Through learning sustainable practices and increasing self-reliance; students, their families & their communities can create the lives they imagine for themselves.
We believe in the importance of being Community Co-created, Youth-Driven, Holistic, and Sustainable.
Our work provides an authentic learning experience focused on the whole learner, the whole family, and the whole community.
At We Are FARMily, learners are viewed as rivers. The beginnings are often small, with their paths shaped by the lands on which they exist, and their impact limited. However, provided essential environmental factors, they grow. As they transition from mentees to mentors through their work at We Are FARMily, so do they transform into mighty rivers with the ability to shape the lands on which they live.
We are located in southern Colorado, just east of the Rocky Mountains, and proudly serve the students, families, and communities of Pueblo and Huerfano counties.
In my work as a living skills counselor in a home for boys and as a paraeducator for elementary and middle school students with social emotional disabilities, I consistently observed the power of the outdoors, good nutrition, and holistic health practices in my students as well as those who supported them. I am the lead for the sustainable practices, and healthy living programming at We Are FARMily. Doing work that helps increase individuals' voice and self-worth through empowerment is what makes me excited to wake up each morning.
As an educator for 16 years, I have taught in both traditional and non-traditional settings. I learn by doing and have tried to incorporate this into every area of my experience from middle school history to high school visual and digital art, to leading a makerspace for students of all ages. This amazing journey has led me to becoming a co-executive director for We Are FARMily. I am the lead for the outdoor education and makerspace with an environmental and agricultural focus. Building equity and providing authentic learning opportunities from the ground up, whether indoors or out, is what drives me.