the green fields experience 


"Tell me and I forget.  Teach me and I remember.  Involve me and I learn."   ~ Benjamin Franklin

The quest for beauty, goodness and excellence is woven into every dimension of life at Green Fields. It can be seen in the strength and diversity of our community, as well as in the comfort that students find in the learning environment of our green, open campus. We see it in the warmth and intellectual nature of the learning environment — and in the educational excellence that comes from a long tradition of an independent model of educational philosophy and methods.


Joshua Polacheck

Joshua graduated from Green Fields School in 1998.  He spent his senior year of high school abroad with AFS before attending Brandeis University (1998-2001) where he received a B.A. in history. In 2002, while doing a post-bachelor pre-med course at the University of Arizona, he took the Foreign Service Exam and joined the Service in March of 2003.  He is currently the Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Kingston, Jamaica where he coordinates U.S. public engagement and his tour has included the historic 2015 visit of President Obama.  He speaks Arabic, French, and Spanish, learned to fly and glide in Tucson, and is married with an amazing daughter.

Quinto Ott

Tucson native and 2004 graduate of Green Fields, Quinto Ott graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington and followed his dream of performing on the stage. Based in New York City, he is currently traveling with the National Tour of Phantom of the Opera performing the role of Don Atillio. While at Green Fields he performed and created costumes in many shows including Into the Woods, Damn Yankees, Jekyll and Hyde and a musical review written and directed by Quinto.


Blake Masters

Blake Masters graduated from Green Fields in 2004 and went on to study at Stanford University and Stanford Law School. He attended a class taught by Paypal Co-Founder and CEO Peter Thiel and posted his notes in a blog online where it was very highly received by the technological community. Blake’s blog led him to start a professional relationship with Thiel and become a co-author in his book titled Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future. Blake is also the the founder of the startup company Judicata, a legal search engine designed to help users better navigate the law.

Madelyn Darnell

Green Fields Graduate of 2016 Madelyn exemplifies what it means to be a Green Fields student. She has attended Green Fields since the 2nd grade and her drive for success is unparalleled. Her creative voice has taken shape this past year in the form of her Senior Masterwork, an original play written and directed by Madelyn which starred actors from the Tucson community. She will go on this year to attend the Honor's College at the University of Arizona. Madelyn aspires to work in film when she’s older and enjoys writing in her free time.

Winnie Berger

Tucson, Arizona native, Winnie Berger, graduated from Green Fields in 2010. In 2008, Winnie was a trainee for Ballet Tucson, and went on to completing a dual degree in Dance and Theology in the Ailey/Fordham BFA program, cum laude in 2014. She is currently a member of the Specials Orders Department of Freed of London. She is currently dancing with Exit12 Dance Company and has created her own dance company: Mook Dance Company. Mook has been in existence for one year and has performed at Dixon Place, Green Space, the Actors Fund Arts Center, in the DUMBO Dance Festival, 5X5 Dance Festival, and more. During the Summer of 2015 she is commissioned to set Mook Dance Company repertoire on Fusionworks Dance Company in Lincoln, RI. 

Kerri Strug

A Green Fields graduate of 1995, Kerri Strug is a world renowned gymnast who was part of the “Magnificent Seven” who represented the United States of America at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996. Although badly injured, she stuck her landing in the vault securing the gold medal for the USA. Although she would later retire from professional gymnastics, Kerri did go on to study at UCLA and then Stanford where she received her Master's degree in Sociology. She is currently living in Tucson, AZ and her legacy as a world renowned gymnast continues to inspire. 


Ivan Pemberton

Ivan is from the Class of 2012. He is an example of how students from a small high school like Green Fields can excel at a big university. Upon entering ASU, Ivan quickly interned with Student Activities and was involved in managing the social media for ASU, earning his place on the Dean’s List even though he was also making time to volunteer at the Arizona Legislature. In his 2013-2014 school year as a sophomore, he formed a Student Tuition Organization Arizona Education First.  AEF raised tax credit donation dollars and awarded Arizona students, including Green Fields students, with tuition scholarships.

Mark Poirier

Graduate of the Green Fields Class of 1986, Mark Poirier is currently a faculty member at Harvard University as a Briggs-Copeland lecturer on English. After Green Fields, Mark went on to Georgetown to receive his B.A., has earned two masters from Stanford University and Johns Hopkins University and an MFA from Iowa University.  His interest in screenwriting and fiction has led him to write several works which include multiple novels and a graphic novel. A list of works can be found on his faculty page on the Harvard website.  During his time at Green Fields, Mark participated in Journalism, acting as the editor his senior year, and was a member of the Prism staff.