Making a Difference
At Cocoplum Nature School we see ourselves as deeply rooted in our community. Founded upon principles of democracy, we value our relationships with families, mentors, neighbors, and community organizations. Frankly, we couldn't pursue our vision without the love, wisdom, and support of our Board of Directors, Advisory Council, Community Allies, and Grant Funders. Keep scrolling to meet the incredible people and organizations who helped build and continue to shape Cocoplum Nature School.
Yash Bhagwanji, PhD
Yash Bhagwanji is a professor of early childhood education at Florida Atlantic University and the editor of the International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education.
Sylvia Collazo, M Ed.
Sylvia Collazo is a doctoral scholar in Exceptional Student Education with research interests in early childhood, inclusive practices, nature-based learning, and siblings of individuals with disabilities. She is the project supervisor of Project I2, a graduate program at FAU in Exceptional Student Education (ESE) with specialization in teaching children with ASD.
Beth Kracum, M Ed.
Beth Kracum is a science and art educator and a parent of two young children. Before moving to Delray Beach, she taught at CuriOdyssey, a science center in the San Francisco Bay Area that emphasizes child-led investigations.
Callie Johnston is the chief development officer for the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact at the University of Oregon. Callie spent the previous 14 years in development at the University of Chicago Medicine, and has a BA in English and Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame, and an MS in Public Service from DePaul University. When she is not matchmaking brilliant researchers and visionary philanthropists to drive transformative change in science, Callie enjoys playing outside, and cheering on educators, who she believes are the greatest heroes of our time.
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