Staff

 

 
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Program Director

Hello! I am  Nicholas Bonney and I have been working with children of all ages and abilities for 16 years.  I started in a low income recreation center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  From there I expanded my work into after school programs, taught English in Brazil, and volunteered at the Brooklyn Free School in its opening year. From 2010-2015 I taught art/music and theater to children on the autism spectrum through the VSA North Fourth Art Center.  

Most recently I was the Director of the k-12 program at the Patchwork School in Louisville Colorado.  I hold a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and  I am currently working on a Masters Degree in Education at CSU.

As an educator,  I love to give students the space and freedom to become themselves.  Observing the growth of my students socially, emotionally and academically is a beautiful thing to watch.  

As a New Mexican native, I have a passion for Native American and Mexican culture.  My goal is to share my educational experience and my passions with students and their families to create a vibrant community that recognizes diversity awareness and cultures from around the world. 

 
 
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Substitute teacher

My name is olivia lusk and I am a teacher, student and mother.  I have been involved in democratic education since 2005.  I interned at the brooklyn free school in their opening year and taught english with escola lumair in sao paulo Brazil.  MOre recently I was a substitute teacher, preschool teacher and lead k-12 teacher at the patchwork school from 2015-2017.  I am currently pursuing my pHd. in physical therapy.  I look forward to substitute teaching at natural learners!  

 
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Art Teacher

My name is Amy-Beth Fischoff but most people call me AB. Except my littlest clients, who simply call me “B”.  I have been drawing since I have been able to hold a pencil and spent many years studying life drawing at the Art Student’s League in my hometown of New York City.  I have also been a long time student of Art History and was director of the Brewster Art Gallery, also in New York, from 1978-1992.  In 1992, I embarked on my Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education at Bank Street College and have been working with children ever since.

I became acquainted (and fell in love) with democratic schooling last year as a paraprofessional teacher at Patchwork School, attending mainly to an adolescent who needed extra emotional support within the school setting.

Most of my current work entails parent coaching alongside therapeutic caregiving for infants - grade schoolers. I am delighted with the opportunity to marry my  current love of working with children with my former passion for Art. 

My website for my work outside of Natural Learners is: justbornfamilycare.com