Christy and Emily…Take Root Founders & Directors
Christy Schultz, Co-Founder and Director
Christy Schultz, The Nature Teacher and Founder of ECO-Every Child Outside, and Nature Seeker Co-Founder and Director has been working with children and teaching, in both the indoor and outdoor classroom, for more than 20 years. Her experience is diverse and unique. After graduating from Florida State University and pursuing her chosen field of Education, she spent many years teaching in the traditional classroom. Looking for a change and seeing a need for environmental education in the community, she discovered the wonders of the outdoor classroom, where she has continued inspiring and educating both the young and old on the beauty and science of natural ecosystems, particularly those in South Florida. As a Certified Florida Master Naturalist and Interpretive Guide, Christy is well-trained and versed in the intricacies of Florida Natural History and Ecology. She has spent the last 12 years out in the field – along our coastal shores, in the waters of the swamps, and hiking the highlands. She and her students are always discovering, exploring, and learning. Nature Seekers is the next natural path for Christy…in co-creating this program, her long-term ambitions are coming to fruition.
Emily Feldman, Co-Founder and Director
Emily Feldman is the founder of Treehouse Learning and Nature Seeker Co-Founder and Director. She has been teaching for over 13 years in both public and private institutions. She uses progressive educational methodologies, including Waldorf and other cooperative learning models to foster a community of independent, creative thinkers and balanced, well-rounded human beings. Emily’s desire to create a safe, loving atmosphere – supportive of learning, growing and discovering; and her passion for encouraging each child’s true potential led her to build Treehouse Learning, and subsequently, Nature Seekers. As a Lead Teacher and On-site Director, she is responsible for day-to-day operations, scheduling, parent liaisons, payments and safety while exploring and learning in the outdoor classroom which is Treehouse.