancer, performing in smaller shows and at private events as well as coaching and running summer camps. His time spent at summer camps greatly influenced his decision to become an educator. Dan is interested in the intersection between formal and informal education as well as the role of technology in society. When not at work, he can be found playing with and training his dog, Charlie, cycling around Chicago, playing board games with friends, or juggling. Yes, he still juggles.
Emily Shankman, Guide
Emily attended The Boston Conservatory and Lawrence University, two intensive conservatory programs where she explored Opera, theater, ensemble music, psychology, dance, management and arts education. Her experiences working with children have ranged from nannying, to teaching private music and drama lessons, to group mentoring during and after the school day. Most recently, Emily spent the better part of three years working in the New York City public school system, developing and implementing arts-driven social emotional programming for children in low-income neighborhoods. She wholeheartedly believes that every child should be encouraged to try something new and take a giant leap towards self-discovery in a safe, supportive environment. This passion brought her to Greenfields Academy, here in her hometown of Chicago. In her free time, Emily loves to cook for her friends, watch new theater, play violin, and run around with her dog.
Keyonna Hawkins, After School and Camp Coordinator
Originally from Missouri, Keyonna moved to Chicago to pursue her Masters of Counseling, recently graduating from Adler University. Over the last few years, her experiences have molded her love for working with children and helping them find their passions! These experiences include working at a Girl Scout Camp as a Health Supervisor and interning with UCAN’s Residential Treatment Facility providing individual and group therapy to at-risk youth in Chicago. Along with that, the last two years she has worked with young adults with autism at Camp Firefly, helping them to improve and develop life, work, and social skills while enjoying daily camp activities. Throughout these experiences, she has found a passion in helping children discover and grow to be their best selves. Her personal interests include writing both creatively and for research, exercise and mindfulness, fashion, and finding new recipes to cook! Her experiences have shaped her ability to understand the needs of youth while meeting them with patience to build positive relationships.
Aimee Skinner, Education Consultant
Aimee brings with her not only a master’s degree in education, but valuable experience as a director of a cooperative preschool and a high school teacher. Aimee was instrumental in helping bring Greenfields to life and continues to be excited about the student-driven curriculum. Her family agrees, as her twins are both students at Greenfields! She supports Greenfields in a variety of ways in order to help our community become everything it can be.
Andrea Breech Hunt
Andrea has devoted her life to helping others reach their full potential. As a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology she has helped people achieve mindful whole-body health through her private practice for 15 years and via a college counseling center for 10 years. She is a mother of two boys and a complete liver of life. She brings her experience and zest to Greenfields Academy as our expert in psychology. Whether it’s guiding us with a specific child, bringing intentionality and mindfulness to our community or informing us on the latest in positive psychology research, she will help make sure that each child becomes the best version of them self.
Michael invites people and ideas to come together in new and powerful ways. His traditional educational trajectory culminated in an MBA at the University of Chicago, but his last 25 years of professional practice as an internationally recognized community process specialist, is rooted in the learning he did as both student and instructor with Outward Bound USA. As our community process partner, Michael brings passion and practical support for open exploration, breakthrough learning and innovation, emergent organization, and cultivating community spirit. Together we’ll give shape to “self-directed” learning where the “self” is the school community, our individual households, and the surrounding neighborhoods.
Dr. Round loves technology and education. That may be an understatement. She holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, M.A. in Educational Technology Leadership, Ed.S. in Computing Technology in Education, and a Ph.D. in Computing Technology in Education. She did her dissertation on cloud-based learning management systems. Her constant immersion in ed tech is great for us. She advises us not only on back-end operations systems, but keeps us up-to-date on new adaptive software breakthroughs. Kim Round is the Director of Instructional Technology at Saint Anselm College.
Carolyn has spent her life in and around education. She was the first in her family to attend college and apparently she liked it – all told, she earned a B.S. in Secondary Education, a M.A. in Counseling Psychology and a Ph.D. in Education Administration and Policy, all from Northwestern University. She followed up her studies with significant teaching and administrative roles. Her classroom experience and deep knowledge of how people learn has led many teachers to seek out her guidance and advice. Carolyn will help us identify and mentor great guides while ensuring we stay grounded in proven cognitive science methods and use the best in assessments. She is currently acting as the President of Bauder College.