Meet our Staff
I am a lover of all things nature and have been sharing my passion for the natural world with children for more than 20 years. I love to sing, be goofy, and dress up as animals! I am so excited about what we have created here with ROCS!
I am passionate about giving children time to be in nature and connecting with the forces and rhythms that move us. My goals are to spend as much time as possible outside with our future generations and to help the ROCS program and nature center grow into a full-fledged learning center and school!
Hello! I grew up in rural Missouri and I truly enjoy living in the Ozarks. We are surrounded by some of the most beautiful areas nature has to offer and my family and I love exploring it. We go hiking, fossil hunting, horseback riding, camping, and recently picked up kayaking.
I was born in Montana and that’s where my love for nature and travel started. Some of my favorite things to do with my family are traveling to national parks, camping, hiking, and canoeing. I have been teaching for over 5 years. In this beautiful outdoor setting I am able share my passion for nature while providing the opportunity to empower students with important life skills. As an educator, my aim is to inspire curiosity and encourage students to become active participants in their learning. By immersing children in this outdoor setting, it encourages them to observe, question, and discover the intricacies of the world around them. ROCS creates an environment where students can do just that and I am excited to be a part of their journey.
Terra Nelson Cahill
I am an educator who has intertwined art with nature. With over a decade of experience in teaching art, I have realized my love for educating about nature, and teaching creativity. My journey has led me to a role as a teacher at ROCS- an environment that perfectly aligns with my love for the natural world. I enjoy working with children, and using nature to guide their curiosity. I have a master's degree in early childhood education with a specialized focus on Montessori principles. In my free time, you'll often find me baking, traveling, exploring, sketching, painting, or photographing the nature all around.