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BPCA Faculty

Dr. Tiff

Co-Founder and Executive Director

Dr. Tiff

Co-Founder and Executive Director

Degree: 
PhD: Curriculum, Instruction, and Culture/Art and Science, Texas A&M University
MEd: Science Education, Texas A&M University
BS: Natural Science/Conservation Biology, St. Gregory’s University

Years working in Education: 22

Memberships:
Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools
National Art Education Association
North American Association for Environmental Education
North Texas Master Naturalists with Master Entomology Certification
Texas Association for Environmental Education
Texas Bluebird Society
Society for Ecological Restoration

Skills & Interests: Visual literacy; arts education; science education; intrinsic learning and place-based environment design; informal and naturalist content design; “Understanding by Design” training; workshop and cohort teacher training; arts education and culture jam implementation; culture and diversity thematic design.

Research Interests: Intersecting the (re)discovery of Self and overlapping the (re)imagining of education within the concept of creativity and meaning making of scientific conceptual frameworks.

Quote: “The arts enable us to have experience we can have from no other source and through such experience to discover the range and variety of what we are capable of feeling.” -Elliot Eisner

Ms. Alex

Director of Arts and Culture

Ms. Alex

Director of Arts and Culture

Roles:
Director of Arts and Culture
Performing Arts & Star Garden Playgroup Educator

Degree: 
BFA: Drama, NYU Tisch School of the Arts
Study/Area of Concentration: Directing, Acting, Design, Movement, Performance, Playwriting

Years working in Education: 5

Memberships:
Yoga Alliance
Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools
North American Association for Environmental Education

Skills & Interests: RYT 200; RCYT 95 (en route); storytelling/table puppets; flute; piano; intermediate French; horseback riding.

Research Interests: Psychology; neuroscience; dance; music; yoga; history; art history.

Quote: “For life is the best thing we have in this existence. And if we should desire to believe in something, it should be a beacon within. This beacon being the sun, sea, and sky, our children, our work, our companions and, most simply put, the embodiment of love.” -Patti Smith

Ms. Rebecca

Grades Lead Educator

Ms. Rebecca

Grades Lead Educator

Degree: 
BS: Elementary Education, University of North Texas
Study/Area of Concentration: Early Childhood-6th Grade ESL

Years working in Education: 6

Memberships:
Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools
North American Association for Environmental Education

Skills & Interests: Brain-based teaching; neuroscience; environmental education; nature schools; cultural diversity in the classroom; inquiry-based teaching; IB teacher; previous Perot Teacher Institute attendee; master’s certificate in Mind, Brain, and Teaching (in progress).

Research Interests: Brain-based teaching; nature school; environmental education.

Quote: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go.” -Dr. Seuss

Ms. Abigail

Early Childhood Lead Guide

Ms. Abigail

Early Childhood Lead Guide

Degree: 
BA: Spanish Teaching, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
MS: Recreation, Sport & Tourism, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Study/Area of Concentration: Nature Play and Environmental Education for Children

Years working in Education: 5

Memberships:
Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools
North American Association of Environmental Education

Skills & Interests: Wilderness first aid certified (2018); avid birder.

Research Interests: Pro-environmental behavior; objectives and outcomes of environmental education; nature-based schools; play; culturally responsive education/evaluation.

Quote: “Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.” -William Butler Yeats

Ms. Anna

Early Childhood Assistant

Ms. Anna

Early Childhood Assistant

Degree: 
BA: Political Science, Dallas Baptist University
Study/Area of Concentration: Public Planning and Municipal Development/Pre-Law

Years working in Education: 2

Memberships:
Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools

Skills & Interests: 7-12 social studies certification; education policy; yoga; running.

Research Interests: Education methodology; impact of inclusion in early childhood education; education policy; grant writing; cognitive benefits to language immersion.

Quote: “Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives. The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility – these three forces are the very nerve of education.” -Rudolf Steiner

Ms. Bridget

Early Childhood Lead Guide

Ms. Bridget

Early Childhood Lead Guide

Degree: 
BA: Psychology, St. Edward’s University
Study/Area of Concentration: Child Development

Years working in Education: 5

Memberships:
Association for Childhood Education International
Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools
North American Association of Environmental Education
National Association for Music Education

Skills & Interests: Vocal music (jazz, musical theatre, classical); dance (ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, Irish step); acting; infant sign language; introductory/intermediate Spanish.

Research Interests: Early childhood cognitive, socioemotional, and physiological development; sociology of microcommunities and group dynamics in childhood; integrative sensory education techniques; discovery and development of the spiritual self in early childhood; mindfulness practices in daily rhythm and practical work; teaching the evolution of agricultural and culinary arts to foster reverence for the earth that sustains our physical selves.

Quote: “If help and salvation are to come, they can only come from the children, for the children are the makers of men.” -Maria Montessori

Ms. Hannah

Science and Conservation Educator

Ms. Hannah

Science and Conservation Educator

Degree: 
BS: Recreation, Park, and Tourism Science/Youth Programming and Community Recreation, Texas A&M University

Years working in Education: 2

Memberships:
Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools
North American Association for Environmental Education
Texas Association of Environmental Science

Skills & Interests: Environmental science; Growing up Wild certification; Project Wild certification; Aquatic Wild certification; wilderness survival skills; animal husbandry; research; environmental education; outdoor play; horticulture; nutrition; cultivating nature experiences with families.

Quote: “If we want children to flourish, to become truly empowered, then let us allow them to love the earth before we ask them to save it.” -David Sobel

Ms. Susan

Art Educator

Ms. Susan

Art Educator

Degree: 
BFA: Fine Arts, Washington University in St. Louis

Years working in Education: 19

Memberships:
National Art Education Association
Creative Arts Center Dallas
Dallas Museum of Art
North American Association for Environmental Education
Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools

Skills & Interests: Professional development presenter on arts integration; speaker at Professional Nannies conference; creative arts programming at Temple Emanu-El women’s retreat; Toastmasters graduate and former chapter officer; volunteer with Washington University in St. Louis alumni program.

Attendee: North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA) study group to Italy; Future of Learning conference, Riverfield Country Day School, Tulsa, OK; NAEA national conference, Ft. Worth, TX; NAEYC conference, Dallas, TX.

Classes at: The Encaustic Center; Bonny Studio; Creative Arts Center; Craft Guild; Instituto Allende (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico).

Research Interests: Art education through the lens of a varied methodologies.

Quote: “The future belongs to young people with an education and the imagination to create.” -President Barack Obama

Ms. Lisa

Music Educator

Ms. Lisa

Music Educator

Degree: 
BM: Boise State University
MM: New England Conservatory
Study/Area of Concentration: Vocal Performance

Years working in Education: 16

Memberships:
Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools
American Guild of Musical Artists
North Texas American Orff Schulwerk Association

Skills & Interests: Mezzo-soprano with the Dallas Opera since 1999; poet published in numerous literary journals; founder of White Rock Zine Machine, a micropublishing project; visiting artist, Dallas Museum of Art and Nasher Sculpture Center; teaching artist through The Writer’s Garret; visual artist featured at Ro2 Gallery, The Dallas Museum of Art, and elsewhere.

Research Interests:
Intersecting music, art, and literature; world mythologies; human culture as part of ecosystems.

Quote: “Tell me, I forget, show me, I remember, involve me, I understand.” -Carl Orff