Nicole has a Graduate Diploma in Education (Senior Years; Dance and Drama) as well as being a qualified Ballet teacher.
She founded Arcadia ALC after searching desperately for an alternative learning option for her son.
Nicole welcomed a new baby in December 2019, and will therefore be mostly behind the scenes until later in the 2020 when she will transition back into facilitating.
Jen Woods- Assistant Facilitator / Office Assistant
A graduate of the Qld Teacher's College, Jen was part of one of the earliest cohorts of preschool teachers in Qld. After teaching in Alpha and Brisbane Jen stepped back to have kids. Since then she has completed her bachelor's degree, volunteered as a scout leader, and managed a business.
Jen was also one of the driving forces behind the development of Orienteering in Qld. Over the last 3 decades she has held many roles with Orienteering including running dozens of children's creches at state and national events, training a junior squad, been Treasurer and Secretary for Toohey Forest Club, and written a book of Orienteering games and activities for school teachers.
Frankie Jaiyeola - ALC Lead Facillitator
I am a mum of two girls, primary school teacher, playback theatre actor, dancer, and someone who believes that peaceful parenting and Self Directed Education (SDE) has the potential to change the world, one generation at a time.
It was the combination of becoming a parent and having taught in the public system that led me down the path of self directed education. My experience as a primary school teacher deepened my curiosity for alternative education approaches, and as a parent I was drawn to theories like heart-to-heart/peaceful parenting. Self Directed Education allowed my parenting approach and approach to education align. Ideas such as trusting children to follow their curiosity, enabling learning through connection between people, valuing emotional intelligence and honouring play.
After reading about Agile Learning Centres in the States, I’m excited to be a part of Arcadia. Providing a space where children are encouraged to learn through play, empathy and connection, at their own pace and in their own style and where joy and learning are intertwined. I believe this type of education offers the potential to create lifelong, self motivated learners and empathetic, resilient people.
Anneliese Parker - Forest School Lead Facilitator
My husband and I live with our two daughters aged 11 and 13 in Blackstone, Ipswich.
I lived in Germany for over 15 years and will teach your children some German language and culture. During my education as an educator in Germany I studied the forest kindy philosophy and am passionate to use what I have learned in my position as facilitator.
In the past I have worked as an educator in Childcare, FDC, special schools and disability care.
Two years ago I have started a playgroup in Blackstone called, “Castle Hill Blackstone Nature Playgroup” During this time we had loads of fun exploring nature in the Blackstone reserve.
In 2017 I was lucky enough to take part in the Nature Play Queensland forest leader one day workshop. Which has given me lots to consider and try out.
I would love to give children the opportunity to explore, experience and enjoy nature, while learning, growing and becoming confident. This will include some risk taking which we will gently ease into and get comfortable and competent in.
Most children can identify 20 my little pony figures or Marvel characters but can they identify more than 2 trees, beetles or birds? Lets change this ! I look forward to meeting your children, and you parents and hope you find the time to stay with us for a day or even just for an hour or two