KATIE SAIZ - Director & K-5 Classroom Facilitator
Ms. Katie is the Founder and Director of Green Gate Children's School. She has been a teacher and program director for the last 23 years. She has a BA degree in Child Development and Human Services from Fort Hays State University and has earned a graduate level certification in Literacy Intervention. She is also a community trainer for K.C.C.T.O and conducts workshops on a broad range of early childhood topics. Katie has been married to her husband, Stan, for 22 years, has two teenage daughters, two adorable pups, a cat, and three birds. She has a love for reading, nature, and simple living. She is passionate about creating alternative educational environments which inspire kids to explore their interests and direct their own learning.
STAN SAIZ - K-5 Classroom Facilitator
Math & Science Specialist
Mr. Stan is the quintessential life-long learner. He has followed his interests throughout his life, which have taken him all over the country and across the globe. Stan honorably served 13 years in the United States Military. Shortly after, he earned a BS degree in Biochemistry from Wichita State University and attended KU Medical school for two years. Stan has worked with kids in preschool through college-age in the community, schools, online, and in workshops for the last 24 years. He brings energy and genuine enthusiasm to his teaching and his smile is contagious. Some of his interests include knitting/cross-stitching, skateboarding, acting, fitness/exercise, playing guitar, swimming, chemistry, and travel.
JILL HOBBS- Lead Preschool Teacher
Ms. Jill grew up in Saskatchewan, Canada. Her childhood memories include building snow forts, ice skating on the pond, working in the garden, and feeding the chickens. After graduation she moved to the United States where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education (K-8) from Newman University. She has been in the teaching field for 15 years, primarily in preschool and kindergarten. She is married to her wonderful husband, Jeremy of 22 years. They have 3 children ages 16, 12, and 8. They also have a black lab named Remy.
She loves to travel, spend time with family and friends, and go on Pinterest! They are active in ministry and Ms. Jill has had the privilege to go on many missions trips including Africa and Greece where she had the opportunity to serve others.
Ms. Jill has a true passion for teaching and a love for guiding children to learn, grow, and make new discoveries in a safe, caring, and engaging environment. She believes God made each child unique and therefore each child learns and thrives at their own pace. She enjoys building relationships with students and their families, and her greatest joy is seeing children excited about learning!
DEB WANER (a.k.a Grandma Debbie)-Chef, Creative Designer
Grandma Debbie is our Green Gate meal planner, chef, and artist/creative designer. She lovingly plans and prepares all our homemade meals and snacks, cares for our chickens, designs and creates our holiday sets and displays, and spends lots of time reading to our preschoolers. She went to Friends University to earn a degree in Music. She was in the Singing Quakers and spent many years as a member of an acapello singing group called Spirit. She was even invited to Washington D.C. and sung at the White House! She has spent her life dedicated to all sorts of creative pursuits and continues to share her talents and expertise in art and music with our students.