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Ms. Tremayne

Primary Teacher

 

I am honoured to have started my career as an early primary teacher on the traditional Aboriginal territories of the Kwakwaka’wakw Peoples, and in particular, the Laichwiltach Peoples. After five years on Vancouver Island, British Columbia I have returned to the mainland to pursue a Diploma in Special Education at the University of British Columbia. I am currently an early primary teacher on the traditional Coast Salish territories of British Columbia.

As a young child I always pictured myself as being a teacher. In my teens and early adulthood I left that dream behind for big ambitions in the field of Science. After pursuing my dreams of Science, I quickly discovered my heart wasn’t settled and I was drawn back into teaching. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I am blessed with the opportunity to work with young children. People tell me “you must be so patient,” and I think “They must be so patient, as I am still becoming the teacher I want to be … the person I want to be …”

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18 Comments

  • HI there,
    I can’t figure out what district you are in. Would appreciate an email as there are a few professionals/parents presenting to our school district in the new year on the idea of starting a Nature Kindergarten (school). Please email. Thanks!

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  • I think I met you at the Wonders of nature conference. I am reseraching a lot of opportunities how I can broaden my knowledge. I am an Early Childhood educator assistant with true passion for nature. I came across your blog and I have to say… awesome, inspiring, fun. Thank you!

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    • Hi, Susi,
      So nice to meet you on here. Yes, I was at the Wonders of Nature Research Day, but not the following day when most teachers attended, unfortunately! Are you located on the Island?

      Ms. T

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  • Hi Patti,

    Thank you for your kind words!

    I have always thought that VI should have a gathering for teachers involved in nature play!

    I usually go to the VI early primary teacher’s conference (usually in Parksville). Did you go last year?

    Ms. T.

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  • Hello! I am the founder of Sense of Place Youth Project LTD in the North Oyster district of Ladysmith on Vancouver Island. My out of school care program is based on many of the principles you teach in your school! Very excited to have come across your blog!!! I would love to meet you!

    Patti Gisborne

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  • Hello!
    I just found your blog and love it. I am also a kindergarten teacher in BC and recently completed my MEd and did my final capstone project on nature kindergartens. I’m just wondering about the logistics of how you are doing what you do…are you a public school teacher who uses the outdoors daily or are you teaching a a specific nature focused school. If you would like to email me I would love to hear from you! (I apologize if this info is in your blog…I didn’t see it!)
    Thanks!

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    • Hi Jessica,

      Congratulations on finishing your MEd.

      I am a public school teacher in B.C. I am very lucky to work in a district surrounded by natural areas. For 3 years my students and I adventured to the forest daily for an hour to two hours. This year my school is located further away from a forest area and so, very unfortunately, we are only going once a week for 1.5 – 2 hours (20-25 minute walk round trip). Easing parents into the idea is also important and garnering their support, particularly in public schools, is vital. I have plans of going twice a week in the near future.

      Please feel free to email me if you have any further questions. The link is on the right hand side of this page (the little envelope icon).

      Ms. T

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  • Hi there! I read a while back about Nature based programs around the Island, and I just came across your website. We are thinking of making the move to the Island and a school with one of these programs are high on our list while considering an area. I was wondering if you knew of a list of schools or if you could privately email me some schools that participate in this program? Thank you so much!

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    • Hi, Lauren,

      How wonderful to hear that you are excited about the idea of your child (ren) being educated in a nature program!

      I don’t actually have a list of schools that participate. In my current public school district, several Kindergarten teachers incorporate outdoor play into their programs. It varies from school to school as to how much exposure there is.

      As far as I know there is a school in the Sooke public school district that has a full fledged nature program for Kindergarten (parent’s line up overnight to get their children a spot). I think they might have 2 now, you could contact them and ask. I think I read somewhere that the Victoria public school board had approved a nature kindergarten recently as well.

      Honestly, I think that there are a lot of early primary (especially K) teachers on the island that incorporate nature play into their programs. But, most districts don’t have “nature play” specific schools … it is up to teacher preference, etc. Therefore, it wouldn’t be “advertised” by the school as a “nature school.”

      I would recommend that once you decide where you would like to live that you contact individual schools and ask if any teachers use nature play as part of their program. I am sure that you (and I) would be surprised by the number of teachers implementing it into their programs.

      I am sorry if this was not much help! Good luck in your search.

      Ms. T

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  • We hope you’re dong well Angela! We’ve been out of touch. Enjoyed seeing the lovely pictures of familiar kids with the pink tree blossoms. Kids are growing and loving school. Its fun to have them both in school and to see them take off on their own paths. JT still talks about his forest time with you with so much enthusiasm and passion for the outdoors. I hope you’re having a great school year. We’ve been loving the Peter Reynolds books if you haven’t taken a look, he’s got a great website. Wishing you a wonderful second half of your school year.

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  • Angela, We miss you! JT talks about you still all the time. You inspired him in so many ways that will flourish for years to come. We’re settled in Kamloops and all is wonderful. We think and speak about your amazing teaching ways often! Good luck on all your future endeavours. PS… Loving the author Peter Reynolds, Going Places amongst others are major favourites if you haven’t read them. I know you love to read!

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    • Deb, it is SO wonderful to hear from you! I think about you, JT and Jules often … wondering if Kamloops was treating you well. It is wonderful to hear that it is wonderful! Thank you for your kind and generous comment. I will miss JT, all that he taught me … his amazing sense of wonder & curiosity, talented story-telling, and avid lover of all things Science. I wonder if he has searched for the Ogopogo yet? I will absolutely look into your book recommendation!
      Thank you & Best Wishes!

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      • So nice to read your most recent blogs. Love your passion for learning! JT continues to thrive in Kamloops. He realized this summer that he’s reading the same book series as many boys younger teenagers. He’s obsessed with the Rick Riordan Percy Jackson books. You really have him that early passion and more importantly allowed him the patience to find his way. He broke his arm mtn biking this summer with dad, so reading has been his savior from boredom. That and his crazy story writing. We think of you often. Ms Jules is a reading machine of course too, she just took right after her brother. Please look us up your next time through Kamloops.

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  • This is a wonderful site and thank you for the benefits brochure.

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  • Just found your blog! looks like you are having an amazing time learning along side these wonderful little people who teach us so much about life and ourselves..I also will be following and getting some inspiration

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  • Hi,
    This is so great you are doing this blog, Looking forward to follow you. I’m promoting outdoor,nature and play for parents and educators. I’m so happy to get in touch with more outdoor play educators in Canada.

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    • Hi, Kari,
      Thank you! 🙂 I started this blog in the hopes that I would find like-minded people out there!

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