OUR TEAM

Is conformed by a group of mothers and grandmothers passionate about children and nature; most of us quit teaching at the regular school system to rescue and give back, an almost forgotten childhood, to this generation's children.

Facilitators

Facilitators at the Parent and Child Institute, supports the community of Parents and Caregivers to set and understand their common objectives in parenting.

Our team of facilitators assists them to plan how to achieve these objectives while understanding and validating the real needs and rights of the young children under their supervision.

In doing so, the facilitator remains "neutral" meaning we does not take a particular position in the topic but advise in an objective way for the adults to made their own decisions.

Mentors

Mentoring consists of a long-term relationship focused on supporting the growth and development of the mentee.

At the Forest Kindergarten, Mentors becomes a source of indirect wisdom, co-learning, with the responsability to become a role model and support to discover life's wonders. Mentors are observes that avoid to advise, give ideas, judgements or resolve conflicts between the children and during specific actions on their daily play.

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                       Adventures in the Forest Mentors

Patricia Leon

Peruvian. Mom of a 10 years old girl. MBA. Certified Forest Kindergarten Mentor by Cedarson Nature School and Erafans. Adult Educator and Montessori Facilitator 0 to 6 years old

Katja von Elbe

American. Mom and Grandmother. Certified Forest Kindergarten Mentor by Erafans. Former School teacher with a Master in Special Education. Certified Conscious Discipline Consultant. Working with us since 2012

Gabriela Castaneda

Ecuadorian. Mom of a 10 years old boy. Certified Forest Kindergarten Mentor by Erafans. Former Preschool Coordinator and Childhood Advocate. Working with us since 2019.

Anita Armas

Venezuelan. Mom of  a 12 years old girl.  Former Tv Producer and Artist.  Nature walks lover. Working with us since 2018.

Ursula Castaneda

Mexican. Mom of two boys under 6. Certified Forest Kindergarten Mentor. Former Accountant,  self-taught Nutritionist and Childhood Advocate. Working with us since 2018.

Dania Beatrice

Brazilian. Mom of two girls under 4. Certified Forest kindergarten Mentor by Erafans. Holds a Teaching Degree in Chemistry, former career nanny and Childhood Advocate. Working with us since 2019.

Karina Simon

Brasilian. Mom of a teenager and two preeschoolers. Psychologist and Early Childhood Educator, Former Preschool Teacher. Working with us since 2020.

Claudia Santos

American. Mom of one 3 years old boy. Certified Forest Kindergarten Mentor by Erafans.

Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management. Working with us since 2020.

Josefina Pratts

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Karola Narvaez

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            IMAGINA Parent & Child Institute Facilitators

Gloria Baena

Mexican. Mom of two boys under 6. Certified Forest Kindergarten Mentor by Erafans and Parent and Childhood Relationships. Former Accountant, self-taught Nutritionist and Childhood Advocate. Working with us since 2018.

Ursula Castaneda

Colombian. Mom of two young adults, Grandmother of a newborn. Children's book Author, Life Coach, Former Preschool Teacher and Childhood Advocate. 

Working with us since 2014.

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            MIAMI NATURE SCHOOL K-5th Guides
            an Acton Academy Affiliated

Ana Maria Cordido

Venezuelan. Mom of three boys under 6. Former Preschool Teacher, Certifies Forest Kindergarten Mentor and Childhood Advocate. Working with us since 2016.

Luis Sarmiento

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Cristina Gonzalez

Canadian. Mom of a young adult. Certified Forest kindergarten Mentor by Erafans. Former Kindergarten and Yoga Teacher, Nature activist and Childhood Advocate. Working with us since 2019.

"IF A CHILD IS TO KEEP ALIVE HIS INBORN SENSE OF WONDER, HE NEEDS THE COMPANIONSHIP OF AT LEAST ONE ADULT WHO CAN SHARE IT, REDISCOVERING WITH HIM THE JOY, EXCITEMENT, AND MYSTERY OF THE WORLD WE LIVE IN."

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