Dear Field School Families,
I hope you have been having a lovely summer so far and that you are enjoying the great outdoor life we are so fortunate to have available to us. I wanted to let you know that we have finalized our search for a new Field School Coordinator and the hiring process from main campus is now fully completed.
It was not an easy decision. There were many great candidates. Some were new to us and some were from within our KFS community already.Having made that difficult decision, we feel very confident about the one we made and believe she will be a great asset and resource to our kids, parents and graduate students. Her name is Shannon O'Laughlin and a letter follows from her so that he may introduce herself to you. She will step into the role officially on July first. I know she is eager to get going and to meet all of you.
Feel free to reach out to me with any questions at any time at 907-982-3122
****Her letter follows here:
Greetings FIELD School Families,
Steve has offered me the opportunity to introduce myself to you as the new Kellogg Field School Coordinator. My name is Shannon O’Laughlin and I come to the Field School with a rich background in education; as a child of an educator, a teacher, a mentor, and a school administrator.
My first teaching experience after receiving my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from California State University Chico, was as an English Language Development teacher. I taught 110 children daily; always striving to meet their educational and emotional needs. After two years with that program, I secured a job at a Waldorf charter school teaching Grade 2. The Waldorf curriculum was alive and engaging and completely captivated me. I went on to pursue my Waldorf Teaching Certificate through the Rudolf Steiner College, while continuing to teach my class of students. After an incredible seven year journey, I graduated my class from Grade 8. They’re now young adults and doing amazing things with their lives!
At that time, I decided to take a year off to renew myself and explore other countries, which I was incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to do. During that year, I was also called to adult education in the Waldorf sector. A highlight of my personal and professional life was being invited to present at the Humanizing Education Conference in Mumbai, India. I was also invited to Rudolf Steiner College as adjunct faculty for summer teacher training. To my surprise, I found myself greatly enjoying working with adults.
I applied for, and received a position in administration as the Education Director at the Waldorf charter where I had been a teacher. In this capacity, I served as the supervisor of the teaching staff, while ensuring we were upholding the pedagogy. Additionally I attended to numerous administrative tasks. During my time as Education Director I went back to school and received my Administrative Credential from Chico State.
I am experienced in curriculum design and lesson implementation, using a wide variety of engaging teaching techniques. I have a strong sense for meeting the developmental needs of each individual child; embracing and expanding their unique capacities. I feel I have knowledge, skill, and warmth that will enrich the Field School program. And, I have a great curiosity and openness to LEARNING! I will work closely with Steve, the students, other Kellogg Campus staff and faculty in Outdoor Education for their expertise in outdoor education as well as with Field School parents for all that Alaska has to offer as a classroom. I have had direct experience with the value of building and maintaining relationships for an enriching educational experience, I am hopeful that we form strong partnerships that will further augment this already dynamic program.
And a bit about me personally. I was born and raised in Northern California. My childhood was rich with agriculture, crafting, and musical theatre. Last summer I began yearning for a big change; a grand adventure. This Winter, my boyfriend and I moved from our hometown in Northern California to Sutton. I’m taken with the majestic beauty of Alaska and the kindness of people here. I’m out exploring the vastness at every opportunity. I’m a handworker who loves sewing, knitting, and felting most. I derive great joy in flowers. I love to grow them, give them, and get them. It’s quite a learning curve, but I do believe I will be successful in having some incredible flowers in my yard this first summer in Alaska. And, I’m a dog lover! My precious pug of 15 years was my classroom pet and office companion. These days I keep the company of an incredibly agile and sweet two year old Carolina dog, Homer, and a spunky six month old Catahoula/German Shepherd, Fernie, with a knack for snuggling.
I will begin my work with the Field School in July, and would welcome the opportunity to meet you and your child(ren) before classes start in September!
Shannon ... See MoreSee Less
Welcome! Many of our families have a love of Waldorf education, personally I am most excited that you love felting:)! Bring on all the Waldorf crafts!
Welcome Ms. Shannon 🌸 Our family looks forward to making your acquaintance!
Welcome! We can't wait to meet you 🙂
Thank you for your welcomes! I’m in day two and already feel so grateful for being part of the FIELD School. I look forward to getting to know you and your children!
The School House is locked up for the summer, getting ready for new and returning faces in September. Here's a flashback to Chickadees and Owls at Mat-River Park for their last day of class. Thank you Backcountry Bike & Ski for an amazing culmination to Bike Week! Hope you all enjoy our incredible Alaskan spring and summer 🌻💚 #kelloggfieldschool #placebasededucation #environmentaled #getoutside #naturekids #gokidsgo ... See MoreSee Less
3 months ago
Long time no post! We're wrapping up spring session this week at KFS. Sunshine, clouds, fields clear of snow and lots of fun scheduled for this week! For those that didn't get the memo--Party. Friday May 3, 10-1. Bring your favorite taco topping! ... See MoreSee Less
HUGE glasses! Enjoy the rays. ☀️☀️☀️
6 months ago
Don't forget! Tomorrow is our Welcome to Winter soup potluck. We provide the soup and you can bring a side to share. 12:30 at the School House, all are welcome. See you there! ... See MoreSee Less
7 months ago
Skiing into the winter break like....
Things have been awfully quiet here at the Kellogg Campus without our students, but we're already gearing up for the winter session starting January 28. We still have a few spaces available - tell your friends! ... See MoreSee Less
KFS classes are running as normal tomorrow! ... See MoreSee Less
Remember to join us tomorrow at the school house for a pot luck gathering from 11:00-1:00!
Tell fellow Field Schoolers ... See MoreSee Less
Our Chickadees fear no snow. Here, a student practiced his horizontal shoveling technique. Very creative! #kelloggfieldschool #alaskankids #environmentaleducation #placebasededucation ... See MoreSee Less
What were your childhood field trips like? The Ravens got a very rare chance to spend time with bottle-raised moose calves this week as part of their fall moose study. The looks on their faces say it all!
#placebasededucation #environmentaleducation #kelloggfieldschool #alaskankids ... See MoreSee Less
Dear Field School Families,
Well, Autumn has certainly held on as long as it can. Even now, snow on the ground seems like a far way idea. But, we all know it will come when we least expect it. That long season has been nice to enjoy and also made for a an extra busy one for us here at the Kellogg “Farm” Campus as farming season has kept going and we have worked on clean up while also dealing with extra driveway road work. We know you have noticed that last part!
As October comes close to its end we have finally gotten a chance to catch our breath and want to take a little time to celebrate a few things. A new Field School Coordinator, Sophie, whom some of you have had a chance to meet and some have only had a chance to see running from one task to another in her busy days. New Field School families who have joined us this year. New grad student instructors. And….a long, slow and hopefully successful season of food harvesting and gathering for most.
We would like to invite you all to join us for a potluck celebration of all these things and anything else you can remind us all to celebrate on Friday, November 9th at Field School in and around the School House. We will gather at 11:00 and hope as many of you as possible can come! Please bring something to share. Food that does not require more than stovetop or oven warming would be best. We definitely have some among us who are vegetarian and some who cannot eat gluten so variety in those areas would be great too. If you are not able to arrive at 11:00 we will be around until 1:00 at which point we ask that all kids have parents attached to them. Families are welcome to stay beyond that time but we will not be offer any supervision of kids past that point.
This is a great opportunity to meet Sophie if you have not, to meet me if you have not and for new families to meet old-timers (you know who you are). Siblings are certainly welcome. Please leave pets at home or at least keep them in your cars. We appreciate them too but need to keep the chaos centered on the human kind 😊. We hope you can join us! ... See MoreSee Less
Natural Numbers and Nouns went big this week with a trip to the Matanuska Glacier! This fall, NNN is focused on uncovering the forces that shaped our local landscape. #kelloggfieldschool #placebasededucation #environmentaleducation #alaskankids ... See MoreSee Less
Reminds me of a walk Miss Megan took our family from Canada onto the glacier.
The Owls head into the field tomorrow for their fourth week exploring the Kellogg Campus. Cross your fingers for sunshine! #kelloggfieldschool #environmentaled #placebaseded ... See MoreSee Less
Our NNN students are getting serious about geology! Last week they modeled the composition of Earth using natural materials (pictured). Tomorrow they head into the field to hunt for fossils! #placebasededucation #environmentaleducation #alaska #kidsoutside #kelloggfieldschool ... See MoreSee Less
The second week of fall session got off to a sunny start yesterday! To celebrate, our Chickadees spent Monday sampling macroinvertebrates in Spring Creek. #fieldeducation #environmentaleducation #alaska #outdoorclassroom #kelloggfieldschool ... See MoreSee Less
I wonder if I still have a recording of the Macroinvertebrate song that the 1st generation of Chickadees wrote and sang?! ❤️
Is there a Field School Family that wants to adopt one of the old field school bunnies?
Shadow needs a new loving home. If so, let Steve know! 907-982-3122 ... See MoreSee Less
The sun is shining here at the Kellogg Campus and, though things are quiet at the moment, we are very excited to welcome our fall session students bright and early tomorrow morning! #alaskakids #placebasededucation #environmentaleducation #homeschool ... See MoreSee Less
Our end of the year pizza party! Thank you to all of you who brought toppings to share, the caribou and muskox meats were a real special and delicious local treat. ... See MoreSee Less
Congratulations to our Ravens class who released 257 Coho salmon that they raised all year as part of their Salmon in the Classroom project into the Matanuska lake! Our class also participated in some habitat restoration buy collecting garbage alongside the lake. Well done Ravens! ... See MoreSee Less
Thanks for eight great years of growing kids on the farm, Megan! ... See MoreSee Less
I am thankful to know Megan. When I look at my son part of who he is and his passions is because of the farm school and more importantly Megan!
Appreciation... so well deserved, Miss Megan!
A lovely gift of appreciation to you for all your efforts over the years to develop a love and knowledge of the outdoors for all your students. You will be missed,