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ARI LEARNING

Adaptable Reciprocal Interactive

Inclusive classrooms for homeschoolers, unschoolers and life-long learners. Meet our brilliant teaching team here!

Instructors: Welcome

INSTRUCTORS

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YVONNE

Hi! I'm Yvonne and I am currently a homeschooling mom, with a degree in music and most of a degree in education (it's a long story). I have travelled parts of the world, performed with choirs and bands and continue to write and produce music.  You can find me down at the local farmer's market playing music or selling eggs.  I've raised a few batches of chickens, 2 kids, a crabby old budgie, dogs and cats, a ghost fish (long story) and lots of plants. I'm currently working on cold weather gardens way up here in the north and I play regular weekly Dungeons and Dragons games with some international friends. Writing, painting, crafting, sewing, fishing, hunting, hiking and kayaking are some of my favorite pastimes.  When it comes to homeschooling, I use a mix and match method based on the child using tools from the unschooling, wildschooling and structured schooling
bags. Everyone has a story, I hope to hear yours soon!

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CARLY

Hello, my name is Carly and I've been teaching on Outschool since 2017. I graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Child and Youth Care in 2014 and am passionate about inclusion in education. I value relationship at the core of all learning interactions. I created ARI because I believe opportunities for learning should be adaptable, reciprocal and interactive. To me, reciprocal learning is everyone having something to learn from each other, drawing from a collective knowledge that is dynamic and fluid as interaction happens. I am excited to learn alongside your family!

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CIARA

Hi! I am Ciara. My background is in health care, where I have a Master of Nursing and worked in a variety of places, including facilitating workshops and support groups for vulnerable populations. My focus has always been on empowering individuals and families, and advocating for holistic wellbeing. My parenting philosophy is focused on child-led, neurodivergent-affirming practices. I live in Powell River with my neurodivergent family that includes my autistic son and husband with ADHD. We also have two cuddly dogs, and we love to spend our time riding bikes, playing at the beach, or just sitting at home playing board games and video games.

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AMY HERRON

Amy offers families the knowledge and support to feel confident in their sleep choices. She works with your family's beliefs and values to help you create the sleep environment that feels right. 


Hi! My name is Amy Herron. I have a Bachelor's degree in Child & Youth Care, I am a proud mom of 2 busy, energetic toddlers, and I am a certified Baby-Led Sleep and Well-Being Specialist! I offer holistic sleep support services for babies and toddlers without using sleep training. I have worked with children, youth, and families in many capacities over my career, including children with neurodiversity, and I have always had a passion for working with kids. I have completed many hours in training on a variety of topics such as attachment, trauma-informed practice, and child development. My journey to being a Baby-Led Sleep and Well-Being Specialist began when my eldest was only a few months old. I was feeling very overwhelmed and overtired, and I turned to the internet where I was immediately bombarded by information. So much of what I read didn't feel right for me or my baby and I was often left feeling like I was doing the wrong thing. After lots of searching and lots of tears, I was finally able to find a space that aligned with how I wanted to parent and reminded me to trust myself. It started as a search for "how to get my baby to sleep longer" (which resulted in lots of "tips and tricks" that never seemed to work for me or my baby) and turned into discovering a more holistic approach to helping my baby sleep. I was able to grow more confident in myself as a parent and find some peace in my parenting journey. My goal is to now help other parents do the same. I want parents to feel empowered in their choices, as well as equip them with information that will inform those choices. There are so many factors that contribute to how a baby sleeps and my role will be to look at all of those factors and help families make changes that feel right for everyone. I will guide families to reach their sleep goals and hopefully find some peace and comfort along the way! Amy works with children up to 5 years old. She has 6+ years of experience with autistic learners and is happy to create access for your family's needs.

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HEATHER

Hello, my name is Heather and I have been a teacher since graduating with my Bachelor in Education in 2012 and a diploma in Special Education in 2015. I did part of my education in New Zealand and the rest here in British Columbia, and I was fortunate enough to do my second teaching practicum in Oaxaca, Mexico. I am now teaching in British Columbia as an Integration Support Teacher.

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FRANKIE

Frankie holds a Bachelor of Child and Youth Care from UVic and a Master's of Science in Neuroscience from the University of Lethbridge. She has worked in the social services field for over ten years specializing in working with youth and families. Frankie loves the outdoors and the wilderness and has experience in outdoor education, wilderness and adventure therapy, and experiential learning. Frankie is fascinated by the brain and has significant knowledge and expertise in brain development, brain plasticity, and mental and psychological health. Frankie currently works in the field of youth mental health and addiction.

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KELLY

Kelly's background is in agriculture and food security. She has been a farmer all of her life, and complemented this "hands-on" work with a B.A. and Masters degree focused on food systems. As an educator, she designed and ran unique educational programming for first-year university students around food-systems change for four years. 
The award-winning program supported youth to engage in entrepreneurship related to food, agriculture or environmental issues. Kelly enjoys mentoring teenagers to develop their skills as change-makers. She believes in the power in alternative forms of learning: ones that are experiential, based in social issues, and real-life problems. Additionally, with her Teaching English as a Second Language certification, Kelly has enjoyed 5 years of working with youth across the globe, and is energized by connecting with them and their stories.

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NICOLE

Hello everyone, my name is Ms. Nicole. I graduated from Colorado State University with bachelors degrees in both Communication Studies and Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts. While studying with a focus on English and Creative Writing.
I believe that every learner deserves to be valued and respected in whatever they might be learning. This is one of my greatest passions, and I'm excited to share it with the world. A little more about me, I love animals (so please bring them to class), I love being outdoors, and I love sharing my art. I'm looking forward to meeting you and your learner!

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