Sarah Carlson is a Bank Street Graduate with an M.S. Ed. in Early Childhood Elementary Education, and has taught in a variety of public and private school settings in New York, New Jersey and London for the past 17 years. She is certified as a Forest School Kindergarten Teacher through Cedarsong Nature School. Sarah holds Permanent Certification in both New York and New Jersey. She is certified in Infant, Child and Adult CPR and First Aid. Sarah is inspired by children's authenticity, energy, and expression and is rooted in the idea that we are always learning through experience, reflection, and finding the magic in day to day moments. She believes strongly in the freedom, health, and creativity that ample time in nature can provide.
Originally from New York City, Lilly Clark graduated from Brooklyn College with a B.A. in Childhood Education, minoring in Sociology. She continued her professional studies at Bank Street College of Education, focusing on the Reggio Emilia approach. Lilly believes in nurturing the whole child through unconditional acceptance and compassionate interactions that are respectful of the child's ideas, input, and social-emotional development. In her spare time she enjoys yoga, knitting, and exploring the city with her family.
Alice Ryan is a graduate of the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts and hails from California. She loves spending time with kids and has over a decade of childcare experience. It brings her great joy to share her passion for music, dance, and storytelling with the kids of Brooklyn Nature Days. Alice is certified in Infant, Child and Adult CPR and First Aid.
Meg, a central Pennsylvania native, earned her Bachelor and Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Delaware. Over the years, Meg has had extensive experience with children as a babysitter, voice teacher, and paraeducator. Meg certified in Infant, Child and Adult CPR. Growing up surrounded by the Appalachian Mountains, Meg developed a deep love of nature and she is excited to share that with the students of Brooklyn Nature Days. In her spare time, Meg loves yoga, travel, cooking, and snuggling with her roommates dogs.
Jess started off her career in education as an assistant teacher to Sarah Carlson at a co-op preschool and is now running her own co-op school and working as a nanny. She is an NYC native currently living in Clinton Hill. Jess is passionate about dogs, dance parties, knitting, reading, and playing outside.
Susannah is originally from Hershey, PA, but has been a Brooklynite for 14 years. She holds a BA in English with a minor in Women's Studies, an MFA in Poetry, and has 6 years of classroom experience with ages 2-5. She has also continued her education with courses and certificates through CUNY's New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute. Susannah is the Co-Director and a teacher at Outside the Lines Playschool (playoutsidethelines.com) along with her teaching partner Lilly Mihalko. She believes that children are powerful in both body and mind and that they possess the skills and strength to complete difficult tasks autonomously. She loves the freedom of play and nature-based teaching and is excited to be working with Brooklyn Nature Days. Susannah lives in Cobble Hill with her husband and two young sons and loves biking, reading Scandinavian crime fiction, watching Buffy, and playing strategy board games.
Anna Fitzgerald spent her childhood in Connecticut's "quiet corner" and historical encampments all over the east demonstrating 18th century American life for families and students. She has been a Big Sister (BBSS) to amazing LIttles, and has since worked as a nanny in Park Slope. She coordinated educational and literacy all-ages events at the community arts venue she co-founded in Brooklyn. Her current documentary work continues her graduate study in civil organization and social movements at Goddard. She now shares her Ridgewood home with an aquatic snail, a beloved human, and some very cool plants.
Susannah Simpson is a multi-disciplinary artist, with a primary focus in performance and poetry, and a teacher of yoga, improvisational dance, and meditative healing/empowerment workshops. She believes fully in the importance of loving, honoring, and connecting with the Earth as an integral aspect of personal, inter-relational, and collective social progress and compassion cultivation. She has been working with children since she was a child! First by helping at her Aunt's "Dance Camp" in her hometown of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, fixing snacks and choreographing dances with wee ones to various Disney scores. Then as a teenager she spent many summers as a YMCA camp counselor and spent her last year of high school doing an internship with the young adult Special Education Department. Over the past ten years she has worked as a pre-school teacher for ages 0-5, a nanny, an instructor of children's yoga classes, and most recently as a facilitator of "Fairy School" at Maha Rose in Greenpoint. At Fairy School she helped children tap into the practices of conscious breathing and meditation, creative movement, art, constructive rest, and nurturing holding sacred our relationships to plants, other creatures, mythology, the elements, and each other.
Monica, originally from the D.C. metro area, has called Brooklyn her home for over a decade. She earned her M.A. in Art & Art Education from Teachers College Columbia University, and has worked as an Art Educator for the NYC Department of Education and for After School programs throughout the city for nearly 5 years. Before becoming a teacher, Monica was, and still continues to work as, a Graphic Designer. She loves to watch children, of all ages, make art and new discoveries, as they overcome challenges through critical thinking and imaginative play. She can not wait to enjoy all the adventures and outdoor fun that Brooklyn Nature Days has to offer!
Courtney Kotsionis received her BFA in photography from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and is nearing her 10th year living in Brooklyn. Courtney is excited to be joining Brooklyn Nature Days, where she finds each day more inspiring than the next. She is passionate about being present and engaged with children, especially when she’s able to share her love of dancing, art, music, and nature.
Sophie is a native New Yorker and attended Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. She works as a nanny and private teacher around the city, and believes in play-based learning. She uses her love of art and music to inspire kids to use their imagination, get dirty, and have fun!
Peter Bogden split his childhood between New Jersey and Washington state before settling down in Oregon for undergraduate school, where he majored in history at University of Oregon. After graduation he traveled around Europe experiencing various cultures before moving to Beijing, China and working as an ESL teacher for 1.5 years. Upon returning to the states, he made his way back to the Pacific Northwest and worked as an assistant kindergarten teacher and after school program manager in the Seattle area. He was the assistant director at a summer camp this year before heading out to New York City and a return to the east coast. Working in education and with children has really solidified how much he loves helping kids and encouraging them to achieve their goals. He feels that all children are able to do amazing things and that it is our jobs as teachers to be caring, compassionate, and supportive so they can reach these goals and better themselves in every way. While he's not in the classroom; he loves hiking, the Seahawks, and enjoying concerts. He is so ecstatic to be a teacher at Brooklyn Nature Days and work with all of the amazing kids in New York City!
Growing up between California and Hawaii, Sara has been living in Brooklyn for the last decade. She received her BA in Cultural Studies and Media from Eugene Lang College and has done graduate research in religion, ecology, environmental ethics and philosophy. Most recently Sara has been working as a gardener throughout the city and is currently working towards a certificate in Urban Agriculture from Farm School NYC, an organization committed to food justice and community empowerment. Humbled by the flora and fauna of our planet, Sara looks forward to sharing her love of Earth's micro and macro wonders with Brooklyn Nature Days.
Alice Shockey graduated from Oberlin College in 2016 with a B.A. in Studio Art, and
has gone on to pursue Child Education and Healing Arts in Brooklyn while she
continues to practice her art in sculpture and printmaking. Since January, she has
been a Work Study with Maha Rose Center for Healing in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and
is an assistant teacher for Fairy School. She is a certified Reiki healer in level 1 and
will also begin her Reiki mentorship with founder Lisa Livine beginning in
September. Alice attended the Princeton Waldorf School from Pre-K through 8th
grade and believes in independent thinking and creative play. She spent most of her
childhood using her imagination in the forest, and is so happy to share this
experience with kids from New York City.
Daniel Horowitz is a writer, farmer and photographer originally from NYC. A former ESL teacher for young children on farms in Italy and France, Daniel's two main interests collide at Brooklyn Nature Days : teaching and the outdoors. Currently pursuing his MFA in Creative Writing at the New School he spends his free time speaking to his Aloe plant and dreaming about the minor hills of Mississippi
Sarah has always loved working with children. She has a BA in Psychology from The College of New Jersey where she conducted research on the effects of language development and cognition in children ages 0-4. Sarah also participated in a 6 month internship at the Eating Disorder Unit at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro, focused on the development of total wellness in the patients. Sarah has worked as a nanny, tutor, and camp counselor working with ages 0-12. Sarah plans to go back to school to receive her Masters in Social Work. One day she hopes to be a school Social Worker with a primary focus on promoting positive body images and balanced nutritional choices.
Kelly has been teaching yoga to people of all ages for nearly a decade. In 2007 she left her successful advertising career for the yoga mat and never looked back. Her passion for the practice truly shines whether she is 'playing' yoga with children, helping teens meditate, or guiding adults through a creative flow. Highly regarded as a kids yoga expert, Kelly spent four years regularly traveling the world training kids yoga teachers. She resides in Brooklyn and teaches in schools, studios, and privately in homes all over the city.
Stacey is a children’s yoga teacher, family health coach, former Kindergarten teacher and mom of three young girls. She loves watching children explore and is forever in awe of the way they see the world. When not teaching or taking yoga classes herself, Stacey loves to cook, travel and spend time in nature.
Yo Re Mi is thrilled to bring music, yoga and mindfulness education to Brooklyn Nature Days. Our unique musical yoga program enhances learning, encourages creativity and imagination, while promoting whole-child wellness. Having started at one preschool in 2014, Yo Re Mi now provides music and movement enrichment at over 20 schools and daycares in New York and New Jersey. Founders Dan Costello and Rachel Costello are local Brooklyn residents and their team of talented teachers are certified yoga instructors and professional musicians. See videos and hear songs at www.yoremikids.com