Trackers Earth Micro-School Our Story and Team

Our 2021/2022 session marks the fifth year of Micro-School at Trackers Bay. We’re looking forward to a year of in-depth mentorship and community building, connection with the land, and innovative curriculum that combines hands-on wilderness skills with individualized academic goals. Each 8 weeks we will cycle through 3 main themes: Relationships, Self-sustainability, and Survival.

Micro-School Team & Student Cohorts

Brooke Mitschang has 10 years of experience as an educator in the Bay Area. Over the last 15 years, she has earned a Child Development Permit, an MA in Education, as well as, a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. She joined Trackers this past summer as a Lead Rover Instructor and is excited to continue as a part of the Micro-School team. Brooke loves reading, gardening, and appreciating nature. Her goal is to encourage the development of lifelong, empathetic learners who have the tools and resources to problem solve and work together to create positive, sustainable changes in our society that allows everyone to flourish. She will be teaching and designing curriculum for the Kinder and 1st grade elementary cohort.

Daria McKnight has over 20 years of experience with elementary aged children, both in the classroom and as an administrator. She signed on with Trackers Earth in the summer of 2017 as a lead instructor and coordinator, and is thrilled to continue as a part of the Micro-School team for her 3rd year in a row. Daria loves foraging, hiking, history, and sustainable wild harvesting. She will be teaching and designing curriculum for the 3rd-5th grade elementary cohort.

Shields has 6 years of experience as an educator for ages K-12 in the Bay Area working with various organizations. Their primary focus at these organizations were creating inclusive spaces, developing creative problem solvers as well as empathy. They joined Trackers in the summer of 2019 as a lead instructor and have been working for the outdoor adventure days prior to becoming a member of the Micro School team. They are excited to facilitate the understanding of nature, intentional community and relationships to the world around us through a connection to the earth. Shields enjoys creating art with the natural world, foraging, mushroom hunting, philosophy, history, herbalism, biking and printmaking. Their favorite moments are finding new plants to draft and identify as well as reading new stories with a hot cup of tea.

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