We are grateful to our teaching staff, and seek to provide competitive compensation to highly qualified, passionate, and well trained professionals.
Becky is passionate about curriculum that inspires students to be creative, to think deeply, and to connect compassionately with others and the environment. She values developmentally appropriate, thematic curriculum that is hands-on, incorporates a wide variety of arts, is fun and instills within students a life-long love of learning. Becky hopes to motivate students to use their passions to create positive change in the world.
Becky first came to OCS in 2005. She comes to us with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and a Master’s Degree in Education, both from Prescott College. Prior to OCS, she taught for Head Start and has experience working with children at outdoor adventure education camps, guidance clinics and as an AmeriCorps member.
Becky has an eight-year-old son and enjoys spending time gardening, hiking, swimming, crafting, and reading!
Jeriann joined the OCS community in 2006. She brought with her three years of experience teaching in a small teacher/parent governed K-3 school on Vashon Island. Prior to entering the teaching profession, Jeriann studied sustainability and community at The Findhorn Foundation in Scotland and lived in Brazil caring for children through a community service internship. She also served two years as an AmeriCorps member at Roosevelt Elementary School and has taught art and gardening to children in a variety of settings in Olympia.
Jeriann is passionate about connecting children to the natural world and providing opportunities for them to make a difference in their own community and beyond. She values individualized, hands-on learning, compassionate communication and tending to the social and emotional growth of children as well as the academic. She believes that real learning occurs when it arises from authentic experiences that have meaning for a child. "As a teacher, it is my job to recognize how each child learns and provide authentic learning experiences while s/he takes ownership of his or her own learning. I love that I get to explore and discover with the kids!" She feels passionate about the mission and core values of OCS and the creativity that she can bring to the curriculum and the classroom.
She holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology and a Master in Teaching degree from The Evergreen State College. She is a certified reading specialist and is pursuing her National Board Certification. Jeriann is trained by Mindful Schools to teach mindfulness to students in K-12. Outside of school, Jeriann enjoys hiking, practicing yoga (RYT 200), gardening and getting crafty.
Lauren is overjoyed to be joining the OCS teaching team in 2018/19. She comes to us from the world of Early Childhood Education, and is an advocate for authentic experiential learning at ALL age levels. She’s passionate about outdoor programming, STEM engagement, and process-based art opportunities.
Lauren has a BA in Classical Literature and Philosophy, and will happily discuss Homer and Aristotle all day long. In fact, as a teacher, she takes daily inspiration from this quote from Plato’s Theaetetus: “Wonder is the feeling of a philosopher, and philosophy begins in wonder.” Lauren looks for opportunities to engage students’ innate sense of wonder and curiosity, so that they can make meaningful inquiries to broaden their knowledge of how the world works.
Before joining OCS, Lauren worked at The Gillispie School, Canyon Rim Children’s Center, and the French Montessori Preschool in San Diego, and also privately led a series of outdoor adventure playgroups for mixed-age learners. Originally from San Diego, Lauren absolutely adores the green beauty and laid-back lifestyle of the Pacific Northwest. She loves to read, make art projects with her two kids, and spend time on the beautiful nature trails of Olympia with her dogs.