Lynlee Armstrong - Juniors Lead Teacher (ages 4 & 5)
As an Ontario certified teacher, specializing in science and additionally qualified in intermediate math Lynlee has also taught ESL, the arts and early reading intervention programs to children throughout Muskoka the past 5 years. She feels lucky to be teaching in the same area she grew up in, following in the footsteps of her mother, grandmother and many aunts and uncles. Lynlee has also lived in the United States and abroad in Slovakia. It was during her time abroad that Lynlee was introduced to Forest Schools and her desire to teach outdoors began. After finishing teachers college Lynlee participated in the inaugural Canada Forest School Practitioners course. This course gave her insight and inspiration to take learning outside and highlighted the many benefits outdoor play and learning has on the development of a child.
In her spare time, Lynlee coaches a girls soccer team and is a member of the charitable organization- Rotaract. She enjoys camping, kayaking, playing soccer, swimming, hiking, reading and doing puzzles. Her friends, family and her dog Oliver are very important to her. Lynlee strives to make a positive impact on her students by showing kindness, enthusiasm and spirit in her teaching profession.
Aislynn is finishing her 2nd year of supply teaching in the Simcoe County District School Board after completing the 5-year Concurrent Education (Primary/Junior division) program at Nipissing University in 2018. She also has additional qualifications in Special Education and Kindergarten.
Throughout her teaching experience, Aislynn has gained valuable insight into how to best support students’ strengths and needs in education while nurturing the whole child. Keeping things positive and fun, Aislynn is passionate about student-led inquiry and engaging students by making them active participants in their learning.
She has spent many summers working for Empower Simcoe (previously Simcoe Community Services) in their Youth in Action day camp program for kids with special needs. Throughout her time there she supported a number of kids with varying degrees of abilities in learning life skills, engaging in fun camp activities and games, and going on overnight camping trips.
Justin has almost completed his Bachelors of Education, working through his 3rd year in concurrent education at Queen’s University - with a goal to teach science at the high school level.
He has gained experience working with a wide variety of children through his practicum teaching placements in both elementary and high school classrooms and has enjoyed practicing positive behaviour management techniques focusing on engagement through inquiry based learning and inclusion strategies to be sure that all the children's needs are being met.
Justin has also always loved the outdoors and recognizes the value of making connections with our natural world. He went on his first hiking trip in grade 9 and has never looked back. His most recent trip was in Peru where he hiked 62 km of the Salkantay trail in 5 days.
Justin has also been involved in volunteering to lead hiking trips, which includes assisting with hiking trips in the Adirondacks through his former high school.
Justin is also a very active member of a Kingston-based non-profit organization called Camp Outlook where he leads overnight camping trips for local youth. For this initiative, Justin utilizes a child-focused strategy rooted in humour, adventure and respect to encourage self-esteem development and overall happiness - all the while keeping everyone safe in an outdoor setting.
When Justin is not studying or camping in the great outdoors, he loves sports, board games, card games, and being with friends.
Samantha Stratford - Assistant Teacher for Juniors (ages 4 & 5)
Having completed her Undergrad at the University of Illinois, Samantha is in her first year of the Bachelor of Education program at Lakehead University, working towards being a full time teacher. Her love for teaching students shows, particularly in the aquatics world!
She has 12 years of competitive swimming background, which took her to the national level, with 10 years of coaching and teaching swimming, she has a great passion for the water. Samantha holds her NLS qualification and is a qualified YMCA swim instructor.