PLAY WORKER BIOS

Suzanna Law, Tour Organiser

With over 7 years of experience in the playwork field, Suzanna will be organising and taking part in the tour which aligns perfectly with the Playwork PhD that she is currently working towards. Based in the UK, Suzanna will be working closely with each of the location hosts and publicising this deftly through social media and newsletters to PopUp Adventure Play’s global network of contacts.

 

Morgan LeichterSaxby, M.A., Workshop Leader

Drawing on her experiences supporting play and delivering playwork training in a range of settings around the world, Morgan will be in the driver’s seat for the tour. Having lead on playwork training since PopUp Adventure Play’s inception, Morgan will be serving as the tour’s workshop leader. She has spoken at over a dozen international conferences, and served as Keynote Speaker at the 2013 International Children’s Development Forum in Bogota. She also blogs at http://www.playeverything.wordpress.com and was the 2012 Playwork Writer of the Year.

 

Grant Lambie of Free Play, Special Guest

Grant has spent 26 years in London’s parks, schools and public housing projects, opening new natural playscapes and revitalizing old ones. Designing new play structures that are child and community-led, designed and built is central to Grant’s belief in the importance of giving children and young people a sense of ownership of these spaces. Grant will be this tour’s expert on his “slow build” approach, which offers fluid and dynamic methods for direct community engagement as part of an ever evolving design and build process.

 

YOUR HOSTS

Sally Swaitek, Director/Founder, A Little Patch of Earth Preschool

Sally Swiatek has been a child/education advocate for over 20 years in the the Santa Clarita Valley. She has assumed many leadership roles from designing a K-6 field trip program to directing a child-centered performing arts program for elementary students. Swiatek has sat on the boards of many local educational foundations, site councils, PTA’s and was a founding board member of the Newhall Educators Family Fund for terminally ill employees of the Newhall School District. Sally was involved in Girl Scouts for 12 years as a Leader, Recruiter and Service Unit Manager serving Newhall/Valencia. Sally has worked in education for many years as a Reading Specialist, Media Literacy Educator, and in early childhood. Sensing a deep restlessness in children, Sally designed and founded, A Little Patch of Earth, Inc. a non-profit, PLAY and nature-based preschool in Santa Clarita. From this, Sally hopes to further inspire a grassroots movement, making play a right of every child in the United States. When not working, she can be found playing about with her husband and three children.

 

Jeremiah Dockray, Prospective Playworker, TV Editor

Jeremiah Dockray is a native of New Mexico and has numerous years working with youth as a camp counselor, tutor, and volunteer most recently with 826LA.  Aside from his work with youth, Dockray has over 10 years experience in Reality TV post-production in Los Angeles.  Currently, Dockray is working his way through the online Play Worker Development Course developed by Pop-up Adventure Play.  He hopes to use his talents for youth advocacy to initiate change in our legislation to support the rights of children and youth and some day open a permanent adventure playground in Santa Clarita, CA.

 

Erica Larsen-Dockray, Artist, CalArts Community Arts Partnership Instructor, Director/Founder of e e k a r t 

Erica is a native of Western Nebraska where she spent many a days outside playing on the farm.  She received her Master of Fine Arts in Experimental Animation and Integrated Media from the California Institute of the Arts in 2012.  Currently Erica is the Lead Instructor of Animation for the CalArts Community Arts Partnership High School Animation program at their partner site Inner City Arts in downtown Los Angeles, CA and a mixed media sculpture instructor at Central Los Angeles High.  Besides her own art practice, Erica also continues to work in collaboration with artists on various art projects in the Los Angeles area and beyond.

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