Chavitos! Nature School
Chavitos Guides for 2021-2022
Meag Diamond is a Cedarsong certified Forest Kindergarten teacher. For 15 years she has taught in the public and private school environments in Washington and in Lagos, Nigeria. Before starting Chavitos she spent six years at a local public Montessori school as a Lower Elementary Teacher (grades 1-3). Meag holds her National Board Certification in Literacy and also possesses a Montessori certification. When she saw her older son's love for nature she started to think creatively about a solution that would get both of them into the woods together more often. Now she has witnessed the powerful magic of the forest with her 4 year old. Chano has been in the forest since he was one month old and it's hard to get him to come inside.
Meag is passionate about plant medicine. She has started growing herbal medicine in her wild garden and uses them in her home apothecary. Her and Jose dream of a homestead where she can grow veggies, medicine and plants of natural dying. Her goal in life is to slow way down.
Meag (she/her/hers) teaches at On the Hill and Friday mornings at the Preschool.
Jose Estrada is originally from Guatemala where he spent six years teaching physical education and coaching soccer, lacrosse and swimming. For four years he worked at Safe Passage where he worked with some of Guatemala's neediest children. It was here where he met Meag who was volunteering for a week. His passion is to incorporate play and recreation into education with an emphasis on exploring nature in our diverse community. Jose and his sons Keats and Chano love to learn through cooking, dancing and biking to the farmers market.
He has been drawn to the Waldorf philosophy and has started his teacher training. This year it's virtual from Mexico.
Jose (he/him/his) teaches both mornings and afternoons in September-May and is a Native Spanish speaker.
Valeria is originally from Mexico where she studied biology. Being a biologist allowed her to have countless field trips where she explored almost every type of vegetation in Mexico. Perhaps it was when she was following the migratory route of the monarch butterfly or when determining the habitat of the military macaw when she realized how much she loves to share about nature. As a way to involve the public in science she became an environmental educator at a kindergarten. Her love for kids and desire to learn English brought her to the United States through a cultural exchange. It was in Washington where she fell in love with the evergreen forest of the Pacific Northwest (and her husband too). Her passion for learning and helping out led her into many volunteer opportunities and her current jobs as an education specialist for the Vashon Nature Center and a naturalist for the Environmental Science Center. On her free time, she enjoys gardening, hiking and biking.
Valeria (she, her, hers) teaches Monday through Friday afternoons. Vale is a native Spanish speaker.
Kate Fontana (she/her/hers) is the co-founder and steward of the Sanctuary Northwest, whose mission is to transform the lives of trauma survivors for the better; and to nurture strong, resilient families, communities and ecosystems where all life thrives. Kate has been supporting the spiritual development of womxn and families since 2014.
Circle Round is largely informed by the work of Starhawk, as well as Kate's immersion into earth-based spirituality, interspiritual contemplative practice, cultural somatics, animism, pastoral care, and being a devoted auntie.
Circle Round is the third Saturday of the month in September, October, March, April, June and July. 10:00-10:45 before the whole school potluck. It's at the Chavitos Preschool location. Check out the events page for details.