Death by Design ~ West Sound Academy ~ Spring 2017  Photo Credit: Siri Nelson 


Gretchen Nordleaf-Nelson
IB DP Examiner, IBDP Theatre and IBDP Language and Literature

"We must all do theatre,
to find out who we are, and to discover who we could become."

Augusto Boal

My name is Gretchen Nordleaf-Nelson. For over 30 years I have enjoyed working and learning with students in suburban, urban and independent school settings in four different states. I joined the faculty of West Sound Academy, Poulsbo, Washington in 2013.

Prior to my work with West Sound Academy I taught with George School, Newtown, Pennsylvania, the Central Kitsap School District, Olympic College, and the Bellingham Public School District. Over the course of my tenure I have taught English (9-12), IB Theatre, IB Language and Literature, Acting, Play Production, Theatre Studies, Creative Dramatics, Media Design as an IB Visual Art, Journalism, ELL Literature and History, Religion, Art History and Holistic Health.

I hold a B.A. in Secondary Education (Theatre, English and Secondary Education) from Western Washington University and a M.A. (Theatre Administration) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. My Teacher Certification includes Washington, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and New Jersey.  

I am an Individual Member of ISTA, a member of the US Theatre Advisory Board for Digital Theatre+, a member of theEducational Theatre Association, and a past member of the Washington State Thespian Board of Directors.

When I'm not busy in my classroom or directing the after school play I enjoy gardening, trying out new recipes, planning my next world travel adventure, and experiencing theatre as often as life permits.

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