ABOUT OUR STAFF

Chelsea Denny
Owner & Classroom Facilitator

 

Chelsea Denny is the Owner and Lead Facilitator at The Mother Earth Academy. Chelsea is a home school mom turned facility director who assists other families along the complex road of child education. She began this school as a home school co-op and now runs the program as a micro school. This type of program allows Chelsea to provide each student with the individualized attention that they truly deserve. Her passions include teaching children, exploring nature, reading, gardening, cooking, hiking, and traveling with her family. 

 

Instructor Qualifications

  • AAS Degree in Early Childhood Education

  • Working towards a BA Degree in Education

  • CPR & First-Aid Certified

  • Medication Administration Certified

  • Director Certified

  • TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Certified

  • Foundations of Early Childhood Education Certified

  • Nature Kindergarten Trained

  • FEMA Trained

  • Herbalist Apprentice Certified

  • Background Checked & Fingerprinted

  • 10 Years of Experience



Robin Hughes
Yoga Instructor & Owner of Family Balance Yoga

 

"Robin is a certified instructor in sharing yoga with children, adults, and families. She began her training with Rainbow Kids Yoga after many years of exploring her personal yoga practice. Wanting to learn more she completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Holistic Yoga School in Ft. Collins. Her latest training includes Trauma Sensitive Yoga used in conjunction with therapy for trauma survivors.

 
Robin is also a certified elementary school teacher who has over 11 years of teaching experience. She often brings her love for learning and literacy into her yoga classes as well. Robin opened Family Balance Yoga in June of 2014 to bring yoga classes to children and families throughout Northern Colorado. Robin believes that a healthy body, healthy mind, and healthy heart are the keys to living a happy life, and through yoga all of these can be found. When not teaching school or yoga Robin can be found exploring Colorado with her two daughters and husband, Kyle." 



Alisa Richter
Music Instructor & Owner of Key Magia Music
 

"I strive to create a fun, developmentally appropriate music learning environment that involves the whole child - the listening ear, the moving body, the singing, talking voice, and the creative, inquisitive mind.  I am passionate about sharing the joy of musical play and being a part of not only imparting a love of music but also giving parents and child care providers tools to enrich their child's social, emotional, physical and intellectual development, allowing music to be a magic key that unlocks a world of possibilities for children of all ages and abilities.​

  • BA, Music Therapy: Violin & Voice

  • Certified Musikgarten teacher

  • 25+ years experience in Music therapy and Music Education:

    • Student Music Therapist: Tennessee Early Intervention, Cookeville, TN 1993-1994

    • Music Therapy Internship: Northern Oklahoma Resource Center, Enid Ok 1996

    • Music Therapist: Music Therapy Services of Northern Colorado, Fort Collins, CO 1997-2003, Serving children birth to 12 years of age.

    • Music Educator: Private violin lessons and early childhood classes, Loveland CO 2003-2015

    • Music Educator: Early Childhood music classes,   Key Magia Music, Loveland CO 2015-present"

Janna Flores
Pottery Instructor & Owner of Artisan You!

 

Description coming soon!

Amanda Keare
American Sign Language Instructor

 

Description coming soon!



Coming Soon!
Spanish Instructor

 

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Our Philosophy

Our mission is to provide the framework necessary to encourage inquiry-based exploration, investigation, and analysis of the natural world.

This is accomplished through ecological awareness and inquiry-based learning. Together, the qualified facilitator and student develop a deeper understanding of themselves along with the world around them.

We are a secular micro school that incorporates a variety of scientifically proven educational approaches. Our program leans more toward a combination of Montessori and Reggio Emilia philosophies. Principles that are practiced include:

  • Nature Exploration & Appreciation

  • Individualized Learning Plans

  • Whole-Child Approach

  • Multi-Age Mentoring

  • Safe, Inviting Environment

  • Art, Music, and Language Study

  • Hands-On, Interest-Led Learning

  • Practical Life Skills & Habits

  • Child Autonomy

  • Living Books & Ideas

  • Work & Rest Balance

  • Using Observation, Narration, & Artifacts for Student Assessment

Our Learning Plan

Each week, the student and teacher collaborate to create a work plan that is developmentally appropriate for the student's age, ability, and interests.

 

Students are assessed regularly based on their personal growth in each of the seven developmental domains, which include:

Language

Cognitive

Gross Motor

Fine Motor

Social & Emotional

Spiritual & Moral

Self-Help & Adaptive​

 

Our school does not require homework or testing. It is important to us that children have time to spend with family while at home. We do ask that families make an effort to read together for 20 minutes a day, as this time together is extremely valuable.

Assessment is made by teacher observations, student narratives, and artifacts. Colorado Academic Standards are reviewed and considered when creating lesson plans.

Each student creates a portfolio of their work, which is taken home at the end of the year. Each student also receives a personal yearbook containing photos of their adventures throughout the year.

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