Meet Jenn Boyunegmez

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Jenn's Bio

Jenn is a passionate early educator with nearly 20 years of experience teaching children aged 3-9 in a variety of settings.  She partners with families to advocate strongly for their children.  Parents are their child's first and forever teachers, and Jenn honors the invitation to join families on this journey.  Jenn facilitates opportunities for children to develop emotionally, socially and academically.  She empowers children to manage risk-taking, become fully developed members of a healthy community of learners and challenges their academic strengths while gently encouraging their needs.  A vocal advocate of the importance of play, Jenn creates a learning environment which allows for investigation and discovery, develops critical thinking skills, promotes emotional regulation and fosters literacy skills with rich language experiences.  Inspired by the outdoor education movement, she has developed programming for experiences in the woods for children in preschool through 2nd grade.  Jenn makes space for children to fully wander in wonder.

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:

  • B.S. Ed. / Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Major: Early Childhood Education / Minor.: Music

TEACHING CERTIFICATIONS:

  • K-6 Elementary Education

Meet Ashley Brochart

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Ashley's Bio

Ashley joins Fern Hill as the teacher of 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades.  She has spent the majority of her career providing developmentally appropriate play, psychosocial support, procedural preparation and diagnosis education to children in the hospital setting.  She understands the value of play and the importance of developing strong relationships with children and their families.  Ashley meets children where they are on their journeys and develops a plan to provide them with the skills needed to thrive.  Play is the way children learn and discover the world and Ashley is excited to provide a learning environment that focuses on the child.  Children will be encouraged daily to investigate, discover and collaborate, as they build a solid social, emotional and educational foundation.   

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:

  • M.S. Child Life Specialist / Loma Linda University School of Behavioral Health

  • B.A. / California Baptist University

  • Major : Liberal Studies - Elementary Subject Matter Program / Concentration: Early Childhood

Meet Marah Biddle

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Marah's Bio

Marah joins Fern Hill as the Assistant Teacher of the Early Grades.  Marah grew up locally on a farm in central Pennsylvania. It was there that she developed her love of nature. After college, she gained valuable experience working closely with children ages 3-6 at a Montessori-based, outdoor preschool in Lewisburg, PA. During the four years she worked at Nature School, she fell in love with the philosophy that important developmental learning is able to be accomplished outdoors. Marah feels very passionate about helping children discover a sense of self through nature and exploration. She gained invaluable skills and experiences in teaching children outdoors. Marah is an enthusiastic educator who is excited to share her knowledge of nature with children.