Why choose Nature Explorers?

It is our belief and research has proven, children thrive in all areas of development when given the opportunity to explore freely in nature under guidance and supervision. There are three nature explorer programs that we offer. Monday homeschool enrichments, Tuesday and Thursday preschool, and Friday homeschool enrichment program. These programs are an all-outdoor nature immersed, curiosity driven, child centered, emergent program. Nature immersion curriculum bathes all senses of children. The child is being exposed to a wide variety of learning  possibilities that are unique to each child. These skills and mental well-being boosters are hard wired into the brain at this  crucial time and will set the foundation for them to be well adjusted, lifelong learners.

Homeschool Enrichment

Monday – 2 classes or Friday – drop off

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Preschool

Tuesday and Thursday – drop off

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Licensing Exemption

The state of Tennessee allows for a child care licensing exemption and The Stoney Creek Nature Explorers Program has been granted this exemption.

Meet The Teachers

 

Holly Kinslow – Director

Holly Kinslow has 30 years’ experience in Early Childhood Education. With a degree in ECE from University of North Alabama, she opened her own preschool in her home. Over the years, she has directed children care programs, worked for the State as a Resource Specialist, conducted over 300 trainings for childcare providers on development and best practices. She became Coordinator of Child Care Resources for South Central TN for 4 years, before going back into the classroom in 2015. She has two children, Easton, 28 is married to Keisha. Chalie, is 25 and married to Thomas. She lives in a cabin in the hills and loves her plants and front porch. She firmly believes God placed within all of us a desire to connect with Nature, the world where He created for us to play, discovering all the amazing wonders He has for us to find. 

 

Cori Williams – Children’s Program Director

Cori Williams is a lifelong learner who enjoys sharing her LOVE of God, Nature, and Sustainable Living with everyone she meets! You can often find her exploring in the woods, hiking in the mountains, or getting her hands dirty in the garden. As a certified preschool teacher, she most recently served as the Assistant Director of the First Presbyterian Preschool Program in Franklin, TN. Cori studied Early Childhood Special Education at Vanderbilt University, and Early Childhood Development at Nashville State. During her time at Vanderbilt, she received the prestigious Peabody Innovation Award for developing a program to help poor inner-city families. She worked for the KidTalk Project serving area HeadStart centers as a behavior and language interventionist. Other careers have included Graphic Artist at a local financial institution for over 10 years, and manager of a local animal shelter. Cori is a certified Tennessee Naturalist and currently serves on the board of the Tennessee Naturalist Program. She and her 11-year-old son are native Nashvillians and are constantly seeking new opportunities and adventures!

 

Jonna Miniot – Assistant Teacher

Jonna Miniot has had a passion for working with children her entire life. She graduated from Central Michigan University and earned a BS in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood and a minor in Reading. Jonna has taught Head Start, a four-year-old at risk, and private preschool programs. She earned an endorsement in the High Scope curriculum which emphasizes active learning and promotes independence, decision making, cooperation, creativity and problem-solving in young children. The majority of Jonna ‘s career was at First Presbyterian Preschool as the five-year-olds teacher, and she utilized the High Scope philosophy. In her spare time, Jonna enjoys traveling with her husband Jon, caring for plants, hiking, reading, and spending time with her grown children. Her daughter, Jacquelin and husband Andrew, live in Murfreesboro and her son, Joe and wife, Cassidy, live in Birmingham, Alabama. Jonna is excited to be joining her love of working with children and her desire to learn more about gardening. She looks forward to being a new member of the Stoney Creek Farm family!

About the owners

 

Leigh graduated in 1982 from Middle Tennessee University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Business Administration. After graduation, Leigh three successful careers serving in management, merchandising, marketing and sales. The last 17 years (in the corporate world) were spent with the Xerox Corporation.

Olin earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Building Construction, Engineering & Technology from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1982. He has worked for over 30 years in all facets of the construction and residential development industry, and until recently was the Vice President of Enfield Construction.

Yearning for a simple, more sustainable lifestyle, Leigh and her husband, Olin, founded Stoney Creek Farm in 2005 and opened to the public in 2010 with a Summer U-Pick Garden, garden rental plots, and educational seminars. Having worked for over 30 years in the corporate world, Leigh retired in February of 2013 to expand their sustainable farm and better serve the community. Leigh continues to pursue the farm mission of “teaching people how to grow their own healthy food”, as well as educating the public on sustainable living practices via the Stoney Creek Farm website and social media.