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Founder + Nature Educator

Geoff Markby

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have been a primary school teacher since 1999 after completing a Teaching diploma and Bachelor of Education in 1998. Prior to this I spent 16 years building up and operating a nursery and landscaping business in Dunedin. Since becoming a teacher, I have seen the huge benefits of getting children into the outdoors and facilitating activities to maximise their learning and enjoyment. The decision to open Nature School Dunedin has been born out of this journey. I am sold on Nature based learning and freedom through play and love facilitating young children to unlock their potential.

Founder + Nature Educator

Lizzie Potter

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n 2006 my family and I arrived in New Zealand from England where I had graduated as a Primary school teacher in 2001.  I was introduced to Playcentre as a mum of small children, and became immersed in their philosophy on play.  After returning to primary school teaching at a rural school we moved to Dunedin in 2012.  In 2016 I co-led a project to build a natural playground and so began the journey into Nature Play.  In 2018 I began a Nature Play programme with my class in a native bush area close to the school where I work.  This special time absolutely reinforced the importance of children connecting with nature and the transformative effects that learning in the outdoors can bring.

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Raymond Huber

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'm an author, editor, and teacher, who’s written children's novels, textbooks, and picture books including Flight of the Honey Bee, Gecko, and Tree Being. I’m always amazed by the natural world and how much it can teach us and restore us. My website - raymondhuber.co.nz

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Jane Chartres

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orking with tamarki, whånau and kaiako since 1986 I have seen many changes within the education system. Over that time I have passionately promoted inclusion for all students. In 2007 - 2008 I joined a cluster of teachers working with the University of Canterbury to produce exemplars of Narrative Assessment for students with complex needs. I am currently employed as a Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour where I had the privilege of completing my Masters of Specialist Teaching. My role is to adapt and modify curriculum programmes that ensure the social, emotional, and cultural well being of each student is nurtured and cared for. I believe the Nature School will give students the opportunity to learn in an exciting environment that supports self-efficacy for all children.

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Laurence Potter

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wide and varied journey has led me here today. And as one of my favourite authors put it, the best teacher is experience.  In the end you won't remember the time you spent working in an office or mowing the lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.