Meet the Teachers & Nature Guides

Take Root Education’s Teachers and Nature Guides have backgrounds and experiences with a variety of holistic pedagogies, as well as natural history, the sciences and environmental education philosophies. All teachers are certified in CPR and First Aid and are finger-printed and background checked. All teachers are aware and trained to uphold Covid-19 safety standards. Take Root’s educators maintain regulations in a positive and holistic way. Take Root upholds the highest standards in safety and in education. Each teacher is passionate and dedicated to the philosophy of the program and the needs of each child.

Welcome to our COMMUNITY!

Camila Sosa
Teacher & Nature Guide

Camila Sosa has had a variety of teaching experiences and has been with Treehouse Learning for three years. After experiencing an outdated public school system as a new elementary education teacher, Camila embraced her role as teacher with Take Root Education’s Treehouse Learning Program. “Treehouse Learning aligns with my values and beliefs concerning education. Therefore, what I can bring to Treehouse is absolute passion!” Camila provides her students with empathy, guidance, and reassurance to build strong meaningful bonds with students and families. She shares her knowledge and interests, such as, physical activity, sewing, music, and environmental awareness to help students explore beyond what they learn in their core classes. Camila believes that being a part of Treehouse Learning allows her to share her authentic self with the students, thus encouraging them to do the same. Camila Sosa has been a part of the Treehouse Community for three years. This year Camila is the proud teacher of the 6 & 7 year old Mangos at Treehouse Learning in Greynolds Park, N. Miami. Starting January 2021 Camila will be supporting the students, teachers and parents as Onsite Assistant Director for the Dade Program.

Mariella Aldave
Teacher & Nature Guide

Mariella Aldave believes that, “A child’s development should be focused on the qualities​ that make them well-rounded human beings”. Born and raised in Lima Peru, ​Mariella attended the Waldorf Lima School where she gain​ed​ her love for teaching​ and developed knowledge and respect for all human beings. ​Specializing in Waldorf Education and as a K-12 Waldorf Education graduate, Mariella understands the benefits of a holistic, high-quality education. Treehouse Learning’s child-centered approach to teaching has built her confidence in the future generation. She loves being in an environment where she can teach using methods she admires and is passionate about. The 2020/21 Academic Year is Mariella’s second year with Take Root’s Treehouse Learning Program in Dade County. Mariella lovingly leads the Seedlings Group in Greynolds Park, N. Miami.

Abby Lynn Mayginnes Ramirez

Teacher & Nature Guide

Abby Lynn Mayginnes Ramirez spent her childhood frolicking in Missouri’s deciduous forests surrounding the tributaries of “The Mighty Mississippi River”.  After spending the last 7 years living and teaching in Florida Abby has found herself ready for a new adventure with Take Root. 

The diversity and beauty of South Florida’s people, animals, and plant life has left Abby enamored. A recent encounter with a “sea cow”, manatee, while kayaking has this outdoor enthusiast, artist, crafter, and natural artifact collector in awe with her new role at Take Root. As a certified educator and leader amongst the youth of today, she feels a sense of urgency to instill a passion for stewardship for the earth, the flora, and fauna in the young people today. Excited about aligning her personal goals of stewardship with the Take Roots mission providing holistic and well-balanced nature-based curriculums for each child to thrive, learn and grow organically.”Abby welcomes new opportunities to facilitate student discovery, exploration, creativity, and ingenuity by listening, respecting, teaching, and following her student’s interests. Her students feel safe as she encourages metacognition, self-motivation, and inquiry. 

Chrissy Arth
Teacher & Nature Guide

Christine Arth (Chrissy) is a South Florida native, born and raised in the ocean. She loves anything beach, animals, and nature. Chrissy has worked with kids in a multitude of environments over the past 10 years driving to her to achieve her DCF Florida 45 hour  Teaching Certificate. She has her degree in Psychology and has a history of working in the veterinary field as a veterinary technician.  She tries her best to live an eco-friendly lifestyle and learn about wildlife conservation. Chrissy uses her learned techniques in teaching to provide a safe and enriching environment for children of all ages. 2020/21 is Chrissy’s first year with Take Root Education. Chrissy works with the Seedlings (age 4 and 5) at Treehouse Learning in Greynolds Park and gently guides the Nature Seekers as they explore nature at Birch and Bonnet House on Thursdays and Fridays.

Gaby Quiles
Teacher & Nature Guide

Gabriella Quiles (Gaby) is a Florida native hailing from nearby Sunrise. Having had a first-hand experience in South Florida’s public school system, as both student and teacher, Gaby has devoted herself to providing education that overcomes the outdated practices commonly found in today’s standardized public curriculum. As an educator, artist, musician and nature enthusiast, Gaby has a strong affinity for the core values found within the Nature Seekers’ holistic and vibrant approach to shaping the minds of the next generation. Gaby believes it is essential to provide a hands on experience. She acts as a guide in providing each student the support and creative liberty needed. She always looks to promote natural growth and encourages the students to confidently explore the world around them. 2021 is Gaby’s first year with Take Root Education. As a Nature Teacher, Gaby provides uplifting educational experiences to the Ocean Seekers on Tuesdays and to the Nature Seekers, Wednesday through Friday, in both Broward and Dade.

Lia Rangel
Teacher & Nature Guide

Lia Rangel is a passionate and dedicated educator who believes that an approach centered on listening to each student and their heart’s call can help lead them towards a path of lifelong learning and development. She considers her experiences and challenges growing up a blessing, particularly those of being a minority because they allowed her to see the underbelly of a failing education system. Along her way, special teachers who instilled an emphasis on creativity, individuality, and integrity in her early life showed her the impact that such adults can have in shaping the minds which we hand the world off to tomorrow. This fostered in her a love for alternative education methods and working with initiatives that seek to improve the field by providing holistic approaches that cultivate the little seeds that are our students into well-rounded, empowered adults who are ready to help make the world a better place. Lia is currently pursuing a bachelor’s in elementary and special education. She has merged this path with her love for the arts and environmental sciences through her teaching experiences in outdoor settings, encouraging students to learn through play and develop mindfulness through their observations in the natural world. The experiential, child-centric approach at Take Root was a dream come true for this Miami native and teaching in her old stomping grounds, using methods and practices she believes in, is just the cherry on top of having found a program that truly hones in on the magic within each child and the special ways they can make their mark. 2021 is Lia’s first year with Take Root Education. As a Nature Teacher and Assistant Teacher, Lia provides uplifting educational experiences to the Ocean Seekers on Tuesdays and to the Nature Seekers, Wednesday and Friday, in both Broward and Dade.