Summer Camp Teacher Information

Rachael Bruss has been teaching at Dunwoody Nature Center since 2017. She has a BS in Early Childhood Education from Brenau University and has been teaching for 10 years. Currently, she is a kindergarten teacher in Brookhaven. She enjoys hiking and loves searching for the perfect waterfalls!

Lauren Girard has been teaching art in the Metro-Atlanta area for five years after earning a BFA in Art Education from Georgia State University. Education has always been her passion, and she is very excited to share it with the campers at Dunwoody Nature Center! When not teaching, Lauren enjoys traveling, hiking, reading, and spending time with her two cats, who also like to explore the outdoors!

Tiffany Perry is currently an elementary substitute teacher in Gwinnett County Public Schools. She has over 10 years of experience in healthcare as a medical assistant.  This is her first year teaching at Dunwoody Nature Center.  She is excited to meet our campers and ready to have an outstanding summer exploring nature.

Caitlin Sabers has worked at the Dunwoody Nature Center since 2015. She teaches nearby at Woodland Elementary during the school year. She graduated from Georgia State University with a dual certification in Early Childhood Education and Special Education and loves teaching year-round! As an avid hiker, runner, and camper, she enjoys sharing her love of the outdoors while educating young minds. She is always excited to take your camper along on her next adventure!

Bonita Y. Cason-Atlow has been a Lead Educator at Dunwoody Nature Center (DNC) since 2017. She holds an Associates Degree in Business and has worked as a Teacher’s Assistant at a private school for the last two years.  Bonita enjoys helping others and volunteers her time and talents whenever possible.  Bonita’s hobbies include teaching children’s yoga, meditation, tennis and she has a passion for gardening and nature.

Allison Sockwell has been teaching at Dunwoody Nature Center since 2017. She has a BS in Special Education from Georgia College and State University and has been teaching for 3 years. Currently, she teaches 3rd-5th grade students with moderate autism. She enjoys hiking, camping, and any other fun outdoor activity!

Sharon Kalahar has been an elementary school teacher for over 30 years. Through travel experiences on 5 continents she has enjoyed learning about different cultures, natural resources and animal habitats. Sharon is looking forward to her second summer as an educator at Dunwoody Nature Center, along with gaining new insights about nature with the campers.

Jessy Garris is the Media and Educational Technology Instructor (fancy word for librarian) at Woodland Elementary. She is passionate about reading, hiking, and conservation sciences. She hopes to help young nature enthusiasts ignite and nurture their sense of wonder for the outside world. Someday, Jessy plans to become a park ranger for the National Park Service. This will be her fourth year as a summer camp instructor at the Nature Center, and she is so excited to greet the campers!

Heather Wickham has been a Lead Educator with the Dunwoody Nature Center since 2011. She has a B.S. in Secondary English Education, a M.Ed. in Learning, Design, and Technology in K-12, and a Ed.S in Curriculum and Instruction. Although her primary experience is with teenagers, she loves the opportunity of sharing nature camp with children of all ages. Whether her class is exploring nature, creating crafts, or hypothesizing an experiment, it’s sure to be a great week!

Megan Clark graduated from Auburn University in 2010 and has been involved in environmental education ever since. She has worked at the Dunwoody Nature Center since 2013 and loves teaching summer camp!

Will West is currently majoring in biology with a minor in ecology at the University of Georgia and plans to apply for his Masters of Teaching in the fall. He loves working with kids and helping them to find a love for the great outdoors. Will enjoys discussing conservation and sustainability. You can usually find him in the classroom, on the trails, or napping in his hammock by the river.

Sue Hebda has taught at Dunwoody Nature Center since 2012. She has taught young children at Dunwoody Baptist Preschool and for the last 15 years at Dunwoody United Methodist Preschool, specifically the kindergarten class for the last 5 years. Her favorite subjects are science and nature, so teaching young children at the Nature Center is a special way to spend the summer!

Lisha Wedderburn has been teaching at the Dunwoody Nature Center since 2011.  She has a BS degree with environmental focus and has taught informal education in nature centers and on the trail.  Lisha enjoys sharing her love of the outdoors and educating everyone about nature around us.

This will be Leslie Wall‘s second summer at Dunwoody Nature Center. She has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders and works at Conley Hills Elementary School as a Speech and Language Pathologist. She moved to Atlanta one year ago and has spent a lot of time exploring the various parks and hiking trails that the area has to offer. “I look forward to another year at Dunwoody, sharing my love of nature and the outdoors with the campers!”

Jenna Freeman is a speech language pathologist at an elementary school in Cobb County! She is a proud “double dawg” with a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Georgia. She loves to hike at Stone Mountain Park and other Georgia parks with her Golden Retriever, Maisie. Jenna has taught at another summer camp before. Jenna is so excited to share her love of nature, animals, and nature conservation this summer with her campers!

Peter Flamming is an educator, goat herder, and musician living in Atlanta. He holds an environmental science degree from Georgia College and State University and enjoys learning about and spending time with animals. Peter is looking forward to his first year teaching at Dunwoody Nature Center!

Sally Sockwell has her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Georgia College and State University, and this will be her second summer working as a lead educator at Dunwoody Nature Center.  She has a passion for adventure therapy, hiking/exercising, and the beauty of nature! Sally has worked at many summer camps, provides one on one tutoring and absolutely loves working with kids. “I am excited for another summer to educate and have fun with the campers while showing them to embrace the therapeutic experience nature provides us!”