Kimberly Worthington – Lead Teacher
Kimberly was born and raised in Texas, where her love for the environment grew from simple moments spent outdoors with her family in local parks, gardens, and campgrounds. It was these moments of calm, that propelled Kimberly into a life-long journey of exploring, learning, and adoring the natural world. An educator tried and true, Kimberly has stepped into many leadership roles across the country, ranging from garden instructor to preschool teacher—she is so eager to now put on the boots of a forest kindergarten teacher! Kimberly received her degree in Environmental Education from Warren Wilson College, where her passion for working outdoors with children was fully realized. She recently completed her Forest Kindergarten Teacher Certification from Cedarsong Nature School, during which her devotion to this form of natural education was solidified. Kimberly is excited to bring her love of play, awe of the forest, and ability to guide children through self-discovery to the families of Orcas Island! Kimberly has been with the Orcas Island Forest School since we started in the fall of 2015.
Hyo Rhi was born in South Korea, and has since spent large parts of her life in Germany and the Washington D.C. Metro area. While studying anthropology at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts and interning at the Child Development Center as part of an educational psychology course, she found a natural affinity to children. Her upbringing in Germany filled with freedom to play in nature gave her emotional resilience and a creative drive she has carried into adulthood. Having learned firsthand the value of the mind and body development that takes place in the early childhood years, she comes to the Orcas Island Forest School eager to create a space for children to grow in their understanding of themselves and others.