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SAINT JOHN

Jesse House

Preschool Teacher

“If we want children to flourish, to become truly empowered, then let us allow them to love the earth before we ask them to save it. Perhaps this is what Thoreau had in mind when he said, “the more slowly trees grow at first, the sounder they are at the core, and I think the same is true of human beings.”

~David Sobel

Biography

Jesse grew up outside of St. Andrews, New Brunswick where she spent her early years exploring and playing around the Passamaquoddy Bay and the Acadian Forest. Those early childhood experiences formed her strong belief in the benefits of play-based, outdoor education.


Jesse holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Allison University and a Bachelor of Education degree from St. Thomas University where she graduated at the top of her class and received the Outstanding Academic Achievement award upon graduating.


Jesse’s teaching journey began when she accepted a position just above the Arctic Circle in Inuvik, NT. In this unique environment, Jesse had an opportunity to create an outdoor classroom to provide a natural learning environment and exploration space for her young students. She also learned the value of culture-based education, community involvement and intergeneration learning. By inviting elders into the classroom Jesse and her students were able to learn culturally relevant skills such as local hunting techniques, how to identify animal tracks and how to classify edible and medicinal plants.


Jesse can still be found today exploring the natural world in her free time. Whether it be hiking, kayaking, camping or foraging for edible plants and fungi, Jesse’s passion for outdoor adventures continue to grow!

Certifications

  • Mount Allison University - Bachelor of Arts

  • St. Thomas University - Bachelor of Education