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.
Site Supervisor and Lead Teacher
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.
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