Robyn is a teacher at our Wasaga Beach School. She graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a degree in Global Studies and English. She completed her Bachelor of Education at the University of Toronto and is an Ontario Certified Teacher. Robyn is currently completing the course to become a certified Forest and Nature School Practitioner through Forest School Canada.
Robyn has taught children in a range of environments including schools in Northern Alberta, a Haitian refugee village in the Dominican Republic, and SickKids Hospital in Toronto. Robyn worked as an environmental educator leading field trips at the Tiny Marsh Provincial Wildlife Area. It was this experience that made her decide that she wanted to continue teaching (and learning) outdoors! In her free time, Robyn enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, camping and working in her vegetable garden. She loves being active in/on the water, but also appreciates relaxing on the shore. You can usually find her hiking – you may see her finishing up another section of the Bruce Trail!
Kelly is a teacher at our schools in Meaford and Collingwood. He is an Ontario Certified Teacher, having received his Bachelor of Education degree from Lakehead University.
He has fond memories of camping as a Boy Scout, canoe tripping in summer camp, and exploring his Grandfather’s apple orchard in Clarksburg as a child; and he wants to pass on the appreciation for the outdoors to the next generation.
In his spare time you can find him out on the trail exploring, climbing things, and spotting forest creatures!
Taylor is a teacher at our Collingwood and Wasaga Schools. She has years of experience working with kids in summer camps, oversea missions, teaching swimming/lifeguarding and through individualized outdoor education scenarios. After completing an environment-based program with an outdoor leadership focus, her love for nature, outdoor leadership, and introducing the beauty and gift that nature is to the next generation flourished. Being placed in leadership roles and learning skills from Project WILD has equipped her to teach children how to learn and play in nature to the fullest. Taylor excels at instructing within the context of relationships, enriching the educational experiences of students.
In her free time, you can find Taylor near the water, hiking in the forest or rock climbing! She also loves to bring out a ukulele or guitar around a campfire every once in a while!
Michelle Cioci grew up in Newmarket, and spent most of her time going on countless camping and canoeing adventures with her family. Eventually, this led her to Thunder Bay where she completed an Honours Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation at Lakehead University. The unique experiences she gained from her time there, reinforced her passion for facilitating meaningful experiences in the natural world – experiences free from the pressures of societal norms, that people left feeling better connected with themselves and a lasting impression and connection to place.
Michelle has an incredible amount of experience working with students in the outdoors and is on her way to being a certified FNS practitioner. She has a deep love for the outdoors, a true joy for working with kids and truly understands the importance of community and deep nature connection. You can usually find her rock climbing (something she’s been doing for almost a decade now!) somewhere in the valley or at the gym – or if the timing is perfect, crossing paths on an epic backcountry trip!
Laura is a teacher at our Collingwood School. She grew up on a farm in Meaford, hiking the Bruce trail in her backyard, and has always loved the outdoors! She graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Family and Child Studies. She has worked with children and youth from all walks of life and in all different settings since she was 12 years old. Passionate about cultivating children’s knowledge and awareness, and with their emotional intelligence in mind, she is a wonderful mentor and guide for young people.
Laura has hiked up to Machu Picchu twice because she is in absolute awe of it! In her free time, she enjoys rock climbing, camping, and hiking. You can usually find her walking with her kids on local trails, or playing and exploring in her own backyard!