The Collective

Jonna Vance

For 13 years Jonna served as the Administrative Director at a small progressive school. This experience gave her a variety of hands on training opportunities in everything from substitute teacher, parent education, faculty training, program planning, and creating dynamic classroom environments. With an eye to developing her teaching skills she began teaching full time in 2016. During that time, Jonna created an outdoor education program, a hands on tinkering space for construction and art projects, and continued to work with parents and children to better understand how their behavior and communication affected their relationships. She is very grateful for her time at Roseville Community School and the mentoring it provided. Jonna is now excited to take her experience and build a new type of learning environment for both children and adults. Recently, Jonna attended the Forestry Institute for teachers in the beautiful Stanislaus National Forest where she became inspired and certified to use Project Learning Tree and Project Wet curriculum. Remaining interested in communication and relationships Jonna has founded The Relationship Studio, to support parents, children, families and couples.

Her recent curiosities are all about birds and mushrooms!

Tai French

Tai spent the last 5 Years in the development and execution of a full time gardening program for 6-12 year olds. What started as a once a week volunteer position, soon become a passion and an opportunity to hone her natural teaching abilities. She found that the garden was unique in its ability to engage children in authentic and purposeful learning. She was lucky enough to receive hands on training in the Progressive Education model at Roseville Community School and received training for garden education through classes at Soil Born and Life Lab in Santa Cruz. During her time at Roseville Community School, she also acted as Program Coordinator overseeing program planning, parent education, and faculty coordination in the progressive education model.

She loves planning big events, fiddling in her garden, making and eating delicious food, and hanging out with her family and friends. Her newest curiosites are photography and nature journaling.