Learning Through Adventure!

Education & Outdoor Recreation

Great Moose Adventures

Outdoor Education, Wilderness Retreats & Canadian Culture

The Great Moose Team

Deanna Beggs

For the past 15 years Deanna has been teaching children from the ages of 3 upwards in several different countries and educational systems, giving her an insight into different teaching & learning approaches from around the globe. Her teaching journey began in Seoul, South Korea where she developed a passion for teaching children in the early years. Deanna is an Ontario certified Teacher and specializes in early literacy, outdoor inquiry and child directed play & learning. She developed the Nature Preschool and Kindergarten Program at the centre

Throughout her career as an educator Deanna has facilitated workshops for both parents and educators focused on early literacy, the outdoor classroom and teaching children how to plan and manage a budget. Deanna is a certified Cross country Canada ski instructor and primarily teaches cross country skiing to children aged 3-6 at the centre.

Brad Hamacher

Brad has been teaching in traditional and non-traditional classrooms for the past 25 years. He is an OCT qualified educator who specializes in citizenship and character education, including co-operative skills, communication, behaviour management and self-esteem growth. He also has extensive experience working with and teaching children and adults with a wide variety of special needs; working for Community Living South Muskoka, Reach for the Rainbow and Camp Alternative Wilderness

Brad is a certified Outward Bound canoe guide with over 500 days leading youth and young adults on wilderness trips. He holds an Orca Canoe Instructors Level 1, a Ski Instructors Certificate, a National Life Saving Certificate, YMCA Swim Instructors, Wilderness First Aid and Safe Management Crisis Intervention for individuals with developmental delays. 


Sonny Leese

Sonny has been teaching in the indoor and outdoor classroom for the past 14 years. Originally from the UK and France he has had the opportunity to teach children of all ages from 3 different continents. He is an OCT certified teacher with experience teaching and leading in a wide range of educational environments.

He is the GMA Academy Principal, Senior Class Teacher, whole school French Teacher and Head of Curriculum Development and Assessment.

During the summers he is a lead guide for wilderness canoe trips with over 150 days of guiding experience. Outside of regular class teaching, his educational specialties include: Forest School, Emotional Awareness and CLIMB.


Becki Dickey

Becki’s path as an educator has been very diverse with experience teaching abroad as a humanitarian on a project development team in Bulgaria, facilitating interactive animal presentations with Speaking of Wildlife, youth programming and aquatics at the YMCA and providing lessons about Medieval Life for primary students in Chivalric Productions. 

In 2012 Becki traveled to Nicaragua to study Yoga and become a Yoga Alliance Certified, Hatha instructor and now holds a RYT 200 hr yoga teacher certification. Becki is also a qualified Rainbow Kids yoga instructor.

In addition Becki holds a National Lifeguarding certification, YMCA Swim Instructors, YMCA Aquafit instruction as well as a post grad certificate in Health and Wellness.  Most recently, she has become a First Aid and CPR instructor for Red Cross.

Becki’s passion as a yoga teacher and wildlife educator is deeply rooted in her sense of adventure, love of lifelong learning and her desire to connect with people through meaningful experiences in mind, body and spirit.


Stephanie Strang

Stephanie is an OCT qualified teacher who obtained her post-secondary education right here in Muskoka at the Nipissing University Campus. She spent her summers working with children including a position as the Summer Children’s Programmer at the Gravenhurst Public Library. Throughout her placements in university she has planned and facilitated age-appropriate programs and implemented a variety of behavioral intervention techniques within and outside of the classroom.  

She is also a Registered Early Childhood Educator and has worked in many preschools and childcares including the YMCA Bambi Club at Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville. During her placements for her ECE she has worked in before and afterschool programs as well as shadowed therapists in a specialized education program for children with exceptionalities at Zareinu Educational Center in Richmond Hill.

Stephanie is very passionate about physical education and has dedicated many years to volunteering as a basketball coach and referee in Muskoka.  She also enjoys using her creative side and teaches children how to express themselves using art. Her favourite art projects combine both paint and natural material found in the forest.   

Jacqueline Kerr

Jacqueline has been working with children and families for over a decade, in a variety of roles.  Her experience ranges from licensed childcare centres to community recreation, and art programs.

She is a Registered Early Childhood Educator, with additional training in Positive Behaviour Support and Special Needs support. Jacqueline also holds a diploma in Parks & Outdoor Recreation.

Currently, she is pursuing a double major in Environmental Studies and Visual Arts.  She believes that an educator is also a life-long learner.  In the past, she worked for a local land trust organization, assisting in ecological restoration projects and community outreach.  Drawing from all of her experience/education when teaching, allows her to be adaptable and resourceful.

She is passionate about inspiring positive connections to nature, community and self through experiential  learning and creativity.