My name is Gretchen Nordleaf-Nelson. For over 30 years I have enjoyed working and learning with students in suburban, urban and independent school settings in four different states. I joined the faculty of West Sound Academy, Poulsbo, Washington in 2013.

Prior to my work with West Sound Academy I taught with George School, Newtown, Pennsylvania, the Central Kitsap School District, Olympic College, and the Bellingham Public School District. Over the course of my tenure I have taught English (9-12), IB Language and Literature, IB Theatre, Acting, Play Production, Theatre Studies, Creative Dramatics, Media Design as an IB Visual Art, Journalism, ELL Literature and History, Religion, Art History and Holistic Health.

I am a national adjudicator for the Educational Theatre Association and a member of the Washington State Thespian Board of Directors. I hold a B.A. in Secondary Education (Theatre, English and Secondary Education) from Western Washington University and a M.A. (Theatre Administration) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. My Teacher Certification includes Washington, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and New Jersey.

When I'm not busy in my classroom or directing the after school play I enjoy the adventures of parenting our four children, gardening, trying out new recipes and experiencing theatre as often as life permits.

 Dear Educators,

Please drop me a note if you would like to use any of the materials on this site or link my site to yours. I enjoy collaborating across borders- political, geographical, curricular, and cultural.  If YOU have materials you would like to see on this site that you feel can be of support and assistance to students and educators - please share them with meand I will cite you as the author.

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