Director and Pedagogical Coordinator
Angie Jenkins, an Early Environmental Educator, has been working in the field of Early Childhood for over 30 years. She grew up in Knoxville, TN and graduated from The University of Tennessee where she earned a B.A. in English and Political Science as well as a B.S. in Early Childhood Development. Her work has been inspired by the work of schools in Reggio Emilia, Italy and has participated in multiple study tours of the programs in Reggio Emilia.
In addition, Angie has earned her Forest School Educator Certification from Cedar Song Nature School in Vashon, Washington; completed her Master Forest Kindergarten Level 3 Teacher Certification from the Wauhatchie School (Chattanooga, TN), endorsed by Southern Adventist University MSED Outdoor Education and most recently in 2019 completed the Journeys Into Nature International Nature Pedagogy through Mindstretchers Academy with Scotland's, Dr. Claire Warden.
Angie is an Atlanta Audubon Society Master Birder and an avid Pollinator Gardener. As an active conservationist, she has served on the Board of the Atlanta Audubon Society as the Director of Conservation and leads year round Bird Walks in Cobb County. In addition, she also volunteers for the National Audubon Society as a Compiler for the Atlanta/Marietta Christmas Bird Count.
Since her passions lie both in the advocacy for the rights of children as well as the natural world, she decided to weave these two passions together in a formal way by founding Kennesaw Mountain Nature Preschool in the Spring of 2017.
Memberships and Affiliations:
- Nature Pedagogy International Association
- North American Association of Environmental Education
- North American Reggio Emilia Alliance
- American Forest Kindergarten Association
- National Association for the Education of Young Children
- Nature Start Alliance
- Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia
- Atlanta Audubon Society
Many children delight in the small and inconspicuous
~ Rachel Carson
As a school that is in its early stages of development, we value our relationships with colleagues from diverse learning communities and are currently forming our Advisory Board.
We are very proud to have the support and encouragement of:
Dr. Mary Jane Moran
Mary Jane has been a Pedagogical Mentor for our research and practice since 2001, when we crossed paths at the University of Tennessee. While she is in Tennessee and we are here in Georgia, she manages to still make time to visit, keep up with our work, our growth and encourages our pedagogical progress within the Educational movement of educating children and families in the outdoors.