Amanda Hochschartner has both a BA and MEd in Early Childhood Education. She believes that children learn best in an experiential environment, and that deeper learning comes when they learn within the context of their towns and neighborhoods. As a teacher she has worked in farm and garden, and field and forest settings. She has completed the Reggio Emilia training whereby children are encouraged to investigate their world through their senses and are empowered to take charge of their own learning. With Judy Kane she visited many Forest Kindergartens in Europe and co-wrote an article for Green Teacher Magazine about these programs. Amanda lives in Granby with her husband and young children.
Judy Kane retired after 42 years as a K-12 educator. In addition to teaching grades PreK – 12, she was Assistant Director for Curriculum Development and Student Affairs at Burgundy Farm Country Day School, Alexandria, VA, a school rich in farm, garden, field and forest learning opportunities. She is currently a school docent at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. Judy grew up in Granby and will be moving back to her childhood home there in the future. It is there co-existing with the farms, playing in Salmon Brook, exploring at McLean Game Preserve and learning about the flora and fauna of Granby in school that nurtured her life-long love of this wondrous town.