Anne joined the Berks Nature staff in September 2017 as Nature Preschool Director. Previously, Anne taught kindergarten and first grade for four years. While teaching, she received her Masters in reading, reading specialist certification, and administrative certification. Anne’s love of children has carried throughout her adult life and influences every professional decision she makes. Her understanding and passion for exposing young children to nature is what brought her to Berks Nature. Children’s social, psychological, academic and physical health is positively impacted when they have daily contact with nature. Whether running, hiking or biking, she expresses her own love of the outdoors by utilizing the parks and trails in and around Berks County.
A Shillington native, Dave graduated from Governor Mifflin High School, and later Alvernia College, now Alvernia University. For the past 25-years, he’s taught science for grades 6-8 at Reading School District’s Northeast Middle School, where in his first year of teaching, he spearheaded the creation of an environmental club at the school. “Since then, the club has been involved with many environmental-based activities in and around Berks County,” Mr. Dave said. “We have close to 100 students involved with weekly meetings. My joy is to see kids not only in environmental club, but in everyday learning, take hold of their own learning and become positive leaders and role models for younger kids.” This summer marks Mr. Dave’s third with Eco-Camp. His favorite part of camp? “Being outside and working in nature- whether it’s hot, cold, rainy or snowy weather.” “My favorite themed-week is bike week,” he added, “Because we take interesting rides with kids of all ages. Also, a close second favorite is Creek Day.” Outside of the classroom, Mr. Dave enjoys photography, mountain biking, hiking and just being outside in nature. You may not know that he’s also a trained scuba diver. “I keep coming back to Eco-Camp because of the enthusiastic campers of all ages that I work with,” he said. “I really enjoy and get excited watching kids learning and enjoying nature.”