About Me Hi. My name is Jennie Glass, and though I grew up in Houston, my love and deep connection with nature comes from my summers in Colorado. Since having my son Nawi eight+ years ago, I have returned to this connection and want to pass it on to my son and as many other children as I can. I believe that simply being outside is not only good for our physical and psychological health, but also fosters and deepens our spirituality as well. In nature, we see little miracles all the time as we wonder at a butterfly's metamorphosis, or the journey a smooth pebble has made over millions of years. Through these connections, we can become great lovers and protectors of the Earth, and learn sustainable ways to take care of it, and ourselves.
My Background Formally, I received a B.S. in Journalism (Media Studies) and a minor in French from the University of Colorado at Boulder. I worked in advertising for almost a year before I returned to my passion for being with children. I received my Montessori 3-6 certification from the Houston Montessori Center, and then moved back to Colorado to teach in Estes Park at the YMCA of the Rockies. Several years prior, I had worked for the same YMCA at Camp Chief Ouray as a Trail Dept. Asst. , and then a Trip Asst. I was blessed to go on several 4 and 10 day backpacking and rafting trips with teenagers during this time. Returning to the YMCA, I worked in a Montessori classroom for three years, and then was the Day Camp Asst. Director for two summers. I moved to Austin in 2006, and have worked in Montessori classrooms as an Elementary Asst., Primary Lead Guide, and a K-1 Lead Guide. I am very grateful that my son has grown up in Montessori as well! I am currently teaching P.E. at Headwaters Elementary campus, and I have also started an Environmental Science after-school class, as well as an Outdoor Leadership program, which utilizes the school's natural spaces and Bird's Nest habitat and low ropes course. I had the privilege of apprenticing at Earth Native Wilderness School, and I have also worked with Families in Nature to bring our families on several camping trips and outdoor adventures and learning for the past few years. I gratefully continue to learn more about nature every time I step outside, and create wonder with each discovery.