A Note From Ms Kate,
How We Began:
Suzy's Nature Studies started out in 2013
with a handful of homeschool kids
gathering in my city backyard.
Over the course of the years, we've changed locations, classroom formats, teaching techniques, and even the demographic of our students.
Suzy's Nature Studies has grown
in a way I NEVER expected.
Meet the Teachers
Caitlyn “Suzy” Polyak-Roach (formerly Stock) is a mother, an avid homeschooler, and a life-long naturalist. In her youth, Caitlyn's work focused on animal rescue and rehabilitation. Nowadays Caitlyn is more heavily involved with local conservation and environmental education. Caitlyn is CPR and first aid certified. She is a certified conservationist, certified in basic wildlife rehabilitation, currently working towards her certification as an environmental educator, with aspirations of becoming a master naturalist in the next few years.
Her teaching methods are strictly secular, though they have been influenced by the works of both Charlotte Mason and Maria Montessori. She has had immeasurable success in her years utilizing an outdoor classroom in combination with the Mason and Montessori-influenced methods.
Caitlyn is a student of the world who practices what she teaches: respect for the environment, reverence toward nature, responsible usage of resources, and an ever-curious approach to what we can learn from all things which grow. She seeks to inspire the same in her students, as she believes that the influences of nature touch on every aspect of a child’s learning, from social and creative pursuits to hard sciences and maths.
Peter was trained to be a high school English teacher but life took him in another direction after he received his degree. Peter is CPR and first aid certified.
Peter's well-rounded knowledge base allows him to be a well-rounded teacher. When taking a class with Peter, a fern isn't just a plant to walk by, its a study in mathematics; taxonomy isn't just a system of classification, its an opportunity to talk about Latin roots and how ancient civilizations utilized various types of animals.
Peter's special interests include all things STEM but especially astronomy.
Lyric is a third generation naturalist, a BSA scout, and is certified in first aid through Red Cross. Lyric's passion for biology began at a young age. As a homeschooled student, Lyric pursued his passion fervently. Now, after a little over half a decade as a student of Suzy's Nature Studies, Lyric is excited to have joined the team as an assistant teacher for preschool level classes and lead instructor for virtual Dino Day.
Neils is a senior at a local highschool where he is taking AP Biology and AP Calculus; previously he has taken AP Chemistry. He has been a BSA scout for 7 years and has completed High Adventure this summer as well as last summer. Neils has merit badges in conservation, mammal studies, and first aid. He has several years of experience working with children as a babysitter and a summer camp counselor. Neils enjoyed a childhood of playing outside and catching frogs with siblings and friends. He is a passionate lifelong learner, especially in the sciences. As the newest part time employee of Suzy's Nature Studies, Neils has proven himself to be a quick study, fantastic team player, and all around lover of nature and animals.