Kira LaFosse-Baker

Lead Educator
kira.lafossebaker@scouting.org

Kira is a lifelong lover of the outdoors, having spent her childhood exploring the wooded backyard of her home in Groton, MA. Throughout her college career, Kira’s part-time and work-study jobs always involved working with young children, most notably with Jumpstart where she discovered the importance of play-based learning and social-emotional development, for low-income, at-risk children in particular. After receiving her Bachelors in Journalism and Public Relations, Kira quickly realized she was meant to work with children and spent her first two post-college years teaching PreK in a small, community school in her hometown, learning the ropes of traditional early education. After a short stint in the healthcare industry, the call of the wild beckoned Kira back outdoors. She spent three years working for the Trustees of Reservations, developing and implementing public programs and engaging communities at conservation properties in the Charles River Valley region. During her time in these forests, fields, and farms, Kira engaged thousands of participants, young and old, in programs and events designed to help them gain new knowledge and appreciation for the special, natural spaces in their communities. Kira’s time with the Trustees also reinforced her passion for getting children outdoors to learn, explore, and to become stewards of the land. Most recently, Kira was able to put all of her experiences together while leading the Forest School programs at Athenaeum Learning Center in Pembroke as the lead teacher of the
4-6 year old class where 85% of each day was spent outdoors. She also taught weekly Wilderness Skills and Nature Studies classes to students in 1st through 8th grade. Kira lives in Weymouth with her husband, Craig (an Eagle Scout), and their cat George Catstanza who is very handsome and a little mean, and welcomed baby girl Merritt in June 2020! She enjoys $5 movie nights at the Hingham Shipyard, checking Trustees properties off her list, and identifying flora and fauna everywhere she goes. To Kira, Home Base is exactly what today’s children need in order to grow into healthy, happy, capable adults who will help take care of our planet for generations to come.

Judy Pritchard

Lead Educator
judy.pritchard2@scouting.org

Judy is a licensed PreK-2 lead teacher who believes in joyful education that is responsive to the needs of the individual child. Through artfully-managed,project-based,and play-centric learning, children are encouraged to develop the symbiotic processes and strengths of imagination and purpose, creativity and observation, independence and cooperation.After attending Boston College, Emerson College, and Ashford University, she graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Early Childhood Education, and is half-way through a master’s degree program at Lesley University.Judy’s love of project-based learning began during her tenure at the South Shore Charter Public School.It was there, also, that her love of writing resurfaced, leading to a portfolio of plays for young children to stage; one self-published children’s picture book (The Naughty Boy); and her first professional writing credit (Snapshots) as a contributing writer for the Core Knowledge Foundation.Judy has additionally taught ESL students (grades K-6) in Boston’sChinatown, and worked for the Special Education Department of Sherborn, as a teacher of a Down Syndrome child. She taught for two years at the Athenaeum Learning Center in Pembroke, Ma which caused her to fall hopelessly in love with outdoor education and forest schools. She has taught phonics, math, drama, story-telling traditions, humanities, journalism, poetry, STEM, and Math Circle.Hailing from Hull, Ma and Nantasket Beach, Judy has raised 2 now-adult children. Her son is a neuroscience researcher in San Diego, and her daughter is a creative director/marketing professional in Boston.She is delighted to be joining the staff at Base Camp!

Amy Eva Alberts Warren, Ph.D.

Founder and Organizer

Amy is an applied developmental scientist, author, and
community organizer. She is Founder and Director of Rooted Education, LLC, as well as Co-Founder/Organizer, alongside her husband Dan Warren, of Home Base Learning Center. Her past research and current applied work centers on positive human development, with an emphasis on the development of love and compassion toward the whole of humanity – what is known as great love-compassion. She is particularly interested in the
formative effects of childbirth and early child care practices on such development. Amy earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Child Development at Tufts University’s Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, and was a research fellow at the Brazelton Institute, Children’s Hospital Boston. Her postdoctoral work focused on the role of spiritual development in growth of purpose, generosity, and
psychological health in adolescence. She also examined spirituality in the context of humanitarian aid for the
Feinstein International Center. Amy is co-editor of Thriving and Spirituality Among Youth (Wiley, 2012) and
Current Directions in Developmental Psychology (Prentice Hall, 2004), and co-author of Visualizing the lifespan (Wiley, 2015).
Amy and Dan Warren have a 9-year-old daughter and a 6-year-old son. For them, Home Base is a long awaited dream coming true.

Daniel J. A. Warren, Ph.D.

Founder and Organizer

Dan is the Director of Youth Development & Education at Fluent Research, and Co-Founder/Organizer, alongside his wife Amy Warren, of Home Base Learning Center. His interest and experience revolve around the development and enhancement of contextually relevant, economically
responsible, and developmentally sound in-school and out-of-school educational opportunities. Dan’s Professional experience stems from his research work at the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University, where he served as the Recruitment & Sample Manager for several large projects. Dan’s practice expertise was developed as an elementary school teacher in the public schools of the Boston area. He was able to use the full spectrum of his talents most recently as the Human Development Research Specialist for the National Service Center of the Boy Scouts of America. Dan holds a
B.S. in Psychology from Northeastern University and a Ph.D. in Human Development and Child Study from
Tufts University.
Dan and Amy Warren have a 9-year-old daughter, who is being homeschooled, as well as a 6-year-old son. For Dan, Home Base Learning Center goes beyond the academic and professional to include a desire to find a high quality, humanistic, and holistic community in which to educate his family.


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