Tara Wolff Carlin
For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to be a teacher. I used to run a school for my cousins and stuffed animals in my grandmother’s basement. It was pretty cool. When I went to Rutgers University in New Jersey for my B.A. I knew I would go on to pursue a teaching credential which I did at Dominican University in California. My first teaching job was at Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, California. I really enjoyed my students and learned a lot. Most importantly, I learned that I really missed working with younger children.
Consequently, I started coaching gymnastics for pre-school and elementary aged children. The amazing families I met while coaching connected me to my next job, teaching grade 3 and 4 at Dunham Academy in San Rafael, California. While there I met an amazing Montessori-trained teacher who inspired me to learn more about alternative education programs. I learned about Montessori and Waldorf Schools and eventually Forest School.
The other thing I always wanted to be was a mother. Three children and three years of homeschooling later I’m feeling rather prepared to join an adventurous group of nature-loving forest schoolers. I helped run a free Forest School with other homeschoolers before covid scattered us all. It feels so good to be gathering again, and to be able to do so in a charming location with this particularly lovely group of children and educators is an absolute blessing. I’m so grateful for the opportunity and look forward to getting to know you all better.
The school itself is so charming, the teachers and families I’ve met are so wonderful and the philosophy seems so relevant to what a growing mind and body need. I can’t help but feel encouraged to add my talents to this amazing mix of people (and animals:).