Poulsbo

Silverwood

The Silverwood Campus opened in 2020 and hosts two dynamic wooded spaces beyond the classrooms on Silverwood School (a private elementary school). Our unique outdoor spaces, the “Enchanted Forest” and “Fern Gully,” provide rich physical challenges and endless opportunities for friendship to thrive.

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Silverwood

Campus Programs

Preschool

At forest preschool the children visit the same woodland on a regular basis and are given the freedom to play, opportunity to explore and learn about the natural environment, and support while learning how to handle risks, solve problems, and cooperate with their peers. Preschool runs all year, where children learn and play in the woods in all weather: sun, rain, snow, warm and cold, (barring high winds or other extreme weather). As the forest is ever changing, each day brings new and different exploration opportunities. Children play, learn boundaries – both physical and social - grow in confidence, and become self-starters. Children in this environment learn that there are different ways of solving problems and they develop their critical thinking skills daily. Learn more about Magnolia's Forest Preschool program.

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Preschool Details

Ages: 2.5-5 years old

Location: Silverwood School


September 2022 - June 2023

  • Mon/Wed/Fri, 9:00-1:00, $450/month
  • Tues/Thurs, 9:00-1:00, $300/month
  • Mon-Fri, 9:00-1:00, $750/month

(Registration and Materials Fees due at registration)

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Summer Camp

Summer camp is a great time to try out forest school and see if your child loves it as much as we do! We often begin registration for summer camps March 1. It is helpful if you contact us before then so we know you are interested and can give you priority on open spaces.

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Summer Camp Details

Ages: 2.5-5 years old

Location: Silverwood School

Time: 9:00-1:00 

Days: Monday-Friday    

Dates: July 5-August 19 2022

Camp t-shirt included!

Enrollment opens March 2!

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K-5th Grade

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K-5th Grade Details

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Campus Director

William Hutcheson

Campus Director
william@magnoliaforestpreschool.com

William graduated from Olympic College in 2008 with a degree in Arts and Science with a special interest in both geology and biology. He started martial arts when he was young and eventually found a passion for it which led to becoming both a martial arts and fitness instructor for 15 years, helping guide children as young as two in developing important social, behavioral, and character development skills. It has been one of the most influential parts of his life growing up and he jumped at the opportunity to teach kids and fulfill the role of a mentor and fellow student.

A visit to his old elementary school helped him discover that it was time for a change of pace, which led him to Magnolia Forest Preschool, where he has been given a new opportunity to influence children in a different way, becoming a source of comfort and a guide for when they need him as well as a fellow student learning alongside them.

He believes in a hands-on learning approach and feels that there is no bigger motivation in learning than through having fun and making positive experiences, helping equip children with fundamental skills, and facilitating the time and space to practice those skills so that they can carry them for life.  As a father and husband, William has been a member of our local Poulsbo community for many years.

Silverwood

Campus Teachers

Katie Leigh Cirianni-Jones

Enchanted Forest Director & School Herbalist

Katie Leigh Cirianni-Jones

Enchanted Forest Director & School Herbalist

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 and Teacher at the Silverwood 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 is her third joy-filled year teaching with Magnolia.

Jackson Stokes

Preschool Teacher

Jackson Stokes

Preschool Teacher

Jackson is currently finishing his associates degree online in order to pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education and Administration. He has worked at Magnolia for three summers and one school year, as well as babysitting.

Jackson heavily values the relationship between children and their play and how it is fused with their thoughts and environment. He hopes to continue working with children and their parents to help create a greater understanding of the importance of play in childhood.

Jackson’s hobbies include watching and playing sports, as well as reading about and studying other cultures and their values.

Taylor Danger

Preschool Teacher, Registrar & Billing

Taylor Danger

Preschool Teacher, Registrar & Billing

Born and raised in small-town Iowa, Taylor has always been fascinated by the ability of the environment to influence how we develop, think, and feel. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture with a minor in psychology and a Master of Landscape Architecture with an emphasis on environmental psychology and risky play, both from Iowa State University. She is a member of the International Play Association, the United States Play Coalition, and the Washington Nature Preschool Association.

Taylor has spent much of her life working with children, and she strives to continue to see the world with the wonder and joy of a child. She loves to climb, play, and spend time in nature, is a passionate musician, and starts every day with a strong cup of coffee and a song.


Holly Rogers

Preschool Teacher

Holly Rogers

Preschool Teacher

Holly graduated from Washington State University in 2012 with two degrees, one in Philosophy and the other in Human Development with an emphasis in Family Studies. She enjoyed her time in Pullman, WA immensely and even met her husband, Cody, there. Born and raised in western Washington though, she has always been drawn back to the mountains and the trees.

Holly’s professional background includes roles in both childcare and ministry, as a Teacher and Project Manager. She took time off to stay home with her two children, Luke and Riley, but felt the desire to return to meaningful, community-based work outside the home. Magnolia was the perfect fit!

Holly is excited to join the Magnolia team after watching her oldest son’s growth in the program last year. She has seen firsthand the benefits of outdoor education and Magnolia’s play-based mode. She can’t wait to share that magic with all the new and returning families this year.

Aisha Amaya-Ulloa

Preschool Teacher

Aisha Amaya-Ulloa

Preschool Teacher

Aisha is currently finishing her bachelor’s degree in education with a focus on math and health sciences. With a value for learning, both inside and outside of the classroom, Aisha is constantly seeking to enrich her mind by reading, attending conferences, and traveling. In her free time, she can be found going on nature walks, reading a good book, and planning her next adventure.

Aisha has spent all of her life caring for children and guiding them as they grow. From a young age, she’s been babysitting, which has led her to work in classrooms, summer camps, tutoring, and becoming a nanny. Above all, she prioritizes letting kids play and have fun, using their natural curiosity to learn about the world around them. She strives to always cultivate their natural love of learning.

She is excited to be a part of Magnolia’s mission to provide kids with a school environment that emphasizes play and discovery while being in the outdoors!

Alex Jacobson

Preschool Teacher

Alex Jacobson

Preschool Teacher

Alex is a graduate of Western Washington University with a degree in elementary education and literacy. She’s a certified teacher in Washington for kindergarten through eighth grade and taught for five years, primarily in first grade. Since Alex and her spouse, Benjamin, started their family, Alex has also worked as a volunteer with children’s camps and is currently on staff with Summit Avenue Presbyterian as their Children’s Director bringing a Montessori style curriculum to their community.

Alex and her husband Benjamin are parents to five kiddos all of whom have attended Magnolia! Alex has a deep love of learning and a passion for observing and facilitating lifelong learning in children. Seeing the impact that Magnolia has had on her own children and their peers has been both inspiring and life-changing. Having her parenting impacted and family dynamic shifted by the beauty of this type of education made her want to join the Magnolia team and to help make it possible for more families to experience it, too.

When not in the forest Alex is a flower farmer and loves to share her garden and home with others. She is often found with her nose in a book or story in her ears and also loves to travel and cook. As a family they are always working on the farm in the gardens and with their goats, chickens, and free range children.  They also spend their time as a family doing lots of PNW camping, kayaking, and fishing.

Alex is thrilled to be experiencing the forest alongside children as they grow and develop in curiosity and insight together.

Megan Lennox

Preschool Teacher

Megan Lennox

Preschool Teacher

Growing up in western Massachusetts, Megan spent her childhood exploring and playing
outside. As she grew up, her love of the outdoors was matched only by her love of Spanish
language and culture. After high school, she took a gap year to study in Zaragoza, Spain. She
returned home to continue her Spanish studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. It
was during this time, she met her husband, a United States Navy Submariner. Together they
have two children and have lived in Pearl Harbor, HI, Groton, CT and now Kitsap County, WA.

Megan has always enjoyed working with children and seeing the world through their curious eyes.
She has worked as a military spouse support group president, planning activities for families of
deployed service members as well as a soccer coach for kids ages 2.5-6 years old.

As a mother to two children who attended Magnolia Forest Preschool, Megan saw how
profoundly Magnolia’s principles helped foster self-confidence as well as social and emotional
growth in her own children. As a teacher, she looks forward to spending her days in the forest,
facilitating play and supporting children as they grow and learn about themselves, others and
nature. She likes to spend her free time adventuring outside, baking and crafting with her kids.

Hannah Kunze

Preschool Teacher

Hannah Kunze

Preschool Teacher

Hannah is a Magnolia Parent and the mother of a kindergartner and preschooler. Her family moved to Kitsap in 2018 and has called it home since. She graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Bowling Green State University. She previously managed a School Age Care and Youth Center for the Navy in Rota, Spain.  

Hannah is passionate about serving the children and families of her community.  She is happy to be back working with children as she starts her journey returning to school to become a Child Play and/or Art Therapist.  Hannah's hobbies include sewing, theatre, traveling and being outdoors.

Find Magnolia Forest School Near You!

At six unique campuses across Sequim, Edmonds, and Poulsbo, Washington, Magnolia children learn rain and shine. Preschool (ages 2.5-5) and Waldkinder (ages 4-7) programs meet September through June. We welcome lots of new friends at our summer camps, too!

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“In the safety and freedom of the woods, [my child’s] little voice started asking for things she needed – and getting those needs met. Through climbing, exploring the natural world around her, her confidence grew. Magnolia’s style makes room for that.”
“One of the biggest leaps has been [my child’s] ability to communicate her emotions. Instead of endless tantrums or guessing games, [my child] has been able to clearly tell me what she’s feeling. Being able to identify a feeling is one of the first steps to working through it for her. This is a big deal in our everyday life, and I believe it’s truly added to her life in a dynamic manner. At Magnolia, I know I have a group of other caring adults in her life to help her learn to trust herself and others, during those difficult life moments.”
“ We look forward to the year, as well as the adventures of the K-8th program to follow. I want [my child] to continue to grow and learn to trust herself and grow into a confident child, and eventually young woman, with respect for life, others and the world around her. Those values are echoed by this school as well. Having the freedom to be 100% herself in a safe environment as she discovers who she is priceless.”
“Now, as a first time parent, I’ll admit, I had my doubts when it came to the theory behind child-lead learning, but I’m now sold on it. The confidence gained by learning to climb a rock transfers over to facing new learning milestones, like counting. [My child’s] imagination is free to expand with simple tools and toys, friends, fresh air, and the occasional snow ball. Imagination is the mother of invention. [My child] knows School is a safe place to make mistakes, explore, and grow.”
“I cannot say enough how much my child has grown since school started in September! She went from crying at drop off and clinging to a teacher, to confidently walking to a teacher at the start of a school day and strutting back at pick up.”
“[My child] has great stamina! Before Magnolia she wouldn’t walk very far and now she is able to hike up to 3 miles! She also has a longer attention span. She will stick with a task for 45 min or an hour. Again, before school she would flit from activity to activity.”

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We would love to meet you! Each campus welcomes new families for tours regularly September-June so that you can see the forest school space, meet the site director, ask questions and get a taste for the Magnolia Forest Preschool experience!

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Forest school can be the perfect fit for so many children because it is uniquely tailored to support their strengths and interests. We look forward to connecting with you and your child further. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and hope to see you in the forest soon!

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