Staff

MEET THE STAFF!

Emily FeldmanDirector, Lead Teacher  Emily Feldman is the founder of Treehouse Learning and Nature Seeker Co-Founder and Director. She has been teaching for over 12 years in both public and private institutions. She uses progressive educational methodologies, including Waldorf and other cooperative learning models to foster a community of independent, creative thinkers and balanced, well-rounded human beings. Emily’s desire to create a safe, loving atmosphere – supportive of learning, growing and discovering; and her passion for encouraging each child’s true potential led her to build Treehouse Learning, and subsequently, Nature Seekers.  As the Lead Teacher and On-site Director, she is responsible for day-to-day operations, scheduling, parent liaisons, payments and safety while exploring and learning in the outdoor classroom which is Treehouse.
Christy SchultzNature Director, Lead Teacher  Christy Schultz, The Nature Teacher and Founder of ECO-Every Child Outside,  and Nature Seeker Co-Founder and Director has been working with children and teaching, in both the indoor and outdoor classroom,  for more than 20 years.  Her experience is diverse and unique.  After graduating from Florida State University and pursuing her chosen field of Education,  she spent many years teaching in the traditional classroom. Looking for a change and seeing a need for environmental education in the community, she discovered the wonders of the outdoor classroom, where she has continued inspiring and educating both the young and old on the beauty and science of natural ecosystems, particularly those in South Florida.  As a Certified Florida Master Naturalist and Interpretive Guide, Christy is well-trained and versed in the intricacies of Florida Natural History and Ecology. She has spent the last 12 years out in the field – along our coastal shores, in the waters of the swamps, and hiking the highlands.  She and her students are always discovering, exploring, and learning. Nature Seekers is the next natural path for Christy…in co-creating this program, her long-term ambitions are coming to fruition.
Josh Zimmerman
Lead Teacher & Nature Guide; Survival Skills
Joshua Zimmerman is a South Florida native, born and raised in Ft. Lauderdale. Joshua’s love of nature came through his experience in the Boy Scouts of America as a third generation Eagle Scout. Using the knowledge he gained through scouting, personal experience, and excellent mentors he in turn began teaching wilderness survival skills in the Orlando area to UCF students and local adults. After graduating, Joshua was able to work as an archaeological field technician in various excavations across Israel and the Caribbean. Joshua also utilizes his experience as an environmental scientist and educator for the New York City parks system to provide students with a comprehensive and systemic approach to ecology and nature. In his personal time, Joshua is also a musician, artists, sailor, and athlete, and is currently completing his Masters degree in Forensic Science through the University of Florida.
 Cynthia DuffieldLead Teacher & Nature Guide Cynthia Duffield holds a BFA in Drama from Emerson, an MFA in Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University and her Masters in Interdisciplinary Arts and Education with a focus in Drama Therapy from Nova Southeastern University. She is a theater and visual artist, writer, musician and educator. Cynthia is a friend of the earth, who has worked the Sierra Club and Nature Conservancy. In addition, she spent several years working as a Zookeeper. She hopes to meld her artistic talents with environmental knowledge in an effort to provide a thorough, interesting, and fun experience for all.
 Annabelle Sancio

Assistant Teacher & Nature Guide

Annabelle is a mother of a two year old beautiful girl.  Her love for children goes back to childhood when she began teaching aftercare classes in high school. Annabelle is lover of yoga, the great outdoors and exploration. She finds great pride and strength when she connects to nature and  her surroundings.  She strives to maintain a positive outlook on life and inspire young minds and as they develop deep rooted connections with their peers, themselves, nature and their surroundings.Annabelle is excited to find new ways of bringing the community together and is looking forward to being a guide for each child on their educational journey.
Camila Sosa

Assistant Teacher & Spanish Immersion

Camila Sosa is an assistant teacher at Treehouse Learning. She has had a variety of teaching experiences through a multitude of public school setting seeing such an outdated system, Camila is extremely excited about her new role. “Treehouse Learning is one of the few educational centers I find that aligns with my values and beliefs especially when concerning education. Therefore, what I can bring to Treehouse is absolute passion!” I will provide students with empathy, guidance and reassurance to build strong meaningful bonds with students and families. I look forward to the ability of sharing knowledge and interests like being physical activity, sewing, music and the environment to help students explore beyond core classes. I believe working in such a place will allow me to show students my authentic self thus encouraging them to do the same.

Adrian Fernandez  Games & Movement 

Adrian has dedicated himself to working with children beginning with
his nonprofit work as a member in AmeriCorps: Miami Reads! Through
this position he realized his desire to contribute to the community
and its youth. After several years of teaching, Adrian has become a
student, once again, in his pursuit to support students’ well-being as
a school counselor. He seeks to encourage children’s critical thinking
and curiousity in an active and inviting environment that Treehouse
Learning offers.