Green Tree School and Services (GTSS) provides full-time, out-of-district placements for students with emotional support or autistic support needs. GTSS supports the development of the whole child by providing speech therapy, occupational therapy, school counseling, and nursing services, in addition to special education classrooms. Students are provided with a well-rounded education with community integration, service learning, art, music, and more.

GTSS strives to help students return to their home community schools and prepare them for life after school by providing vocational training and job readiness training. GTSS is an Approved Private School (APS). Our team works closely with the family, community partners, and the student’s home school team to develop an individualized program that will meet each student’s needs.

Our Roles

Special Education Teacher Roles

Our Special Education Teachers play several roles in the lives of our students. They teach, mentor, guide, and help our students discover a world of new possibilities. You will play an integral role in the success of our students while overseeing the classroom team.

Support Roles

Our support staff work collaboratively with our Special Education teachers to implement the instructional program and to role-model the best practices for students. You will be instrumental in the student’s success by supporting, guiding, and helping to educate our students.

Therapy Roles

Our therapists provide a variety of services, depending on our students’ needs. Our team members include Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Social Workers, and more. You will teach our students the skills and strategies to help them thrive and manage their individual needs.

At a glance

Team Members

1196 E Washington Ln, Philadelphia, PA 19138


Dr. Ashara Cashaw

Executive Director

Dr. Cashaw is the Executive Director for Green Tree School & Services. Dr. Cashaw has been providing therapeutic services to children with unique needs and abilities for over 20 years. She joined Green Tree School and Services in 2013 and served as the Clinical Director of Operations in the Behavioral Health Department. Dr. Cashaw is passionate about developing opportunities for everyone – our students and our team members – to grow and reach their full potential.

“Lasting change is different than a goal. You don’t always get your goals, but you always get your standard.”

Christina Spielbauer

Senior Vice President, Operations

Christina Spielbauer, M.Ed. is the Senior Vice President of Operations for New Story in Pennsylvania. In this role, she oversees Green Tree School & Services. She works to drive operational excellence and growth for all of New Story’s Pennsylvania-based schools and programs. For the past 25 years, Christina has dedicated her life to public education, working in various roles and settings including teacher and principal. Prior to joining New Story, Christina served as the Superintendent of the Carlisle Area School District.

“Developing intentional and meaningful relationships with families, administrators, and partners is the foundation to creating high-quality, innovative, and impactful services for students, children, and families. New Story’s support and education model is grounded in strong partnerships, which leads to success.”


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