Andrée Collier Zaleska, Founder and Director, is the mother of two teen boys, a environmental activist, and an urban gardener. She has spent the past two decades as a teacher and community organizer, working in schools, churches, and nonprofits. She has also organized summer camps, and she taught ESL in Czechoslovakia for much of her 20s.
Andrée’s teaching is inspired and informed by the philosophy of”unschooling” and self-directed learning, and also by Montessori, the 8 Shields, and forest schools.
Kannan Thiruvengadam, Co-Founder and Board President is a permaculture-certified technologist. He believes we can use our intelligence and modern technology carefully and consciously to work with nature in order to heal our ecosystems and nourish ourselves.
In the US, he works on eco-friendly food growth practices in the urban setting and on education. He runs Eastie Farm, a non-profit organization whose mission is community resiliency, and co-directs JP Green School. He hosts What’s up Eastie? on Zumix Radio, a show about hot topics of East Boston, a dynamic and diverse Boston neighborhood on the water and therefore on the frontline of climate change. He is also a Climate Ready Boston leader.
Kannan spends part of his year in India, where he supports and guides alternate school systems and promotes the participation of urban youth in agriculture.
Our teachers are Claire Whall: Artist, builder, playworker.
And KC Chaffee: Landscaper, gardener, science teacher.