Who We Are
Zoe, having grown up in Russel Township, a neighbor to Chagrin Falls, returned home in December of 2015 after spending three years on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. It was there that she further developed her interest in food as medicine and in working with children in a garden setting. Having farmed during the summer and fall seasons of her college years Zoe began to see how important it is to cultivate the local community around her, including the "natural" environment and the human environment. Zoe loves working with children and first developed this passion as a summer camp counselor for Falcon Camp. She believes children to naturally have a sort of creativity and innovative imagination that is frequently lost as we age into adulthood and is looking forward to nurturing these qualities in the individuals that are joining the school and in those that she encounters in her everyday life.
Kelly earned a BA in Physics from the University of Chicago and an MA in Physics from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She has spent most of her adult life as a science educator, teaching a lot of physics and other science and math subjects to students ranging in age from 4 to college level. Though she has always been a nature lover, inspired by reading Michael Pollan's book, The Omnivore's Dilemma, she has more recently been learning and teaching others about our food system and the practice of permaculture.
Ian earned a BA in Communications from John Carroll University, specializing in marketing communications and graphic design. He worked for a Fortune 500 company as well as PBS/NPR before leaving Cleveland to explore the other side of the globe. He taught at a unique elementary to adult level school in Seoul, South Korea and at an international university in Chengdu, China. During these four years spent abroad, he continued to learn and explore through travel, farming, and natural health & meditation programs. He is happy to be back in Cleveland following his passions of sustainability, regenerative farming, education and empowering others. He loves helping the students, school & school community continue to grow and develop.