Learning Through Adventure!

Education & Outdoor Recreation

Great Moose Adventures

Outdoor Education, Wilderness Retreats & Canadian Culture

The Great Moose Team

The Directors

Brad Hamacher 

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.  Combining his outdoor educational background with his experience as a teacher & leader, he has been designing and facilitating inquiry based education - utilizing creative, hands-on learning in an outdoor setting for academic success and personal growth.

Deanna Beggs

Deanna is a multi talented educator and leader. An Ontario Certified Teacher,  she specializes in early literacy, outdoor inquiry and child directed play & learning. For the past 20 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. Using this experience, she developed our Kindergarten & Early Learners Program at GMA Academy

Jean-Yves Sonny Leese

Sonny has been teaching and leading in  indoor and outdoor education for the past 20 years. Originally from the UK and France he has had the opportunity to teach children of all ages from 3 different continents and is an OCT certified educator.  Utilizing his experience in a wide variety of educational settings, he designed the learning approach and curriculum of  GMA Academy, centered on blending traditional academic studies with experiential, hands-on outdoor play and learning.

Becki Dickey

Becki’s experience as an educator is very diverse with experience teaching abroad, facilitating interactive science & animal presentations, and teaching art, music & drama. She is an  RYT 200 Yoga instructor and is certified in Rainbow Kids yoga instruction, providing play-based learning, focusing on movement, creativity, mindfulness and experiential education.  Becki is also a Wilderness First Aid instructor with the Red Cross of Canada, training our staff and keeping everyone safe at Great Moose Adventures.


GMA Academy Teachers

Meaghan Wells

Lynlee Armstrong

Meaghan is an OCT certified teacher with specialties in mathematics and science, and holding her additional qualifications in Special Education and Reading.

She has been teaching children of all ages in various indoor and outdoor classrooms for the last 10 years, including 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. At GMA Academy, she teaches our Junior Class (grades 3-5) and develops curriculum for our STREAM class that integrates Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics with inquiry-based rich-tasks.

As an Ontario certified teacher,  Lynlee specializing in science, early years learning, arts and phonics. She recently completed the Canada Forest School Practitioners course, giving her insight into the many benefits of outdoor play and learning for child development and academic success. 

Lynlee also teaches at our educational summer camp, working with the Junior kids (ages 4 & 5) to facilitate an inquiry based, creative curriculum combined with traditional camp activities.  She has been a member of our team, since volunteering here in 2012.