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.

Green Fields Alumni are living examples of our long tradition of excellence

Joshua Polacheck
Class of 1998

Joshua joined the Foreign Service in March of 2003 and serves as the Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Kingston, Jamaica. At his post he coordinates U.S. public engagement, including the historic 2015 visit of President Barack Obama. Joshua received a Bachelor’s degree in History from Brandeis University and a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. He speaks Arabic, French, and Spanish.

Quinto Ott
Class of 2004

After graduating from Indiana University, Bloomington, Quinto followed his dream of performing on stage. Based in New York City, he recently returned from traveling with the National Tour of Phantom of the Opera, performing the role of Don Atillio. He has already accepted a position cast as Frollo in the Mac-Haydn Theatre production of The Hunchback of Norte Dame. While at Green Fields, he performed and created costumes for many productions including Into the Woods, Damn Yankees, Jekyll and Hyde and an original musical review written and directed by Quinto.


Blake Masters
Class of 2004

Blake currently serves as the President of the Thiel Foundation and Principal at Thiel Capital. He shot to prominence in the startup world when he co-authored the New York Times bestseller, Zero to One with PayPal co-founder, Peter Thiel. Blake founded the startup company, Judicata, a legal search engine, and also worked at the Box and Founders Fund. He studied at Stanford University and Stanford Law School. He lives in San Francisco with his family.

Madeyo Darnell
Class of 2016

Madeyo exemplifies what it means to be a Green Fields student. His spirit and drive is unparalleled. For his Senior Masterwork, he wrote and directed an original play starring actors from the Tucson Community. He attends the Honors College at the University of Arizona and aspires to work in film. He enjoys writing in his free time.

Winnie Berger
Class of 2010

Winnie is a dancer, painter, and choreographer. She attended Fordham University and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s BFA program where she studied both dance and theology. In 2014, she founded the Mook Dance Company, performing at the Actors Fund Arts Center, the DUMBO Dance Festival, and the 5X5 Dance Festival. Winnie also dances with Exit 12 and the Ballet Theatre Company and is the Co-Artistic Director of the Hudson Valley Youth Ballet.

Kerri Strug
Class of 1995

Kerri is a world-renowned gymnast and one of the “Magnificent Seven,” famous for earning the first gold medal in the women’s team competition at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Although badly injured, Kerri’s performance on the vault secured the gold medal for the USA. Kerri studied at UCLA and then Stanford where she received a Master's degree in Sociology. She published a memoir entitled Landing on My Feet: A Diary of Dreams. She is retired from gymnastics and lives in Tucson with her family.


Ivan Pemberton
Class of 2012

Ivan attended Arizona State University where he interned with Student Activities, managing the social media for the university. He earned a place on the Dean’s List and volunteered at the Arizona Legislature. In his sophomore year, he formed a Student Tuition Organization called Arizona Education First.  AEF raises tax credit donation dollars and awards Arizona students, including Green Fields students, with tuition scholarships.

Mark Poirier
Class of 1986

Mark is an American Modernist who writes short stories, novels, and screenplays. He holds a BA from Georgetown University, masters degrees from Stanford and John’s Hopkins, and an MFA from the University of Iowa. He was awarded the Pushcart Prize for his short story Mentor, and has authored multiple novels including Goats, which was adapted for the big screen. Mark taught at Bennington College and Columbia University and currently teaches at Harvard University. At Green Fields he was the Editor of The Prism.