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Apple Blossom Village strives to provide families with programs and experiences that are rich in natural learning, imagination and creativity, and engage our head, hearts, and hands to cultivate a deeper connection to nature, our local community, and the world. Located at Rail Rover Folk School 303 Railroad St SW, Bemidji, MN 56601

Please call Dacia at: (218) 766-0640 or Email: naturalchildhood@gmail.com

For more information about Apple Blossom Nature School, email Sarah Wilson: abnatureschool@gmail.com

For  Gavias Spielgarten After School Program, email Ann Skoe: annskoe@gmail.com


STAFF

Apple Blossom employs well qualified, experienced, and nurturing staff to teach your child/ren. The staff are trained in a variety of ways, including licensed teachers, Waldorf Education, Early Childhood education, music skills and Language learning.  The educators at Apple Blossom are life-long learners with a passion for teaching. Self-reflection and inner growth are qualities found in all the educators employed at Apple Blossom. For more information about employment please contact us! naturalchildhood@gmail.com



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Dacia Dauner

Hello!  

I am the owner of Apple Blossom Village and the Early Childhood Educator for Apple Blossom Kinder Garden!

I have a B.S. in Accounting, B.A. in Humanities, and licensures to teach preschool and parent education classes. I have attended ongoing training in Early Childhood Education and have attended summer trainings at the Micha-El Institute in Portland, OR each summer since August of 2011.  I am currently enrolled at the Institute to complete my teaching certificate in Waldorf Education.

I began my Early Childhood career as a preschool teacher for one year at Campus Childcare Center at B.S.U. and then as the Director of Campus Childcare Center for eight years. I worked closely with Head Start through the Head Start/Child Care Partnership that we had at the Center. I supervised and mentored many staff, including student teachers and practicum students from BSU and NTC.  I discovered Waldorf Early Childhood Education in 2010 and I became inspired to bring to the community my vision for a nurturing, creative and nature based Kindergarten. I have traveled to Spain, France, Mexico and most recently Ireland! I have some world language experience in French and Spanish and I have picked up a little German and Ojibwe along the way.  I love to bring world language and culture to the classroom.

I enjoy learning about nature based and holistic educational methods, reading, art and art therapy, hand crafts, and the outdoors.

I am glad to offer my vision of a warm and nurturing environment for young children and their families. 

Sarah Wilson

Hi my name is Sarah Wilson and I am the Lead Educator of the first class at Apple Blossom Nature School (1st through 3rd grade).  Exploring the forests around my home from an early age evoked my passion for the outdoors. I now hope to share that passion with young people. I hold a degree in elementary education. For the past ten years, I have implemented innovative teaching methods, engaging students in their learning and getting their hands dirty. I have training in environmental education, and experience teaching kindergarten through 2nd grade. After quitting my job to travel South America with my family, I am excited to be back in Bemidji and ready to support students in forming their own connections to the outdoors while guiding them to become active, engaged community members! In my spare time, Sarah enjoys gardening, biking and any outdoor activity done with my family.


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Ann Skoe

Guten Tag! ¡Hola! Bonjour! Aniin!

My name is Ann and I have been working part time at Apple Blossom teaching German.  Learning languages has made my life very rich. Although both of my parents grew up in Minnesota, I began learning German as an infant because my family lived in Berlin.  At Colorado College, I earned a degree in German studies, and also studied for a year in Göttingen, Germany. I am licensed to teach both German and Spanish and keep my first aid, CPR and lifeguarding certifications up to date. In 1989, I spent 4 weeks in Guatemala. And in 2013 I spent 4 weeks in Argentina.  I am also fluent in spoken French.  My  husband, François Fouquerel, is from Normandy, France.  Our children Zac, age 15, Louise, age 14 and Arnaud, age 3  speak French with their father.  This year I  celebrate 27 years of working with the Concordia Language villages. There, I have held a wide variety of positions, ranging from leader of wilderness programs to cook and healthcare assistant.  My  responsibilities have included teaching arts and crafts and canoeing, hiring and training staff and most importantly building community while sharing in German, Spanish or French. I can’t decide which age group I enjoy the most.  I also equally love teaching languages and environmental education. For for 2 winters, 2 springs and an autumn I worked at Camp Widjiwagen, near Ely. There I led students in 4th-10th grades in outdoor programming.

The Headwaters Science Center employed me for my first years of living in Bemidji. Then, I taught German in Hibbing for seven years.  When my older son was in kindergarten at Schoolcraft Learning Community, I returned to Bemidji.  For four years I worked with the students at  Voyageurs Expeditionary  High School.  I also taught Spanish at TrekNorth.  For the last six years, I have been teaching world languages online through Fergus Falls public school district.  

I plan to continue to collaborate with Apple Blossom by launching my own After School Nature Education Program, Gavias Spielgarten, in the fall of 2017. I want to share my passion for the outdoors and world languages through my new program which will operate from 2:15 - 4:45 pm, Monday - Thursday, for ages 5 to 10 years old. We will be located at the Rail River Folk School, please email me if you are interested.

Some of the treasures I hunt are wild berries, starry skies and good stories. I love to be in, on, and around lakes and rivers in all of our beautiful seasons.

I look forward to talking, singing and playing with your children in German and other languages as we enjoy the outdoors together.