Summer Camp Director
Head of Outdoor Education
SR Class Teacher, Social Studies & Phys-Ed
Brad has been teaching in traditional and non-traditional
classrooms for the past 25 years, starting in summer camps and graduating to the creation of Great Moose Adventures. He is an OCT qualified educator who
specializes in citizenship and character education, including co-operative
skills, social studies, phys-ed, communication, behaviour management and
self-esteem development. Since opening Great Moose Adventures, he has been designing and facilitating inquiry based education - utilizing
creative, hands-on learning in an outdoor setting for academic success and
Within his roles at Great Moose Adventures, Brad has enjoyed the responsibility of guiding the wide variety of educators who have joined our team, including developing our LIT, CIT & Junior Guide summer programs and mentoring many of the teachers who join our summer staff or teacher candidates completing their Bachelor of Education placements at our school. From the hiring process to developing achievable goals, the focus for professional development is rooted in a growth mindset and lifelong learning.
Brad is a certified Outward Bound canoe guide with over 550 days
leading youth and young adults on wilderness trips. He holds an Orca Canoe
Instructors Level 1, an Alpine Ski Instructors Certificate, Jack Rabbit Ski Coach, a National Life Saving
Certificate, YMCA Swim Instructors & Wilderness First Aid.
Principal - GMA Academy
JR Class Teacher, Forest School & French Specialist
Lead Canoe Guide
Sonny has been teaching in the indoor and outdoor classroom for the past 17 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. In recent years his focus has been the founding & development of GMA Academy - a private school for elementary aged children, centered on blending traditional academic studies with experiential, hands-on outdoor play and learning.
He is the GMA Academy Principal, Junior Class Teacher and whole school French Teacher. He is also the Head of Curriculum Development & Assessment, a role which has seen him bring in curricula and educational approaches from all over the world to create a dynamic, holistic and high quality learning community for the students and teachers at GMA Academy and Great Moose Adventures.
During the summers he is a lead guide for wilderness canoe trips with over 200 days of guiding experience. Outside of regular class teaching, his educational specialties include: Forest School, Emotional Awareness and Wilderness Survival.
Nature Preschool Teacher
Whole School Mixed Arts
Head of Waterfront & First Aid Instructor
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 her role as Nature preschool teacher, she has helped develop and facilitate our early years program both at school and camp. Holding her RYT 200 and Rainbow Kids yoga instruction certification she provides expertise in the area of children’s yoga as well as play and inquiry based education. As the Mixed Arts teacher, she brings elements of music, drama and dance to her programs for the students at GMA Academy and summer campers - challenging her students to push their comfort levels in body, mind and spirit.
When not spending time with the little people of the world, Becki is a Red Cross First Aid instructor and holds a National Life Saving Certificate. Focusing mainly on the Wilderness First Aid program, she offers interactive courses certifying all of our summer and year round staff. Lastly, she is the Head of Waterfront for our summer program, ensuring that all our campers are safe while swimming and canoeing.
Nature Preschool Teacher
Whole School Visual Art Specialist
Stephanie obtained her post-secondary education here in Muskoka at the Nipissing University Campus. She spent her summers working in a variety of children related positions including the Summer Children’s Programmer at the Gravenhurst Public Library and an Early Childhood Educator at the YMCA Bambi Club at Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville. She also has shadowed therapists in a specialized education program for children with exceptionalities at Zareinu Educational Center in Richmond Hill.
Stephanie’s journey at Great Moose Adventures, as an OCT qualified teacher and an ECE, began as an Outdoor Educator bringing curriculum based, enriching programs to schools and at GMAC for children Kindergarten to Grade 8. During the summers Stephanie is both a Lifeguard and Jr Teacher at camp providing safe programs focused on fun! As the Art Specialist Teacher Stephanie instructs students on how to express themselves through a variety of materials in such a way that both the process and product are highlighted. During the opening year of the Academy Stephanie worked as the Jr. Teacher and is now a Co-Teacher of the Nature Preschool specializing in providing a multi philosophical approach to education in the early years.
Junior Camp Teacher
Outdoor Education Program Developer
STREAM & Early Years Teacher
Meaghan began her career as an educator teaching English in South Korea and quickly recognized the joy and privilege of facilitating student growth and learning. She is an OCT certiﬁed teacher, with specialties in mathematics and science, holds her additional qualiﬁcations in Special Education and Reading, as well as a certiﬁcate in Wilderness First Aid.
She has been teaching children of all ages in various indoor and outdoor classrooms for the last 10 years. These experiences include teaching an outdoor based secondary school leadership program, team building programmings in camp settings, leading wilderness canoe trips, and developing children’s programming for camps. Most recently, Meaghan has delivered professional development for all the Grade 1 teachers in the Simcoe County School Board for outdoor education.
Meaghan’s roles are interesting and varied at Great Moose Adventures. She develops outdoor education programming for students in kindergarten to grade 8 for school based programs and for students on ﬁeld trips at Great Moose Adventures. She enjoys ‘Exploding a Story’ for her younger students where they experience the story with hands-on, open-ended educational games and activities related to the plot and characters in the chosen book. In addition, she teaches the Forest Explorer & Adventure Team program, an Early Years program for the youngest of outdoor enthusiasts, and is a Junior Teacher in the summer. Lastly, she develops curriculum for and teaches the STREAM classes that integrate Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics with inquiry-based rich-tasks
Junior/ Middler Summer Lead
Food, Health and Nutrition Studies Teacher
Outdoor Education Facilitator
Jacqueline is a Registered Early Childhood Educator with a diverse background. She has over 15 years’ experience working in inquiry-based indoor and outdoor classrooms. Additionally, she holds a diploma in Parks & Outdoor Recreation, with a focus in botany. She is also trained in Wilderness First Aid.
She believes educators are also life-long learners and continues her professional development in permaculture, herbalism, cooking, nutrition and food safety. She enthusiastically draws from these various modalities to create dynamic learning experiences.
Jacqueline began her career at Great Moose Adventures as the Nature Preschool Teacher. She facilitates outdoor education experiences for visiting school groups and PA day camps.
Currently, she teaches Food, Health and Nutrition Studies to KEL through Grade 8. The classes offers a holistic, child-led approach to discovering how food is related to personal well-being, culture, science, and the environment. Children explore hands-on skills in the kitchen and outdoors, as well as an understanding of diverse diets and nutrition. She believes deeply in fostering a connection to nature through food. She has been developing a school garden utilizing permaculture principles for the past two years to produce fresh vegetables and fruits for the Great Moose Academy community.