Chavitos! Nature School
Chavitos Guides for 2020-2021
Meag Diamond is a Cedarsong certified Forest Kindergarten teacher. For 14 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 3.5 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 a growing apothecary at home and dreams of a homestead where she can grow veggies, medicine and plants of natural dying.
Meag teaches in the forest mornings during September-August.
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.
Jose teaches both mornings and afternoons in September-August and is a Native Spanish speaker.
Orchid Fowler is currently the lead elementary school teacher at Chavitos Nature School. Formerly the lead forest kindergarten teacher at Mother Earth School and the lead nursery teacher at Tacoma Waldorf School, Orchid has dedicated her career to nature immersion education, nature-based curriculum development, nature mentorship for all-girls rites of passage camps, and social justice advocacy. Orchid is passionate about survival & homesteading skills. A mother of one and a Waldorf-trained educator, Orchid has been teaching outdoors in the Pacific Northwest since 2010.
Orchid teaches in the Elementary program Tuesday,Wednesday and Thursday September-April.
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 as an AuPair. It was in Washington where she fell in love with the evergreen forest of the Pacific Northwest (and her husband too). She took every single opportunity to take her host-family’s kids on walks to the forest on Vashon Island or along the beaches of Puget Sound. Her passion for learning and helping out led her into many volunteer opportunities, including an internship at Chavitos Nature School. During the spring low tides you will see her leading groups of students for beach explorations at Seahurst Park where she is a naturalist
Valeria teaches Monday and Friday afternoons September-August. She is a native Spanish speaker.