Get To Know Us
Founder & Executive Director
An Early Intervention Specialist, Shannon believes learning isn't just measured by simple outcomes, but by the "process" in which learning is retained. Her desire to foster her students' innate love and curiosity for the world led to the founding of The Native School.
An eternal optimist, Amber believes in lifting spirits through knowledge. She holds multiple business degrees and is experienced in operations management. As a Licensed Foster Parent and Youth Mentor for over 7 years, Amber believes that children should have a solid foundation rooted in outdoor learning, gaining an innate ability to enjoy the beauty of life.
Kinder Lead Teacher
Rose is a certificated K-8 teacher with a kindergarten teaching background. Her knowledge of teaching methodology combined with a love of the natural world helps her plan educational opportunities that are mindful of both. She is passionate about giving students the tools they need for success while still creating space for wonder, laughter and play.
A graduate of UC Santa Barbara with a BS in Aquatic Biology and minor in K8 Science & Math, Andrea brings a unique blend of specialized knowledge to Native School. She also has extensive experience in the classroom with young children. Above all, her goal is to inspire and contribute to student's interest in the natural world that surrounds us.
Lead Piccola Teacher
Elisabetta (aka Ms. Lizzie) is first-generation Italian and speaks three languages. She attended La Scuola Primaria Maria Montessori in Perugia, Italy. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Santa Clara University where she also minored in Public Health and Communication. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, she had the great outdoors as her playground and grew up with movement and nature as the guiding force of light in her life. Nature and her connection to it are the most important values she holds. Elisabetta is also an artist, and recently earned a certificate in Therapeutic Art Coaching. She is passionate about Art Therapy, Nature Therapy, and Play Therapy and believes resilience is cultivated through a growth mindset. She has a depth of experience working with both neurodivergent and neurotypical children. Miss Lizzie is thrilled to validate the rich, complex inner lives of the young adventurers of The Native School.
Shauna has a love for all animals. She loves to learn and teach about insects, animals, plants and other wildlife. What she doesn't know, she likes to learn about! She has a bachelor's degree in Child Development with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education. With over 11 years of experience working from birth-5 years old, Shauna has become quite knowledgeable in the educational and developmental development of young children. Her passion for sharing our natural world with young children has led her to our program so that she can continue to teach her passion and share her love of all things that grow, swim, crawl, fly, slither, and run.
Kinder Lead Teacher
Nikki is a certificated K-8 teacher with an elementary teaching background. She holds a BS in Elementary Education, with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. She is also a lifestyle photographer, a mom of two amazing kids and has a true love for children and the outdoors.
Teddy, a Florida native, is majoring in environmental studies with a concentration in environmental education. While in Florida she worked at different nature preserves leading groups of kids through environmental programs. This ranged from various different types of nature hikes, lessons on local ecosystems, to kayaking with manatees. Before switching over to environmental education she was a teacher for children of special needs and learning disabilities. Her love of exploring the outdoors and nurturing children's passions has evolved beyond the normal curriculum, and has led her to believe nature and the outdoors are an essential component in a child's development.
Lead Piccola Teacher
Lauren has a long history of working and volunteering with kids. She graduated Cum Laude from New York University with a BA in English & American Literature and Creative Writing. She began her career in publishing before pursuing an opportunity to teach in a bilingual primary school in Spain, where she discovered a passion for empowering children and ensuring they never lose sight of the magic they enter this world with. She hopes to honor the innate wisdom in children, foster their expansion into their truest selves, and reframe education so that all types of students develop a passion for learning. A student of herbalism, she strives to be a loyal steward of the earth. She believes that fostering a deep love for the earth in kids not only benefits their mental wellness, but also ensures that our home planet will be better cared for by future generations. She speaks English and Spanish.
Jaime is recent graduate of the University of Arizona with a Bachelors of Science in Family Studies and Human Development and a minor in Educational Pyschology. When not teaching she is the head coach of a youth rock climbing team and also a certified yoga instructor. She has a passion for working with young children and providing a safe space facilitating growth.