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ENC Nature Preschool Team

Sue Bierlich Nature Preschool Director

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Sue has been working in the field of Early Childhood Education for over 35 years. She taught as an Early Childhood Education college instructor for 28 years at Orange Coast College and Fullerton College. Sue has been a child care center administrator for 15 years. She has a BA degree in Child Development specializing as a Child Mental Health Specialist from California State University at Northridge, and a MA degree in Human Development with an Early Childhood Education specialization from Pacific Oaks College. Sue’s thesis focused on the values of nature and outdoor classrooms for preschool age children. She is an Outdoor Classroom Specialist and currently completing additional training with the Outdoor Classroom Project. Sue enjoys seeing children engaged and immersed in nature with hands on learning activities, so they can expand their inquiry, thinking, and knowledge. She loves being involved in a child’s developmental process – like caterpillars turning into butterflies – we nurture them to fly.

Karis Simons Assistant Little Naturalist Camp Teacher

Karis has been coming to the Environmental Nature Center since she was eleven years old, when she joined the ENC family as a camper.  ENC Nature Camp quickly evolved from being a name on a list of camps to being THE camp that Karis always looked most forward to.  She joined the ENC team as a Leader in Training (LIT) for four years – her entire High School career – and worked to instill an awareness of nature and the importance of preserving its beauty and wonder in our Campers. Karis also worked for years as an ENC Animal Care Intern, caring for our Animal Ambassadors and training countless other interns to do the same. She was awarded the ENC Volunteer of the Year Award in 2018. She was inspired by her time as an LIT to take college classes in early childhood education, and when the ENC Nature Preschool opened in September she was hired as a Nature Teacher.

Vanessa “Nessie” Sener Little Naturalist Camp Teacher

Nessie has a BA in Early Childhood Education from Pacific Oaks School of Education. She has been a Pre-K teacher for 17 years and has been a longtime advocate for animals, nature and the environment. Nessie strives to build positive and caring relationships with children by offering meaningful and open-ended experiences. She enjoys spontaneous adventures, travel, DIYing, and is always up for FUN!

Jordyn Bush Little Naturalist Camp Teacher

Jordyn earned her associates degree in Early Childhood Education and preschool teacher certificate this past year and has worked in the field for three years.  She has a smart and curious four year old who inspires her to achieve her goals and strive for an environment that is best for her and our future generation. Jordyn believes that this starts with an appreciation of the natural world.  Jordyn is still attending school, but when she has free time she loves to spend it outside, marveling at nature’s beauty.

Morgan Hall Little Naturalist Camp Teacher

Morgan will earn her Elementary Teaching degree in Fall 2019 and has already earned her preschool teacher certificate. She has worked at the Orange Coast College Harry and Grace Steele Children’s Center over the past year. Morgan is passionate about fostering and nurturing children’s connection to nature and the environment, and searching for new ways to create a love for learning at an early age. In the fall, she will be working at the ENC Nature Preschool as a teacher in the Bear Room. In her free time she enjoys hikes with friends, yoga, and reading.

Gianna Shreve Little Naturalist Camp Teacher

Gianna earned her BA in Child Development and Family Studies from California State University Long Beach. She has enjoyed teaching preschool aged children for the past five years. Gianna grew up on a farm in Montana during her early years and appreciates the value of introducing children to the beauty of nature. She loves snowboarding, hiking, camping and spending time at the beach.

Larissa Hacke Assistant Little Naturalist Camp Teacher

Larissa has been in the Early Childhood Education field for 5 years. She graduated from Orange Coast College with an Associates Degree and a Certificate in Infant and Toddler Development. She has five years of experience working in the toddler classroom of a local preschool. In the fall she will be continuing her education, pursuing a BA in Infant and Adolescent Development at Cal State Fullerton. Larissa will also be a  teacher in the Tortoise Room at the ENC Nature Preschool. Larissa loves to explore nature and all of the learning opportunities it holds for children. She is a big kid at heart!

Board of Directors

Rick Wandrocke, President
Chris Bosley, V.P. Finance / Treasurer
Bob Kelly, co-V.P. Education and Site
Robert House, co-V.P. Education and Site
Arthur Jeppe, V.P. Board Governance
Christopher Blank, Secretary
Laura Blumenstein
Andrew Dempsey
Dan Heinfeld
Rick John
John Parenti
Parker Pinkalla
Craig Smith

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