Green Mt Teachers Camp

Professional development and personal renewal for educators who want to think for themselves!

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 teachers, musicians, authors, artists, and leaders of all sorts 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 2019 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 2019! (The first two presenters will be here in 2019 and the others are being finalized in the next few weeks!)


Pam Boulton  (WI) serves as the Coordinator for the Exchange Leadership Initiative for Exchange Magazine and is an Instructor for the Center for Early Childhood Professional Development and Leadership in the UW-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education. She is actively involved in the Wisconsin Nature Action Collaborative for Children.  Pam continues to be a guiding force in the design, development and delivery of  leadership courses, training programs and meaningful professional development opportunities. She believes that not just anybody can do this work we do – caring for and about our youngest children and their families.  As teachers and administrators, our passion sustains us, but it can wear thin.  We need each other, relationships we can count on.  We need to embrace the power of reflective practice and we need to nurture our own sense of wonder and who we choose to be in this ever changing world? 

A question Pam is wondering about...

 "If we are to succeed at what we choose to be for children,  then who do we need to be for ourselves and for each other?”

 

 

Jeanine Fitzgerald (MA)  Back by popular demand, Jeanine will be sharing her current work on honoring children of all ages and will build on her presentation she shared last year. She is an internationally known speaker who focuses on honoring children and authentic interactions that change lives.

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 commitment to doing what is right and fair, and her work ethic have combined to create a reputation as credible and trustworthy.

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.

A question Jeanine has been wondering about is... 

" How do we let children be children in a standards driven, data based society and who are we in the lives of these children?" 


William Forchion (VT)  who considers himself a thought leader and avid learner, has developed a masterful teaching /mentoring practice designed to meet the needs of varied learning styles. A graduate of  the American Institute of Holistic Theology, with a B.S. in Metaphysics, Ringling Bros. Clown College and The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. William uses his life experiences as resource tools to inspire audiences and individuals  with every presentation.  In 2017 William became a  U.S. State Department Cultural Exchange Ambassador in Art to Turkmenistan where he has given motivational presentations on Innovation, Creativity & Self in the arts at U.S. State Department American Corners in Ashgabat, Dashoguz, Mary and Turkmenabat. William uses the principles of practical goal setting combined with mindful meditation and resource management in his workshops which also helped him become an acrobat with Cirque du Soleil, a Stuntman in Hollywood and a published Author. 

A question William has been pondering...

"Our words have the power to give life or take life so how do we find ways to use mind, body and spirit to speak life giving words into the world?"


Jim McCullough (VA)  is a preschool teacher in Richmond, Va, where he marks the point when play turned into adventure play. When he first released, "It's Gonna Hurt”: Rough Housing and Risk in Play,  it sparked a back-to-the-adventure movement in the American underground. Throughout the '00s, he worked relentlessly, recording adventures every year and touring, speaking both in theaters and backwoods dives. Along the way, he inspired countless folk, from the legions of at home groups in the "mid-'80s" to scores of schools in the "‘90s". Jim loves to make memes about ECE and writes poetry blending ECE and Nature (secret: he's written like five poems...maybe we will write more). He feels like he could have been Mary Oliver but that gig was already taken. Jim's humor and unique spin on teaching and life will keep things lively and engaging (That's my editorial comment -BJS)


 Jim's "big question" he is curious about has to do with failure...

"What if teachers (and other adults) learned to trade more in failure...how can we get more comfortable with struggling or failing and help children do that too?"


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,  Ukuleles and African drums,  developing leaders and passing the torch, theater games, several art and music based ones , along with writing are also in the works! Bring your ideas and curiosity and watch your interests come to life! (Hikes to the waterfall, swimming under the covered bridge and trips to get maple creamees are givens!) :)


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 Jane MacKugler, returning as our Art instigator extraordinaire, Cathy Martin (and friends) as the Music Instigator and nature exploration instigators. Billie Slade and Cathy 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 (and the amazing Liskie) 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!