Andrée Collier Zaleska
Andrée is the director of both APNE and JP Green School. She comes from California and lives in Vermont. Andrée has been a teacher, a SAHM, and a translator (Czech). She spent the last decade working on climate change as an activist and organizer, and was the founder and owner of JP Green House, a nonprofit based around a zero-carbon house and homestead. Her move into education is fueled by a concern about "nature deficit disorder" in children, as well as the attenuation of their freedom by a culture over concerned with achievement in young people. She also grows food, writes poetry, and plays samba.
Kathryn Camgemi was raised in Jamaica Plain and now lives in West Concord with her husband and their young son. As a fiction and non-fiction writer for thirty years, Kat has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Reader's Digest, Mysterious Ways and others, and is a regular contributor for Macaroni Kid. After a successful career in higher education, she now secular homeschools her son with additional needs and strongly believes all children can succeed given the right environment. She writes periodically about their homeschooling journey at http://www.ahomeschooledlife.wordpress.com. You can also find her at her Facebook page, A Homeschooled Life. Kathryn volunteers with APNE as the official blogger.
After 20+ years as a Software Engineer, Jill turned in her techie hat to become a Play Advocate and SAHM. She's spent the last 5 years raising her young daughter, bringing community together and spreading awareness around the importance of play in neurological development. She's worked with organizations such as The Loved Child, The Fitzgerald Institute and The Visible Child to bring affordable Parent Education Workshops to her local community. In addition to being on the APNE team, she recently founded and co-leads the Homeschool Explorers, a makerspace-based homeschool cooperative in Watertown and previously co-led Infancy to Independence, a cooperative for parents and children up to 5 yrs old based in Waltham. Jill volunteers with APNE to support fundraising and publicity. (Photo Credit: Jocelyn Finlay)
Rachel has been involved with the community of play supporters in the United States since 2009 when she published an independent research study in Ghana and Tanzania regarding human development in children's play. After investigating the history of adventure play and the playwork principles, she has been preparing for the opportunity to develop the practice in her hometown. Rachel is a Massachusetts certified Early Childhood and Elementary school teacher. She earned her BA cum laude in History from Suffolk University and her M.Ed in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University. Rachel serves APNE by leading our play staff.
As a public school elementary educator for 13 years, Kelly is a strong believer of self-directed, play-based, and constructivist learning. She currently serves as an elementary teacher in Boston. Additionally, Kelly volunteers as co-director of the Boston chapter of Free Forest School, a nature play organization for children ages 0-6 and their caregivers. She advocates for nature play on her Wike Baby blog and loves spending time with her growing family, especially hiking, exploring, reading, and traveling together. Kelly volunteers with APNE to support communication through our website and newsletter.
Claire serves APNE as key play staff.