Sayward Wilkinson Blanc

This is Ms. Sayward's Forth year as Lead Educator and second as Program Director for the CCES Nature Kindergarten. She is the Lead Educator for the Monday/Wednesday class and one of the Tuesday/Thursday classes. She is the founding Educator for CCES Nature Kindergarten and started this journey with the Common Digs Forest School. She has been teaching for 14 years, all in early childhood (Kindergarten to Grade 2). She has a background in Art Education and the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood. She has been fortunate enough to visit the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy on four study tours and one summer institute.  She believes strongly in the power of Reggio's tenant of the environment as the third teacher, the importance of the 100 languages of children and of the power of children's learning through nature.  When not teaching she enjoys gardening, creating her own art work, yoga and traveling. You can reach her directly at:



Andra Sutherland

Andra Sutherland is an Alberta certified teacher with specialization in early childhood education. She teaches one of the Tuesday/Thursday classes. She is a mom of three and has a background working with early learners for the past ten years. She is passionate about Kindergarten, the Reggio Emilia philosophy, and inspiring children to make connections with their natural surroundings and each other. She is so excited to be joining Nature Kindergarten for the 2018-19 school year!

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Heather Stark

Heather joins us as a new teacher with a deep passion for spending time with children in nature. She believes in the importance of play and enjoys learning how to create opportunities for organic, meaningful learning in a student-led setting. Heather looks forward to sharing her background of Reggio Emilia, Waldorf, and nature immersion experience with the kindergarten team. She recently completed her education degree at the University of Calgary, specializing in Early Childhood Education. She also has a Bachelor of Science in Geography to which she owes many thanks for teaching her about the beautiful connections between all things. Heather will be teaching Ms. Sayward's classes on Fridays.

Heather finds continual inspiration in the lessons nature offers to children and adults alike, and looks forward to exploring the magic of childhood in the kindergarten this year!

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Kayla Brauner

Ms. Kayla grew up in a farming community where I was inspired to grow and prepare food, learn about natural medicine, care for animals and play outside until the sun went down.  At a young age she knew nature played a valuable role in her life as a teacher, healer, and friend. She has been an early childhood educator for six years and have explored Reggio and Montessori philosophy along the way. She will be the teaching assistant for both Monday and Tuesday classes. 




Tanya Moe

Ms. Tanya will be continuing her registrar role again this year as well as subbing for Nature Kindergarten and the CBE. She has been an Educator with Common Digs Forest School and last year with Nature Kindergarten. You can reach her directly at: