About Us

Wendy Calderon

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Hi!  My name is Wendy Calderon and I am proud to welcome you to the Dragonfly Forest!

While I am originally from California, I have come to love Austin and the wonderful outdoor educational opportunities that it provides for my students.  I started my career working with children when I was 15 yrs old at a day care center, in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, as part of an internship program. Throughout my college years, I worked at the Children’s Center in Humboldt State University, as well as PCFA Pacific Child and Family Associates as an ABA (behavior) therapist.  I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in Ethnic Studies, and have accumulated over 14 years of experience working with children.

When I moved to Austin in 2011, I had the privilege of working for KIPP Austin Communidad as a teacher. Working at KIPP gave me the foundation, determination, and passion to work with children as an educator. The commitment, tenacity, and dedication I gained while working at KIPP has contributed immensely to the type of teacher I am today. I have spent most of my adult life outdoors learning new things, exploring new places and I could not think of a place that makes me happier than when I am outdoors. My experiences as a mother and teacher are what encouraged me to open this school and offer an outdoor space where children can learn, grow, and gain a love and passion of learning through nature. Owning this school is the best thing that has ever happened to me because it allowed me to combine my two passions, teaching and being outdoors. 

We are very excited to introduce our new instructor,

Veronica Calderon!

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She is a recent high school graduate with a lot of experience in babysitting and taking care of children, having grown up surrounded by her family’s and friends’ children.  She is currently CPR certified and is taking classes in her spare time to further expand her teaching and child care knowledge. 

 “I am so happy to be joining the Dragonfly Forest Family and for this opportunity! I love being around kids and helping them be able to explore new surroundings!  Being able to witness their growth, both physically and mentally, and being able to watch their minds develop is amazing.  I can’t wait to become a part of the family and see what’s in store for us!” – Veronica