Our People

Michelle and lotus

Co-Learners. Collaborators. Creators.

In January of 2024, our Director of Education, Michelle Goulet was named as one of 20 Outstanding Early Childhood Leaders, Advocates, and Change Makers in the State of Maine by Maine Association for the Education of Young Children.

U.S. Air Force Veteran, Education Director and Head of School, Michelle recently won the Maine and New England Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year for the State of Maine in 2023. Michelle graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a Bachelor’s in Health Science and served eight years in the United States Air Force as an Aerospace Medic. She opened the nature school in 2009 and has been dedicated to continuous professional development that supports Reggio inspired, nature based environments for young children.

Meet Michelle

Head of Nature School, Director Of Education

Nature Educator Certified

Michelle’s vision is to provide a nature-based program in early childhood education and is deeply inspired by the “Reggio Emilia Approach.” She participated in a graduate study with the University Of Farmington in March of 2019, which provided graduate students theory and practical international experience including visits to preschools in Reggio Emilia Italy, presentations by pedagogistas, atelieristas, and teachers on the history, identity, and principles of the Reggio Emilia Approach. She had a remarkable opportunity to visit the Loris Malaguzzi International Center to view current exhibitions, and discussions with professors about Reggio-related theory and practice in their own settings, and since then has become even more passionate about fostering and delivering nature-based education and Reggio inspired environments for young children.

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Michelle's passion is to inspire students to become lifelong learners in an ever-changing world.

Her mission is to inspire students to become lifelong learners in an ever-changing world. Through the use of technology, field explorations, and engaging lesson plans, she wants to inspire them to become world-citizens that are ecologically conscientious, culturally sensitive, and passionately inquisitive. Furthermore, she aims to foster an environment of nurturing care, a classroom of unconditional love and acceptance while holding strong to a belief in personal responsibility.

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Meet Liz

Assistant Director, Eco Educator

Nature Educator Certified

Miss Liz has been at KGE since January 2018. Her past 4 years being a part of this teaching team have been wonderful and she’s learned so much from her fellow educators and especially the kiddos. Miss Liz has successfully completed her education pathway to obtaining the Child Development Associate.

Before working here at Kidz Go Eco Miss Liz worked with children ages 5-14 at Standish Recreation as a summer camp counselor and an after school counselor.

After, working six years for OfficeDepot in their distribution center in Portland, Liz decided that she wanted to be working with children, and is so glad that she made the transition.

Some of my favorites things are being outdoors, video games, hiking, being near the water, spending time with my family, photography, exploring new areas with my better half, Erik, and playing with our kitty Ellie!

Working with kids is the most rewarding thing I have ever done. I learn more from them each day. Their curious nature and wonders about the world around us are inspiring and I love learning new things about nature with them!

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Meet Emily

Eco Educator

My name is Miss Emily! I am an educator in Nature 3! I started working at Kidz Go Eco as an intern back in September. I’m from Wrentham, Massachusetts and moved to Maine to study psychology at University of New England. After my internship, I discovered my passion for teaching early childhood education, and Miss Michelle was so wonderful to offer me a position. Some fun facts about me: I’ve been playing tennis for the last 8 years; I own quite a few animals: a dog named Coco, a cat named Skout, and two ferrets named Cayde and Azura.

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Meet Emma

Master Eco Educator

Nature Educator Certified

Emma is thrilled to be joining the KGE team and continuing her passion of exploring the outside world with young learners! She graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in Environmental Studies and has a Masters from the University of Southern Maine in Education: Teaching and Learning. For the past few years, she taught 7th and 8th grade science and worked summers at Maine Audubon Preschool Camp.

Before moving to Maine, she was an environmental educator at zoos, aquariums and nature centers in Rhode Island, Washington State, upstate New York and Massachusetts. She grew up in Gloucester, Massachusetts and has fond memories exploring tide pools, estuaries and quarries as a child. Emma lives in South Portland with her partner, Charles, their dog, Pepper, and leopard gecko, Chester. She is so excited to be able to spend time outdoors while learning alongside her KGE students. She absolutely loves preschoolers and the wonderful questions that guide their natural curiosities.

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Meet Jackie

Eco Educator Assistant

Nature Educator Certified

Jackie came to KGE after finishing her internship as a Recreational Therapist at NeuroRestorative in Standish, Maine. At NeuroRestorative, she worked throughout the community with clients who have suffered from brain injuries. Jackie and two of the Recreational Therapists hiked Mount Katahdin with four participants who were physically able to train for this exciting challenge this past year. Jackie received her Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies in 2023 from the University of Southern Maine. She discovered her passion for working with children as a Behavioral Health Professional at Black Bear Support Services while in college. She assisted those children with developing new socialization opportunities, while encouraging their love of being outside, and achieving individual goals.

Jackie loves spending time with her dog, Cabella, traveling, hiking, swimming, skiing, or just being outside. She hopes to encourage kids to continue to learn and grow with the outdoors!

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Meet Diane

Eco Educator Assistant, Substitute

Miss Diane was born and brought up in Brockton, Massachusetts. She graduated from Brockton High School and Chamberlayne Jr. College, Boston. She has three grown children: Kristin, Timothy and Patrick, and she has three grandchildren: Josetta (Josie) 13, Declan 10, and Tadhg 7. She enjoys spending time with her family and she loves to cook Italian food. During the warmer months she finds joy in walking the beach, swimming and spending time in nature. Some of her greatest joys is going to watch her grandkids play soccer and sledding. She enjoys working with children and she adores their honesty and humor. She worked in the Portland Schools as an Ed Tech for over 30 years, and retired in 2020.

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Meet Kaela

Master Eco Educator

In fall of 2020, Kaela began her journey at kidz go eco as a psychology intern from the University of New England. This internship opportunity convinced her that she has a passion for teaching preschool-aged children. She loves that she can interact creatively with the kids and develop activities that will allow them to freely learn in an outdoor environment. Some of her favorite things to do with the kiddos is go on trail walks and use a variety of methods for art activities. Since graduating in May 2021 with a BA in Psychology, Kaela has chosen to pursue a Master’s in Early Childhood Education (M.Ed.), which she begins in September 2022.  

In Kaela’s spare time, she loves singing, playing video games both alone and with buddies, spending time with family and pets, and going to the beach. She also loves to watch the hummingbirds and bumblebees flourish in her garden! 

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Meet Kaitlyn

Eco Educator

Kaitlyn graduated from the University of Maine in May 2023 with a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. She is certified to teach children K-3. Kaitlyn grew up right here in sunny Saco Maine, and has worked as a summer camp councilor, daycare aid for work study during her time at university, a BHP in the summer of 2020, and has recently completed her student teaching experience. She has a passion for working with young children and providing them with a collaborative and respectful learning environment. She is excited to be with us for our summer camp this year and to learn more about how nature can be incorporated in the classroom!

During her free time Kaitlyn loves exploring the outdoors going on nature walks, walks on the beach collecting rocks and seaglass treasures, and has recently started to teach herself how to crochet!

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Meet Lotus

Eco Mascot, Trail Guide

It’s with tremendous heartache and sadness that we share the peaceful passing of our beloved “Eco Mascot- Mr. Lotus who passed on January 20th, 2024. Mr. Lotus wore his dedication to our nature school and to our community on all four paws. He embodied the qualities we hold dear and he was a true KGE ambassador. Mr. Lotus was the most beautiful, soulful and spirited golden retriever.  He made an impact on everyone he met, both at kge and beyond.  He had a unique sense of calm and warmth that he brought to every adventure, whether it was watching us mow the lawn or install a nature trail sign, his gentle connection with children and his gentle enthusiasm for watching all the backyard birds at the bird feeders was so precious. He cared deeply for those around him and those who met Lotus felt his immediate supportive and healing energy. 
 
Mr. Lotus was very involved in helping in every outdoor project at the nature school, and we even dedicated a nature trail called “Lotus Loop” because of his heavy presence at our school. He was healing, calm, tender, and so very patient with all our children. Lotus was a true friend, the best companion, and was pure light, and he’s going to be deeply missed by our entire community.
Mr. Lotus began his role in 2014 and was the most perfect Eco Mascot and trail guide at kidz go eco.  He grew to know so many children that attended our school throughout the years and he was passionate about swimming, hiking, beach walking, going for car rides and going out to eat and spending lots of time with his Pepere. They we’re best friends!
 
His mom, Ms Michelle met when he was 3 months old as she was preparing for a Brain Tumor operation in Boston 2014 and they became inseparable through her journey and recovery when she underwent another brain tumor surgery in 2022 when she permanently lost her vision in her right eye. Mr. Lotus dedicated his work on building social skills and developed bonds with many humans where he offered healing and support. He participated in canine training classes so he could learn to be gentle and understand how to be an attentive listener for safety. His bond and trust with his mother grew so deeply that she finally brought him on board as one of the fellow team members at kge. Over the years, their bond grew, and so didn’t the connections with all the children, families, and staff at kge. 
 
Mr. Lotus we can never repay you for what you have given to so many, and we’re so grateful for the work and service you brought to our nature school. Your presence will be deeply missed, but never forgotten. We will always hike “Lotus Loop” in memory of you. Lotus, we’re eternally grateful for what you brought to our community and we look forward to meeting you again.  With Love, Your KGE Family. 
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Meet Grace

Eco Educator

Grace graduated from Thornton Academy in 2020. While Grace was in high school, she gained experience nurturing young children in many environments, including summer camp, after school care, dance class, and in the classroom. Grace is currently working towards a degree in English at the University of Southern Maine.

When Grace is not working, she enjoys playing video games, dancing, listening to music, playing with her dog, Callie, and making crafts.  She is excited to have the opportunity to work in an educational environment, and to learn from and guide the students at Kidz Go Eco!

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Meet Brenna

Eco Educator

Brenna is originally from Winthrop, Massachusetts where she grew up babysitting, teaching younger children acting and drama courses, and exploring the outdoors. She obtained a degree in both Special Education and Visual Arts at Wheelock College. She is licensed in Special Education, Mild to Moderate disabilities, PreK-8. At Wheelock, she had the opportunity to work for Jumpstart by helping children with their kindergarten readiness, as well as student teaching in a Fourth Grade classroom in the Boston Public Schools system. Before graduating, she also had a Practicum experience at The Cotting School, in Lexington,  Massachusetts where she worked with Middle School students with varying levels of ability. Brenna grew up spending her summers in the pines of YMCA Camp Woodstock in Connecticut, as a camper, counselor, art teacher, and unit manager. After 14 years there, this is what really sparked her interest in nature based education! 

After graduating from college, Brenna joined the United States Peace Corps where she was a Education Volunteer, responsible for teaching English and training local teachers, in Rwanda. In Rwanda, which is called The Land of 1000 Hills, Brenna enjoyed hiking and exploring her surroundings in her free time. On one of these hikes she met her now husband, Habimana. After Peace Corps, Brenna and her husband moved to Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, where she worked as a First Grade teacher and a Lower Primary Montessori Teacher with children ages 5-9. 

Brenna has since been raising her 1 year old baby boy, Mucyo, and making the move from Rwanda to Maine. She is very excited to explore Maine more especially as she loves hiking in the forest and reading on the beach. She enjoys trying new recipes, playing board games, and spending time with family. She is so excited to combine all her different experiences into teaching children at Kidz Go Eco! 

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Meet Caitlin

Eco Educator

Caitlin is thrilled to embark on a new adventure with the KGE team as an Eco Educator. She is a graduate of Elon University with a degree in Theatrical Design and Arts Administration and a minor in Early Childhood Education. Since graduating, she has been the Costume Design Coordinator at the nearby Ogunquit Playhouse. Caitlin is eager to reconnect with her lifelong passion for early education and hopes to bring her creative background into the classroom with art projects, songs, and imaginative free play. 

A native of North Carolina, Caitlin grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains. She has fond memories of her childhood, going on long hikes in the woods of her backyard, reading on family quilts under oak trees, and picking strawberries from her grandparents’ farm. As the daughter of a Kindergarten teacher, Caitlin has found herself in classrooms and around young children her whole life. An advocate for early education, she cannot wait to see the children’s creativity blossom as they engage in outdoor exploration and free play. 

Caitlin loves spending time in her new home of Biddeford, Maine, and enjoys long walks at the beach, exploring new coffee shops, and trying new recipes in the kitchen. 

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Meet Tori

Eco Educator

Tori is a graduate of Washington College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies and Political Science. She began working in early childhood education during her summers in college and she fell in love with teaching. Post college, she worked in preschool and outdoor education settings and she’s so excited to combine her passion for the outdoors and the environment with early childhood education. Tori is from Massachusetts, but spent her summers in Maine and she feels so fortunate to live in this state. Some fun facts about Tori is that she loves traveling, hiking and photography!

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Meet Kenzie

Eco Educator

Kenzie is a Pennsylvania native who has found home in Maine. She has a master’s degree in Natural Resources: Forestry from the University of New Hampshire and bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Studies and Geography from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. She has over three years of experience as a nature educator with children ranging from ages two through fifteen. This includes working for a full-day outdoor forest school, a nature-based Reggio Emilia school, and a nature-based Montessori school. She also has over six years of experience working with children as a summer camp counselor, substitute elementary teacher, and youth soccer coach. She is currently working towards her CDA. 

When she isn’t in the classroom, Kenzie enjoys reading, doing puzzles, hiking, traveling, and exploring New England with her fiancé and her dog, Moose. She has been to eleven national parks and hopes to see them all someday! She is grateful and excited for the opportunity to join Kidz Go Eco. She can’t wait to explore the nature campus and learn and grow alongside your children. 

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Meet Taylor

Eco Educator

This is Ms. Taylor and she is in her last semester at the University of New England, graduating in May of 2024. She is majoring in Psychology and has a minor in Sociology. You may recognize her from the Fall of 2023 as she completed her psychology internship with Kidz Go Eco. She is happy to now be a part of the team and has really enjoyed watching the children grow intellectually in the time she has been here. 

She is originally from a town just outside of Albany, New York and has had a great time exploring coastal Maine the past few years. She used to visit Maine as a kid and has always been in love with the beach. In her free time, she likes to create art such as drawings and doing her nails. She enjoys being in the sun and being outside on the beach no matter what season it is. She’s always recognized the importance of nature and the benefits it can provide to us. It brings her so much joy to be working with children and she loves the intentions Kidz Go Eco has for our youth!

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It takes a community

As the proverb illustrates, it takes a village to raise a child and for a small independent school it takes the thoughtful efforts and creative resources of the community to educate the village’s children.We are deeply grateful for your willingness to support our nature school, whether monetary, contributions of classroom supplies/equipment/furniture, kind words of encouragement, lifting our educators spirits with a special thank you, or your own unique offering. Your donation makes a difference and with your generosity and thoughtfulness, kidz go eco is a very special place for all the children that attend our school. We want to thank you for all your in kind support!