Brooke Ahlegian - Lead Teacher and Co-Founder of Roots of Connection:

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Brooke has been working in the field of Outdoor Education since she was “knee high to a grasshopper.” Growing up playing outside, Brooke started volunteering for The Wilderness Awareness School at the age of 13. That volunteer position led to an apprenticeship with Wilderness Awareness School’s nature preschool program at age 15. During this year, Brooke discovered her true passion for teaching, and set out to learn about different educational theories. Holding a student teaching internship at age 16, and then getting a job as an assistant teacher at Tara’s Tots, Brooke soon had to leave Seattle to attend college. While living in Olympia and completing her degree at The Evergreen State College, Brooke founded Environmental Connections Outdoor School (ECOS). Meanwhile, Brooke also held internships designing and implementing multi-age curriculum for Olympia Community School, writing state-standard aligned curriculum for Northwest Trek Wildlife Park’s field trip program, and working as a Education Park Ranger at Mount Rainier National Park. Brooke’s program, ECOS, grew over the five years that it ran, reaching over 400 students - but Brooke missed her hometown and her family, so in 2015, she closed her program and returned to Seattle, reuniting with Tara, and eventually going on to form Roots of Connection. Brooke is very pleased and humbled to be living in Seattle and providing nature connection to the children in her home community.

Emily Hankinson - Teacher:

Emily grew up in a family of teachers, and is a natural teacher herself. Filled with joy and appreciation of the children, Emily brings a beautiful, patient energy to our program. She has a wide range of teaching experiences, both here and abroad. 

Delora Ahlegian - Teacher:

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Delora Ahlegian started her path in outdoor education as an interpretive naturalist at the Rocky River Nature Center in Ohio. After working for the Metroparks for 9 years, she moved to Michigan where she continued her work as an interpretive naturalist and farm educator at the Kensington Nature Center. After a few years, she became a mother, and devoted her energy to raising a nature connected child (See above), as well as volunteering as a reading tutor for a number of years. Recently, Delora has returned to her calling of Outdoor Education as a teacher at ECOS outdoor school, followed by Roots of Connection. She is now the Lead Teacher of our Roly Poly program for parents and young children. 

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