Kit is the Director and a founder of Fiddleheads Forest School. She is an AMS accredited Montessori Early Childhood Educator with a background in perceptual learning and child development. Her work is grounded in her understanding of perceptual learning and early childhood development as well as her passion for helping young children with diverse needs and experiences develop self-regulation and social and emotional skills. As Director, Kit is passionate about curriculum development, philosophy, family communication, research, outreach, and developing equitable and culturally responsive policy and procedure. She provides leadership to the nature-based and outdoor preschool movement on a regional and national level through her work with the Council on Nature and Forest Preschools and the Washington Nature Preschool Association. Kit developed her sense of wonder and appreciation for the natural world during her childhood in the Green Mountains of Vermont, where she spent her days exploring the back woods behind her house.
Joanna Wright – Lead Teacher (Magnolia Class)
Joanna has a passion for exploring the natural world with young children, and is thrilled to be a member of the teaching team at Fiddleheads Forest School. She is a graduate of the University of Washington. She also holds a certificate in Wilderness Education and Ecology from Alderleaf Wilderness College and a Level III Track and Sign Certificate. Before coming to Fiddleheads in 2014, Joanna worked as a naturalist and mentor in a variety of learning contexts including the Seattle Tilth Children’s Garden, Wilderness Awareness School, and Calyx Community Arts School. She especially loves working with 3-5 year olds, who have such curiosity, capability and wonder. She is especially interested in the significance year-round outdoor learning experience in these formative early years of life.
Brooke is a recent transplant from Frederick, Maryland where she grew up at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains. She has an abundance of experience as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Art History, Bachelor of Science in Animal Behavior and a Master’s in Teaching in Early Childhood Education from Towson University. In 2002, Brooke began her career in teaching as an outdoor educator in a nature camp close to Baltimore, MD. She has three years of experience assisting in Montessori classrooms, five years of experience assisting in an arts integration school and has taught first grade in public school. She loves yoga, wandering through the woods, observing bugs, cuddling with her two cats, and exploring the Pacific Northwest.
Stephanie Aragon – Lead Teacher (Trillium Class)
Stephanie is an Environmental Educator, born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. Her background is in Anthropology and Environmental Studies, looking at how humans and the environment interact. When Stephanie is not teaching at Fiddleheads, she presents engaging programs and experiences at the Woodland Park Zoo, focusing on environmental education and inspiring conservation action. This will be her second year in the Trillium classroom, where she spent the last school year as an Assistant Teacher. Stephanie has also been involved with teaching Arboretum summer camps, as well as leading Family Nature classes. Her passion for education and community involvement acts as pillar in her work to support healthy people, environments, and communities. She loves fresh berries, and the thrill that you feel when you positively identify something new for the first time. Stephanie approaches environmental education with a sense of wonder and excitement; she can’t wait to join you on adventures that foster our fundamental appreciation for the natural world.
Caitlin Van Der Spuy – Assistant Teacher (Trillium Class)
Caitlin is a Delaware native and graduate of the University of Delaware. She has a certificate in Early Childhood Education in addition to a Bachelors in Sociology with a concentration in Emergency and Environmental Management. Caitlin has worked in a variety of childcare settings over the past 10 years including public schools, summer camps, churches, and preschools. She loves working with kids and helping them explore their world and cannot wait to join the team at Fiddleheads where she can combine that passion with her love of the outdoors. She is an avid traveler and long-distance hiker, looking for any excuse to be outside.