Sibyl Maer-Fillo is the Washington Outdoor School Director & Teacher in both Roslyn and Ellensburg branches. Sibyl believes learning should be meaningful and integrated, the Earth and all its inhabitants and ecological systems should be respected, appreciated and cared for and finding ways to nurture and encourage the innate creativity in each person is of the utmost importance. She has a Masters degree with certification in Special Education and has been in Education for over 20 years working with Preschool through High School age students. Creating Washington Outdoor School fulfilled a dream.
School Director & Teacher
Lennie Mosiman feels privileged to have grown up in the Northwest giving her a love for outdoor activities and an appreciation for the beauty and wonder of the natural world. She has 30 years of experience as a mother raising ten children who share her appreciation for the outdoors. Lennie and her children have been a part of outdoor school since the pilot phase. For her, watching children make new discoveries and enjoy being active outside, intimately experiencing nature in every season, is an amazing and delightful experience. Lennie looks forward to new opportunities as the school expands opportunities for more inquisitive children to experience outdoor adventures.
Justin Cook- Co-Teacher Ellensburg Branch Justin Cook has a strong passion for the outdoors that began as a young boy in Texas gardening and hiking with his grandmother. His passion has led him to seek out numerous opportunities to work in the outdoors over the past nine years. Justin's experience includes land conservation in the Southwest, trail restoration for the Park Service, sheep herding for the Navajo Nation, as well as outdoor education. Now with Washington Outdoor School, he can share his knowledge and experience of the outdoors with children. Justin believes it is important to provide to young people the opportunity for meaningful engagement with the natural environment and is proud of doing that work as a Co-Teacher at Washington Outdoor School.
Lindsay and her son moved to the area in 2014. She grew up always playing outside and enjoying the beauty of the areas we live in so when the opportunity came to also teach and explore the Roslyn area she jumped at the chance. Lindsay holds her Bachelors of Arts degree in Elementary education and has been substituting at the Cle Elum school district for 3 years. Lindsay enjoys many various things such as reading, baking and going on adventures with her son.
Summer-Teacher & Sub, Roslyn
Jenna McCarter developed a love of nature as a small child, on numerous camping trips with her family, and even just digging in the dirt, climbing trees, and building forts in her backyard. As an adult living in San Diego, surrounded by the rush of city life, she heard the quiet voice of nature calling her to return to it. She packed up and moved to the foothills of the Cascades in Western Washington where she attended a 9 month wilderness emersion program at Alderleaf Wilderness College, learning all manner of things including wilderness survival, wilderness first aid, primitive skills, ethnobotany, bird language, animal tracking, permaculture, and leadership. Jenna has experience working with children ages 2 and 1/2 to 14 in a variety of settings, including in the classroom, after school programs, summer camps, nature camps, and gardening. She also has a bachelor's degree in art and uses her imagination to create colorful whimsical nature inspired artwork, striving to evoke the feelings of magic and wonder she remembers from childhood. She is secretly a forest fairy! (Shhh! It's a secret!). It was serendipitous when Jenna met Justin, another co-teacher for Washington Outdoor School, in downtown Ellensburg, shortly after moving to town, because she really wanted to become involved in this program after hearing about it on a walk with KEEN. It just so happened that WOS needed another teacher to help out, and the rest is history!! Jenna enjoys working for WOS primarily because she loves the positive, curious, inquisitive nature of young children, and knows that a strong connection with nature starts at a very young age. She understands that these children will be the ones to take care of our earth in the future, so it's imperative that they form connections early on. She also knows that nature connection for children is not only more engaging for their minds and bodies, but also give children a sense of belonging and confidence. She feels very fortunate to have found an organization she can be a part of that shares her vision of connecting children with the world around them in meaningful and beneficial ways both for the children and for the community as a whole.
Co-Teacher Ellensburg Branch & Sub Roslyn Branch
Jennifer Lipton, President
Helen Lau, Treasurer
Corey Williams, Secretary
Washington Outdoor SchoolSibyl Maer-Fillo, Director/ Teacher206-898-2041
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