Meet The Team

Co-Learners. Collaborators. Creators.

Our educators believe in the value of a curiosity-driven curriculum that is both developmentally appropriate and academically rigorous. Each educator designs and creates an approach that trusts each child in their learning, and which responds to each child’s wonder and curiosity.

Each educator has the ability to dive deep into recognizing and maximizing opportunities for discovery toward realizing a student’s potential, and creates a framework that allows for authentic assessment in all aspects of the classroom. Our team believes that trusting the natural curiosity of the child to drive learning leads to the most joyful and meaningful discoveries for the student, the educator and, ultimately, our magnificent world.

Meet Michelle

Founder, Education Director

Nature Educator Certified

Michelle graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a Bachelor’s in Health Science and served eight years in the United States Air Force as an Aerospace Medic. Michelle created Kidz Go Eco Nature School in 2009 and has been dedicated to continuous professional development and was able to define her role as part of the educating team as the Director of Operations. Her mission is to inspire students to become lifelong learners in an ever-changing world. Through the use of technology, field explorations, and engaging lesson plans, she wants to inspire them to become world-citizens that are ecologically conscientious, culturally sensitive, and passionately inquisitive. Furthermore, she aims to foster an environment of nurturing care, a classroom of unconditional love and acceptance while holding strong to a belief in personal responsibility.

Michelle's passion is to inspire students to become lifelong learners in an ever-changing world.

Michelle’s vision is to provide a nature-based program in early childhood education and is deeply inspired by the “Reggio Emilia Approach.” She participated in a graduate study with the University Of Farmington in March of 2019, which provided graduate students theory and practical international experience including visits to preschools in Reggio Emilia Italy, presentations by pedagogistas, atelieristas, and teachers on the history, identity, and principles of the Reggio Emilia Approach. She had a remarkable opportunity to visit the Loris Malaguzzi International Center to view current exhibitions, and discussions with professors about Reggio-related theory and practice in their own settings, and since then has become even more passionate about fostering and delivering nature-based education and Reggio inspired environments for young children.

Michelle’s vision is to provide a nature-based program in early childhood education and is deeply inspired by the “Reggio Emilia Approach.” She participated in a graduate study with the University Of Farmington in March of 2019, which provided graduate students theory and practical international experience including visits to preschools in Reggio Emilia Italy, presentations by pedagogistas, atelieristas, and teachers on the history, identity, and principles of the Reggio Emilia Approach. She had a remarkable opportunity to visit the Loris Malaguzzi International Center to view current exhibitions, and discussions with professors about Reggio-related theory and practice in their own settings, and since then has become even more passionate about fostering and delivering nature-based education and Reggio inspired environments for young children.

Meet Liz

Eco Educator

Nature Educator Certified

Miss Liz has been at KGE since January 2018. Her past 3 years being a part of this teaching team have been wonderful and she’s learned so much from her fellow educators and especially the kiddos. Miss Liz has successfully completed her education pathway to obtaining the Child Development Associate.

Before working here at Kidz Go Eco Miss Liz worked with children ages 5-14 at Standish Recreation as a summer camp counselor and an after school counselor.

After, working six years for OfficeDepot in their distribution center in Portland, Liz decided that she wanted to be working with children, and is so glad that she made the transition.

Some of my favorites things are being outdoors, video games, hiking, being near the water, spending time with my family, photography, exploring new areas with my better half, Erik, and playing with our kitty Ellie!

Working with kids is the most rewarding thing I have ever done. I learn more from them each day. Their curious nature and wonders about the world around us are inspiring and I love learning new things about nature with them!

Meet Aleaha

Eco Educator

Joined the KGE family over 4 years ago. Aleaha grew up in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. There was always hikes in the White Mountains and a lake to paddle on. Her grandparents had and still own a farm just down the road from where she grew up. She graduated from Plymouth State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Childhood Studies. Since graduating she has worked with kids in the school systems k-8 and eventually teaching in a preschool classroom for a Head Start program for near on 5 years. It was then that Aleaha found her niche and love for working with preschoolers. She found that their curiosity, their magic of little things, their celebrated joys and their inventiveness inspires her.

My childhood consisted of weekly Saturday night dinners with the whole family, planting the summer garden with my cousins, showing cows at the fairs, and stacking hay bales 6 levels high on the back of my grandpas truck. Family is the most important thing to me and I am lucky to have a large yet close family.

Things I love are spending time with my fiance and family. Being outside is where I always want to be. To me, there’s nothing like a good walk. I also love rainy days, spending time in my garden, and reading a good book. I feel so blessed to be part of KGE and share my love of nature, books and singing!

Meet Vicki

Eco Educator

Nature Educator Certified

Miss Vicki joined Kidz Go Eco 5 years ago when Nature Classroom 2 was being built. With previous experience in various classrooms and a kinship with nature, she knew she wanted to foster a love of learning and she knew how she wanted to do it. She has been a grateful part of our community ever since. Miss Vicki has successfully completed her education pathway to obtaining the Child Development Associate.

Her philosophy is that the children need both inter and intra personal skills to succeed as they get older and that children should experience nature often enough that they feel at home outdoors. Using intentional methods, she strives to offer the children a well rounded, hands on, nature based program that stresses Earth stewardship.

A former farmer, professional figure skater, coach, competitive drummer on a world circuit, former Girl Scout (Gold Award earned in 1994), and local Cub Master for Scouts BSA, Miss Vicki draws on her many life experiences to bring excitement and variety to the kids in her class. Drawing from her vast background with both domestic and rehabilitating wild animals, she brings wonder to her students about their natural world.

Miss Vicki cares deeply for the children and families in her care and approaches the KGE community with the “village” philosophy. She often says she wakes up every morning excited to be learning along side the children in her class and outdoors all day-the two places she feels the most comfortable.

Meet Emily

Eco Educator

Emily is an educator in Nature 3! She started working at Kidz Go Eco as an intern back in September. She’s from Wrentham, Massachusetts and she moved to Maine and graduated from the University of New England with a bachelors degree in Psychology. After her internship, she discovered her passion for teaching early childhood education. Some fun facts about Miss Emily: She’s been playing tennis for the last 8 years; she owns quite a few animals: a dog named Coco, a cat named Skout, and two ferrets named Cayde and Azura.

Meet Diane

Eco Assistant, Substitute

Miss Diane was born and brought up in Brockton, Massachusetts. She graduated from Brockton High School and Chamberlayne Jr. College, Boston. She has three grown children: Kristin, Timothy and Patrick, and she has three grandchildren: Josetta (Josie) 13, Declan 10, and Tadhg 7. She enjoys spending time with her family and she loves to cook Italian food. During the warmer months she finds joy in walking the beach, swimming and spending time in nature. Some of her greatest joys is going to watch her grandkids play soccer and sledding. She enjoys working with children and she adores their honesty and humor. She worked in the Portland Schools as an Ed Tech for over 30 years, and retired in 2020.

Meet Kaela

Eco Educator Assistant

Kaela has been living in York, Maine for ten years. She graduated from York High School in 2017 and she graduated from the University of New England with a degree in Psychology. She began her journey at kge by coming on board as a working intern. She is a member of the International Honor Society in Psychology (Psi Chi.) In her free time, Kaela enjoys spending time with family and going on scenic drives and walks, especially at the beach. She wants to thank the kge community for giving her this opportunity!

Meet Joshua

Eco Educator

Joshua is excited to join the team here at Kidz Go Eco! Joshua graduated from university in 2013 and enjoyed a 6 year long career in marketing, advertising, and corporate training. In 2019 Joshua earned his TESOL certification and began teaching English as Second Language. After working with 500+ students across China over a period of two years, Joshua decided he wanted to find a place on this side of the ocean where he could work with kids and share his bountiful energy within a learning community that shares his values. Joshua loves using music as a teaching tool and plays ukulele, piano, and marimba. In his spare time he enjoys gardening, playing music, video games, painting (digital, oil, acrylic), knitting, and crocheting.

Meet Lotus

Eco Mascot, Trail Guide

Hi Folks! I’m Mr. Lotus and I’m the Eco Mascot and one of the trail guides at kidz go eco and I’ve grown to know so many children that have attended kge throughout the years ! I’m passionate about swimming, hiking, beach walking, going for car rides, and I love going out to eat and spending lots of time with my Pepere!

My mother is Miss Michelle and I met her when I was 3 months old. She was preparing for a Brain Tumor operation in Boston and we became inseparable through her journey and recovery. Since, her operation I’ve dedicated my work on building social skills and developing bonds where I can offer healing and support. I participated in canine training classes so I could learn to be gentle and understand to be an attentive listener for safety. My bond and trust with mother has grown so deeply that she finally brought me on board as one of the fellow team members at kge. I look forward to meeting your child and taking walks on the Lotus Loop Trail!

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