Photograph provided by Michael B. Heim
Director and Lead Teacher Elizabeth Uhrich’s background is in education, and her journey includes co-founding and directing a progressive school for young children, teaching for 10 years and speaking at conferences on the topic of education. For her, the folk school and forest kindergarten are a natural outbirth of her passion for education. She holds a BA in Philosophy from Colorado College and an MA in Educational Psychology from CU Denver. She also currently holds a Director’s Certification from the CDHS and a Colorado Teacher License. She lives with her family and their small dog in Lafayette, and loves to be outdoors or playing music, whenever she can.
2018-2019 Lead Teacher, Natalie Roberts, has always felt an affinity for the natural world, and a desire to connect with other living beings. This intrinsic love and curiosity led her to pursue a B.S. in Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY, where she discovered a new passion: environmental education. She explored this field through an environmental education internship, seasonal positions at a zoo and a marine park, and as an interpretive intern for a national forest in Wyoming. Perhaps her most formative experience as an educator occurred while working at a children’s museum, which inspired her passion for early childhood education and student-driven, inquiry-based learning. She carried these passions with her while pursing a M.A. in Environmental Education through Goshen College in Indiana, and completing her master’s project on student experiences in a forest kindergarten program. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to teach at Wee Folk Forest Kindergarten and share her joy, curiosity, and sense of wonder with young learners as they explore and discover the beauty of the natural world together.
Co-Teacher, Ethan Jones recognizes that he is not separate from, but an extension of a magnificent, natural universe. At Wee Folk Forest Kindergarten, he is honored to accompany our young ones, as they begin to explore this big beautiful world we call home. Ethan has worked in the field of natural resource conservation, as a camp counselor, and after-school tutor. He has lived and traveled all over the world from North and South America, to Europe, and Asia. Each place taught Ethan more and more about our wonderfully diverse planet, and what it means to be a human being in the modern age. With passion, curiosity, openness, and kindness, Ethan is excited to welcome you and your family to the forest.
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