Erin Houlihan – Juniper Tree Kindergarten
“If a child is to keep his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.” ~Rachel Carson
Erin has been working with young children for over 12 years. After spending a few years assisting and then teaching in multiple Montessori schools, she was led to a Waldorf inspired Childcare Center where she spent five years teaching the Preschool/Kinderhaus program, making the woods and trails her true classroom space. She has been a lead kindergarten teacher at Prairie Hill for three years and continues to develop the outside pace and curriculum for the early childhood program.
Erin received her BA in Liberal Studies at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, MN. She then went on to earn a Certificate in Early Childhood Education from the Montessori Training Center in Boulder, Co. Erin completed the Lifeways Training in Milwaukee during the summer of 2010. She attended the biodynamic conference in fall 2014 and help lead a discussion with other educators on farming and gardening with children. Erin has also participated in 2 Movement for Therapy workshops hosted by the learning support of both Prairie Hill and Tamarack Waldorf schools. This summer led a once a week farm program with children at a local biodynamic farm, helping with chores, cooking, playing, and creating art from things gathered on the farm.