Forest Schools and a Vision for Mentorship with Jessica Holder and Karen Eilersen

In this episode, we speak with conference presenters Jessica Holder and Karen Eilersen about their work at Discovery Professional Learning. Forest Schools, a unique mentorship partnership with the municipality of Chatham-Kent and so much more in this conversation.

Jessica Holder (RECE, BSc, Forest School Practitioner) has been passionately committed to the field of Early Childhood Education for over a decade. She is the Pedagogical Leader at Discovery Child Care Centre where she works collaboratively with educators to reflect on their pedagogical choices and to grow the programs they co-construct with children and families.

Karen Eilersen (RECE, Forest School Practitioner) is the founder and Director of Discovery Child Care Centre: one of Ontario’s very first licensed child care centres that is also a certified Forest and Nature school, founded in 1998.


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Stephen Hurley has spent nearly 40 years as an educator. He has experience as a classroom teacher, a curriculum consultant, a teacher educator and a policy observer. As the founder and chief catalyst at voicEd Radio, Hurley is passionate about nurturing stronger relationships between education research, practice and policy.