Anne MeadeAs a child, I had the good fortune to live on the side of a small mountain in the Adirondacks. From when I could walk, I spent a lot of time in the woods playing and watching my animal friends. My father, Gordon Meade, was a very experienced bird watcher and amazing mentor. His love of the natural world was contagious. Growing up, summers included time at an Audubon nature camp and a month's return to the Adirondacks every summer. I continue to love to spend time outdoors, particularly in the woods.
Throughout my life, I've always had a deep connection with animals. Animals who live with me often seem willing to express their personalities and interact openly with humans in an intelligent manner. Some things I've done to prepare me to do this teaching include working for several summers as a teacher in a number of migrant daycare centers; becoming a Tellington Touch Companion Animal practitioner; and teaching numerous courses during 10 years as a docent at the Seneca Park Zoo. For a year I got to teach a class once a week for Rita Busch's first grade class at Dudley school in Fairport. She's an absolutely fantastic teacher! It was like getting to do an unofficial stint as a student teacher in the subject of my choice with the teacher of my choice. I've also taken tracking courses with Tom Brown, Paul Rezendez, and especially John Stokes of The Tracking Project of Corralles New Mexico. With these folks, I had the opportunity to learn some survival skills and how to "read the woods," seeing the tracks and sign left behind by my animal neighbors. I enjoy interacting with children, and particularly enjoy sharing my animal friends with kids of all ages.
The Animal Teachers are animals who are comfortable meeting humans and are willing to to provide moments for people to meet them and learn more about who they are.It's about making a connection with another being. The Animal Teachers are selected for their individual personalities and suitability for this job.I endeavor to find animals who enjoy their interactions with people so they can find their roles enjoyable,not stressful.The animals are generally willing to interact with the people they meet during our programs. We,the Animal Teachers, are not all named or have our pictures on the site so the kids can have the most fun trying to figure out who we are from the tracks and sign we leave behind in the sand.