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.