Pre-Primary Director Alaina is an advocate of outdoor and environmental learning and believes strongly in the benefits of teaching children early our connection to our food and environment through skills and experiences learned through the farmstead and our natural world. She graduated with her Bachelors in English and Writing from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and got her TESL Certification shortly after - using it to travel internationally and tutor all ages in English while working on organic farms. She later moved to and joined a homeschool cooperative in an intentional community in southern Missouri where she taught children ages 0 – 8 and fell in love with the Ozarks. There she also managed the Ranch program and founded their Dairy program that is still in use today. After learning multiple early childhood teaching methodologies at the co-op and doing extensive research on early childhood development she went on to found and direct her own outdoor "farm and forest" preschool and kindergarten here in NWA.
Pre-Primary Core Teacher Arkansas native, attended high school in Fayetteville. Relocated to Eureka Springs in 2009 after years of visiting. Enrolled daughter in pre-primary, began working in the office, and now teaches at the pre-primary school. A pro tie dye artist that teaches workshops, she also enjoys other crafts including macrame and gardening, as well as hiking and spending time outdoors with her family and pets.
Core Teacher Brittany has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Arkansas and is currently working on a Master's in Elementary Education. Brittany has previously worked in Special Education and recently worked with youth outreach programs in Stone and Taney County, MO.
Core Teacher Jennifer Robison is a dedicated and experienced educator with a passion for teaching. Jennifer has nurtured young minds across various grade levels, including preschool, kindergarten, third grade, and specialized dyslexia reading interventions in public schools for twenty-four years. She believes that meaningful learning occurs through engaging experiences, and she strives to create a supportive classroom environment where students can explore, ask questions, and develop critical thinking skills, sparking a lifelong passion for knowledge. She is particularly enthusiastic about fostering a love for literacy and children's literature in her students.
Core Teacher Aly has a bachelor's degree in Biology Composite Teaching from Brigham Young University Utah. She has worked in a Montessori school, taught English in China, owned her own preschool, and taught Math last year at Clear Spring. Aly has done volunteer work with children in China, Mexico, and El Salvador. She loves kayaking, camping, hiking, and the ocean. Aly believes the most important thing to teach kids is to love themselves. Engaged learning is a great way to increase self confidence and equip kids with important skills for life.
Core Teacher For the last 8 years Tammy had been homeschooling 4 of her children until their enrollment at Clear Spring. With a background in education as well as hospitality she is a firm believer in hands on skill training and creating an environment that fosters a love of learning for all children. Tammy is a hobbyists and musician and a lover of food, flowers, and good books.
Staff & Administration
Jessica FitzPatrick, PhD
Head of School Jessica is Head of School, at Clear Spring School this year. This is a return to her educational home. She began teaching at the Pre-School with Charla in 1999 and worked her way through the grades at Clear Spring until 2010 when she left to explore education from a global perspective. She taught in South Korea, Uganda and studied in New Zealand and has now returned to Eureka and Clear Spring School. She has a Masters in Progressive Education from Goddard College in Vermont and has just completed her PhD. In teacher professional development and the assessment of 21st century skills through the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Jessica@clearspringschool.org
Academic Coordinator Rigdon has a bachelor's degree in fine arts, a master's degree in education, and 25 years of teaching experience. Throughout his time as an educator, he has received many awards for his work including Teacher of The Year for the Bentonville, AR public school district for the 2005/06 school year and The Walton Arts Center Outstanding Educator Award. He also has participated in extensive educational training, including Skill Path Leadership Training, Love and Logic Training, Arkansas A+, and Great Expectation of Arkansas Institute. "I love working for Clear Spring because I am given the freedom to allow my students to learn through discovery and hands on learning. It is truly a student-centered curriculum.” firstname.lastname@example.org
School Nurse & Admissions Kelli joins us as a registered nurse. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas Woman’s University in 2012. She has been practicing as a nurse for 10 years. The last 5 years in pediatrics in North Texas, where she found a passion in caring and advocating for those in the younger patient population. After moving and leaving the hospital setting in 2021, she is excited for this wonderful opportunity where she hopes to continue to care and advocate for her students as Clear Spring’s School Nurse.
Librarian Ginny has a Bachelor's degree in English and a Master's degree in French. She has been a youth mentor and tutor for over 15 years. She has spent time teaching English in France and also teaching French to students in Arkansas. "Kindness begets kindness, respect begets respect; learning is infectious when you make it fun! I appreciate the freedom teachers and students at Clear Spring have to explore concepts in multiple ways, to pursue their true interests and learn self-reliance at a young age." email@example.com