VWS Consultant: Ani Schaeffer

Ani brings her fifteen years of experience in the various spaces, practices, and theories of education and child development to her consulting work.

She is available for:

  • One-on-one consultation 
  • Educator and administrator professional development workshops and classes
  • Classroom, institution, or district-specific professional development
  • In-situ educational praxis observation and assessment
  • Specific consultation and support around working with children and families

Ani came to VWS as a parent, and then field instructor in the Great Blue Heron program. She is available to work with traditional classroom teachers and administrators, outdoor and nature connection field staff and educators, and other interested individuals. Her work with educators and administrators helps them bridge the curricular distance between outdoor learning and education standards, find creative and effective ways to integrate outdoor and classroom learning, develop robust outdoor supports for students and teachers, and provide ongoing mentorship to teachers as they develop and integrate their outdoor curriculum with classroom practice. Ani can also help nature-connection educators, outdoor program leaders, and administrators to take what they do and effectively frame it with the language of academics so that they can build richer relationships with school boards, administrators, teachers, parents, and communities. She offers her wealth of experience working directly with youth of all ages to consultations around best practices for specific situations with children and adolescents. 

Ani is a licensed Vermont educator with fifteen years of experience working in public and private progressive Pre-K, elementary, and middle school classrooms. She holds an MSEd. from Bank Street College, with a focus on student centered, emergent curriculum and creative curriculum design, and progressive pedagogy. In addition to outdoor education, Ani has worked in both urban and rural schools, and with home- and un-schooling  families. She is experienced in working with adults as a consultant, teacher mentor, and professional development leader. In addition to her work with Vermont Wilderness School, Ani is currently a classroom teacher at Hilltop Montessori Middle School. She is also an independent education consultant to teachers and schools, academic tutor, and youth mentor. She brings social and climate justice, decolonization, and antiracist commitment into all of her work.

Consulting Rates

One-on-one Sessions: Sliding Scale USD $35 – $100/hour (recommend $50-$80)

Custom Programs: Sliding Scale USD $350 – $1,000/Day (plus travel expenses if in-person). Participant limit is based on the intention of the group contracting for the program.  Group Size 5 – 30 People can be with just Ani.  If 30 or more, Ani will suggest a colleague to co-facilitate.  Co-facilitator is an additional matching fee.