Upstream Forest School Welcomes You

What is Forest School?

The Forest School Community in the UK developed these principles and we think they are well expressed!

  • FS is a long-term process of regular sessions, rather than a one-off or infrequent visits; the cycle of planning, observation, adaptation and review links each session.

  • FS takes place in a wooded or natural environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.

  • FS uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for being, development and learning.

  • FS aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.

  • FS offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.

  • FS is run by qualified Forest School practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.

More About Us

Who we are, what we love and what we know

Lea Komaromi (BEd) has been a teacher in different capacities for 20 years.  She graduated from the Forest School Canada's training program and is a member of Child and Nature Alliance and the Outdoor Council of Canada (Hiking Guide and Winter Guide Level 1); she feels most fully alive when she is outside. Lea loves teaching and being a part of the growth and development of children, especially when they are setting challenges for themselves.  By listening to their voices and ideas, Lea works with the children individually and in their community to find their highest potential in all areas: intellectually, socially, emotionally, spiritually and physically. Teaching to the whole child is one of her passions!

Lea loves running, climbing, embroidery, XC skiing, reading, and that one person can love all these things!  She has three children of her own, and they have taught her immensely about enjoying the journey and slowing down. 

Jessie Veronelly graduated from the U of A with a BA in Environmental Studies with a major in the Outdoor Stream.  She has worked as a Backroads leader, river guide and climbing instructor, and has education and experience in group management as well as leading children's camps.  Beyond all of this, Jessie is a kind and warm person who really connects with the kids on their level and lets them learn at their own pace, letting each child be their own, unique person.

Megan Heywood-Smith (BEd, BA) is a qualified teacher with Waldorf school experience.  With Bachelor degrees in Education (Primary) and Arts from Flinders University in Australia, and currently undertaking a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) at University of Calgary, Megan’s passion for education and child development is clear.  An advocate for play-based learning and curiosity-led curriculum, she loves the depth and breadth of learning possible in outdoor classrooms.  Megan is a playful teacher who connects with children empathetically and respectfully and finds joy in making learning fun.  Megan loves the outdoors, especially camping, kayaking, hiking and cross-country skiing and indoors; knitting, reading and baking.  Also, as a singer in a country band for Stampede she is a lover of music.   A Sunnyside local, Megan enjoys seeing happy kids having meaningful learning opportunities in the rich beauty of the great outdoors in her own neighbourhood.

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