Our Team

Our Founder/Lead Visionary:

Tammy Kennedy - FounderTammy Kennedy

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.


Lead Teacher:

Patricia Baum 

  • Director of Into the Woods
  • Spanish Speaker

Patricia is an educator with 15 years of experience teaching and volunteering in Spanish in Mexican schools at both a Montessori school as well as K-8 levels. In Mexico she co-founded two public libraries and three community-based sea turtle conservation groups. She has a Masters in Environmental Education from University of Guadalajara, Mexico as well as a BA in Film from San Francisco State University. She is a very creative and animated teacher, writer, musician and artist with a strong interest in environmental art projects.

Teacher Assistant

Hannah Mitchel

  • Assistant Teacher for Into the Woods

Hannah is from Portland and grew up in the Brooklyn and Sellwood neighborhoods. She always had a passion for the outdoors and has been hiking and exploring from a young age. She graduated from University of Oregon with a BS in Environmental Studies and spent her senior year creating and implementing an outdoor education curriculum outside of Eugene in the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest. After graduating, she spent some time traveling in Brazil, Indonesia, Thailand, Australia, and Iceland where she was able to continue exploring different environments and fostering her love for outdoor education. She recently worked in New York City helping college students with various social impact programs they created, and is excited to be back in Portland working with students and the outdoors again.

McKenzie McCann

A Portland native, McKenzie grew up among the firs, ferns, fungi, and mosses of the Pacific Northwest. Her teaching style is one part naturalist, two parts nature mentor, and three parts professional fun-haver. She’s been working with environmental education programs since the age of 15: including Girl Scouts, Outdoor School, The Green Schoolhouse, Coyote Kids, and the Chicago Botanic Garden. McKenzie got her B.A in Environmental Humanities and a minor in Natural History from Sterling College, way out in Craftsbury Common, Vermont. She is positively delighted to be home and sharing her favorite forests with kids. In addition to being a teacher, McKenzie is also a gardener, handcrafter, avid reader, and excellent homecook.