Meet Our Directors
Founder & Co-Director Of WaNPA
Director of Fiddleheads Forest School
Kit is the Director and a founder of Fiddleheads Forest School. She is an AMS accredited Montessori Early Childhood Educator with a background in perceptual learning and child development. Her work is grounded in her understanding of perceptual learning and early childhood development as well as her passion for helping young children with diverse needs and experiences develop self-regulation and social and emotional skills. As Director, Kit is passionate about curriculum development, philosophy, family communication, research, outreach, and developing equitable and culturally responsive policy and procedure. She provides leadership to the nature-based and outdoor preschool movement on a regional and national level through her work with the Council on Nature and Forest Preschools and WaNPA. Kit developed her sense of wonder and appreciation for the natural world during her childhood in the Green Mountains of Vermont, where she spent her days exploring the back woods behind her house.
Dr. Kendall Becherer
Co-Director Of WaNPA
Founder & CEO of Kinder Earth
Kendall is an author, photographer, teacher, and learning scientist, with a degree in educational psychology from the University of Washington. She is passionate about investigating how both children and adults learn. She loves thinking about ways to help families naturally integrate their children in their everyday activities, such as preparing food, enjoying the outdoors, and learning to play music. She's written several books that are intended to be shared by children & adults, to facilitate learning as well as relationship building.
In 2014, she co-founded TOAD School, an outdoor school that meets in public parks and on a local farm. In fall 2016, she trained with Erin Kenny at Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten on Vashon Island, earning a level 3 certificate. She also substitutes for her son’s local nature school when needed, where she loves taking photos of kids engaging with nature and each other.