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Meet the team

Our Teaching Trees Education Officers are all highly experienced.  Their understanding of local woodlands means they are able to work with schools to create memorable Teaching Trees visits that will give children a real understanding of the benefits that woodlands and woodland management bring to their lives and communities.  All Education Officers are insured and Disclosure and Barring Service checked.  


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Dan Bean,  Chester and North Wales

Dan is a qualified teacher, forest school leader and experienced outdoor educator.

He says “I believe passionately that children should all be given opportunities to learn and enjoy time in the outdoors. This in turn will allow them to cherish it through better understanding, not only of our wonderful environment but also of themselves and each other.”

Dan has worked in primary schools, secondary schools, further and higher education settings, pupil referral units and outdoor centres designing and delivering programmes for outdoor learning.

“Our woodland is an outstanding classroom, habitat, playground and a source of wonderful resources upon which we so heavily rely.” 

Dan is at his happiest when spending time in the woods learning and sharing.

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Jenny Everitt,  Derbyshire

Jenny is a qualified and experienced primary school teacher, who has always loved using the outdoors as a learning environment.

She says: “It is great to be able to teach children about their local woodlands in a way that not only informs them, but excites them too.  In an ever increasing computerized and technological world, I am passionate about reconnecting children to the natural world around them and helping them discover the magic of the outdoors”.

Jenny also has a degree in Environmental Science and is married to a forester!

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Georgia Spooner, Gloucestershire

Georgia is an experienced environmental education officer, primary school teacher and forest school leader.

She says: “There is something very special about woodlands: the never ending cycle of seasons and the nooks and crannies ready to find.  I love seeing woodlands through the eyes of children and helping them to explore and understand their own passion for the outdoors.  These places are so important for future generations and the more we learn about them, the more we can all help to sustain and care for them.”

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Tim Kaye, Herefordshire

Tim has worked in outdoor education for over 20 years and will be basing Teaching Trees sessions at Aconbury, part of the Duchy of Cornwall's Herefordshire Estate.

He says: "Learning outside the classroom is something that should be a part of everyone’s life.  I have seen first-hand how a trip to a natural space can be life changing and empowering, having worked with children and adults alike with a range of personal challenges or issues; as soon as they step into a woodland they are like different people.”

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Nicki Jempson, The National Forest

Nicki has been a primary school teacher for 24 years.  Most of her sessions are run in the RFS's Battram Wood near Ibstock, within the National Forest.

She says: "Working in the outdoors with children is incredibly rewarding - for them, as well as for teachers.  It often brings children who might otherwise be reticent in a classroom setting, out of themselves. I hope every child who takes part will go home with memories to share and to treasure for years to come!"

Nicki has a degree in ecology and has previously worked as a volunteer for both the Leicester Ecology Trust and the Leicestershire Museums and Record Service.

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Jemma Cuthbert, Grantham 

Jemma has been a primary school teacher for 14 years and worked in environmental education for 6 years prior to that. She has a degree in Ecology and a lifelong interest in the natural world.

She says: “I love seeing children enthused about the living things they find when exploring outdoors. That sense of wonder and curiosity is magical!  I firmly believe that encouraging widespread learning about the species and habitats we share the world with is vital to conserving them and managing them wisely. As an experienced teacher, I also know that learning outdoors benefits children directly, with great potential to boost interest, enjoyment and self-esteem.”

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Jessica Lloyd, Tyne and Wear

Jessica is a qualified primary school teacher and a former People and Wildlife Officer at Northumberland Wildlife Trust.

She says: "I find it so rewarding to see how much knowledge children absorb during a day out in a woodland, as well as how much they enjoy it! Growing up in Northumberland I was lucky enough to go on regular family walks to woodlands, where I would take part in treasure hunts, build dens, look for wildlife and make up stories. Many children now don't get so many opportunities to explore woodlands, so I love showing school groups how much fun they can be!"

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Alice Parker, Staffordshire

Alice is an experienced primary school teacher and forest school leader with a passion for getting children out into forests and learning about them. 




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Barbara Brannigan, West Yorkshire

Barbara has worked for Teaching Trees since 2010.  She thoroughly enjoys working with school groups and teachers during her sessions, which are both fun and educational.  Barbara also works for the educational charity, Countryside Learning.

Feedback from one of Barbara's sessions: “Another fabulously inspiring session – MANY THANKS Barbara you were wonderful with my class of Year 3 and 4s.  It was a pleasure to work with you again.” 

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Becky Wilkinson, Training and Programme Officer

Becky delivers both sessions for school groups and training for outdoor professionals in using woodlands for learning.  She is a qualified teacher and forest school leader with experience of senior leadership, teacher training and as a teaching and learning advisor.

She says “I love having the opportunity to work with children in the forest and see the benefits that it brings to them. Freedom to explore with all their senses and to learn about the world around them as they experience it.”

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