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Kelly Johnson

The IMA program allowed me to combine and explore my interests in environmental and progressive education with my love of and foundation in art. Although I had a very clear vision of what I wanted to accomplish and stuck to it my idea gained a great deal of depth due to the rigor of the program and advice received from my advisors.

My work at Goddard has allowed me to enter the fields of progressive and environmental education with the confidence that what I have to say is innovative, important, and meaningful and to present a product that will actually help change the way environmental education is taught and the way children interact and connect with nature. While at Goddard I wrote and published a book, Wings, Worms and Wonder: A Guide for Creatively Integrating Gardening an Outdoor Learning into Children’s Lives. By embracing the fact that my learning reached such depth in the field, I gained the confidence to apply to present the work at multiple international conferences over the next year (and I was accepted to present at all of them!) and create a business that allows me the creative freedom to do what I love - create holistic outdoor learning experiences with students, teachers, and parents.


A 2012 graduate of the MA in Individualized Studies (IMA) program at Goddard College and a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, Kelly has participated in the development and facilitation of multiple successful school and community gardens. She teaches at Montessori Tides School and in the University of Richmond's Nature and Sustainability Institute.

She is actively involved in her local garden club, her community children's garden, Slow Food First Coast's garden grant committee, The North American Association for Environmental Education, the Association for Experiential Education, and the American Montessori Society.

Kelly is an artist, surfer, musician, gardener, and seasoned Montessori teacher in Neptune Beach, Florida, where she can often be found riding her beach cruiser with her sidekick, Sean.

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Educational Background:

MA in Individualized Studies, Goddard College, 2012; Bachelor of Fine Arts, Savannah College of Art and Design, 1998.