Greens Farms Academy is a PreK-12, coed school in Westport, CT

Equity and Inclusion

At Greens Farms Academy, we embrace, honor and affirm all members of our school community across race, age, gender identity and expression, ethnicity, family composition, ability/disability, learning styles, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and other characteristics that construct our unique identities. We seek to ensure that all aspects of school life — including curriculum, admission, retention, hiring practices, and support for students, families, and employees — reflect our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

A message from Shanelle Henry, Director of Equity and Inclusion 

Private school students in class.

I am so excited to be a member of this community! I feel privileged to work in a PreK–12 educational environment where our students are urged to explore their place in — and potential impact on — the world. Our mission calls upon us to prepare students for a life of purpose. This can (and should) be defined in many different ways, and that compels us to continue to do no less than our very best to maintain our commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive community that values the identities, perspectives, and experiences of all its members. Our motto, “Each For All,” demands nothing less.

One of the most critical elements of equity work in schools is strong and courageous leadership. The charge of shepherding a school’s equity and inclusion efforts is both complex and rewarding. It is my aim to ensure that all constituencies on campus, from our youngest learners to our most tenured faculty and staff, have an opportunity to be part of the voice and structure of what makes GFA unique. GFA is home to thousands of stories, and those stories — and the voices that tell them — make us strong.

We are writing the next chapter of what it means to be Greens Farms Academy.

Each for All.

Shanelle Henry,
Director of Equity and Inclusion

Equity and Inclusion at GFA

Upcoming Events

GFA Voices




Friday Speaker

By Daniel Jump
Upper School English

Friday Speaker Daniel Jump shared with the Upper School his perspective on understanding the experiences of others by viewing the world through their unique lens.

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GFA Voices

By Shanelle Henry
Director of Equity and Inclusion

Held annually in November, GFA Voices is an all-school celebration honoring our diverse, multicultural community. The McGrath Gallery was alive with the sights, sounds and delicious smells of the many countries and cultures represented by members of the GFA community.

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Love Makes a Family exhibit

By Shanelle Henry
Director of Equity and Inclusion

GFA's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is one expression of the mission of our school. All students in grades Pre-K through 12 are given opportunities to explore their own personal identities, learn to recognize and respect the identities of others, and celebrate and affirm the cultures, perspectives, and backgrounds that comprise the members of our school and global community. 

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By Jaiden Jackson '27

Jaiden shared the following poem at the school's annual Voices celebration November 7. 

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Voices celebration

By Nicole Farber '20

There’s a unique feeling to sitting in the same living room that your family has always sat in, with everyone around you, sharing stories that have been retold hundreds of times. 

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Each for All

GFA’s commitment to building and nurturing an inclusive community is core to our mission. We believe:

  • a diverse faculty, staff, and student body benefits and enriches all members of our community and is critical to meeting our educational aim of preparing students for their futures;
  • our curriculum and co-curricular program must teach our students global competency and to espouse the habits, skills, and attitudes necessary to live and thrive in a multicultural and interconnected world;
  • our community must be a place where all voices are heard, respected, and valued.

Director of Equity and Inclusion

Shanelle Henry

Shanelle Henry


Divisional Equity
and Inclusion Coordinators

Michaela Pembroke
Upper School

Melanie Haas

Melanie Haas
Upper School

Ben Gott

Ben Gott
Middle School









Jane Verlin
Lower School