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Meet Sherri Dauer, the Director and Founder of Forest Time Kindergarten

Sherri lived in Massachusetts for 10 years where she gained an appreciate for the earth’s environment and expanded her love for the outdoors, hiking, kayaking and exploring all things nature.  The only things she loves more than the outdoors is her family and spending time with them, especially her granddaughter, Jadyn. 

As a paraprofessional at the Perrysburg Preschool, saw an opportunity to join her two loves, children and nature. After researching the options and with the hope of creating an alternative learning environment for young children in our area, Sherri committed to a common European schooling method: Forest Schooling. 

As a Certified Level 1 and 2 Forest Early Education Teacher by the Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools (ERAFANS), Sherri is also currently enrolled in their Naturally Ready for Kindergarten Certificate program. Further completing her education is the Nature Summit in North Carolina, the Teacher Training at the Waldorf School in New York and the Step Up To Quality (Ohio Department of Education) Ohio verified coureses including Early Childhood Education and Development and Autism.

As a Co-Chair of the ERAFANS Ohio State Chapter, she is thrilled to bring this growing educational method not just to northwest Ohio, but the entire state. Sherri is a genuine soul who cares deeply for all creatures of the earth, a practicing organic-vegan and a Christian.

 

Meet Annie Rose Land, Assistant Teacher and Coordinator

 Annie Rose is mother to two Forest Friends, Danny (4) and Elsie Rose (1). She has always had a love for the outdoors an grew up walking distance from the Maumee River and Sidecut Metropark. Her hobbies include reading, hiking, working out, gardening and learning new ways to engage her children.

Hoping to pass on her sense of love and stewardship for nature, Annie Rose has tried to get her children outside everyday and when she heard about Forest Time Kindergarten, she knew it was right up her alley. With a BA in English from BGSU and a Masters in Library Science from the University of Pittsburg, teaching in a forest school was a perfect fit.  Annie is registered as an in training educator with ERAFANS to complete her training for forest schooling and early child development. Her role with Forest Time also includes website development, marketing, social media and all things related to making your experience a great one.

Annie is currently expecting her third child as she and her husband look forward to backpack camping with their two youngest this spring