Matthew Hebard, Founder and Learning Guide
Matt’s educational background includes a BA in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a MA in Educational Psychology from the University of Colorado-Denver. He was also a member of the 6th Buell Early Childhood Leadership Program Cohort and completed his second Master’s in the ALPS Program (Administrative Leadership and Policy) through University of Colorado-Denver (UCD).
During his time at UCD, the idea of educating young children outdoors flourished. After working in public schools, state government and being the director of child care programs in Denver, it was time to hike a new trail. Bringing nature-based, outdoor learning to the children and families of Denver has been his mission. His daughter, Griffin, attended Denver Forest School daily and it was inspiring to watch her grow and flourish in a natural environment. Now, his second daughter, Phoenix attends and is just as joyful to see her explore and be immersed in nature.
Michelle Bruyere, Learning Guide
As a teacher with nearly 20 years of early childhood instruction experience, Michelle has worked in preschools, as a nanny, and in integrated special-needs classrooms. Her passion for coaching student resilience and social-emotional regulation while helping to develop a loving school-family community. She’s happiest when teaching, learning or just outside, now she’s able do all three as the newest member of Denver Forest School!
Maggie Rohs, Learning Guide
Maggie is a native to Cincinnati, Ohio! She went to the University of Dayton and graduated with an Environmental Biology degree. During that time, she discovered her passion for environmental education through the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens’ Wildlife Encounter Program. After graduation, she decided to take the time to travel for herself. For two years, she got to live and travel to Australia and other neighboring countries. After all these adventures, she decided to come to Denver, Colorado, to explore another new area. She then again, got involved with environmental education with several different organizations and loved every moment of it! Being able to teach kids about their own backyard is pretty incredible. She is excited to join the team and guide kids to discover the resources surrounding them!
Emily Seiz, Learning Guide
Emily has been working in Early Childhood Education for the past 5 years, and LOVE IT! I’m a Colorado native (GO BRONCOS!!), who loves to hike, read, and hangout with my son. Emily helped DFS over the summer and loved it so much, she wanted to be part of the team. She is excited to be apart of the Denver Forest School team, and looks forward to having fun and getting to know all of the amazing children and families.