Several of you have shared ideas as to what you think this gathering might be...
" A forum for talking about what really matters in education"...
"A time to connect with others in meaningful ways by sharing our joys and challenges, our stories" ...
"A chance to relax and renew in a peaceful setting with kindred spirits"...
"A place to play, to sing, to be curious, to wonder, to laugh and get in touch with the kid in me again"...
It is my hope that all this may happen and more. It will be up to us...
This years group of educators includes, writers, teachers, musicians, dancers, artists of all sort who work with all ages and come from all over!
Their leadership will set the tone for rich and lively conversations.
Green Mt Teachers Camp 2017 Staff Bios and Questions they are wondering about…
We are very excited to have an amazing line up of creative and exceptional presenters with us, as well as a strong support staff to back them up! Since GMTC is a place to wonder about things that matter to us, we asked each of our presenters what they have been wondering about lately!
GMTC is proud to announce our staff for 2017!
Cori Berg (TX) has worked in the field of early childhood
education for over 20 years as a teacher, administrator, and teacher trainer.
She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre and Television Arts at Valparaiso
University, her Master’s Degree in Art and Theology from United Theological
Seminary of the Twin Cities, and continued on for doctoral work at the
University of California, Berkeley. She turned to early childhood education
after working as an artist-in-residence at a Reggio Emilia preschool in Berkeley.
She continued her education in both early childhood and elementary education at
Cal State Hayward and received her administrative credential from Camp Fire USA
in Fort Worth, Texas. She has worked in
faith-based private preschool, public preschool, and private elementary
schools. A question she is wondering
"How does poverty and economic hardship affect the development of early childhood professionals and how can administrators support early childhood educators while fighting for higher pay and benefits?"
Jeanine K. Fitzgerald (MA) is drawn to, energized by, and empowered by the process of learning. She believes that life is a journey of discovering one's "best" self, and applying one's best self in ways that guide others to an amazing and vibrant life. In a sense, she is her own best companion because she poses questions in her mind and enjoys time alone to reflect on the possibilities. When interacting with others, Jeanine cultivates engaging experiences and asks questions that stretch them beyond their current limits. She wants everyone to feels significant and capitalize on their giftedness. Over the years, children, parents, professionals, family members and friends have latched on to the hope she brings.
Jeanine lives by enduring values that give her life meaning
and direction. She is known to be
altruistic, conscientious, and responsible, with a strong work ethic. Her conscientiousness for doing what is right
and fair, and her work ethic have combined to create a reputation as credible
For Jeanine, her work is a calling and her family brings her
greatest joy. Her sense of humor has served her well. personally and
professionally. She lives a rich and
rewarding life, and is grateful for all its opportunities and challenges. She is at peace with her past. comfortable in
the present and hopeful about the future.
"I wonder about what is the most effective way to inspire individuals to act upon and transform, not reform, the current educational system toward one that honors and empowers all learners and eliminates any form of dehumanizing, oppressive patterns of behavior."
Courtney Gardner (MD) has been working and playing with young children and their families for over 20 years. She has taught in public, private and non-profit schools in Baltimore for most of her career. She is the founder/director of Community Play School, a play-based, child-initiated preschool in Baltimore City. She is also the co-founder of Free For All Baltimore, an organization that takes a playwork approach to bringing quality play experiences to school-aged children in Baltimore city. She recently contributed to the book, Landscapes for Young Children: Connecting Children, Community, and Culture by Sandra Duncan. She has been presenting about her work with children since 2014.
She is wondering "What role does play have in our current culture/climate? Can play be activism?"
Michael Leeman, (CA) a graduate of California State University Sacramento, is the Director and a Teacher at the Roseville Community Preschool a play-based, parent-participation school founded over 50 years ago by Bev Bos. Michael co-presented workshops and conferences regarding early childhood education with Bev Bos to a wide variety of parent/teacher groups for over twenty-five years. Besides teaching, he is a musician, author and illustrator. Among his published works are Morningtown Ride, a children’s picture book, and Chants Fingerplays & Stories, a resource for teachers and parents. Michael has also recorded and performed music for young children along with Bev Bos and Tom Hunter. He lives in Roseville, California with his wife Carrie and daughters Meghan and Jillian.
My involvement in early childhood education began in an rather unorthodox way. After earning a degree in Geography, I had planned to teach high school and eventually above. That plan changed when I learned I was to be a father. With Bev Bos’ guidance I learned about young children and I quickly became fascinated, so much so, that although my children grew up an left the preschool, I never did. My interest in preschool children continues and the more I learn, the more I am challenged by what it means to be a “teacher” of young children. Of primary importance is that children gain a sense that they belong and that they are socially competent. All other learning is secondary or serve as supplements to those two values.
The question for me would be: “I believe a sense of belonging is what everyone needs and desires. As an educator, as well as one with young children in their life, what can I do to help young children feel they “belong?"
pam sinnett (WA) has been teaching young children and singing with families for over 35 years. She is passionate about preserving music as a vehicle for story telling, language development, community connections and a way to express the range of emotions that makeup the fabric of our being. Honoring children's individuality while they learn how to live as part of community is at the core of her teaching while providing a dynamic math and science curriculum to help them discover the world around them.
"When one door closes, another door opens." because i am retiring and closing my school this june, i've been thinking more about how we intentionally prepare for, navigate and recreate ourselves through the transitions in our lives"
Focus Groups are organic in nature and may evolve as the week goes on so be open to sharing ideas about conversations you may want to have with other people about things that intrigue or matter to you! Focus Groups proposed already include Children and Risk-Why they Need It!, Our bodies are not our masterpieces, our lives are, Intrinsic Bias, Ukeleles and African drums, and How do we create free range schools? Several art and music based ones , along with writing are also in the works!
This event is largely up to you and what you bring to it-we invite each of you to share your expertise, curiosity and wonder with the rest of us!
We are pleased to announce that Laura Perry returns as our beloved cook and other staff will include art, music, writing, and nature exploration instigators. Billie Slade and Cathy Martin have been busy behind the scenes as coordinators. If there is a demand for it, we will also be offering a children’s program again with trusted GMC staff during the morning presentations. (Call with questions about our child care options 802-257-1751)
So looking forward to “keeping it going” by creating a new event together that builds on a solid foundation of what came before, every year it's own creation, depending on who comes to collaborate!