Meet The Cedarsong Way Teacher Training Mentors
In The Cedarsong Way Teacher Training, there are three required mentorship sessions.
When you are ready for your one on one hour of mentorship, please contact one of the mentors below to schedule your mentorship session. Mentors will respond within 48 hours to schedule. You will then pay the mentor $65 directly prior to your session, and note payment date and method on your documentation form.
You will choose a different mentor for each of your three mentorship sessions. The goals of the mentorship are deeper understanding of The Cedarsong Way, building community, finding out more about you and how we can support you, and an opportunity for you to reflect on specific questions that we ask in each session, as well as for you to ask any questions of us about our work and implementation on The Cedarsong Way.
Please note. ONLY the mentors listed below meet the requirements for this particular mentorship. No other mentorship will be accepted to meet this criteria.
Enjoy getting to know more of The Cedarsong Way community, school directors and teachers. We look forward to getting to know you too.
Hi! My name is Terri Kottwitz, I own and operate a licensed childcare centre with a Forest School
program called ForestKids Early Learning, in Nova Scotia, Canada. We started ForestKids
Early Learning 11 years ago, following our Cedar Song Accreditation.
I spent most of my young life outside in nature as my dad was a forestry manager.
I am an early childhood educator and a Cedarsong-Certified Forest Kindergarten Teacher as
well as a Canadian Forest School Practitioner .
We take children 18 months – 5 years to the forest on a daily basis for 3-5 hours at a time.
It is my passion to give all children the opportunity to thrive and immerse themselves in nature.
Contact Terri here.
Laura Whittaker is the Founder, Director, and Lead Teacher at Wind Ridge Schoolhouse, a Cedarsong Accredited neighborhood nature preschool, in Duluth, MN. Through authentic free play in nature, children ages 3 – 6 learn from one another, teachers, and nature to be brave and kind, hardy and free.
At the Schoolhouse, children feel nurtured and loved so that they are free to revel in the glory of their childhoods. As the pace of this modern age rushes forward, we want children to know what it feels like to be timeless, surrounded by friends playing in the Great Northwoods.
Laura has a Bachelor’s degree in English from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, a Master’s of Science in Education from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN, and is a licensed child care provider in MN. She is a founding member of the Duluth Nature Play Collaborative and a part of the MN Early Childhood Outdoor Learning Network Steering Committee.
Contact Laura here.
Rhonda Pollock is the Founder of Pollywogs Nature Playschool, an Accredited Cedarsong Way School which operates with a home-based license from the MA Department of Early Education and Care, offering a nature-based preschool program, seasonal after-school nature immersion programs, and a Nature Camp Summer Session.
Rhonda is the Lead Educator and has been nurturing and connecting children to nature since 1998. Rhonda has extensive experience in Early Childhood Education as well as Child Social Services. Rhonda has completed ongoing college-level classes and Professional Development in ECE, Environmental Education & Nature-based Education for Early Childhood Educators to hone her craft. In addition, she holds a Bachelor of Social Work Degree, B.S.W. from Rhode Island College. Thus, her work-related experience is both broad and extensive.
Rhonda is also a certified Cedarsong Way Forest Kindergarten Teacher having trained with the esteemed Erin Kenny. Rhonda currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools. Contact Rhonda here.
Nicole has spent the last three decades educating learners of all ages in nature as a river guide, environmental educator, nanny, and early childhood educator. She entered the Nature Preschool field by way of Cedarsong Nature School, where she had the joy of teaching with Erin Kenny. Nicole also supported Erin in running her Cedarsong Way Teacher Training programs for learners from all over the world.
In 2017, Nicole founded Roots & Sky Nature-Based Learning because she believes it is essential that all children, preschool through high school, and the grown-ups who guide them, have opportunities to experience meaningful time learning in, about, and with nature. She offers programs, professional development, and consulting services.
Nicole is also director of the Washington Nature Preschool Association (WaNPA), an all-volunteer collaborative of outdoor and nature-based educators, administrators, and consultants in the Pacific Northwest United States. Part of the time, Nicole teaches at Nature Nuts Forest Kindergarten, the first Cedarsong Accredited school in the U.S., where she is joyfully referred to as Teacher Frog, and Nicole is excited to help you see what is possible through The Cedarsong Way. Contact Nicole here.
Emily Bryce is a pediatric occupational therapist and Cedarsong Way trained teacher and board member who believes that our bodies, minds, and spirits need the outdoors to thrive. She specializes in neurodivergent learners in nature, sensory development/integration, storytelling, art in nature, forest theater, and child development. She currently mentors fellow OTs in outdoor and sensory-based practice and sits as the Vice President for the American Forest Kindergarten Association board where she helps connect and problem solve with forest schools across the country. She is based in Western Washington and can be reached via email here.
Molly Lannon Kenny
Molly Lannon Kenny is co-chair of The Cedarsong Way board and Erin Kenny’s sister. She is a licensed speech-language pathologist and a sought after autism specialist. She left her clinical position at a major hospital in 1999 to develop her own therapy method, Integrated Movement Therapy (IMT), which combined her clinical expertise with her love of movement, yoga and spiritual practice.
She subsequently developed trainings in IMT and has traveled all of the world teaching clinicians, educators and yoga teachers to work more effectively, naturally and joyfully with people with special needs. She is passionate about inclusion, as well as earth stewardship. She lives in coastal Mexico and is delighted to offer her knowledge and experience as a Cedarsong Mentor.
You may be particularly interested in mentorship with Molly if you are wondering about special needs inclusion, non-profit governance, building your own business or to know more about Erin, her values, her inspiration and her beginnings. Molly may be contacted directly via email.