I am the current interim director and lead teacher at Fidalgo Nature School. I grew up in Calgary, Canada and have lived in various places acorss 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 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.
I joined the board in 2019 after my daughter's first year at Fidalgo Nature School. I've served as president in 2020 and love the work that we are able to do for our kids and our community. I have an MA in German and love being in a classroom- it's amazing to watch how the kids learn in the forest! I'm excited to expand and serve more families throughout Island and Skagit counties and I love the opportunities it has given me to learn about our forests and coasts too.
I run for fun and fix up our home in my off time and am thrilled to enjoy this beautiful corner of Washington while the Navy has us here.
I’m one of the founding board members of Fidalgo Nature School. We started in 2018 and I’ve been the secretary for most of this time. I LOVE to inspire people to fall in love with nature! I took the 40-hour training to become a Beachwatcher through the WSU Extension program. Citizen science and marine invertebrates...a match made in heaven! Haha! I’ve been a business owner for over 20 years and bring my experience with building a business with me to the school. My son has gone to FNS and my hope is to build a school that offers not only social justice work into the curriculum, but expand outdoor learning for grade and high school programs, including a coming-of-age program for 12 and 13 year olds.
I trained as an opera singer and love to surf, although I’m not very good at it. My wife, Shelley, and I moved to Anacortes 4 years ago and love raising our two children here where we are close to the ocean, forest and to Kulshan.
I am the lucky mother of 3 beautiful children ages 16, 15, and 3. I offered to volunteer for service on the FNS board shortly after enrolling my youngest in the winter of 2020 hoping that I could be useful in some way.
I grew up here in the PNW. Some of my favorite and most treasured early-childhood memories come from my experiences in our local forest and beach environments. I am so thankful that I found FNS for my youngest and to know that there are programs like this out there to serve our community in this way.
I come from a diverse career background, mostly in administration and small business, and am grateful that some of my skill set can contribute. I recently returned to school with a double major in Criminology and Forensic Psychology and hope to be a mover and shaker in the movement to improve our criminal justice system and the way we view social and civil justice as a society.
I joined the board as a "Member at Large" in 2020, after my eldest son had a wonderful partial year at Fidalgo Nature School. Our entire family loves to camp, hike, backpack, and explore nature on large and small scales. I have an M.S. degree in marine and estuarine science from Western Washington University and previously worked as an oceanographer and marine biologist for King County Water and Land Resources Division and as a marine technician at Shannon Point Marine Center. My background helps support the practice of scientific inquiry and stewardship of the natural world that FNS fosters in our students. However, I am most passionate about promoting social justice in schooling and ensuring that access to our school is available to all children.
One of my dreams is to bring the outdoors into my home with a lush indoor "jungle" of houseplants, and I am teaching myself fancy ways to mend our clothing and linens.
Once I was introduced to the Fidalgo Nature School, and embraced the partnership, I quickly joined the board (2020). I am currently the Park Manager for Deception Pass State Park and am a huge advocate of environmental education. As a Park Ranger, I get the opportunity and pleasure to see kids of all ages learn and grow while in the park. My path to becoming a Park Ranger has been much different than many others. I started off my career as a Washington State Trooper, retiring as a Lieutenant and serving Whatcom, Skagit, and Island County. Following my career as a State Trooper, I became a Community Corrections Supervisor in Whatcom County with the Washington State Department of Corrections. In 2017, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to be a member of Washington State Parks and serve at Deception Pass. I have been a lifelong resident of Washington, spending half of my life in Pierce County and the other half in Whatcom County. I am a recent transplant to the Anacortes/Oak Harbor area. I attended Western Washington University, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology with a minor in Psychology and Anthropology. I later attended an online university and obtained a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice. I have been married for 31 years and have a 27 year old son.
I am an avid outdoors person with a wide variety of interests. I would say that I am extremely blessed as I get to spend most of my time outdoor and enjoying the park.