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Wonderbloom is a mission of Almitas Foundation

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Meet us

Sarah Stone, PhD

Director

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.

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Melissa West

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.

Are you interested in joining our team? Apply here