Greens Farms Academy

An Independent Co-Ed Day School For Grades PreK-12

GFA Magazine

Signature Program Highlights

Tree Tagging

Last year we performed an inventory on the larger trees around school, which included identification of the tree species, age class, risk rating and economic value. Throughout the year, students from the Regenerative Landscapes class teamed up with the Grounds and Tech departments to make this information accessible to the community.

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In the spotlight

The Art of Collaboration

In the spirit of collaboration, the Upper School had a starring role — in a way — in the Middle School musical Lion King Jr. Students from Lisa Waldstein’s Upper School Intermediate Studio Art Class designed and built the elaborate masks for which the stage production is well-known.

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In Print

More Features

GFA has a long tradition of community service. The new PreK–12 Service Learning Program complements the traditional community service efforts. Service learning, like its cousin, community service, asks students to engage in volunteer activities to learn empathy and citizenship, while building lifelong habits and improving the community.

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What would it look like to build a school schedule that really works for kids? 

One that takes into account everything that researchers, doctors, and kids are telling us about sleep, stress, and health? And one that creates the space for teachers and students to do the kind of exploratory, authentic, inquiry-based work that we know will serve them well in the 21st century?

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GFA Alumni

New Board Members

Sandra Frost, P '25, P '29

Board member since 2018

Sandra Frost graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a B.A. in Graphic Design, though her undergraduate studies began at Eafit University in her native Colombia. After working as a freelance designer with clients such as Schick, The Hour (newspaper), and the SONO Arts Festival, she founded small businesses in skin care and apparel. She has served on the board of Trinity Parish Nursery School in Southport and co-chaired their fundraising campaigns. Frost is an active parent volunteer at GFA and current “Membership” co-chair on the board of The Fairfield County Hunt Club. She lives in Fairfield with her husband Steve and their three daughters.

Dr. Derrick Gay

Board member since 2018

Dr. Derrick Gay is an international educational consultant with two decades of experience as a classroom teacher, musical director, senior administrator and educational consultant. He collaborates with thought-leaders, faculty and staff, parents, students and board members to cultivate cultural competency, promote empathy and deepen inclusion. Gay has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and NPR, has produced two Tedx Talks, has served as senior advisor of content and curriculum at Sesame Street, and also served as an adjunct professor at The University of Pennsylvania, where he has taught cultural competency to superintendents, principals and other school leaders pursuing their doctoral degree in education. Prior to consulting full time, Gay taught Middle and Upper School Spanish, French and music The Masters School, Groton, Wilmington Friends, and Nightingale-Bamford. As an administrator, he served as dean of students at L’Académie de Paris in Paris, France; and director of community life and diversity in New York City.

Dr. Gay holds a bachelor of arts from Oberlin College, where he studied Romance Languages; a bachelor of music from The Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he studied Opera Performance. He earned his master of arts degree from the Klingenstein Program at Columbia University’s Teachers College, where he studied Independent School Educational Leadership. Finally, he earned his doctorate in Education from The University of Pennsylvania. He is proficient in English, Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese, with studies in German, Korean and Latin.

Tom Murphy, P '19, '21, '22

Board member since 2018

Tom Murphy graduated from Colgate University with a B.A. in Economics and Stern School of Business at New York University with an M.B.A. in Finance. Murphy is managing director and CFO at General Atlantic, a leading global growth equity firm based in New York. As chief financial officer, he is responsible for the firm’s finance, accounting, and tax groups and has shared oversight of firm administration. Prior to joining GA in 1994, Murphy was a senior accountant with Deloitte & Touche in their Financial Services division. Murphy served on Colgate’s Alumni Council and was awarded a Maroon Citation in recognition of his service and contribution over the years to the university. He currently serves on the board of the Darien Soccer Association and is a past board member of the Darien Nature Center. Murphy and his wife Sophie live in Darien, have been members of the GFA community since 2012, and currently have three children at the school (four in the fall). Murphy also served three years on GFA’s Advisory Council.

Kim Raveis '88, P '23, '25, '28

Board member since 2018

Kim Raveis is a graduate of Boston College with a B.A. in Education. She worked in the software and management consulting industries providing strategic counsel to chief executive officers and senior executives in the consumer packed goods and retail segments. She chose to leave her most recent position with BearingPoint (formerly KPMG) to raise her children. As a graduate of GFA, Raveis values the importance of giving back to her alma mater. She has served in the roles of co-president of the Lower School Parents Association, an inaugural member of the Advisory Council, parent-teacher for five years in the “Learning to Look” art history program and class parent for multiple grades. Raveis lives in Fairfield with her husband Chris and their three children Laci (’23), Charlotte (’25) and Will (’28).

Emily Von Kohorn '96

Board member since 2018

Emily Von Kohorn attended GFA from kindergarten through graduation. She holds a B.A. in History and Literature from Harvard College and an MBA from Columbia Business School. She is the co-head of the Global Real Estate Practice at Sheffield Haworth, a financial services-focused executive search firm. Prior to becoming a search consultant, Von Kohorn worked primarily in real estate finance, with an interlude in education. While living Istanbul, Turkey, from 2011-15, she worked as the founding director of advancement for the Hisar School, a bilingual PreK–12 independent school. She has remained a member of the school’s Advancement Committee. She is thrilled to bring her experiences and passion for GFA to the role as a second-generation board member, following her father, Henry Von Kohorn, honorary trustee. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, daughter and son.