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Palouse Roots Coordinator 

In many ways my childhood shaped who I am today. I was fortunate to attend all twelve years of elementary education at the largest Waldorf school on the east coast surrounded by a thriving Waldorf community that includes a Waldorf teacher-training center, a self-sufficient fellowship community with biodynamic farms, and a Camphill community. Throughout my career I have nurtured my love of art, design, and architecture, social and environmental policy, indigenous sovereignty, and early childhood education. I have designed museum exhibits and residential and commercial buildings, worked globally doing indigenous sovereignty and environmental policy work, and I have taught children. My teaching experience ranges from working with autistic children, traditional early education settings, Waldorf-inspired outdoor education both as an art director and separately at a Waldorf forest school, and helping run a Montessori/Waldorf/Nature school, and homeschooling my own children. I am overjoyed to learn that not only does the Palouse Roots Program share my passion for early childhood outdoor experiences, but it also has a Waldorf influence. I look forward to being part of this community. Warmly, Ariel

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Palouse Roots Teacher


As a child to two botanists, I was destined to love the outdoors. Nature and

conservation played a very present role in my upbringing. I grew up in subtropical

Florida, teeming with life in every corner and endless opportunities for curiosity and

hands-on interaction. My time spent wandering the cypress groves and swamps

instilled within me a deep connection and sense of peace with nature.

In January of 2019, I drove across the country to begin pursuing a bachelor’s degree

in mathematics at Washington State University. The snow was a shock, but the

rolling hills and the community of Moscow, Idaho immediately captured my heart. In

the fall of 2020, I was introduced to Palouse Roots as a substitute assistant teacher

and was delighted by the opportunity to inspire and educate young children about

nature by being directly in it!

Children have a natural curious and creative nature that I have always loved to be around, and I think these qualities are best nurtured in the outdoors. The students’ kindness, resourcefulness, and enthusiasm for knowledge is inspiring and constantlyteaching me how to be more kind, resourceful, and enthusiastic in my life. Palouse Roots is a program that I feel is incredibly valuable to its students and to the communities they will touch throughout the rest of their lives. I know that I will be a great fit for the role of assistant teacher, and I am excited for this chance to inspireand educate the children in our community!

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Palouse Roots Teacher


I am a recent graduate of Washington State University where I earned my bachelor’s degree in Human Development with a certificate in Early Childhood Education. I began working in childcare during high school; that experience sparked my interest and enthusiasm towards becoming an educator, encouraging me to pursue this field as I entered college. My specialization is with infants and children under five, and I have experience working with children of a variety of ages at both traditional preschools and home day cares.


Both my mother’s and father’s parents own farms in central Washington. My childhood home was located between these farms, providing me a beautiful and stimulating environment to explore, fostering my love and appreciation for nature and the outdoors. My rural upbringing gave me an appreciation for the outdoors at an early age and I am eager to be involved with a program that promotes similar principles and provides a valuable and unconventional learning opportunity!

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Palouse Roots Teacher


Growing up on the West Coast, Bridgette’s roots branch from Oregon to Arizona. As one of eight children, their childhood experience was never boring and cultivated a foundation of curiosity and play. During their undergraduate degree at Portland State University, part of their studies gave them the opportunity to lead “Farm Education for the Youth” at a local organic farm. Helping children understand the vital relationship people have with the Earth was an extremely rewarding and gratifying experience for them. 


Bridgette’s love of nature and creativity is their driving force and helped them earn a MFA in studio art at Washington State University. Having moved to the Palouse for grad school they were drawn to the region where they now enjoy a simple life in Moscow, Idaho. 


Currently Bridgette is most focused on healing, gentleness, and joy and hopes to share these sentiments during their time spent with the children at Palouse Roots.



PCEI Program Manager


Born in California, and raised in Illinois, Heather fell in love with the Pacific Northwest and now considers this her home. Since joining PCEI in 2011, she enjoys assisting and providing direction to the restoration and education projects and programs. Her formal training and practical experience are in management, program development, grant writing, environmental education and restoration, and community outreach. She holds degrees from the University of Idaho in Child Development with minors in Psychology and Outdoor Recreation. Her Masters degree is in Environmental Education with a certificate in Permaculture Design. She served two terms with AmeriCorps where she enjoyed developing nature-based youth programs. Heather values working with volunteers and community mentors. In her free time she and her family garden, cook, camp and always find water to play in with their dog, Moco.

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