Eleanor embodies the heart and soul of the Orchard School and Community Center. A long-time advocate for children and community organizer, she continues to find immense joy in the discoveries that children make when they are given space to play and explore the world around them. Eleanor develops and organizes Day Camps at Orchard School, Arts and Ecology Afterschool, and other community events throughout the year. In October 2018, Eleanor was selected by Cheshire County Conservation District as 2018 Educator of the Year! Read their press release to learn more about Eleanor's story and vision.
Andrea has been gratefully involved with The Orchard School since 2008 when her children, Alison and Foster began attending preschool and kindergarten. You may have met her as an involved parent volunteer or at the annual Craft Fair, an event for which she has volunteered since 2008. She is currently on staff as the office manager and as teacher for the Homeschool Program. She has been a member of the seed team since it's beginning and has recently become a member of the board of trustees, serving as our treasurer.
Ann joined The Orchard School and Community Center (TOSCC) in 2017. She moved to this area after she retired from 32 years as an elementary teacher in the public school system in Montgomery County, Maryland. As fortune would have it, she met Eleanor, who sparked her interest with the prospect of working with children in Eleanor’s unique “Place-Based-Learning” environment. Ann is a member of the Board, and works closely with The Arts and Ecology After-School Program and The Homeschool Program. Ann is inspired by all the many ways that people come together to support the mission of TOSCC, and is happy to be part of this growing community.
Shortly after moving from NYC Yumiko visited The Orchard School just to take a look. Then when she walked into the classroom, Eleanor invited her to sing a Japanese song ( Yumiko is originally from Japan ) to the children. Since that day Yumiko can not talk about her life without The Orchard School. She has taught at the preschool, Open Doors, summer camps and vacation camps. She will be teaching art for Arts and Ecology After School program. Yumiko is originally from Japan and ran an art program for children with different abilities.
Brynne has recently joined the Board at Orchard School and Community Center. She has been involved with Orchard School for many years as a parent and friend to the community.
Emily is a Customer Service Representative at Badger Balm. She discovered The Orchard School when looking for a place for her son to attend Preschool. She came to recognize the true magic that happens for children when they come to learn and play here, and felt moved to join the Board. Emily also puts together the monthly Newsletter, and continues to send her children to Day Camps at Orchard School.
Jennifer is a local gardener, herbalist, early childhood educator, and community organizer. She was a big part of the 2016 NH Permaculture Day that took place at Orchard Hill, and has been a teacher in the daycare program and a summer camp leader for the forest and wilderness groups. Jennifer is a founding Seed Team member, visionary, counsel to the Board, and coordinates events and community outreach.