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“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in."

Rachel Carson

 

MEET OUR TEAM

These inspiring teachers lead our programs and savor time in nature.

 

MONICA WIEDEL-LUBINSKI, M.ED.

Founding Director/Lead Teacher

Monica is an experienced leader in nature-based education. She is the founding director/co-director of three nature-based early learning programs in Maryland (The Nature Preschool at Irvine, Wild Haven Forest Preschool & Childcare, and now Notchcliff Forest Preschool). She is also the director of the Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools, a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to nature-based learning professional development.

When she is not in the forest, Monica travels far and wide to support the growth of nature preschools as a consultant and keynote presenter. She a contributing author to STEM In Early Childhood Education (Cohen and Waite-Stupiansky, 2019), and to the Nature-Based Preschool Professional Practices Guidebook (NAAEE, 2019). Most recently, she coauthored Nature Play Workshop for Families: A Guide to 40+ Outdoor Experiences in All Seasons (Quarto Press, 2020). She is currently writing a book on nature-based education for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

ABOUT OUR TEACHERS

  • We hire teachers with complementary skill sets. Our teachers have experience working with young children and come from progressive fields of education with emphasis on nature-based, environmental, and outdoor learning. 


  • Everyone on our team, including interns and volunteers, undergo extensive background checks. Lead teachers have current CPR and First Aid certifications and have recieved Nature-Based Teacher Certifcation through the Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools (ERAFANS.org).

  • Our team participates in ongoing professional development including: collaborative planning, team meetings, attending and facilitating PD workshops, partnerships with other nature-based schools, written publications, membership to professional associations, and work with (or as) consultants, regionally, nationally, and internationally.


We are hiring experienced part-time educators for 2020-2021 programs, beginning in late August. Preview our forest preschool teacher job description or our forest kinder co-op teacher description and follow up if you're interested. We will be hiring a director in 2021-2022. Contact: Monica director@erafans.org.

 

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