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With over 20 years of experience as a preschool teacher in Head Start, High/Scope, Montessori and Reggio Emilia-based programs, and as a private piano and music and movement instructor, school-age summer day camp counselor and K-4 distance learning educator (with Laurel Springs School), Susan brings a rich and varied background in education to the Sanctuary School program. A graduate of Yale University with a degree in German and Music, she was the founder of the Delphi Kids Club (Tucson, AZ, 2002-2007), a club for children and their families focusing on partnership with the earth and respect for all life. Her love of nature and belief that we are all connected provide the foundation for her work with the Sanctuary School. Since 2010 she has assumed the role of academic director of the school.

Susan lives in Grants Pass, Oregon, where she enjoys hiking, doing nature photography, reading, leading a small choir and spending time with her Great Dane mix and two cats.

Susan Hunt
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Bibi Small is Founder/Director of Youthvoice Worldwide (YVW), a group dedicated to promoting the right of children and young people, as enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, to be consulted, and to have their voices valued and listened to by decisionmakers at all levels of decisionmaking.
Bibi Small
Projects include participation in the setting up of a Young General Assembly for the United Nations, and facilitating young people's involvement in youth councils/forums, and developing conflict resolution strategies such as in the Northern Ireland Peace Process where young people wrote to Senator George Mitchell about Childrens' Right to Peace. This particular project known as the "Wall of Peace" began during the Clinton Presidency when Hillary Clinton replied to a letter written by these young people asking her for her thoughts on peace, and the project is now inscribed on a stone paver as the "Wall of Peace Belfast UK" forming part of the Celebration Circle in the Clinton Presidential Center in Arkansas. As well as working in Schools with children who have special needs, Bibi also works with UNICEF where she teaches children and young people about the values of the UNITED NATIONS and the Convention on the Rights of the Child and how by becoming global citizens they can make a big difference in the lives of other children and young people who live in poverty and despair.

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About Our Founder and Former Director

Patricia Jepsen and Delphi

Founder and former creative director of The Sanctuary School, Patricia Jepsen's professional background was as an actor, drama coach and director of children's theatre. In 1970 she founded the Center for Creative Arts in Sedona, Arizona. For over 35 years she presented classes and seminars in creative writing, acting, public speaking and inner voice alignment in many parts of the world. With her golden retriever companion Delphi, Pat was the author of Six Lessons with Delphi and Delphi, What Being in Earth Is All About. As president of the Center for International Cooperation (CIC), a non-governmental organization on the roster of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) for over a decade, Pat sponsored global workshops and conferences that supported and encouraged the principles upon which The Sanctuary School was founded.

Patricia Jepsen made her transition in September 2009.