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We are 100% outdoor, structured learning based in the area of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park & Ocean Beach.

 

We are a curriculum and nature-based Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten program. 

​There is no better setting for a child to be themselves and to be open to learning than while in an outdoor environment. 

About

Meet The Team

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Laura Engel
Founder & Teacher

Laura, with her 14 years of expertise in Early Childhood Development, continuously innovates in this field, focusing her curriculum on brain development and self-regulation for young learners. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Adolescent Development from San Francisco State University, where she graduated with honors. She also earned an Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education from Skyline College, achieving honors in this program as well. Laura is certified by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing with a Child Development Master Teacher Permit. Additionally, she is a trained and certified California Child Abuse Mandated Reporter.

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Frank Driscoll
Teacher

Frank Driscoll is a graduate of Vassar College, where he was honored with the J. Howard Howson Prize for his outstanding achievements. His experience as an Art Teacher and Curriculum Consultant, alongside his impactful roles at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, brings a unique depth and creativity to our educational approach.

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Lauren Funes
Teacher

Lauren Funes, part of our dedicated team, holds a BA in Psychology from San Francisco State University, with a minor in Special Education. Recognized for her academic excellence and experienced as a Registered Behavioral Therapist, Lauren enriches our outdoor learning environment with her insightful understanding of child development.

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Jackie Lozano
Teacher

Jackie, our vibrant Spanish teacher at Little Forest Explorers, infuses every lesson with enthusiasm and song. Her lively approach to teaching Spanish engages and delights our young learners, fostering a love for language and music. Committed to her own growth as an educator, Jackie continually seeks ways to enhance her teaching and connect with each child.

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