Our Founder/Lead Visionary:
Tammy has been in Montessori education for 25 years. She was born in Portland Oregon and fell into education when her own children were infants and toddlers. As a life long learner and in line with the Montessori philosophy of bringing children in tune with nature and the real world they live in, Tammy took a permaculture course in July 2016 and her enthusiasm grew to bring this program to children and families in North East Portland. As fate would play into it, Zack’s resume landed on her desk and a partnership was formed. Into the Woods was created.
Zack was born and raised in New York, and is excited to call Portland his new home. Zack fell in love with the natural world at an early age, and is happiest when he’s got some soil beneath his fingers! With years of educational program development and management experience, he loves sharing what he knows and what he sees with his students (and he loves learning from them, in turn!). A certified Permaculture Designer, Zack specializes in outdoor education–from teaching kids how build with mud and straw, to showing them how to grow delicious veggies! Most recently, he established and led a preschool science and garden program in NYC, where he gave children the opportunity to step away from the city bustle, and to connect with the natural world. Nothing makes him happier than watching all sorts of seed bloom in the minds of his students.
Krista Cickovskis has been an educator for the last 10 years specializing in experiential and empowering pedagogy. Most recently, she worked in the Portland Public School bringing arts integration in the classroom. The past four summers she has directed an outdoor bilingual preschool program, nestled in the woods and lakes of Michigan. Krista holds a Master’s of Educational Studies (MEd) from Ohio University where she studied and worked with various early childhood education modalities including Reggio Emilia, Montessori, and Waldorf as well as democratic, empowering, experiential, and alternative pedagogies. Ultimately, Krista strives to hold space for learning and its various teachers that arise in the moment– a student’s passion, nature’s spunk, or collaborative curiosity!