Jeanie studied education at Central Washington University, where she earned double Bachelor degrees in Elementary and Special Education. She has over 22 years of experience working with ages ranging from preschool to high school, including having taught 5th grade on Bainbridge Island. She is currently a member of the Washington Nature Preschool Association because she believes in outdoor play and is a proud advocate.
Outdoor education provides such an immense opportunity to learn and grow, Jeanie loves that through this environment children are allowed to use their natural curiosity and creativity. Being outdoors gives them ample space, time, and freedom to follow their interests. She firmly believes that through play children develop cognitive skills, physical abilities, speech and language progress, and social emotional intelligence flourishes. Magnolia provides a rich opportunity for children to build relationships, resilience, and confidence that will carry them through their further education.
As a native to the PNW, Jeanie enjoys spending time outdoors hiking and camping with her family. Having homeschooled her two kids for many years, she’s witnessed the benefits of honoring the way children learn, allowing them freedom to pursue their interests, and access to nature. Her son, Joe, is a local high school student and her daughter, Samantha, is studying at CWU.