The mission of All Friends Nature School is to foster the development of the whole child – physical, cognitive, emotional and social – through use of a play, place, experiential and emergent curriculum. A natural environment offers the ideal setting wherein a child may grow and develop freely, with enthusiasm, confidence and excitement.
By fostering the development of self-regulation, self-direction, and self-reflection, we provide children with the educational foundation that will support them for the rest of their lives. We value the relationship between parents, teachers and our community and work to build these relationships so we can nurture the growth of children during this important developmental time.
About Our Teachers
Susan Seiguer – Founder
Susan, founder and lead teacher, grew up in a rural town in Virginia. From a young age she was grateful to have space to roam and explore. Some of her fondest memories were playing hide and seek in the forest, catching tadpoles and playing outside all day. Attending college in a mountain town led her to an even deeper appreciation of nature. This love of nature continued on into her adult life taking her on many traveling adventures and bringing her to California. The biggest adventure was becoming a parent to two amazing boys. Susan has been working with children and families for the last 13 years. Susan has a genuine appreciation for the outdoors and is passionate about teaching young people to have a meaningful connection to nature and the world around them. Susan is trained in “Growing Up Wild” an early childhood education program that builds on the children’s sense of wonder about the world around them. Susan also continued her education in Forest Kindergarten Teacher Training at the The Academy of Forest Kindergarten Teachers.
Susan is an active board member of the California Association of Forest Schools (CAFS).
Aixa Correa – Lead Teacher
Aixa Correa has a bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Leadership, where she learned outdoor survival skills as well as the vital role of building a strong community, and the importance of outdoor free-play in our daily lives as healthy humans. Previous to Nature School, she co-led high school and college students on backpacking trips through beautiful Yosemite and Lake Tahoe. Although she’s always been more drawn to the “little ones”, she knows that these previous experiences were part of her path in building her skill set to work in such a setting. Aixa is currently in a Waldorf teacher training program, gaining more knowledge and experience so that she may learn to serve her students as best she can. In her free time, Aixa likes to hike, visit her family in Corona, read books, and connect with other human souls.
Midori Tsujimoto – Teacher Assistant/Co-Teacher
Midori grew up in Los Angeles with her parents and younger brother. From a young age, she realized that teaching was her passion. She loved playing outdoors with her brother and neighborhood friends, and would often gather them and pretend to be their “teacher” in school. When it came time to go to college, Midori decided to study child development. In 2017, she received her associate’s degree in early childhood education, and in 2019, she received her bachelor’s degree in child development. While attending college, she decided to use her free time to travel, where she discovered her true love and appreciation for nature. Throughout college, she also worked in various childcare settings and began to understand the importance of outdoor play in children’s development. After finishing her bachelor’s degree, she decided to follow her heart to the beach and move to San Diego.
When Midori isn’t working with children or part-time as a crew member at Trader Joe’s, she enjoys various activities such as singing, playing piano, cooking, camping, traveling, going to the beach, and spending time with friends.