Tiny Trees Spruceview
School Year Program
Home School Program
Located up West Hill
Indoor Exploration & Play
Book Box & Story Time
Activity of the Day
Meditation & Mindfulness
Krista is originally from Southern Illinois where she worked as a third grade teacher for 8 years. Seeking to expand her horizons, she decided to move with her husband Jake to Kodiak Island where they both taught K-12 for 4 years. Most recently, Krista worked at Nikolaevsk School in a multi age K-5 classroom. As a classroom teacher, Krista sees the benefit of play, games, movement, mindfulness, and outdoor activities and is excited to offer these experiences in a “home away from home” atmosphere. She has a BA in Elementary Education and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction.
We provide outdoor play based preschool care. Tiny Trees is focused on nurturing and protecting the young child’s sense of wonder and imagination. Play is the work of childhood and our environment is carefully prepared for the developmental needs of the young child. Through play, each child learns a broad range of social emotional, cognitive and linguistic skills. The core of our philosophy is that children learn through play with very little need for adult direction. The teacher is here to foster a safe, loving and caring environment that supports each individual child.
There is a daily and weekly rhythm that provides a familiar environment and support for the children as they move wholeheartedly into play and learning experiences. Our child care home is warm, inviting and intentionally put together to support our daily rhythm. Neighborhood walks will be considered part of our regular program.
Karianna Derr: Co-teaching with Krista on Tuesdays and Thursdays
Originally from Seattle, Karianna has lived in Homer for 4 years. She works at Tiny Trees Spruceview because she believes that holistic education that allows positive outdoor experiences are crucial in developing a connection and reverence to the natural world, can create resiliency, provide therapy, and promote imagination in both children and adults. In turn creating loving and enriched communities. This is her second year working at Tiny Trees Spruceview. She feels fortunate to be part of the team. When not tromping around the woods with a group of children, she loves to tend to her garden, bicycle around town, and go on long walks with her husband to enjoy all the beautiful views Alaska has to offer.
Madison Williams: Co-teaching with Krista on Mondays and subbing throughout the school year
My name is Madison Williams. I am 27 years old and am excited to have just accepted the position of assistant teacher at Tiny Trees Spruceview. I was born and raised in Wyoming and graduated in 2016 from the University of Wyoming with a degree in American Studies focused on sustainable food systems and development. After graduating, I dedicated my time to traveling around the world to work on organic farms to learn more about sustainable farming practices and global food systems. This brought me to Alaska in 2017 where I worked on a biodynamic farm for six months in the Matanuska valley. Within the past two years I have spent my time working with youth of all ages in Colorado, Wyoming, and Alaska, most recently working for Campfire Alaska’s rural program. This program brought me to three different rural villages across Alaska where I had the opportunity to teach wellness and healthy living practices to Alaska's Native youth. My passion for the outdoors, farming and youth has allowed me to lay down roots in Homer, Alaska. I am very excited to learn more about the community and its engagement with youth.
Allison Mueller: Assisting on Wednesdays and as needed throughout the school year
Originally from Illinois, Allison moved to Homer, Alaska in August 2019. Allison is currently a student who is spending an exploratory semester at Homer High School and Kachemak Bay Campus. She has experience in babysitting children of all ages. Allison enjoys the outdoors and believes that it is of great importance for children to learn about nature in a safe, happy environment. She enjoys learning about art through the community and looks forward to sharing different art styles and techniques with children. Allison will be assisting Krista on Wednesdays and planning art activities for Spruceview School.