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MEET THE TEAM

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Adam Waterman

 

Adam has been active in the education of children since he had the first of five daughters over 18 years ago (he also has six sons!). Originally a retail manager with Sainsburys he changed tack and arrived in Huddersfield to study for a Business Studies degree, being active in student politics and settling in a student advisory role for some six years. During this time Adam, a passionate home educator, saw how the outdoor environment was a place that inspired and excited his own children. He studied towards a PGCE at Bradford College and specialised in Early Years before teaching across the primary age range at a number of local schools, leaving to gain experience in pre-school and Montessori settings. Having become an enthusiastic advocate in the Forest School movement he has studied with North Yorkshire Forest School Training to Level 3, Paediatric First Aid and in 2013 set up Eden's Forest with Jerome.

"I am focused on bringing the wonder, excitement and associated learning opportunities to every child I meet."

 

 

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Andrew Smithson

 

Andrew Smithson has taught Secondary Science for over 20 years. He has always had an interest in the outdoors; enjoys walking, cycling, camping, birdwatching and learning about plants and wildlife.

He has worked for many years with Duke of Edinburgh Award participants, supervising and training groups for expeditions in the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales and Lake District. He is a Mountain Leader Training Association (MLTA) Walking Group Leader and Wilderness First Aid qualified.

“I very much enjoy my work with Eden’s Forest - it is always a positive and rewarding experience personally and for the children I work with. I have worked with groups of all ages and abilities across a range of curriculum based outdoor activities, team building exercises and encouraging participants to learn new skills.”

 

Liz 

Elizabeth Judd

 

Elizabeth is Mum to three children and has been a primary school teacher for 20 yrs. She grew up in a family where being outdoors was greatly encouraged and walking holidays around beautiful Britain were a yearly event. Elizabeth studied a BA hons in Art and gained her Qualified Teacher Status at St. Martins University College, Lancaster. Since then she has taught in a wide range of main stream primary schools and also schools catering for Special Educational Needs. Having taught in London and Hertfordshire, Elizabeth, along with her husband, decided to move up to the awe-inspiring county of West Yorkshire.
 
Throughout her teaching career Elizabeth came to value more and more the benefits of outdoor learning, observing the enthusiasm and self-esteem building effects, on particularly those children who found learning within the confines of a classroom, unrewarding. Elizabeth is passionate about a broad, inclusive and exciting education.
 
Elizabeth enjoys painting, especially using inspiration from natural forms. A favourite artist of Elizabeth’s is Andy Goldsworthy; an artist who fuses natural material, creativity and outdoor scenery. She is excited about future outdoor art projects, using materials and natural objects sourced from the great outdoors.
 
In her busy home life with pets and children, Elizabeth and her family love spending time outdoors. Dog hikes, tree climbing, den building, gardening and camping, all take their place on the family agenda throughout the year (whatever the weather!) The perfect antidote for Elizabeth, after a hard or stressful day’s teaching, is to spend an hour gardening or trek up into the hills with two waggy tailed companions.
 
“I am thrilled to be part of the passionate team at Eden’s Forest and am excited about using my skills to encourage individuals to be initiative-lead and confident learners, within the limitless scope of the outdoor environment”. 

Sarah Branson

Sarah is a freelance artist, Forest School Practitioner and mum to two children. She has been freelancing as an outdoor artist for almost 10 years working in nearly forty local schools, engaging and encouraging children to explore art through natural materials found in woodlands and beaches. She is also a feltmaker and enjoys teaching children this fascinating craft along with its history, achieving large scale wall hangings. In recent years she has been supporting schools to make the most from their school grounds and inspiring teachers and assistants to take the learning outdoors. Managing a living willow structure at her daughter's school has led her to plant a variety of living willow structures in five other school/nurseries over the past couple of years. She has gone on to harvest and make use of the willow in sculpture work with schools. Sarah qualified as a Level 3 Forest School Leader in 2006 and has been running a Forest School at Barnaby's Nursery, Huddersfield for over three years. Here she encourages and nurtures children to explore their naturally curious minds, develop their imagination, learn about themselves, the amazing world around them and simply enjoy spending time outdoors.

She curates 'Art in the Woods' and 'Into the Woods', outdoor family workshops and a large scale woodland art trail for the Holmfirth Arts Festival, encouraging families to go and be outside together having an adventure. She has also been at the heart of a variety of other community projects such Well Dressing in Scholes for the past two years, The Holy Trail at Christ Church New Mill, family walks and crafts and local art exhibitions where she sells her own art, inspired by her own experiences with nature.

"Nothing is so contagious as enthusiasm. In exploring even the smallest things with children - the dew on a cobweb, the smoothness of a pebble, the taste of wild blackberries or the smoke from the campfire drifting up into the tree canopy, I hope to inspire and capture their imagination and make memories that will stay with them for a lifetime."