Our Lead Teacher

Barbara Sheridan Founder and Lead Forest Kindergarten Teacher

Barbara Sheridan founded and has been lead teacher for Barrie Forest And Natural Learning School for almost a decade. She has more than 20 years of experience teaching preschool and school age children and staff using child directed social and play skills, child specific and child centred programming and training other professionals in the same approach. She is able to use her background of child directed and play based programming to focus on providing an environment for children to learn social skills, communication skills and academic skills in the Forest and Natural Learning programs.

She has hosted podcasts including Campfire Chats and Dirty Playologist for Explorations Early Learning and written for Play Empowers. She is a resident writer for 30 Second Mom and Playvolution, a Project comprised of the leaders of the revolution for Child Directed Play Based Learning throughout North America.

She presents workshops, field trips and Consultation to Educators to include more child directed learning through play in classrooms and curriculum.

She has completed level 3 of Forest School Kindergarten teacher training from Cedarsong with Erin Kenny. She also has her Child and Youth Worker Diploma and a BA in psychology. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Education (Sustainable Education) with a focus on self directed learning outdoor models.

She grew up in girl guides until she turned 18 participating in every level including Rangers and Junior Leaders, camped every summer with her family and continues the camping tradition with her family. Her, her husband and her children can either be found outside at rich outdoor programing throughout Ontario or investigating their passions ideas and interests during their self directed learning/homeschool life.  Currently Barbara is passionately pursuing her major project for her masters class on leaving space for traditional learning in non traditional learning environments, her husband Richard is pursuing learning his traditional language, Anishinaabemowin, her oldest son is pursing his interest in science fiction books and her youngest is pursuing his interest in anything sports.

Read an interview with Barbara HERE

Watch as she explains her views on “bad behaviour” HERE

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