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. 

Say hello to our teacher Lindsey Schwartz

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Hi! My name is Lindsey Schwartz and I am excited to be teaching here at the Dragonfly Forest.  I am a lifelong Texan, born in Galveston and raised in Orange.  I attended Baylor university where I double majored in Environmental Science and Anthropology.  My first experience working with children was in the Environmental Science department at the University of North Texas where we would guide visiting school children on an exploration of aquatic environments and the insects that live there.  I had always wanted to live in the Austin area so in 2005 I took a job at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality as an Air Quality Permitting Engineer and have lived in this area ever since.  For the last few years I have been a stay at home mom to my two children, Ben and Molly (who happens to be a Dragonfly Forest alumna). Now that they are both in elementary school I was thrilled to find an opportunity here at the Dragonfly Forest to share my love of nature and science with children in such a unique learning environment.

Say hello to our parent volunteer:

Jill Crecelius

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Jill Crecelius graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor of science degree in Math Education.  After teaching in both the Houston and Austin areas, she pursued a career in real estate and now owns a real estate brokerage with her husband, Jared.

She is passionate about keeping learning fun and organic and following the natural interest of the child.
“Play is one of the best teachers, in my opinion. I support kids in their explorations by observing, modeling, and asking a few well-timed questions.  It is so fulfilling watching children learn, make connections, and organize their thoughts about the world.”