Patricia Leon

Program Director

Patricia is a Certified Forest Kindergarten Teacher by Cedarsong Nature School and a certified Montessori Teacher ages newborn through 6 years, she is an educator specialized in Andragogy (Adults) and MBA.  In addition to running Miami Nature Playschool she is an independent consultant for Grupo Consulta (Peru), she is part of the board of Directors at the Childhood Nature Project, Co-Chair at the Florida Chapter of ERAFANS, she is part of the Higher Education / Teacher Preparation area of the Council of Nature and Forest Preschools. Patricia is from Peru and is fluent in Spanish and English. She is the Founder of Miami Nature Playschool.

Ana Maria Cordido

Adventures in the Forest Lead Mentor

Former preschool teacher, specialized in Instructional Design. She is the Lead Mentor at the Forest Kindergarten program. Ana Maria is a mom to two children under four and a newborn and is from Venezuela. She is fluent in English and Spanish. She has been a mom attending our program since 2016 and is working with us since 2017.

Gloria Baena

IMAGINA Facilitator

Gloria is a children’s book author with many successfully published books in 19 countries. Formerly she was a preschool teacher for many years in her native country, Colombia. Currently she is a life coach and she is a Senior Facilitator in Spanish for IMAGINA Parent and Child at North Miami. She has been working with us since 2014 and its a Founder consultant of Miami Nature Playschool.

Katja Von Elbe

Conscious Discipline Consultant and Adventures in the Forest Mentor Assistant

American, School teacher with a Master in Special Education. Certified Conscious Discipline Consultant. Grandmother of one boy

Ursula Castaneda

IMAGINA Facilitator and Adventures in the Forest Mentor Assistant

Mexican. Former accountant. Certified in Parent and Child Relationship. Mom of two boys, 2 & 4 years old. has been attending our program like a participant since 2016 and has been working with us since 2018.

Jillian Smith

IMAGINA Facilitator

American. Yoga teacher, Proud Homeschool Mom of 2 children. In charge of IMAGINA Parent & Child program delivered in English. Assigned to North Miami location. Has been working with us since 2018.

Lee Friedman

Playcamps Instructor

Israeli. Trained in Reggio Emilia Approach, YOMU instructor, Lead teacher at the toddler class in Temple Beth Shalom, in charge of Teacher Planning Days, Holidays and Breaks playcamps, after school, special events,  and weekends activities. mom of 4 children between 6 and 14 years old. Assigned to North Miami location. Has been working with us since 2015.

Gabriela Armendariz

Adventures in the Forest Mentor Assistant

Ecuatorian. Former Kindergarten Coordinator in Quito. Certified in Child Care Training by Miami Dade College. Mom of a 10 years old boy. Has been working with us since 2019.

Dania Beatrice

IMAGINA Facilitator and Adventures in the Forest Mentor Assistant

Brasilian. Professional Infant Caregiver. Educator with studies in Montessori and Reggio Emilia Approaches. Mom of two girls, an Infant & 2 years old. Has been a family attending our program since 2018 and working with us since 2019.

Anita Armas

Adventures in the Forest Mentor Assistant

Venezuelan. Former Video and Tv Producer. Mom of a 10 years old girl. Has been working with us since 2018.