Executive Director/Founder, Portland Youth Builders Health and Nutrition Educator, Riverdale In School and After School Garden Educator, Hayhurst Elementary After School Educator, Richmond Elementary After School Educator: Lauren
The Green Schoolhouse has been slowly growing in my mind since 2008. At the time I was living in San Diego and thought I could grow anything (I was wrong, and that’s a whole other story). Failing at my first attempt at growing my own food opened me up to a whole new world of exploration. It wasn’t only that I wanted to understand what had gone wrong, it was also the wonder of experimenting to make it go right. When I finally bit into my first homegrown tomato I wanted to sing from the rooftops; the satisfaction of knowing that I had helped that dark orange fruit grow, dribbled down my chin. As I continued my exploration, I shared it with others, and very luckily for me I had a whole classroom of very curious preschoolers! In 2009 I moved to Portland. I was introduced to an entirely new climate and started from scratch. Over the past few years I have been fortunate enough to become part of a community (from farmers to educators and everything in between) who has encouraged, taught, and pushed me to create what is now the Green Schoolhouse. I am so excited to share this style of learning with you and your children. For more information on the philosophy and curriculum the Green Schoolhouse uses just click on the philosophy tab.
Summer Educator, Learning Gardens Lab: Skyler
Skyler Pestle is a PSU student in the Leadership for Sustainability Education program. She grew up in Montana and went to college in beautiful San Luis Obispo where she graduated from Cal Poly with a BS in Child Development. She moved to Portland in 2016 to attend PSU and has been working as a preschool teacher since then. Skyler is a lover of cooking yummy meals, writing, singing and playing drums, and exploring Mother Earth. Nothing makes Skyler happier than seeing the wonder and awe in a child’s eyes when they are exposed to the magic of the natural world. She is very excited to learn and play all summer at the Learning Gardens Lab!
Summer Educator, Learning Gardens Lab: Madeline
Madeline is a Portland native and a graduate student in the Leadership for Sustainability Education program at Portland State. As an undergraduate at Northwestern University she studied cultural anthropology and environmental policy and after graduating she served two years with AmeriCorps. During the school year Madeline works with elementary schoolers as a garden educator. She enjoys tending her own community garden plot, kayaking, bird watching, and perfecting the art of homemade pizza.
Summer Educator, Riverdale Grade School: Nitza
Nitza can often be found biking around town, hanging at her local yoga studio, sautéing greens from her CSA box, or sipping tea with friends. Her background in production farming and garden education lead her to Portland, where she grew flowers and veggies on a lovely piece of land on Sauvie Island. Nitza is finishing up a graduate certificate in Sustainable Food Systems at Portland State University and will begin the master’s program in Leadership for Sustainability Education at PSU in the fall. Her belief in wholesome and holistic land-based learning guides her commitment to facilitating magical moments with youth outside.
Summer Educator, Riverdale Grade School: Ellen