Leslie Milbourne Devine
Founder and Lead Educator
Leslie grew up with great appreciation and admiration for the earth. She is fascinated by how simply the beautiful earth’s systems work. She is deeply aware of the need for humans to better adapt to the sustainable way the earth works. Many young students have developed a deep connection with the earth through Leslie’s inspiration and in-depth teaching. She received her master’s degree in environmental education from Acadia University in Pennsylvania, and has been working in education since 1984. Before settling in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, Leslie was the science teacher and environmental educator at Center School in Pennsylvania, where she developed many award-winning gardens with her students.
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Carly Sherbert has delighted in teaching littles since 2014. She earned a degree in Studio Art from Indiana University in 2011, and a Child Development Associate Credential in 2017. Inspired by her love of nature, Carly was trained and earned a certificate in nature-based teaching from the Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools in 2019. Carly first began guiding the Little Seedlings at Wind Dance in the summer of 2019. She took a break from teaching to care for her precious baby boy Graham, who was born in November 2021. Carly returned to Wind Dance in fall of 2022 to continue guiding our early learners. In addition to teaching littles, Carly also works with her husband, Greg, on their farm and nursery, Forest Shepherd Farm, in Berkeley Springs.
Founder and Musician
John is a traditional musician whose strong, gentle voice and extraordinary rhythmic talents on the guitar have been loved by followers of traditional music and dance for over forty years. At Wind Dance John plays fiddle for lively and fun dancing and shares his love of singing with all groups. His repertoire includes original songs and tunes, as well as songs from old-time and folk traditions. John has performed from east coast to west, into Alaska, and across the Atlantic.
Elisha Marie Garcia
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Elisha Marie Garcia is a Reggio-Inspired, and Nature-Based early childhood educator, education consultant, homeschooling mother and business owner. She lives in the beautifully mountainous Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia where the best days of her childhood were spent running barefoot on the mountainsides and exploring the rivers and streams. She loves to take adventures with her family hiking, camping, kayaking, snowboarding, traveling and stargazing.
Elisha is a 2009 graduate of Indiana University with a degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. Over the course of her teaching career, she studied the progressive and student-centered Reggio Emilia Approach to education. During this experience she also became a Reggio and nature-based mentor and education consultant for public and private schools collaborating with colleagues, parents and community on child-led and inquiry-based learning, fine arts education, nature-based learning, indoor and outdoor classroom design, as well as observation and documentation of the process of learning.
It has been Elisha’s passion to bring children and families, not only closer to nature, but closer as a community which values the image of the child, educating through child-led interests, being good stewards of the earth and building a love of play and learning that will last a lifetime. She admires the similar vision that she shares with Wind Dance Farm and is overjoyed to join such an incredible mission while guiding the youngest nature explorers!