Teacher Shelby Sanders, Forest School Lead Teacher
Hi families! My name is Shelby Sanders! I just recently moved to Orcas from Bellingham, but I’m originally from the Midwest. I went to college for Biology & Natural Resources where I got to study some amazing animals. During the pandemic I found my love for teaching and I’m so happy to be in an outdoor setting to get the best of both! I have a cat named Bernie and a partner named Luke. We can all normally be found reading or hanging outside looking at trees. I’m so thankful for such an amazing opportunity to live on Orcas and teach such awesome kids!
Miss Shelbi Rogers, Toddler Teacher
Hello! I’m Shelbi Rogers, I am so lucky and grateful to be a Toddler Teacher! I was raised on Orcas, graduated in 2014, then headed to Eastern Washington for college. I have worked at multiple childcare centers over the years off island, but came back home a couple years ago. Duke (pictured with me) is my 4 year old best friend. I love seeing toddlers learn and grow from everything they touch, hear, and see. It brings me so much joy to be their teacher and a part of their success. I am so excited for the opportunity to teach alongside an amazing friend, Miss Katy. We plan to laugh lots, get messy, and play hard!
Teacher Ashling Gordon, Forest School Assistant Teacher
Salutations, my name is Ash(ling) Gordon, and I’m an assistant teacher for Kaleidoscopes Forest School! I spent my first 11 years of life in the state of Utah, but soon moved to the island we call Orcas with my mom and dad, Robyn and Nathan Gordon. I graduated from Orcas Christian School in the class of 2022 and I’m planning to go to Evergreen to get my Bachelors in Psychology and my AA in Literature. I love drawing, writing short poems, and stories, playing my many instruments, and laying in the sun to take a nap. I have always had a connection with babies and young children, and I love that I can bring out my inner kid when I’m around them. They always seem to see the best in everything around them, and that makes me feel just a little more secure in the world's future. I strive to teach our kids the joy in creativity and kindness. I can’t wait to see what I will experience here. I hope I can help your kids find and see amazing things as well!
Miss Felicia Gossett, Waddler Assistant Teacher
Hey there! I am Felicia Gossett and I grew up on Orcas. My family ran Vern’s Bayside for over 20 years and I grew up with this amazing community around me. Last year I gave birth to my gorgeous baby girl Maya, and I am more than excited to give her the childhood that I had here. I’ve always wanted to raise my children on the island, and I am beyond blessed to be able to have her learn and grow with your little ones under the same roof. I am stoked to be the new Waddler Assistant Teacher and start my new career, as well as learn how to be a better mother. I’m looking forward to meeting your precious babies and you! With love, Ms. Felicia Gosset