Over two years ago when we, Marc and Nicole, thought about the type of preschool we wanted to send our own children, we realized there were none that covered what was important to us. We wanted a school that served plant-based foods, taught about nature and spent a good part of the day out in nature, and taught Spanish. We knew there were Spanish immersion preschools in the area and a few nature schools in the state, but there was no school where all three of these things were housed together.
We know that the early childhood years are one of the best times to foster a relationship with and understanding of nature, the plants around us, and the plants that we consume. So we decided to start a preschool ourselves that would focus on connecting children to each other, their environment, and to their food. So, as Nicole already had a career in natural resources as a naturalist, park ranger, and natural scientist and learned Spanish from her days in Peace Corps Mexico, she began to take classes in early childhood development in 2017 to get the ball rolling.
In the summer of 2018, we found a great opportunity on a small and cute property to start this preschool in the city of Fort Worth, TX. Since Marc has experience in the food service industry, he took over the chef duties and we hired a director to manage the school.
The director, Kari, Nicole, and Marc are all excited to connect with preschoolers and help them get connected as well.
Our Name and Mascot
The Pebble: We chose the pebble to represent ourselves and our actions. We want our lives and our actions to be like pebbles that create waves of positive change into our own lives, the community and the world. Be the pebble! We were inspired by these two quotes:
I want to be the pebble in the pond that creates the ripples of change- Tim Cook
Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects. - Dalai Lama.
The Pond: We chose the pond because it not only is a place where pebbles can be found but it is source of water, refuge, calmness, and reflection. The Dragonfly: This beautiful creature was chosen as our mascot because it is an indicator of healthy waters and ecosystems. It also represents change as from the time it is an egg to when it is an adult, it can molt up to 15 times. We know that in life we must continually grow and change as they do to become our best selves.
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