Janet Killmer has been teaching and creating curriculum for children's classes for 25 years. She first dreamed of starting a preschool when she was ten years old, and has been collecting ideas on human development and alternative education philosophies since then. Outdoor play has always been her "happy place" even as a mostly sedentary book worm, and since observing the physical adaptations to indoor learning that hinder her music students, she has set out to build learning communities across the Puget Sound Region that return humans to their natural habitat.
"I made my decision to start an outdoor school within seconds of hearing about the concept, posted my intentions on my Facebook feed with a link to Cedarsong Nature School, and went to sleep. When I woke up, I had a full list of friends ready to join in!"
DR. KENDALL BECHERER
Kendall earned her doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Washington with an emphasis on learning sciences and human development. She has a passion for understanding and applying learning theories, and loves making connections between the important work of outdoor education and research on learning & engagement. She has over 10 years of experience teaching Suzuki violin and piano, and recently completed the full Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten Teacher Training with Erin Kenny.
Kendall's son attended TOAD School for 2 years, and now continues his outdoor school journey at a drop-off Forest Kindergarten program. Kendall serves as a curriculum consultant for TOADS, photographer, author, and website architect. Visit TeacherKendall.com to see more of her work.
JESSICA M. LAWRENCE
Jessica Major Lawrence is a veteran early childhood teacher who holds a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education and a National Board Certification as an Exceptional Needs Specialist in Early Childhood. She also holds a Level 2 Forest Kindergarten Teacher Certification from Cedarsong Nature School. Jessica has taught preschool and Kindergarten students, both children with disabilities and their typically-developing peers, in a variety of settings in public school districts in Washington and Wisconsin.
For the past two years, Jessica has been blessed with a “class of 1” – staying home with her daughter, Eowyn. She also provides educational consulting services to public and private schools, focused around supporting students on the autism spectrum. Jessica has been interested in outdoor preschools for a number of years, and loves supporting child-led experiential learning in natural contexts. After training as an assistant teacher in the 2015-2016 school year, Jessica is now the lead teacher for TOAD School's migratory Puyallup class.