Meet your child's teachers!
As a mother of three (8 y/o, 20 y/o, 22 y/o), my former profession as a pediatric registered nurse, and now as a certified teacher, I've been given the unique perspective of viewing a child's optimal growth in terms of health, intellect, and spirituality. I feel I have a firm grasp on what education is meant to be and this, in turn, has become my burning passion! The quote "A mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains it's original dimensions"--Oliver Wendell Holmes, sums it up nicely. I believe what this school focuses on (read Our Philosophy) is the inherent right of every child, and it is my purpose in life to provide it!
Along with children, my other passion is nature. I feel strongly about protecting and preserving nature and our environment (you might call me a tree-hugger!). I may feel this way because of my experiences and exposure to nature and the outdoors as a child growing up (camping, hiking, biking, etc.), which may have just been the generation I grew up in ('70s/'80s). But what I see now, and what statistics are saying, is that this type of recreation is on the decline. That saddens me as I know the future of our earth will rest upon the decisions our children make as adults (as well as ours today, of course!). And I wonder how much they will try to protect and preserve something they can't appreciate and have no close, personal relationship with. This has led me to the creation of our Forest Kindergarten (which has existed for years in Europe and Scandanavian countries) and opened my eyes to the necessity for them here in America as well.
What I have found here is a way to merge my deep love for nature with my passion for children in a way that can only be described as spiritual. To me this is not a job, it is a calling (that I would do even if I won the lottery)!
So now, after having moved from San Antonio, to Germany, to Copperas Cove, to Corpus Christi, and finally to Austin, I am ready to call this place home and follow the direction of this path. I intend to use this program as a vehicle to express my passion and enthusiasm for nature and education through the nurturing and care of the children in our communities, while sharing my knowledge and experience with their caregivers to the benefit of their children and our planet!
As my dad always taught me, "Always leave the campground a little cleaner than you found it", I'd like to leave the world a little better than I found it!