Who We Are
I am a therapist, artist, and advocate for consent-based decision-making. I was so excited when I discovered self-directed learning in 2017 and have been facilitating in self-directed spaces since then. I am also passionate about communalism and find inspiration in the outdoors. Throughout all of my pursuits, I am driven by a desire to learn, grow, and make a positive impact in my community by creating a space where everyone's voices are heard and valued, and where learning is a collaborative process.
Driven by a deep sense of curiosity, Danielle is a dynamic individual with a deep passion for learning and creativity. As a mother of four children, she balances her role as a parent with her entrepreneurial pursuits and her love of education. She came to embrace the self-directed model because she wanted her children to be in an environment that motivated them to be lifelong learners and to be passionate about their individual interests. As a parent, business owner, and a creator of Wild Roots, Danielle continues to pursue her love of learning daily. One of her main focuses is positive parenting. She is a huge believer in discipline through teaching and conscious conflict resolution. These are methods she works to implement with the learners at Wild Roots every day in order to give them tools to thrive and advocate for themselves.
Cassidy (she/her), is a Self-Directed Education advocate and facilitator. She taught in conventional school for 5 years before pivoting to focus on supporting Self-Directed Education. She interned at various Self-Directed learning spaces before founding a learning community in Dallas, TX, where she worked as a lead facilitator. Cassidy is passionate about supporting the liberation of young people from oppressive systems and supporting adults to do the same. Cassidy enjoys creating art, and music, taking photographs and spending time with her family, friends, and mentors who have supported her on her journey.
I was born and raised in Mexico. I'm a mother of two, My youngest is one of the amazing kids at Wild Roots. I'm also a dog mom of two schnauzers, Goliath and Rita. I enjoy outdoor adventures and working out. I like to keep myself active and connected with nature. I have been volunteering at Wild Roots since September 2022, and in February of 2023, I joined the team of facilitators. I really enjoy working with all the learners because they always surprise me with their unique personalities and authenticity. My educational philosophy has definitely evolved since being part of Wild Roots, and I am grateful for all that I am learning through this process.
I am 26 years old and recently moved to Texas from Pennsylvania. My passion for education started very early and continued through high school. During this time, I attended tech school for Early Education and then completed my degree at Susquehanna University. I am very passionate about rugby and fitness, and I am always looking for ways to get our learners up and moving! I hope to make a difference and positively impact those I come in contact with on a day-to-day basis. I’m so glad to be part of the Wild Roots community and so excited to see growth and contribute in any way I can!
Recovering public school teacher, father of 2, and an outdoor enthusiast. I've wanted to be involved in a self-directed learning community since 2018. After visiting some of them, I realized that there really were alternatives to traditional schooling. I was so impressed by how young people can thrive in a non-authoritarian environment, so I knew I had to be involved. Being a facilitator and learning with my son, as well as other young people, in a non-coercive setting, is a dream come true. I look forward to growing and learning as much as I can.