Whole Child, Whole Family, Whole Community.

***Apple Blossom is currently seeking a part-time Ojibwe Culture and Language Teacher to join our staff, email Dacia at naturalchildhood@gmail.org

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Dacia Dauner is the Lead Educator and Director of Apple Blossom Village. Dacia coordinates all Apple Blossom programming as well as teaching in the Kindergarten classroom this school year. Dacia plans to continue as the program director and teacher for 1st - 3rd grade next school year. Dacia grew up in the Bemidji area and spent much of her childhood wandering the woods and playing in nature, helping in the garden, and dabbling in the arts. Dacia holds a degree in Early Childhood Education from Bemidji State University along with a B.S. in Accounting and a B.A. in Humanities. She has been attending Waldorf Education summer intensives in Portland, Oregon since the summer of 2011 and has completed early childhood and Kindergarten courses as well as taken Waldorf training in teaching 1st, 4th and 5th grades. She plans to attend 2nd grade training this summer!

Dacia has worked in Early Childhood since 1998 as a preschool teacher and then as the Director of Bemidji State University Campus Childcare Center for eight years. Discovering Waldorf Education in 2010, she decided to bring Apple Blossom Childcare and Preschool to the community, using inspiration from Waldorf philosophy. The concept for Apple Blossom Village took root in the idea to bring learning in a natural way through exploration of the outside world, imaginative play, creative arts and practical life activities. This concept grew over five years of programming, starting with infant - preschool age and eventually including summer camps for grade school children. Now with the help of other talented visionaries, we offer, with joy, Apple Blossom Village K - 3rd Grade !

In her spare time, Dacia enjoys nature and the outdoors, handwork and the arts, world cultures, and travelling whenever she gets a chance. Her most recent trip was to Ireland! She hopes to bring an inspiring learning experience to your child.

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Sarah Peters has been the assistant teacher in the Kindergarten this school year and looks forward to leading summer camps and becoming a teacher in the Kindergarten classroom next school year. Sarah will also teach specialty classes to all ages such as Movement Arts, Circus, forest skills, and arts and crafts. Sarah has 4 daughters ages 5 -16 and the rich life experiences of working as a parent and as a youth development professional with children from all walks of life, ages, and abilities. She has held a wide variety of positions working with children including wilderness trek/outdoor recreation leader, Waldorf/Reggio Emilia inspired Preschool Teacher, lead staff at a children's home, kids events organizer, parent/family educator, after school and summer camp programs director, circus arts specialist instructor, brain gym and rhythmic movement trainer and more!  She also worked professionally in City and State Government with rural planning and economic development, as a consultant with grant writing/non profits/community development, and in international development.  Sarah has a bachelor's degree with a triple major in environmental science, applied sociology, peace and justice studies from the University of St. Thomas. She spent 18 months working internationally for the United Nations with a research team of 48 from 24 different countries with her area of the project focused on needs of education in Eastern Europe after "the curtain" came down.  Upon returning stateside, she was an AmeriCorps Volunteer for 2 years then went on to the University of Oregon with a Graduate Teaching Fellow to teach undergraduate courses in conflict resolution and mediation thru the School of Law and obtained her Masters in Planning, Public Policy and Management while there.  Shortly there after, she married and began a family.  Sarah moved to Bemidji in 2015 from the Olympic Peninsula/San Juan Islands area of the Pacific Northwest and lives on 80 acres next to a beautiful lake.  She has truly loved making Bemidji her home! 

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Sarah Wilson is a Camp leader at Apple Blossom Village. Exploring the forests around her home from an early age sparked a passion for her environment. She now hopes to share that passion with young people. She holds a degree in elementary education from Bemidji State University. For the past 12 years, she has implemented innovative teaching methods, engaging students in their learning and getting their hands dirty. She has training in environmental education, Expeditionary Learning (EL Education) and experience teaching kindergarten through 5th grade. After quitting her job to travel South America with her family, she is excited to be back to supporting students in forming their own connections to their environment. Sarah lives close to nature in the yurt she shares with her family and too many cats. When she is not leading camps, you will find Sarah in the garden, riding her bike or exploring northern Minnesota with  her family.

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Kellie Lindquist is an Assistant Camp Leader at Apple Blossom Village. Kellie spent most of her summers growing up in the Chippewa National Forest where her grandparents had a small, rustic cabin. After graduating from MSU Moorhead with a degree in Universal Studies, and living in the Puget Sound, the pull to come back home was strong. Kellie and her family chose to settle on her grandparent’s land. Kellie has worked in education for most of the past 20 years. She has been a job coach, teaching adults with disabilities on-the-job skills to help increase their independence. Kellie has worked closely with children on the Autism spectrum as a direct support professional and an in-home behavioral aide in both Minnesota and Washington. Kellie has been a special education paraprofessional in classrooms from kindergarten on up to high school and has experience as a teacher’s assistant at a local Montessori school and assisted in a mixed age classroom at Apple Blossom Village. Kellie lives in the woods with her family, their two dogs, two cats, and three chickens. Whether it be with a camera in hand, or a fist full of weeds from the garden, you can find her somewhere in the woods. She hopes to pass on her love and deep appreciation for the natural world to future generations.

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Ann Skoe is the German Teacher at Apple Blossom Village. Learning languages has made her life very rich. Ann’s parents grew up in Minnesota and moved to Berlin, Germany when Ann was an infant. For the first few years of her childhood Ann lived and went to school in Germany. As an adult, Ann attended Colorado College and earned a degree in German studies. She studied for a year in Göttingen, Germany. Ann is licensed to teach both German and Spanish. In 1989, she spent 4 weeks in Guatemala and in 2013 she spent 4 weeks in Argentina.  Ann is also fluent in French. Her husband, François Fouquerel, is from Normandy, France and speaks French with their children Zac, age 18, Louise, age 16, and Arnaud, age 5 This year, Ann is celebrating 31 years of working with the Concordia Language Villages. There, she has held a wide variety of positions, ranging from leader of wilderness programs to cook and healthcare assistant.  Her responsibilities have included teaching arts and crafts and canoeing, hiring and training staff and most importantly building community while sharing in German, Spanish or French. Ann has also worked at Camp Widjiwagen, near Ely, leading 4th-10th grade students in outdoor programming. Ann has also worked for The Headwaters Science Center in Bemidji, taught German in Hibbing, worked for four years with the students at Voyageurs Expeditionary High School, and has taught Spanish at TrekNorth. For the last seven years, Ann has been teaching world languages online through Fergus Falls public school district and has enjoyed being part of the Apple Blossom community for the last few years. At Apple Blossom, Ann assisted in the Kindergarten and now teaches German to the K - 5th Apple Blossom students.

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Cailee Furer is a Camp Leader and Camp Assistant at Apple Blossom Village as well as the Apple Blossom Parent/Child Class Educator. She is a licensed Parent and Family Educator and Early Childhood Teacher who teaches parent education classes and family classes at Bemidji Area Schools ECFE and Village of Hope Family Shelter. She is the co-coordinator of Bemidji Early Childhood Collaborative and is passionate about serving families and young children.  Cailee has been involved in Apple Blossom for the past seven years in various capacities since her daughter attended preschool there and she worked part time as a toddler teacher and fell in love with the philosophy. She lives with her partner, Nick, and their two daughters Lily (age 9), and Evie (age 4). When she has the chance Cailee loves to travel and visit new places, read, knit, garden, hike, attend theater, and simply sit outside and do absolutely nothing.