Brandy is the owner, operator and an educator of Wildflowers Forest School. She opened Wildflowers Forest School in 2014 in order to provide a space for children to be outside and learn about the world around us through all seasons. Brandy’s goal is to create a community of resilient, active children through inspirational, stimulating, hands on experiences and play based education that will foster self-esteem, confidence, creativity and responsibility.
Brandy enjoys working with people of all ages and has been teaching for many years. Brandy is a Certified Forest School Practitioner and an Ontario Certified Teacher, she holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, and Emergency First Aid and CPR certificate. Brandy loves spending time outdoors not only with her classes, but also with her husband and three sons. She enjoys helping people of all ages experience the world of wonder that can be found in nature.
My name is Maya and I am excited and very proud to be part of Wildflowers Forest School. I am an easy-going, open-minded, and free-spirited person. I am a Registered Early Childhood Educator and a Rainbow Yoga for Kids and Families Teacher Training Certified. I have successfully completed Pedagogical Leadership Course at Conestoga College and am currently in training for, Outdoor Mentorship Program and Forest and Nature School Practitioners Course.
I was born in Bosnia and Hercegovina, but I moved to Canada when I was a teenager. My husband and I live in Kitchener with our two children, our dog, and a cat.
I have been working in a Reggio Inspired Child Care Center since 2013 and lately started feeling the need for some change on my ECE journey, which is a shift towards nature and outdoor children programs.
I always loved spending time outdoors, and I have experienced nature magic and kindness through various outdoor experiences such as outdoor trips, hikes, camping, picnics and many other similar experiences.
Working with children for almost ten years has brought me to the conclusion that children being outdoors versus indoors are much happier, healthier, with a stronger immune system, less anxious, less depressed, and less angry which also applies to educators just the same.
My mission is to promote spending more time outdoors for better mental and physical health of children and educators and to continue to learn about nature and the world around us with others as well as on my own.