The Explorers Team
Everyone working at The Nature School has very special and diverse skills. The usual team member has experience in a variety of industries and most importantly is passionate about nature, the environment and has the skill to spread the magic to children and adults alike. The team also has a passionate group of volunteers who act as a management committee, as daily volunteers in the programs and help out with jobs like ordering goods and proof reading of documents.
Educators, volunteers, children, board members, co founders and families are all part of The Nature School team. Everyone is equally valued and is essential to make the organisation successful.
Early Years Team
Jacqui Leach - Program Coordinator
Jacqui has been in the industry since 2013, holds a Diploma of Education and Care, and is currently studying an Early Years and Primary Bachelor of Education. She has always been around children, teaching Tae Kwon Do and as a motocross coach. In 2017, Jacqui began working at a preschool at Laurieton, where she developed an off site Forest School program. Jacqui is strongly passionate about the inclusive and therapeutic benefits of nature for all children. She loves that nature allows each child to learn and thrive in the way they need, making everyone feel like they belong. She loves music, and enjoys playing the trumpet and piano. Jacqui loves any time outdoors, either in the bush or at the beach, and especially likes bush walks with her family, including her 2 children (8&5). Jacqui's hobbies include trail running, mountain bike riding, gardening, motocross, triathlons, and anything else that gets her outside with friends or family!
Yvonne has been working in early childhood for over 20 years. She has worked as a director of a community preschool and in long day care centres. Also engaging children in physical opportunities through teaching of swimming, gymnastics and kindy gym. She has been involved in a large number of volunteering, fundraising projects and special events. Yvonne has a natural affinity with the land and likes to give everything a go, favourite things include meditation, yoga, bush adventures, surfing, snorkelling, swimming, gardening, and restoring old things to new, creating crafts from the garden or the beach. Yvonne is currently studying Gumbaynggirr language her local indigenous language. She lives at Scott’s Head with her husband and has 3 children who have grown into 3 adventurous adults.
Julie-Anne has been teaching dance for over 20 years in schools and studios around Australia including her own successful studio in Sydney for 12 yrs. She danced professionally in many styles including Hip Hop and Break. Julie-Anne also gained certification as a Personal Trainer as she is interested in fitness and good health. Following this busy period her husband and her craved a return to a simpler life and camped their way around Australia thus beginning her love affair with nature! They now have 3 boys, Cedar, Dash and Perri and Julie-Anne has recently extended her teaching to working in Education Support working with special needs children which she loves. Julie-Anne's love of nature and love of teaching has made the perfect combination for The Nature School and she is filled with gratitude that she has been given the opportunity to work for what she believes to be an essential part of any child's education and development. Julie-Anne look forward to the future with great anticipation!
Chay Khamsone is a qualified high school teacher. She has taught creative arts and social studies, and also works as an environmental educator mostly in primary schools. She has a passion for environmental sustainability and in helping children understand and explore nature. She is strongly compelled by sentiments such as George Monbiot's, that, "If children lose contact with nature they won't fight for it". Chay is involved in creating community artworks that teach about the circular economy, environmental awareness and behaviour change. She has worked with toddlers, teenagers, adults, the elderly, disabled, disadvantaged and the homeless. She lives on a hobby farm with her family and loves the challenge of rural life: making food for local markets, fighting fires, helping neighbours, swimming in the river, pushing wheelbarrows up and down hills, eating fruit and looking at cool fungi and insects!
Sybil Juzwiak Doyle (Co-Founder)
Sybil has over 9 years of experience working with children aged 6 weeks to 6 years old. Her professional background also lies in marketing, tourism, business and event management, having studied her Bachelor in Business and Tourism Management in Switzerland. She is a great organiser! Sybil loves spending time outdoors, walking, exploring, discovering natural spaces and nurturing the community garden. She enjoys practicing yoga and getting involved with the community in various levels. She has travelled extensively, speaks 5 languages and is originally from Brazil. Sybil has a daughter born early 2016 and loves exploring the natural world with her.
Lloyd Godson (Co-Founder)
Lloyd is a passionate educator with a background in marine science and deep-sea ocean exploration. He has spent two weeks camping in Antarctica, a total of one month living underwater, propelled himself through the Greek islands in a human-powered submarine and holds the Guinness World Records for the most electricity generated by pedaling underwater. In 2007, Lloyd received the coveted Australian Geographic Adventurer of the Year award. Lloyd is currently studying a Bachelor of Education.
The Nature School Inc is a small organisation with big goals. If you feel like you would like to contribute to the team please contact us.