Hello there. I am so glad that you have come into my playful, simplicity seeking space. I have always had an entrepreneuar’s mind with an educator’s heart. I am a nature loving mama of a sweet little girl(3 years) and a boy (born August 2018). I am also a lucky wife to my college sweetheart, Zach and have two lovable dogs,
When I’m not playing with the kids, I sneak in some work. I believe that childhood should be cherished, dirt is meant to be played in and songs are meant to be sung.
I research, I consult and I pour my heart into helping others learn mindful ways to help their little ones play and grow. My focus is on helping families create a happy home through gentle habit formation, play-based learning and nature.
We pull from many different influences to create the home environment that we have. My husband and I have found ourselves saying the phrase, “Everything is on the table, right?” before we jump into a conversation. We pull influence from forrest schools, Waldorf, Charlotte Mason, but most importantly the wisdom of our parents and grandparents.
- Master’s degree in Behavioral Disorders, specializing in Positive Behavior Support
- Undergrad in Special Education, K-12 Certified
- Taught Special Education, Kindergarten-2nd Grade
- Founded/Ran an Academic Coaching and Education Consulting Company in Tampa,FL
- Coordinator and Founder of Playful By Design Co., a community of mindful parents embracing play and simplicity
- Director of Roots+Wings Playschool in Greenville, SC (Launch August 2017)
- Facebook Group Play-Based Greenville
- Advocate and local co-leader of Wild+Free
Roots+Wings Play Promoters
Natasha, Founder “It has been a dream of mine to open a school that truly exemplifies what I want for my own child- a place where childhood is embraced, academic are taught through literature and play and time outdoors is valued. I wanted to open a school where parents were friends, student’s emotional well being and habit formation was of higher importance than their ability to compute math problems and learn phonics. My passion and focus on nature based learning is the core of Roots+Wings classes.
What I have been given the opportunity to offer is even better than this. I have been gifted friendship with other mindful parents that want the same for their children. My Role in Roots+Wings is to support families as well as to guide the group with fun and engaging learning. I am overwhelmed with excitement as my mom and I plan for the expansion of Roots+Wings Playschool. I have enjoyed nature alongside my mom since my childhood. I have memories of carrying rocks around the yard to help my parents construct beautiful rock gardens, pull weeds and chat about each flower that my hands touched and spend hours walking along fields and paths with my family. When I became a mom, I was again reminded of how grounded my body and soul is with nature. My mom and I spent hours bopping around her flower farm, tending to my herb garden….and sipping Sangria on the porch while hanging with my little girl. Our time outside continues to be a treasured part of my life.”
Laura’s role at Roots+Wings is to teach and guide the students through the learning invitations. Laura works with Natasha to plan curriculum and encourage exploration on class days. Before staying home with her daughter, Laura was a therapeutic classroom teacher.
Mary, Arts Leader
Art has always been a part of Mary’s life and she was fortunate to attend a creative arts high school that exposed her to various mediums of art. Her art philosophy is, “It may be messy but it’ll be worth it!”
From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU for joining the Playful By Design Community. I am truly grateful for every one of you.