So… who are your teachers, anyway?

Kim:
Growing up in Collingwood, it’s no wonder that I have always had a heart for playing outside and exploring new spaces. I graduated from Brock University’s Health and Physical Education Program, where I learned the significance of play-based learning and got a real taste of how to create and adapt programs to keep everyone engaged. Keen to continue exploring and learning, I further completed a Bachelor of Education in Outdoor Ecological and Experiential Education at Lakehead University. Through this program, I further understood the significant influence that meaningful outdoor, experiential education can have on the whole-child, and how essential it is on the development of today’s youth.

I have spent summers planting trees throughout Canada’s Great North, have worked with Free Spirit as a guide and camp counselor for over six years, and am currently working as a Residential Youth Counselor at Pine River Institute, an outdoor therapeutic learning centre for youth. In my free time, I enjoy camping, climbing, and being on the water.

I am very eager to join in with your child on their learning journey and support them as they discover themselves in the natural world around them! It’s a great time to be a Red-Tailed Hawk!

Matt:
I have a passion for the outdoors and its use in empowering students through meaningful experiences. I graduated from Lakehead University with an Honours Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism, as well as a Bachelor of Geography. In 2013, I further completed a Bachelor of Education in Outdoor Ecological and Experiential Education.

I have dedicated myself to working with children and young adults in various outdoor pursuits, programs and facilitation roles. For 4 years, I worked for Katimavik, a non-profit Canadian national youth volunteer experiential education program as a live-in facilitator and am a graduate of the NOLS Outdoor Educator program. I have worked for Free Spirit Tours for 3 years as a guide and camp counselor and am also currently working as a Residential Youth Counselor at Pine River Institute.
I am so excited to jump into nature with the Snowy Owls! We live in a beautiful area with a rich cultural and natural history that I am eager to explore with your children.

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Aden:
Let’s introduce Aden, our massive school mascot! Aden is a 2.5 year old Bernese Mountain Dog, weighing in at over 110 lbs! He LOVES being outside and can often be found exploring the local forests and connecting happily with children. He’s a bubbly, loyal and excitable boy and is looking forward to exploring nature with all of us. Feel free to give him a hug!

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  1. sandi Simpson says:

    Wow what a fantastic program! Can seniors participate?!

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