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Creating Wise Earth Elementary Forest School is a dream come true. I am so grateful for our amazing community to be supporting us!
Nature has always been an incredible teacher to me. No matter where I have lived or travelled, it is in the wild open spaces that I feel most at home.
As a guide and teacher, I witness incredible growth and transformation for children, teens and adults happen over and over when they discover their capabilities and connection to nature. It is a wild, strong and alive part of ourselves. In our modern world, it now takes time and space to find it within ourselves, to cultivate it and share it with our children.
I firmly believe that when children grow up with a caring connection to nature, they will continue to steward and care for the earth as adults. When children are safely immersed in nature, they are happy, inspired, and positively challenged.
I am overjoyed to be co-creating this community, and co-leading an elementary school housed and immersed in nature. I have been deeply inspired by Nature Kindergarten at Sangster, Mary's Farm and numerous other nature programs and initiatives.
Working with kids has always brought me joy and laughter! I am a certified Elementary and Middle School Teacher and have a B.A.Sc. in Child and Adolescent Development. I have worked as a teacher, Outdoor Educator and Wilderness Guide/ Instructor since 2002. I offered K-12 programs at Outdoor Education Centres in Ottawa and co-led multi day paddling, hiking and dog-teaming expeditions with Outward Bound Canada in the wilds of Northern Ontario.
My fascination with winter led to me to Nunavut where I worked as a classroom teacher for three years. I coordinated and co-led land trips for youth and elders to share traditional knowledge and land skills in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut. I also have three years of experience in developing curriculum with multiple perspectives of traditional indigenous knowledge and western science for the Government of Nunavut.
This project is the culmination of all that I have been given over the years by mentors and teachers, and I am delighted to be sharing this with our kids and community. It is a great honour to bring everyone together and to build this community strong and bright.
Let the adventure begin!!!!
I love to have fun and learn about the world around me, which is what drew me to ecological education and the magical Pacific Northwest!
I have been described as having a child-like sense of wonder and am passionate about nature-connection and play-based learning for all ages. I have a passion for building connections between ideas, places, and beings. I love being outdoors, but more than that, I am energized when learning from the nature around me, and believe that is one of the most powerful teachers we have.
As a facilitator, I bring enthusiasm, wonder, excitement, experience, encouragement, compassion, and am guided by the needs of the group. I am a BC certified teacher, and have done many professional development courses in gardening with kids, land-based education, and anti-racist and decolonial education. I have over 7 years of experience as a teacher in a variety of contexts including as a classroom teacher, a Distributed Learning teacher, and a Forest School mentor.
In my spare time, I am learning how to play music, making up songs and stories, practicing bird calls like raven and eagle, howling with the wolves, knitting hats, playing in the ocean (surfing, snorkeling, kayaking), and painting with watercolour in my nature journal. I am very much looking forward to connecting with the Wise Earth community in encouraging play, tinkering, literacy, numeracy, and creativity as a Heartwood Teacher this year. I am so grateful for the warm and caring environment fostered by the folks at Wise Earth and can't wait to be part of this incredible learning journey.
I am a white settler with European and Scandinavian ancestry from Treaty 6 territory which is the homeland of the Metis and the traditional territory of the Cree, Dene, Saulteaux, Nakota, and Ojibwe Nations. I feel very grateful to live and work on the traditional territory of the Songhees, Esquimalt, Beecher Bay Scia’new, and the W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations.
I am thrilled to be part of Sarah's powerfully conscious alternative school ~ Wise Earth Elementary Forest School. Having an education system that is beyond four walls and a desk is something our society needs more of.
Having personally run something similar, I was blessed to watch children thrive and grow through exploration and discovery. Incorporating lessons and values to honour and embrace mother nature and all its creatures is a core value of mine. I am so honoured to be part of this ripple effect in our world.
A little bit about myself: I am a mother of three beautiful children Dylan 14, Liam 11 and Jazmin 8. We live in Sooke where we are out hiking, kayaking and biking daily, soaking up all the beauty around us. I have over 25 years experience in child care, teaching, and children camps. I have my 2nd year of Bachelor of Education with a minor in psychology, and I am a Reiki Master. I have owned and operated my business Inner Peace Healing for 6 years aiding clients and families in their evolutions.
I look forward to teaching the students love and compassion for the earth, and all that resides on it, especially themselves. I am honoured to be part of your child's journey, and I am so excited for the adventures in store for us!