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: Chloe
Chloe is a grower of magic, imagination, spirit, kindness, and gardens. She is a dear friend to the more-than-human world and can often be found listening and speaking with the small, green, and overlooked creatures of the world. She is deeply committed to empowering meaningful connections between humans and the earth. During the academic year Chloe works as a garden educator at Learning Gardens Laboratory, where she facilitates the learning of Lane Middle School youth in the garden. She is a master’s student in the Leadership for Sustainability Education program at PSU and has a background in feminist studies, permaculture, and community-based living and learning. This summer Chloe hopes to nurture the creative growth of GSH campers as well as her own by inspiring as sense of wonder, interconnection, and appreciation for the land they will all share time with.
Summer Educator, Learning Gardens Lab: Noppawan
Noppawan is a peace, nature, and kids enthusiast. She, originally from Thailand, decided to self-direct her own dream and came to Portland as a free/democratic school teacher in 2015. She believes in the intrinsic value of human and is passionate to uncover each person’s gifts through learning with natural curiosity. She is happiest when spending time with her loved ones, playing piano, reading, traveling, learning about plants and making arts! She is super excited to spend her third summer in Portland with children at the Green Schoolhouse. With kindness and curiosity, she hopes to explore the beauty of all that is around us and connecting us together with other big and little campers!
Summer Educator, Riverdale Grade School: Kyle
Kyle has spent the last five years in New England earning his B.S., working on farms, and communing with nature. Leaving the beech, oak, maple, and hemlock forests of the east, he brings with him a deep understanding of ecology and earth science. He is inspired by the ingenuity of humans across time and space and relies on their wisdom when he works with landscapes. Kyle wants to inspire and enable a generation of people who grow their own food and understand where their native ecosystems came from. When he is out of the garden Kyle enjoys reading books and exploring the city.
Summer Educator, Riverdale Grade School: Kiah