Wildflowers Staff

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We love our WILDFLOWERS FAMILY as moms, teachers, friends and all around talented, special human beings!!

 

KATIE COONS, Home School Educator 

Katie Coons is a mother to 3 fun and spunky children and wife to a wonderful husband Dave.  They live in Jericho where Dave also pastor’s the Jericho Congregational Church.  

Katie grew up with creative grandmothers who taught her lots of arts and crafts, which lead to a love for art and creativity in her life.  She continues the hobby of jewelry making and fiber arts in her spare time.

After graduating from Wheaton College in Chicago, Katie taught art at Tianjin International School in China, and led lots of summer wilderness trips in Mongolia.  Her adventures lead her to meet her husband and they lived in Vancouver BC, and then in Shanghai, China where they pastored an international church.  

Katie taught preschool in a bilingual school, lead young mom’s gatherings, volunteered doing library hours and teaches a Montessori based interactive Bible class to young children each week at church.  After 3 years in Vermont, she has really enjoyed putting down roots, raising her family and teaching art once again at Wildflowers in our Home School Enrichment Program.  

Katie’s dedication to growing the Home School program is evident in the quality of her lessons and enjoyment seen on the students’ faces. She always goes the extra mile!! 

RUBY HENRY, Sprouts Teacher & Studio Facilitator

Ruby is a student, artist, and musician living in Burlington, Vermont. As a kid, her favorite thing in the world was playing ~imaginary games~ house, pirates, fairies, teacher, you name it! She would lead her friends on wild adventures through the backyard, discovering new worlds around every corner. Being at Wildflowers has allowed her to share in this sense of wonder and imagination with new children each week.

Ruby consistently brings fresh, creative ideas to our Sprouts Program and to Open Studio. Her outside the box thinking, sense of wonder, and thirst for discovery are an integral part of Wildflowers!

 

ELIZABETH PACY, Camp Coordinator/Studio Facilitator

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Elizabeth is a third grade teacher at Summit Street School in Essex Junction. She graduated from the University of Vermont with a BA in Elementary Education and a minor in Special Education. Currently, she is completing an M.Ed. from Saint Michael’s College in Literacy and an endorsement as a Reading Specialist.

Elizabeth jumped right in to work in the summer of 2018! Se facilitated summer camp and open studio. She loves being creative, and especially enjoys being able to share this excitement and experience with children. She particularly enjoys finding new purposes for “old” materials and creating learning opportunities through art and design. Elizabeth is a dynamic teacher and leader who offers her wealth of experience to Wildflowers in many ways! In the Summer 2019 Elizabeth will lead Wildflowers Summer Camps!!

LIZ PIERONI, Teacher & Studio Facilitator

20170626_125139Liz is a mother of three, an artist and a certified PreK-12 grade art teacher. Liz first pursued her dreams of becoming an artist at the Maryland Institute College of Art where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. It was there that she first began to share her passion for art with students of various ages as a teaching assistant and educational coordinator for a curatorial studies program.

After moving to Burlington Vermont on a whim, Liz fell in love with the culture and community. While working as a teaching assistant at Winooski Middle School, she received her license in Art Education from Saint Michael’s College. Liz believes that the arts teach students that problems can have more than one answer and that there are many ways in which to see and interpret the world around them. It helps students to say the things that are difficult to explain. The arts are proof that our cognition exceeds the limits of our language.

After several years of teaching in public schools she stumbled upon Wildflowers Studio with her two children and instantly fell in love with the studio’s philosophy of learning. To Liz, Wildflowers is a breath of fresh air. As an art teacher it had always been her goal that stepping into the art room would be like the very moment when Dorothy realizes she is not in Kansas anymore, stepping out of the doldrums of black and white academia and seeing all of the colors in between.

Liz has devoted countless hours to help Wildflowers grow! She is a dedicated and talented staff—facilitating many open studios, birthday parties, school-aged classes, events, and Wildflowers After Dark(grown-up) sessions.

 

AIMEE RIEGLER, Sprouts Teacher & Studio Facilitator

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Aimee spent her childhood playing in Vermont and chose to stay and raise her own two young boys. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Vermont. Prior to her degree, many years of caring for local families and children sparked a love for children and a drive to seek a career path in education.

Since graduating from UVM where she trained in their highly acclaimed Reggio classroom, Aimee has worked as an early childhood/preschool teacher, a nanny, and a stay at home mom. 

Aimee felt right at home the moment that she entered Wildflowers Studio. She found the studio to be a wonderful opportunity for play-based exploration and discovery for her own child, as well as a place to build a community with fellow parents and caregivers.

Aimee is a creative, devoted and passionate educator and artist. She was our very FIRST EMPLOYEE in South Burlington and has dedicated many hours to helping us evolve over the years. In 2018, Aimee became our Sprouts Program teacher (and we were thrilled!!) You can still occasionally find her at Open Studio, facilitating camps, birthday parties and other special events.