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Eleanor Palmer, Sprouts Teacher

Born and raised in Mills River, I have always called these mountains home. I grew up taking theater classes at the Flat Rock Playhouse. I believe these experiences ignited my passion for teaching by showing me just how powerful art can be when used as a tool for learning. In 2019 I graduated from Appalachian State University with a BFA in Studio Art. From there I worked as a studio manager at Klaystation in Raleigh, NC. I taught wheel throwing classes and led art camps for children in the summer. I moved back to Hendersonville, NC in 2020 and began my childcare career at Montessori Country Day where I worked with children from 1-5 years old.

Joining the Wild Oak team in August of 2022 has been such a highlight in my teaching journey. Wild Oak creates a space for children to feel a sense of belonging. As a teacher I value play based learning, connecting children with nature and the coexistence of fundamental theories of learning in the classroom.

When I am not at Wild Oak I like to spend my time painting or enjoying nature. I am passionate about the power of creativity. Expression through artistic mediums can encourage authentic communication, mindfulness and confidence in all ages and across all spectrums. I use the arts to introduce and practice the fundamentals of math, science, language, fine motor skills, communication and social/emotional development. I am so lucky to be a part of this incredible community.