Board of Directors
Nicole is a certified and practicing Montessori teacher and advocate for educational systems that teach the whole child. She has been working with elementary aged children in the NRV for over twelve years- working as a guide in nature, visual arts, and culinary programs. Nicole is committed to implementing educational curricula that encourages mindfulness, advocacy, and diversity. She enjoys guiding children in their development of art skills and techniques, as well as use of assorted art media to express themselves emotionally, spiritually, and academically. Nicole has an MS in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford University and an Elementary credential from the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies through the American Montessori Society.
Rachel is a dancer, teacher, mover and shaker currently based in Blacksburg, VA. As a performer, she has collaborated with the DC-based Dance Exchange, as well as Seattle choreographers Pat Graney, Aiko Kinoshita, and Jurg Koch. Her choreographic work has been featured at the Seattle International Dance Festival, Movement Research (NYC), and the Washington, D.C. Capital Fringe Festival. In 2016, her graduate choreography was chosen to represent the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the gala performance of the American College Dance Association's North-Central Conference. Rachel is also a founding member of Mountain Empire Performance Collective, a long-distance dance collective dedicated to alternative processes of making work while separated by both time and space: http://www.mountainempiredance.com