Samantha Van Dine

Elementary Teacher

“Children deserve to grow and learn in a place & alongside a force that is as wild and alive as they are.”

~Nicolette Sowder


Samantha’s love of nature stems from her childhood in northern Ontario.

Instead of a typical fenced-in backyard, her home overlooked a rushing ravine, that wound through a forest of trees, ferns, and raspberry bushes.

In this natural playground, Samantha’s imagination could run free: exploring and creating until the sun fell.

These years spent in her wild backyard left a lasting impression on Samantha and believes it has influenced her steps in her teaching career: first taking her across the country to teach in a remote Indigenous community, where she learned about holistic medicine and traditional dance; to teaching on an Arctic island, where she experienced Inuit culture and the raw, desolate beauty of northern Canada.

This path has now led her to Tír na nÓg Forest School, where she feels privileged to be able to explore with her students all the lessons nature has to offer.


  • St. Thomas University - Bachelor of Education (Elementary & Secondary)

  • University of New Brunswick - Bachelor of Applied Arts (English Literature & Fine Art)

  • New Brunswick College of Craft and Design - Diploma in Fine Craft (Ceramics & Foundation Visual Arts)