Katie Leigh holds a Bachelor's degree in Herbal Science from Bastyr University and has had a deep interest in herbal medicine and a life-long love of nature. She grew up in the UK and then later on the east coast. Throughout her time at school, she was a babysitter for local families and taught at summer camp for over 10 years. She assisted and led early childhood classes for a number of years at a Waldorf school where she, herself, attended as a student. She moved to Washington in 2021, found Magnolia, and immediately connected with the play-based philosophy.
With her knowledge of herbalism and love of teaching, her goal is to cultivate wonder with the children as they play throughout natural spaces. Katie Leigh firmly believes that outdoor play is an essential component for a child's growth and feels it is a true honor to facilitate this process as the Site Director at the Bainbridge Campus and as the Magnolia School Herbalist. She is excited to blend two of her passions together by helping children develop a deep connection with nature and maintain a reverence for the natural world of plants. In her free time, Katie Leigh enjoys painting, playing piano, hiking, gardening, and spending time with her fiancé and cat. This will be her fourth joy-filled year teaching with Magnolia.