President, Board of Directors
Mrs. Andrews has been working with children since 1980, when she first began teaching swimming lessons while studying at university. In 1988, her career in public education began in the Waterloo Region and has included teaching children from kindergarten to grade 10, in Waterloo, Toronto, Australia, and across Essex County.
Mrs. Andrews was the owner and educator of Kindermusik Creations East for 10 years. She taught 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.
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.
Kim has a deep connection to nature. She has worked to help support children and adults in many different forms. Studying, learning, and growing has been a great passion that began with a co-op placement at the Children's Achievement Center where a fire was lit to teach and work with children.
Growing up, Kim spent much of her time in the outdoors and has traveled and lived throughout Canada with her five children, husband, and many animal friends. Kim has studied holistic health care, mindfulness, and meditation on her own and with monks, pursuing numerous courses on teaching and training.
Having a passion for children and nature, Kim worked at a Waldorf school teaching Grades 1/2, Kindergarten, and Forest School days. Kim has completed many training courses, including Supporting Traumatized Youth and Child Observation through Lifeways North America, Nature Education through Cornell University, and will complete her Forest School Canada Practitioners course in the summer of 2020.
From long hours tending to animals on the family farm, to trekking the interior of Algonquin Park with her siblings, Breanna’s intense relationship with nature was cultivated by spending most of her childhood outside. Encouraged by her mother's example that an education can be garnered from nature, Breanna has always connected a love for learning and teaching with adventure and exploration.
With a Bachelor of Education, additional qualifications in special education, Waldorf training, and TESL certification, Breanna has explored a variety of teaching settings. These include a year in China teaching English, working as a Youth and Adult Development Officer in Africa, and extensive volunteer experience with refugee students and new Canadians.
Perhaps one of Breanna’s favourite earliest teaching experiences was with Northern Tier/Boy Scouts of America, where she guided groups of students on camping trips through the Crown Lands of Northern Ontario. Exploring wide-open lakes, winding rivers, rushing rapids, and trekking long moose-mucked portages, she helped children navigate using only maps, a compass, the sun, and stars. She bestowed on these future naturalists her knowledge of canoe and water safety, wilderness first aid and helped them gain a respect and appreciation for the power of hands on learning with nature.
Ayesha is a mother, artist, teacher, and gardener who loves nature. She immigrated to Canada with her family at the age of six. She has fond memories of playing at a creek near her home as a child with her brother, catching tadpoles, and excitedly watching them grow and change.
As a life-learning mother of two, she has spent the past decade providing her children with an inquiry-based, hands-on education through nature and the arts in a community-based environment, rather than a classroom setting.
With a B.A. in Psychology, Ayesha has worked as a counsellor for adults and adolescents in a variety of settings. Her art is intuitive, playing with colours and letting her hands and heart create without much planning, as the process of creating is just as important as the finished piece. Ayesha is deeply influenced and inspired by nature and sacred geometry, and she uses recycled/found materials in her work.
Ayesha has her Bachelors of Education at the primary/junior level and enjoys working with children. She offers workshops in creative self-expression for both kids and adults as a process to improve emotional well-being and promote personal development through imagination. She strongly believes that fostering a bond with the natural world through immersion, curiosity, play and exploration has tremendous benefits in all aspects of an individual’s life. Ayesha loves to learn and the forest is her favourite place to be.
Lesley Labbe is an outdoor educator, organic farmer, wife, and mother of five. Her passion as a forest school educator comes from a life-long love for the outdoors. From a young age, Lesley could be found searching for salamanders in the woods. As an adult, she realised her dream of becoming an organic farmer.
Lesley has been running an organic farm for the past 15 years. She has an Outdoor Education certificate from Humber College, has been a leader with Scouts Canada for several years, and worked as an outdoor educator for two seasons with Might Oak Elementary's forest program. Lesley enjoys helping students connect with the natural world and loves watching children discover the smallest worlds under the bark of a tree and the grandeur within the forest canopy.
Teaching among trees and nature has been one of the most rewarding experiences of Lesley's life. She loves being part of so much growth in the students, in her co-workers, and in herself... and all the fun they have climbing trees!
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