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.
LIBERTY SHAW- Preschool Teacher
Mrs. Liberty grew up here in Wichita and graduated from Friends University with a degree in Psychology and Biology. She is married and has two teenage daughters (and one on the way)! Being a mom is her most favorite job and she loves sports, fine arts, and spending time outdoors with her family.
Her passion is early childhood education and she has worked as both a preschool teacher and case worker for children with special needs. She LOVES sharing her passion for science and art with her class and is always going above and beyond to create exciting learning experiences for our preschoolers.
DEB WANER (a.k.a Grandma Debbie)-
Chef, "Artist in Residence", Caretaker
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.