There is nothing I enjoy more than seeing sparks of imagination and happiness emanating from a young child in his or her element.
About The Director / Lead Educator: Amy Plant
"There is nothing I enjoy more than seeing sparks of imagination and happiness emanating from a young child in his or her element. Having a role in supporting a child's play and joyful learning within nature, is a great honor for me."
Amy spent much of her childhood paddling in streams, skipping though bluebell woods, and playing among the trees with her friends in the English countryside. She is a qualified Level 3 Forest School Leader with over 25 years experience working with children and adults, internationally as an educator / community artist. Her other qualifications include a Batchelors and a Masters degree in the Fine Arts (with a focus on arts education and fiber arts). Amy believes in continuous self education and has certificates in Community Leadership, Teaching Artist training, the Reggio Emilia approach, Waldorf puppetry and play based education in the early years.
Throughout her career she has created numerous inquiry and process-based projects with young children in art gallery education environments, school settings, the outdoors, and on public art programs around the world. For five years she worked as a teaching artist at Friday Harbor Elementary School.
Amy has held a life long passion for alternative pedagogy and has undertaken many creative research projects on the subject, some of which were commissioned by agencies such as the British Council. Disenchanted with her own mainstream schooling, she was inspired to start a school, immersed in nature, that celebrates the wonder within children and the multitude of ways they express their ideas, questions and passions..
Little House in the Forest is a member of the American Forest Kindergarten Association & the WA Nature Preschool Association.
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