Our Educator Team
Sofia MachadoSofia is constantly seeking adventures, new experiences and soul nourishment. The commitment to children’s education and Nature Explorers represents the perfect meeting of her great inspirations. When not following children’s interest in the bush, Sofia is off touring places near and far,having slowly travelled through over 50 countries. Living in the local area with her family, Sofia has a growing knowledge of the bush that she has immersed herself in after moving here from Portugal so long o
Karyn MckinnonKaryn has a great love of nature and much of her past has revolved around the natural world, including a Biological Science degree, working in a Bush tucker nursery and doing various volunteer work with animals. Being part of Nature Explorers enables her to help children to immerse in the natural world while learning, increasing their confidence, taking risks, exploring, questioning and enjoying every experience. She believes Nature Explorer help children to develop greater respect for nature
Kelli BrownKelli's early memories are founded by the deep connection with the bush and the creek. Her passion for the outdoors is evident when you speak with her. With an arty mind, Kelli seeks inspiration in raw and natural materials and she can easily see beauty and opportunities in every stick, leaf and pebble.
Kelli is committed to ensure that we help to create a childhood with no limits, where children learn to assess their own risk and look after each other in the group.
Adelle JarvisAdelle spent her early childhood in the UK walking dogs through woods & picking wild berries to eat. One of her dreams is to live a self-sufficient /off grid life here in beautiful Northern NSW with her husband and two sons. Adelle believes that the wonder of nature & the beauty of early childhood are inextricably linked, and hopes that children would flourish and grow with a deep love for the environment and sustainable practice if they are introduced to outdoor play.
Alex BrownAlex is an enthusiastic and adventurous Early Childhood Teacher who spent most of her childhood outdoors swimming, fishing, camping, bushwalking and playing sports. This allowed her to develop a love for nature, adventure and the environment. She passionate about caring for our environment and teaching children about sustainable practices. Alex loves the beach, playing soccer, camping and spending time with her family and friends.
Rebecca BurchRebecca, is an Early Childhood educator with a passion for nature. She focus on utilising the outdoor environment for learning and finding ways to bring the wonders of the natural world indoors.
She believes Nature Explorers is an educational approach that supports overall wellbeing through holistic development and learning. Rebecca loves engaging with children while exploring and investigating the natural environment. Rebecca loves camping with her 2 children.
Bec SmithBec is a Primary school teacher and Early Childhood educator. She believes children learn best through play based learning. Children can use and explore the natural materials in their world around them to educate and learn all key learning areas of the Australian curriculum. Providing children with the opportunity to learn in a natural environment and take risk will boost their zone of proximal development
Becky PaulsonBecky enjoys bushwalking and beach walking.Making new discoveries as she Explores and fossicks in the outdoors,it may be a centipede, a new waterfall a colourful fungi.
She loves going on adventures with her kids whether it be planned or spontaneous, big or small. She love the sounds,sights and feeling of contentment she has when she connects herself, her family and nature together.
This is what I aspire for the families who join in the Nature Explorers playgroup journey to feel.
Cassy ReadCassy is the Director of Pottsville Community Preschool, A passionate advocate of play-based learning and the belief that children’s ability to assess risk safely, is a life long skill, that begins in early childhood. Cassy’s passion is educational leadership her pedagogy includes creating a culture of collaboration and adventure within her teams by drawing on each educators unique strengths and interests and embedding these into the program