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. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Hello! My name is Sam Gaudette and I am so grateful to be able to explore and learn about nature with your children, as teaching and interacting with children is one of my greatest passions. Since a child I have always admired the outdoors, my connection with nature has taught me a lot about the world and myself and so I think it is so crucial for children to have this experience. I am currently in the Concurrent Program at the University of Windsor, majoring in English and French. I also have my ESL certification and am going to be attaining my Forest Practitioners certification this summer. I am always eager to meet new forest friends and go on adventures! _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 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! Stacy Pereira: Stacy is currently at the University of Windsor obtaining her Bachelor of Education with a major in French Studies and a minor in Geography. She loves working with children and providing them with opportunities to grow. She believes that challenging children to take risks is important in building their confidence, curiosity, and self-expression. Stacy is excited to have children develop a deeper connection with nature through Natural Pathways in Essex County, a place that she has always called home. Living in Essex County gave Stacy the freedom of exploring various different walking trails, forests, and beaches around the area. Some of her favourite places include Pelee Island, Point Pelee National Park, and Holiday Beach where she often spends time with her family and friends. She wishes to help children combine their personal interests with an outdoor learning experience, in which she will be able to share some of her own insights and learn from those around her regardless of their age!