The Woodventurers Team
I’m Toni and I’m a lead Woodland Tutor at Woodventurers. After working as an Early Years teacher for many years and raising a family, I trained as a Forest School Leader. I have led Forest School and Woodland Learning programmes for the last 7 years. I am also a Level 4 qualified Forest School and Outdoor Learning Trainer. In this role, I fulfil my ambition of making learning an integral part of children's education. Having worked with students with SEND, I have first-hand experience of the profoundly positive effects being in nature can have on mental health. As such, I am committed to enabling people of all ages and abilities to use the outdoors as a platform for learning and growing. Some of my other favourite things are ducks, crochet, reading, my family, woolly socks and campfire crumble.
Hi, I'm Alicia. I'm one of the team of Woodland Tutors/ Forest School Leaders here at Cambridge Forest Schools. I have worked with children in various outdoor settings since 2016. I enjoy the outdoors in all seasons, but particularly enjoy Spring and Autumn. My current favourite forest school activities are pond dipping and fire lighting. In my spare time, I enjoy running and other physical pursuits and I have recently taken up boxing!
Hi, I'm Nicki and I'm a Lead Woodland Learning Tutor at Woodventurers. Having worked within the Primary Education System for over 18 years as a teacher, Deputy Head and Inclusion Manager. I have gained a wealth of experience working with pupils with SEND, SEMH concerns and those who just don’t quite fit inside the ‘expected’ shaped hole. I am an experienced SENCO and hold the National Award for SENCO's. With my interest in well-being, I hold a certificate in child and adolescent counselling, have completed CAMHS training for supporting mental health of children and adolescents. I love spending time outdoors with my children, especially mucking around in our woods, drinking a hot chocolate and toasting marshmallows on the fire. When I get the chance, I also like building sandcastles.
Hi I'm Sarah and I'm a Woodland Learning Tutor. My background is in Science - molecular biology to be exact! and I'm a secondary school science teacher/home tutor. I love spending time outdoors especially in the woods so after leaving teaching to raise my family, I trained as a Forest School Leader. I am also a trained FRIENDS facilitator, a resilience programme for 4-16-year olds, designed to reduce anxiety and depression in young people. I love learning new things and skills and finding new things in nature during my Forest School sessions. I am creative and especially love to make things with natural materials. My hobbies include, photography, silver jewellery making and cat fostering! I'm also a shepherd, I look after and a flock of sheep in the nearby nature reserve with my two children.
Hi, I’m Jane and I’m a Woodland Learning Tutor. I have worked in Primary Education for many years, both as a classroom teacher and more recently as a tutor with Cambridgeshire Outdoors. During my time working in Primary Schools I began to realise that the sort of outdoor childhood that I had experienced was becoming a thing of the past and this made me feel sad. I believe that spending time in Nature is vital for young people’s physical health and well-being. I am a level 3 Forest School Leader and am passionate about reconnecting children and young people with nature, providing opportunities to build self-belief and resilience. I’m hoping that together we can create a generation of nature lovers and have lots of fun along the way! I love spending time outdoors in all weather, walking my dog with family and friends or chilling out around the firepit. I also enjoy growing fruit and vegetables in the garden and am never happier than when I’m in the woods, up a mountain or by the sea. I’m also a bit crazy about hedgehogs and very partial to a toasted marshmallow!