Our Teachers & Staff

OCS provides competitive compensation to highly qualified, passionate, and well-trained professionals.

 
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BECKY SCHMID

K1 & K2

Becky is passionate about curricula that inspires students to be creative, to think deeply, and to connect compassionately with others and the environment. She values developmentally appropriate, thematic curriculum that is hands-on, incorporates a wide variety of arts, is fun and instills within students a life-long love of learning. Becky hopes to motivate students to use their passions to create positive change in the world.

 

Becky first came to OCS in 2005. She comes to us with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and a Master’s Degree in Education, both from Prescott College. Prior to OCS, she taught for Head Start and has experience working with children at outdoor adventure education camps, guidance clinics and as an AmeriCorps member.

 

Becky has a teenage son and enjoys spending time gardening, hiking, swimming, crafting, and reading!

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JERIANN SCHRINER

1st & 2nd Grade

Jeriann is an enthusiastic, creative and intuitive teacher. She is passionate about connecting children to the world and providing opportunities for them to share their voices and passions with their community and beyond. She values individualized, hands-on learning that is inspired by children’s curiosity and passions. Jeriann nurtures a positive classroom that supports compassionate communication and develops life skills that promote harmony, mindfulness and a strong growth mindset.

 

Jeriann joined OCS in 2006. She holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology and a Master in Teaching degree from The Evergreen State College. She is a certified reading specialist and is National Board Certified. Jeriann is trained by Mindful Schools to teach mindfulness to students in K-12. Jeriann enjoys hiking, practicing yoga (RYT 200), gardening and paddle boarding with her dog, Josie.

LAUREN BOOHER

3rd, 4th & 5th

Lauren is an advocate for authentic experiential learning at ALL age levels. She is passionate about outdoor programming, STEM engagement, and process-based art opportunities.

Lauren has a BA in Classical Literature and Philosophy, and will happily discuss Homer and Aristotle all day long. In fact, as a teacher, she takes daily inspiration from this quote from Plato’s Theaetetus: “Wonder is the feeling of a philosopher, and philosophy begins in wonder.” Lauren looks for opportunities to engage students’ innate sense of wonder and curiosity, so that they can make meaningful inquiries to broaden their knowledge of how the world works.

 

Before joining OCS, Lauren worked at The Gillispie School, Canyon Rim Children’s Center, and the French Montessori Preschool in San Diego, and also privately led a series of outdoor adventure playgroups for mixed-age learners. Originally from San Diego, Lauren absolutely adores the green beauty and laid-back lifestyle of the Pacific Northwest. She loves to read, make art projects with her two kids, and spend time on the beautiful nature trails of Olympia with her dogs.

WILLOW

NICOLAIDES

Kids Club Staff, K1/K2 & Creative Science Support

Willow is an empathetic, introspective, curious Capricorn with a passion for literature, travel, and the great outdoors. She grew up in a small beach town in New Jersey where her proximity to the ocean and bay instilled in her a love of the ocean, deep respect for our planet, and nurtured her yen of the natural world. After graduating high school in 2018, she moved to Olympia to attend Evergreen State College and pursue her BA. 

 

Willow started nannying at an early age. Willow values children’s independence as they find their way and discover who they are. One of her passions is incorporating the natural world into her lessons, opening children’s eyes to the bountiful the world around us. Her main goal is to ensure each student is supported emotionally. Willow seeks to ensure every child knows they are unique, valued, and loved not only in our community but in this big world. 

 

At OCS, Willow plays many roles. She works as a support in the K1/K2 class with Becky, leads an enrichment support Kids Club, and also is a lunch monitor. One of Willow’s favorite memories was hosting the first OCS Nutcracker play last year.

MADDIE

FARIAS

Kids Club Coordinator,

Spanish &

Math Support

Maddie is an outgoing, creative, passionate, collaborative and intuitive person who values connections between people. She brings almost a decade of experience teaching or volunteering with children. 

 

Alongside local experience, Maddie has international experience in both Mexico and Spain, teaching English, history, science and social studies. She earned a bachelor's degree in Social Anthropology with focus on art education for kids. One of Maddie’s passions is the incorporation of dancing, music, and performance arts into learning.

Maddie’s roles at OCS include serving as the Kids Club Coordinator, teaching the Spanish and Movement sections of enrichment and assisting in Jeriann's math classes.