Diane Elliott – Director
I have been involved in Education for the past twelve years, initially working for the Education Action Zone in London and Essex as an Education Consultant delivering communication training programs within schools.
I then moved to Los Angeles with my family in 2008 and trained at OTIS College of Art and Design in Los Angeles as an art instructor, and undertook many courses in Environmental Science.
In 2008 I founded a small alternative primary school in Los Angeles for international families who wanted a British curriculum for their children. The school employed three full time teachers who were trained in project based learning. The school was open for four years until the main core of children either moved away or moved on to middle school.
Through working with the students on various projects I became aware of the wonderful connection the children had to the natural world and to local and international causes. From organising UN sanctioned Peace Walks, to working with film directors who developed amazing documentaries such as ‘Love Thy Nature’, the children felt a deep sense of how the world should be. They had a wish for a connection to nature, a deep curiosity about the world and the need for a healthy planet.
The elementary stage of education is a time to strengthen a child’s connection to nature and to bring awareness of the positive projects which are happening around the world. The next stage of education sees a move into young adulthood, and should encourage deep critical thinking, creative solution-led designs, and ecological awareness. It must provide a holistic approach for the development of the whole person, equipping them for a life of meaning and purpose in whichever path they may choose to follow.
Myself, and the rest of the team are passionate about helping young people find their own path, this is why we have created The Aberdeen Green School and look forward to welcoming new families.