Beth has a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from Erikson Institute, a nationally recognized graduate school in child development. She also has a BA and earned Elementary and Special Education Professional Teaching Certificates from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She has lived in several different states and countries. Beth and her husband Brad have been married for 10 years and have three children ages 7, 4 and 1. Outdoor nature play, exploration, and learning are a family priority while hiking, camping, and stomping in the creek behind her home.
Beth has been investing in the lives of children in nature and in a variety of other settings with real experiences for over 17 years. Beth began working outside in the woods with children just out of high school in Michigan at an overnight nature summer long camp in the woods with children entering 1st - 9th grade. After that, Beth taught in both general and special education classrooms for several years. She was hired to teach in the Special Education classroom at the school where she was a student teacher while finishing up her teaching certificates. Shortly after, her husband got accepted into a PhD program at Northwestern University and she moved to the Chicago area. In Chicago, Beth taught K - 2nd grade in a diverse urban setting in a mixed ability classroom at Daystar School where she arranged bi-weekly learning excursions into the city to cultivate knowledge about the resources through real experiences, including visits to museums, businesses, neighborhoods, libraries, and nature preserves. Beth has also worked in Honduras teaching kindergarten students whose native language was Spanish. Additionally, Beth has experience working at The Gray Center, the home of Carol Gray and Social Stories where she led social skills lessons for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Prior to joining the team of educators at The Discovery School, Beth worked as a teacher at The Wild Woods Forest Kindergarten with children ages 3 - 6, starting out with the program in the first year.
As a young child, Beth loved spending time in nature all throughout the year. Now as an educator, she loves sharing her passion for nature with children in the beautiful classroom of the great outdoors. Beth is excited to share her passion and love for children at The Discovery School by inviting children to explore the wonder of nature, grow in appreciation for it, and find their place in it.