Our Team

 

Cornelia Hackner

Head of the Lumberjack Waldkindergarten

Native German speaker

I have worked for the Münchner Schulstiftung since 2010 and for the first five years I was a group leader at their Jan-Amos-Comenius-Kinderhaus in Pasing. Even there it was already important for me to bring the children closer to nature and give them the opportunity to play outside. During my time at the Kinderhaus I completed my training to become a qualified outdoor educator where I learned in depth about forest pedagogic.

Since September 2015, I lead the bilingual forest kindergarten from the Münchner Schulstiftung in the beautiful Aubinger Lohe. I am excited to have the opportunity here to share my enthusiasm for the outdoors and give our little Lumberjacks a place to play and learn in the forest.

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Shauna McCarey

Early Childhood Educator

Native English speaker

I first began my role in the Lumberjack Waldkindergarten in September 2020. I began by education focused on Montessori education in Dublin. Here I had the opportunity to work within a Montessori setting whilst completing my Bachelors in early years.

Throughout my studies emphasis was always placed in surrounding the children with nature. This gives each child the opportunity to explore nature, by using all of their senses. It is an important aspect of a child’s life to be surrounded by nature as it promotes the growth of the child. Nature aids and supports the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of a child. Due to this I wanted to move closer to a nature orientated place of education.

My previous place of employment also put great emphasis on bilingualism. I was very amazed how quickly a child was able to pick up a second language taught within the school, through role play, songs and stories. I believe promoting bilingualism at a young age gives a child greater opportunities later on in life.

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Almut Schreiber

Early Childhood Educator

Native German speaker

I started working at Lumberjack in November 2020 and I very much enjoy working with the children outdoors.

This is my first time in a Waldkindergarten but when I was working at Leipzig International School I spent a lot of days with the preschoolers in the Auwald forest there. These days where always the best days for children and teachers!

The last couple of years, I have been working at bilingual preschools and nurseries in Cologne and Munich. I am very happy to continue working in a bilingual setting at Lumberjack and to support the children’s development in the beautiful surroundings of the Aubinger Lohe. It is great to see how creative and focused the kids play and learn with the given materials in a natural setting.

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Sophie Rudolph

Volunteer

Native German speaker

My name is Sophie. I am 18 years old and I am from Germering. This year I take part in a volunteer programme (Freiwilliges Ökologisches Jahr) at the Lumberjack Waldkindergarten.

In 2019 I finished school at the Realschule Unterpfaffenhofen. Because I have not decided yet what I would like to do for a living in the future, this year gives me the opportunity to see what it is like working with children.

I love being outdoors, so Lumberjack is the perfect fit for me. I am very happy to be here and to spend time with the children close to nature.

 

 

Suzanne Monaco (maternity leave)

Early Childhood Educator

Native English speaker

I am originally from the USA but completed my early childhood education (Erzieherin) here in Germany.

I have worked at Lumberjack since 2015. Before that I worked at the Jan-Amos-Comenius-Kinderhaus in Pasing in their kindergarten and nursery.

I enjoy working in the forest kindergarten, because here we have the best toys: sticks, mud and trees. Our children's fantasies turn them into cakes, dinosaur bones and horses. I watch how the forest supports our children to immerse themselves deeply in play. For me it’s a successful day, when our children cannot wait to tell their parents about what they played.

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