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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.
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.
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.
|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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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.