Amy Zvonar, M.E.M.
Amy Zvonar comes to AFK with 14 years of experience in Environmental Education. After graduating from Agnes Scott College in 2004 with a B.A. in Biology, Amy traveled up and down the East Coast seeking new experiences to challenge and hone her skills as an educator. She has taught on whale watching boats in the Gulf Of Maine, on the beaches and in the marshes of St. Simon's Island, along the coastline of Long Island Sound, and on an urban farm in New Haven, CT. Her most recent experience has been in the urban forests of Atlanta, working as the Education Director for Blue Heron Nature Preserve in Buckhead. Amy's interest in Forest Kindergartens began while pursuing her Master's of Environmental Management degree at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Her master's thesis focused on improving environmental education experiences for early childhood. Amy spent three years observing, teaching and learning at Calvin Hill Day Care Center and Kitty Lustman-Findling Kindergarten in New Haven, CT. There she learned more about play-based learning and the Reggio Emilia approach in her time as a Harris Fellow in the center. Amy is incredibly excited to bring her experience working with children outside to Athens Forest Kindergarten, and continue learning alongside children. Amy currently resides in Athens with her spouse, Jesus Tirado, and their 4 year old daughter Calliope.