Welcome to Folksy! We are excited to have you here!
Founder & Director
Sarah is a budding naturalist, with a deep appreciation for children’s education. After becoming a board-certified music therapist in 2010, she went on to work with a variety of populations across San Diego and Boston, while also working as a music, art, and dramatic arts teacher for a private Montessori School. While working as a theatrical arts educator, she started multiple youth programs throughout the Massachusetts Northshore. She holds a Masters in Entrepreneurship from Oklahoma State University, and is a Certified Forest Teacher endorsed by Southern Adventist University, under the care of Dr. Jean Lomino in Chattanooga, TN.
While becoming a mother of two, Sarah travelled cross-country multiple times and has visited 25 National Parks and counting. She’s passionate about the natural world, and how it can be incorporated into children’s education, enrichment, and daily-joy. Folksy was dreamed up as a space where children can find a sense of slowness, connection, and seasonality framed in childhood magic, both in our school and scouts program.
When she’s not exploring with the children at Folksy, Sarah enjoys handcrafts, watercolor nature journaling, pottery, traveling, and camping with her husband and two daughters.
Assistant Director of Folksy Scouts
Kati is an avid outdoor enthusiast who grew up exploring nature around the country. She is a licensed social worker who earned her Masters in Social Work from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2009. Throughout her career, she has worked with both children and adults in a variety of settings and has been able to see first-hand the importance of incorporating nature, mindfulness and other holistic practices into healing and everyday life.
In her free time, Kati is a self proclaimed jack-of-all-trades and enjoys a wide range of activities, including sewing, making stained glass, baking, basket weaving, gardening and hiking. She is currently working on hiking the 46 High Peaks in the Adirondacks.
Kati resides in Snyder with her husband, two daughters, three dogs, a tank full of tropical fish and many, many houseplants. She is passionate about creating a space where children can be children while exploring the natural world around them and most importantly, learning to be inclusive and kind.
Assistant Director of Folksy House
Alicia is a certified teacher with a passion for education through nature and play. She received her Masters in Education in 2015 and is certified to Birth-grade 6 as well as ESOL K-12. She has been a preschool teacher for the past 6 years and going into her 7th year she is excited to have helped create a wonderful new program at The Folksy House where she hopes to bring joy to new children as they learn and explore. In 2022 Alicia also received her Certification in Forest Education to help expand her passion and desire to get children back outside where they can learn from the world around them. When not at Folksy teaching preschool or running a scouts troop, Alicia is a homeschool mother to three children ages 12, 10 &7. You can find her outdoors with a good book, baking, gardening and caring for her chickens.
Assistant Director of Marketing
Stacey carries a BFA in Fine Arts from SUNY Fredonia and can often be found behind a camera running her successful photography and visual arts business. She's a self proclaimed “people person” who, through her experience as a homeschooling mom, has found her calling in both connecting with children and connecting with nature and all it has to offer us. She has found a home at Folksy where both of these passions collide. In March 2021 Stacey earned her Forest School Certification through the Forest Teacher's Institute in collaboration with Southern Adventist University in Chattanooga, TN, and is committed to furthering her Forest School education, as she believes there is no better childhood than one spent playing and learning outdoors as much as possible.
Folksy was originally founded in 2020, just as our world was facing a new set of challenges. Folksy grew from a passion of seeing our own children grow and experience the world. It evolved from other programs such as a nature group and book club and through those we saw the potential and need for something more.
We want Folksy to be everything our children need. A safe place to learn and grow and experience the world. Through our programming and gatherings, we seek to do just that.
We're grateful to work with so many people who act as leaders and mentors to our children, and strive to keep the Folksy spirit as part of all they do.