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Staff & Faculty

Administrative Staff

Administrative Staff

Lindsay Jalonen, Co-Founder/Director

Lindsay has worked extensively with children and mental health since graduating with her BA in psychology, including direct counseling in a therapeutic wilderness setting.

The Jalonens dream of a school that embraces the beauty and natural curiosity of childhood as a central component in the learning process.

Alexis Mazzarella, Administrative Assistant

Bio coming soon

Seedling School

Sprouts Classes (mixed-age, 3s and 4s)

Emily Tabb, Sprouts Teacher

Get to know Mrs. Emily! Read her bio here.

Eleanor Palmer, Sprouts Teacher

Get to know Ms. Eleanor! Read her bio here.

Saplings Class (Kindergarten)

Kristen Perchalski, Saplings Lead Teacher

Get to know Ms. Kristen! Read her bio here.

Afternoon Friends

Chelsie Hicks, Outdoor Adventure Leader and Afternoon Friends Teacher

Get to know Ms. Chelsie! Read her bio here.

Maureen Matthews, Afternoon Friends Teacher

Bio coming soon

Wild Oak School

Lower School

Mary Jo Ambrose, Lower Elementary Teacher and Math Lead Teacher

Get to know Ms. Mary Jo! Read her bio here.

Camryn Anderson, Lower Elementary Assistant Teacher

Bio coming soon

Lower/Middle School

Tricia Kyzer, Upper Elementary Teacher and Nature Science Lead Teacher

Get to know Ms. Tricia! Read her bio here.

Afternoon Academy

Kayler Debrew, Afternoon and Summer Programs Coordinator

Get to know Ms. Kayler! Read her bio here.

Want to be an Afternoon Guide?

If you are interested in teaching at the Afternoon Academy, please email We will consider all expertise and class ideas, but are particularly interested in STEM/ STEAM, wilderness and outdoor education, visual arts, performing arts, Spanish language and culture, and music. Classes are offered to students Monday through Friday 2:15-3:35 and 3:40-5:00, typically in 5-week sessions (there are a handful of weeks that are off-schedule because of holidays).

If you are interested in working with us, visit Wild Oak’s employment page.