Meet our team, dedicated to strengthening the resilience of families in our communities. 

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Emma Rohleder, Interim Director, Lead Teacher

I grew up in Calgary, Canada, and have lived in various places across the United States since then. I studied Ecology and French at the University of Minnesota, then worked in environmental education and wilderness schools ever since. In 2020 I finished my master's degree in Environmental Education from Antioch University of New England. I have been so lucky to live in some incredible places that have inspired me to fall in love with birding, wildlife tracking, and hunting for wild orchids. I love to play, so a preschool is a great place for me!


I am excited to serve families in Skagit and Island counties and to create a safe, positive community for our children at Fidalgo Nature School. I hope to help create a safe and accessible outdoor space for preschoolers where they can learn about themselves, each other, and the natural world.

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Mary Franklin, Co-Teacher

I was pleased to have joined the teaching staff at FNS in the winter of 2021. I previously worked for 10 years at a play-based preschool in my native DC area where I taught, ran our school library, and in the school administration. My BA from Muhlenberg College is in American Studies with Elementary Education certification, and I attended the University of Maryland to earn my MLS focusing in children’s library services. It is exciting to be part of the outdoor preschool movement, and to explore the Pacific Northwest as a new home base after a sabbatical period on the road.  

Board of Directors

Anastasia Brencick, Board President

Amelia Kolb, Board Treasurer

Kat I., Board Secretary

Kat Y.K.

Jason Armstrong

Krystle Taniguchi

Elise Cope

Carrie Gassett