Meet Our Team

We can think of ourselves not as teachers but as gardeners. A gardener does not grow flowers; he gives them what he thinks they need and they grow by themselves. - Holt


Vanessa Pearson
Owner/ Educator

B. A / B. Ed

Primary and Kindergarten teaching experience

Early Childhood Training and Experience 

Forest School Training at Fresh Air Learning and Forest School Canada

First Aid and CPR 

Kaleigh McGinnis



Many years experience in Early Childhood Educator and Kindergarten.

First Aid and CPR Certified

Lisa Salken
Educator Assistant


Experience in a variety of early childhood education programs, inlcuding working with children with unique abilities. 

Training in non-violent crisis intervention , medication administration and intercultural awareness 

First Aid and CPR Certified

Hayley Mangles


Montessori (NAMC) trained

Four years of Nature Education experience

Professional Photographer

Yoga and Travel enthusiast

First Aid and CPR Certification 

Myriam Verzat


M. ED/ B.S Life Sciences

Environmental Education Training

Native French Speaker, Physical Theatre/ Dance Improvisation Training

Non-violent communication facilitator, First Aid and CPR Certified

All Nanaimo Forest Kids staff have a clear criminal record check specific to working with children and Nanaimo Forest Kids is insured for the safety of all participants.