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Forest School Principles and Criteria for Good Practice

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Pat AndrewsPat Andrews

Mrs. Andrews has been working with children since 1980 when she first began teaching swimming while studying at University. In 1988 her career in public education began in Waterloo Region and has included teaching children from kindergarten to grade 10, in Waterloo, Toronto, Australia and Essex County. Mrs. Andrews was the owner and educator of Kindermusik Creations East for 10 years. She has offered an in-home preschool program and was also head teacher in Natural Pathways Learning Centre at its inception. When Mrs. Andrews three sons attended Lakeview Montessori School, she offered music and movement classes there as well. She is currently owner and educator with Pat Andrews Educational Consulting offering education therapy for private clients. She is the Music and Movement teacher at Bright Child Montessori School. As well, Mrs. Andrews has completed certification in Forest School Canada Practitioner Training and is the current Executive Director and Lead Educator for Natural Pathways Learning Centre

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Joceyln McNeely: Growing up in the wilds of Vancouver Island Jocelyn enjoyed her childhood exploring the forests behind her house, building forts and just being a curious kid, fortunate enough to be able to explore freely. Along with her love of being in nature, Jocelyn developed a love of working with children at an early age and knew she wanted to be a teacher as soon as she could. Moving to Windsor in 2003 to complete a BA in History with a minor in Geography from The University f Windsor Jocelyn completed the first part of her goal. In 2009 Jocelyn moved to London, England to complete a teaching certificate at Roehampton University to complete her goal of becoming a teacher. Teaching grades 4-12 in London and the Midlands from 2010-2014 Jocelyn’s love of teaching and working with the more ‘challenging’ students grew greatly. In 2015 Jocelyn became an Ontario Certified Teacher and moved back to Windsor, Ontario with a small family in tow. After a chance meeting in 2015 Jocelyn started her journey towards working as a Forest School Practitioner. Combining her love of nature, love of teaching and the realisation that children today have limited opportunities to freely explore nature spaces. Jocelyn has been working as an educator, with Natural Pathways, since Sept 2016 and started her Forest School Practitioners course in June 2017. Jocelyn is looking forward to connecting more kids and adults with the natural spaces in Windsor and Essex County and exploring them herself too. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Trish McAllister: Trish is passionate about living a healthy and active lifestyle. Growing up in the country, in a small town in Essex County, only planted the seed to explore the world outdoors. She graduated from Interior Design Program at St Clair College in 2006 which led her to work and travel for three years through the Rocky Mountains in Alberta, the West Coast of Ireland & South Florida. Shortly after returning back to her hometown she had chosen to change career paths knowing that outdoor living had a much greater impact for her lifestyle. Trish’s most recent work experience is at a local Retirement Community which has helped her gain knowledge about mental and physical health in geriatrics and learn with people from all walks of life. When she is not working you can find her wandering through wild spaces, camping, kayaking and enjoying life outside with her family. Trish and her two young children have been discovering the wonders of the beautiful forests in our community with Natural Pathways since the beginning in 2016. She’s had the pleasure of watching them learn about life’s valuable lessons and develop a connection with nature, in a familiar place, in all elements of weather. Her desire is to nurture and provide opportunities for herself and others to learn. She is aware of the importance of educating the whole person: head, heart and hands and she supports the individual as they develop aptitudes for thinking, feeling, and acting. For this, is the inspiration that led her to pursue her work with Natural Pathways Forest and Nature School. Trish is also looking forward to completing the Forest School Practitioner course in the near future. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Erin Gabriel: Erin has always found herself drawn to the outdoors! Whether it was camping up north with her family every summer, canoeing on Lake Nipissing, or exploring in her backyard, she always found a way to connect and enjoy nature. She is currently a student at the University of Windsor where she is earning her Bachelors of Education, a B.A. in Family & Social Relations and a diploma in Early Childhood Education. This allows her to combine her knowledge of child and social development with the great outdoors. She has spent the last 6 summers working at various summer camps around Ontario educating and engaging children while outdoors. Her passions include traveling, cooking, learning people’s stories and playing in the mud! She believes that amazing discoveries and learning can occur when the children are the ones guiding the adventure and engaged in risky-play!