Sarah Stone, PhD
Sarah Stone, the founder and Director of Wonderbloom, has a PhD in early childhood development and has spent over 16 years teaching and supervising early childhood programs including Parents As Teachers and Early Head Start. In addition, Sarah has trained in nature-based education approaches. She has incorporated her extensive knowledge of early childhood development with principles of nature-based learning to create the underlying philosophy and structure of Wonderbloom.
While in graduate school, Sarah's research focused on understanding the development of empathy in young children. She learned that empathy in children leads to better prosocial interactions, higher morality, less self-harm, and less violence in communities. Because of this, Sarah incorporates empathy-building techniques into Wonderbloom's curriculum.
Sarah has two little ones, ages 6 years and 2 years. She loves to take them on adventures both in Utah and abroad.
Sarah also loves to spend extra time volunteering; you'll find her at Sundance Film Festival each Winter.
Valuing imagination and creativity, nature-based learning and curiosity, Melissa brings 14 years of experience in education and administration. Motivated by nature's ability to promote an unhurried childhood, Melissa left private school teaching to educate her four children at home and in the woods. She created and led multiple nature-based education co-ops in Maryland. Melissa excels at energizing others, turning plans into action, communication, organization, and authentic connection while leading and teaching.
After working in childcare for 6 years, all the while earning her Child Development Associate degree, Bree started looking for an early childhood center that would value the whole child and incorporate outdoor learning. She was surprised to find Wonderbloom and happened to be the last one to apply before we closed the application. Though the last to apply, she was definitely meant to be at this school and we are so grateful to have her empathetic nature and ingenuity!
Breea is constantly looking for ways to enhance our outdoor classroom and engage her students. She regularly reads books for her own personal development and as a teacher.
Rebecca (Becca) Maxwell
Auriana (Ana) Flinders
Ana grew up in Spanish Fork, Utah and
she claims that "the mountains raised her"
as any free-time she had was spent outdoors with friends and family. She graduated from the UofU in 2020 with a degree in Family, Community, and
Human Development with an emphasis on Child Life.
She has always felt strongly connected to two things: children’s development and nature. She has great passion for the environment and shares that with the children of Wonderbloom.
Becca loves being on the farm in Wisconsin
where she was born and raised, but loves to
travel, and has explored the U.S. and several
European countries. Becca ran Cross Country
in college while studying Enviro Science, then
traveled up the North Shore of Lake Superior
where she received a graduate degree in Enviro Education and Sustainability at
Wolf Ridge Enviro Learning Center while teaching children from all over the Midwest.
She can be found carving wood, knitting,
or taking photos most days and loves animals.
Becca's passion is to bring excitement and a new perspective to place-based, immersed learning environments!
Hannah is originally from a small farm in rural Virginia but spent 6 years in Latin America. She is finishing a bachelors degree at Utah State in Family Life Studies and is also a mother to a 5 year old girl and 2 year old boy. Hannah is a Yoga Alliance certified yoga instructor and has experience teaching preschool yoga in Spanish at a dual immersion preschool. In her years of education, trainings and being a mom she has seen how beneficial it is for young kids to connect to nature, have loads of free play, learn about feelings and have a holistic approach to education. She is dedicated to helping each child thrive in their own unique way in their early childhood education!
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