The Mission of Humble Oak Outdoor Learning & Arts Collective is to provide a space where individuals of all ages may practice working in good relationship with the natural world, as well as deepen their understanding and knowledge of themselves and their interconnectedness with the surrounding community.
Our Approach to Delivering Quality Programming
Board & Staff
Erin has worked with children for most of the 45 years of her life. She strives to create spaces where others can flourish and be themselves. She believes in the essential gift of play for people of all ages and all abilities. On her journey as a teacher in the Montessori and Waldorf environment, Erin has found kinship in this work with the outdoors. It is outside where we can find great beauty, challenge, solace, and freedom to not only run, but also connect ourselves to the elements of the Earth, and the gifts they can share. It is her life’s passion to do this work with families, and continue to see Education with fresh eyes, meeting the needs of children with the needs of the time. When not outside romping around the woods with the kids or building fires, she continues to find her edge so that she too can be learning and growing. Working in the realm of children is truly an honor. She continues to explore how she can be an Elder to our youth and help guide them with wisdom and equip them with skills into a world filled with much challenge and joy.
Erin is a Co-Director, Teacher, and Board Member. Her main roles include Staff Support and Development, Parent Support, Lead Teacher, Wilderness Skills/Crafts, Peace Education, Games/Play, Land Stewardship/Site Development, Mission Development, and Ceremony/Coming of Age.
Anna has always had the love of dirt and the desire to help others as the driving forces of her being. These two life joys have intertwined in Anna’s work as a middle school science teacher. Anna strived to create a safe space in the emotional chaos of the world for the children to thrive and be themselves. Anna has also worked professionally in organic farming and special education and appreciates the impact these fields have had on her teaching. Anna personally connects to science, the earth, and people by spending time on cave expeditions, in the woods, and trying to make people laugh in all aspects of life.
Anna is a Co-Director and Teacher. Her main roles include Lead Teacher ESA , Co-teacher Adolescent, Socioemotional Development, Farming, Sustainable Living, Wilderness Skills, Adventure, Project Based Learning, and Community Engagement.
You can reach Anna at email@example.com.
Within my 48 years on this planet, I have had a multitude of diverse work experiences and teachings that have culminated into my current role as an educator at Violet Glen. My focus is growing the fiber handwork and related component of the program and supporting the humble beginnings of Humble Oak with a group of passionate and dedicated individuals. I’m mutually passionate about growing food though my concurrent work at theTurtle Creek Gardens biodynamic farm. I find great joy at the farm sowing seeds and tending to the young seedlings and plants in the greenhouse. As for my collective educational background and training, in 1999, I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and an Environmental Resources certificate from Kansas State University. Years passed, and I now find myself with my family of four in Southeastern Wisconsin, an area of natural beauty that I hold dear in my heart. In my time here, I have furthered my education by participating in the Lifeways Early Childhood Training program in 2012, and I was certified by the North American Biodynamic Farming Association within its Apprenticeship program in 2018. Career-wise, I have worked as a fresh-cut flower farmer, and a Waldorf-based childcare provider. In 2019, I launched Alice Hall Fiber Designs, LLC, a business which I oversee to market my unique, handmade, felted wool garments/accessories. My art is inspired by the designs, patterns, and colors of the natural world. I am merging my passions for and knowledge of art, nature, and, of course, education. Along with my husband, raising two sons has allowed me to further realize the importance of the educational gifts and personal-growth opportunities that the natural world has to offer. It is truly beautiful to see young children learn how to better interact with peers, themselves, and with the world around them through projects, arts, games, and exploration within nature. It is my job as an educator to foster this learning and to teach children that being you is the only thing that you can be.
Jodie is a Co-Director, Visual Arts Teacher and Board Member. Her main roles include Assistant Teacher for Kinderforest and Elementary and Adolescent, and Arts(visual) and Handwork coordinator and teacher support for all grades.
You can reach Jodie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Noel has worked as a Lead Teacher in a kindergarten classroom for the past five years. She spent this time focusing on social/emotional learning and forming strong bonds with her students. She strived to incorporate nature into her classroom in many forms. Growing up, Noel was always outside with her siblings playing and exploring. Together they tried every idea in their survival guide book making forts, homes for animals, inventing new ways to catch fish and more. Reflecting on this time, Noel remembers the joy and excitement she felt with every new outside adventure. She continues to carry this excitement for nature into her adult life.
You can reach Noel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Allison grew up chasing salamanders, skipping stones, and building bridges in a ravine behind her childhood home in Upstate New York. As an adult, she still loves to play in the dirt. Allison is currently the Corn Breeding Program Manager at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute (MFAI). Prior to her time at MFAI, she worked in Niger, West Africa as an Agriculture Extension Agent with the Peace Corps on issues of food security, value added agricultural products, and with field crops of sesame, millet, and sorghum. Previously she co-managed approximately 30 acres of organic urban and suburban community gardens at Capital Roots in Upstate New York. She now uses her home vegetable garden as a setting to teach her young children how to grow food, respect nature, watch insects, make mud pies, and play in the dirt.
Allison is a Board Member.
Rebecca is a Board Member.
Ross Wiemer lives in Burlington with his wife, Jenni, and children Reid and Jolene.
Ross is a board member.