In a world where children and adults alike are suffering from the effects of high-pressure learning environments, I'm a vocal advocate for a compassionate, common-sense approach to early childhood education.
I cut my teeth as an educator working in an academically rigorous urban public charter school. After becoming disillusioned with the traditional early childhood model I founded Riverside Nature School, a nature-based preschool program inspired by best practices from the Forest School, Coyote Mentoring, and Reggio Emilia approaches.
Today I continue to lead innovative early childhood programming while helping others embrace similar models in their own settings.
I'm a firm believer that incorporating nature play into early childhood learning environments is the single best way to support the health, happiness, and holistic growth of both children and adults.
Whether you teach in a traditional early childhood setting, run your own childcare program, or are committed to simply doing the best you can for your own children, I can help you support your children's growth and development (and preserve your own sanity!) by getting outdoors and connecting to nature.
I hope that you'll join me in the movement to make high quality nature play experiences available to all children.
Want more? You can learn more about my educational philosophy and my path to creating Riverside Nature School by listening to my interview on The Permaculture Podcast, checking out West Virginia Executive Magazine's piece on "A Case for Nature-Based Learning," tuning in to my conversation with Linda Buchner of the Driven 2 Educate Podcast, or reading my blog post on the imaginED Blog.