Emily Zionts is contagiously passionate about education that empowers our youth to face the crises and opportunities of these times with compassion, creativity, resilience and joy! Her teaching philosophy is grounded in experiential, self-directed learning that honors inherent wisdom of each student. For over 15 years she has been a part of learning communities with experience teaching everyone from pre-school to adult education. In 2008, she had the amazing opportunity to earn a M.A. in Peace Education at The U.N. University for Peace in Costa Rica while researching the power and potential of youth to be engaged changemakers. Later, she found her life calling while teaching courses Peace Studies and Global Citizenship to teens at a farm school in northern California. Since moving to Portland, she has immersed herself in building community and education projects around permaculture, climate action, social justice, nature connection, and rites of passage.