The key is curiosity, and it is curiosity, not answers that we model. - Vivian Paley
Brandyn earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Grove City College, with a concentration in math and science. She taught high school science at a private school in Ohio (i.e. biology, chemistry, physics and physical science), directed the science fair there, and loves to inspire children to revel in the intricacies of nature.
She has an extensive background in early childhood dance education and was the Artistic Director at Aspire Academy of Expressive Arts in Sequim, prior to moving to Kitsap County. When inspiring children to dance, sing, and make music in forest school, she draws on her certification in American Ballet Theatre’s® National Training Curriculum, Music Together™, and the Brain Dance Method. Brandyn believes that all children are innately artists, initiators of originality, and it is her passion to foster this in their very first experiences at school.
Brandyn is the mother of three children, ages 11, 8, and 6. She is championed by her husband of 14 years, a high school teacher and coach.
Jenny began her teaching career with imaginary students and a classroom under the giant Catalpa tree in the back yard of her childhood home. Her first professional job, however, was in a small Arkansas town 23 years ago. Jenny has taught Pre-K through college (and every grade between) in Arkansas, Texas, and Washington States. She is a fierce advocate for a child’s right to play and believes that a play-based program provides the best opportunity for young children to learn self-regulation, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. She is a teacher first and believes that the outdoor environment is an ideal place for a child’s imagination to soar.
Jenny is a graduate of Baylor University with a BFA in Art Education (PreK-12) and will complete her Masters in Early Childhood Education/Curriculum and Instruction in January 2019. She is a dog-loving, ukulele-playing, blanket-knitting, nature lover who loves a strong cup of coffee and a good game of Scrabble.
Jenny has two children and two stepsons. The oldest three, Jackson, Sean, and Connor are currently attending college and her daughter, Grace, is a Junior in high school. Her husband, Bob, supplies her with constant love and laughter.
Curtis is a self-proclaimed kid at heart. He appreciates the integral part that nature played in his development as a child. He has made it his life goal to instill this love into younger generations. Having graduated in 2014 from the University of Southern Maine with a degree in Exercise Science, Curtis spent some time exploring different career paths. It was during this time that he developed a passion for working with youth.
Curtis worked in preschools, elementary schools, and more recently as a guide in a wilderness therapy program for teens. Curtis believes that the people we become is very dependent on the opportunities we have for growth when we are our youngest selves. He stresses the importance for children to play and create. He values the unique opportunity that nature provides for self-discovery in early childhood.
Curtis recently moved to Washington with his wife Ayesha and is excited to bring his energy to Magnolia Forest Preschool.
Taylor graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2017 with a degree in Early Childhood Education and a second major in Psychology of Children and Youth. She has her teaching certificate in early childhood education in Connecticut and is a certified lifeguard.
Taylor has spent seven summers working at residential Girl Scout camps, where her love for nature and the outdoors has blossomed. She loves to see children explore and cherish the world around them. Taylor enjoys the creativity and imagination children use as they play. Taylor just moved to Washington with her husband, J.T. As a New Englander born and raised, she is excited to experience the Washington beauty with all of the students this year.
Forest school can be the perfect fit for so many children because it is uniquely tailored to support their strengths and interests. We look forward to connecting with you and your child further. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and hope to see you in the forest soon!