Hello I am Joanna Shelton BSc, MSc, MEd, PGCE, PGCertEd.
Fire and Air is something I have been thinking about for a long time, so I am really excited to be getting started.
I studied Psychology at university and found the idea of adult learning and child development and well being fascinating. I went on to do a PGCE, but felt I wanted to teach outside the classroom where children could develop holistically, I trained as a Forest school leader in 2005 and as a Forest School Trainer in 2009. I also have Masters in both Conservation and Education and a Cert Ed for Higher Education.
I am a mindfulness based teaching practitioner and I have undertaken Paws B training with Mindfulness in Schools project. I am very keen to apply the theories of Forest Schools to adults and well being.
I have worked in education and community engagement for the past 15 years, including as the education and research officer in a zoo, running a project in heritage and environmental education with Groundwork, I oversaw the youth wing of The Wildlife Trusts, I have lectured in animal biology and conservation and I have worked as a museum education officer.
For 10 years I managed the education and community department of a conservation charity, where I worked with ages 3 to 93, including schools, MIND, MENCAP and many other groups and individuals.
I have worked and volunteered in both environmental and heritage education and have volunteered with The Wildlife Trusts, the RSPB and Oxfam.
I am a qualified mindfulness teacher. I have a fascination for Eco-psychology, learning and how we relate to the environment around us. I think a sense of place is fundamental to our well being.
I have both CRB/DBS checks and I hold a Paediatric First Aid Certificate.
The name Fire and Air is from a speech in Shakespeare's Anthony and Cleopatra. Cleopatra declares "I am Fire and Air." I have always loved this as to me it has aspects of a Phoenix, she is shortly to die, but that is a mere inconvenience. She cannot be overcome; she is a force of nature! I hope my Fire and Air will be an equal to Cleopatra's vision.