Jote has been working with children and families for over fifteen years. With a focus on relationship, she works to create an atmosphere of supported spaciousness that encourages children to bond with their peers and become mentors to each other. Building body awareness to support emotional regulation and social skills is a focal point of her strategy for building relationship and conflict resolution.
Jote is passionate about deconstructing personal and societal forms of oppression and suppression. She thinks a lot about what purpose rules serve and continually works to create structures supportive of an ethos of power together (as a divergence from power over). She feels most excited when she can offer an emergent curriculum based on children’s requests, responses, and questions about the world around us.
“I am continually inspired by the process of deepening in relationship. It is a dynamic practice to do this with children as their capacities and interests develop. As I support the individual way each one goes through the process of growing up, I continually point them back to their body as a compass to relate from. I believe there is wisdom in emotional and physical responses and work to create a container where we can be transparent about our experiences and feel held in the process of growing together in community.”
Jote has taught in Waldorf and Montessori programs in Indiana, Colorado, and California. She has also taught and developed visual art and ceramics curriculums in a variety of art programs for children and adults. She holds a BFA in Studio Art from Indiana University, is a certified yoga teacher as well as a dance and movement arts enthusiast. Somatic Experiencing and the Hakomi method provide Jote with inspiration and practices that she brings into her teaching style.
Effie grew up homeschooled, in a family of farmers and woodworkers, with the Mojave desert and Illinois corn fields as her classrooms. Her interest in education, Agroecology, and community organizing was catalyzed by her family’s experiences farming seed, her time serving as Cryptologic Linguist in the US Army, and her introduction to processes of decolonization at Sisonke School, South Africa. Her interests found a nexus at the Gill Tract Farm, where she joined the 20-year struggle to protect the land for community benefit. Today, she farms and organizes events there, and was delighted to deepen her relationship with some of its youngest farmers by joining Five Creeks. She is also a fellow with the Farmer Veterans Coalition, and organizes internationally with the Friends of the MST (Landless Workers Movement). She lives in South Berkeley, where she has shared in a 25 person housing Co-op for the last 7 years. Effie is watching for ways to bring Agroecology, herbalism, song, and Spanish language into her days with Five Creeks.
Rose Haynes Touhy
Rose is Director and co-founder of Five Creeks Studio. She has a passion for self-directed learning, and a background in fundraising, nonprofit administration, and philanthropy. She is a poet and letterpress printer at heart, and holds an MFA in Creative Wring from San Francisco State University. Rose lives in Oakland with her husband and son.
Ashley is a gentle and dedicated early childhood educator and advocate. She has spent over 15,000 hours working with children.
She is a naturally deep feeler with a fierce devotion to the innate intelligence of the body. She loves to support children and families in finding connection, ease, and vibrancy in their lives. Her approach is influenced greatly by her B.A. degree in Child Development from Humboldt State, and her Master’s degree in Infant Mental Health from Mills College. Here she developed a progressive pedagogy founded on the importance of early relationships and the emergent and collaborative qualities of learning.
She has a profound and ever growing love of being outside and being in active relationship with plants, animals, and the earth. She knows that it is our responsibility to raise this generation of children to be protectors of the earth and one another.
Ashley is skilled at providing children with a loving relationship where they feel met and accepted. She offers gentle and clear guidance that supports the emotional wellbeing of the children in her care. She loves conflict resolution and is passionate about supporting children in developing skills to navigate relationships with care and respect.
You can see more about her work at her website: developingthroughrelationship.com
Patrick Xu is a seasoned self-learner with many broad interests including illustration, music, activism, gardening, re-wilding, and wild-tending. He believes that learning should be enthusiasm-driven; a teacher's role is to listen intently to their students' truest inspiration, then walk with them on that path, ever curious and full of ambition. While he was at UC Berkeley Patrick was an avid organizer for the university's democratic education program, where students could design their own curriculums to teach/learn whatever they wanted under the sun in a supportive environment of peers. Since then, he has volunteered with educational organizations such as the Crucible, the Sudo Room, Decolonize Academy and Omni Commons. Since March of 2016 he has been an instructor at Trackers Earth, a wilderness school. Patrick is excited to explore wilderness-survival and homesteading skills with the Five Creeks community.
Lindell Dixon (Aka Contramestre Pincel)
From the moment he first discovered the Cultural art form of Capoeira in 1996 , he completely immersed himself in the history, philosophy, music and physical mastery of the art form.
Pincel decided to move to the Bay area in 1998 to study with the world renowned Mestre Acordoen and train with the United Capoeira Association. In 2000 he began he started assisting in kids classes at the Capoeira Arts Café and began teaching in after school programs in 2002. He graduated from the United Capoeira Association in 2005. In 2012 he received the title of Contramestre. “A master in training title. “
His love of teaching children is unparallel and as Director of Academics he manages the United Capoeira Association’s Children’s Programs and admissions. In addition to his work for the Capoeira Arts Foundation, he has taught classes, summer camps, done shows and assemblies all over the Bay Area.
All who participate in his classes or witness Contramestre Pincel’s work are struck by his love and affection for teaching, children and capoeira.
*Capoeira Arts Foundation is a non-profit organization with the goal to create awareness of the African-Brazilian experience through Capoeira.