Emma Gibson-Bray

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Emma Gibson-Bray

New to the Leahurst team, Ms. Gibson-Bray is excited to share her love of learning with her students. A Kingstonian, Ms. Gibson-Bray holds a BASc in Child, Youth and Family Studies (Co-op and ECE) from the University of Guelph, graduating with Distinction on the Dean’s List.  Zipping with students down mountain bike trails, traversing the tree-top trekking course on the Bruce Trail, or leading winter ecology hikes in the Rockies, Ms. Gibson-Bray’s Co-op placements introduced her to the wonders of outdoor education and sparked her love of teaching. Keen for adventure, Ms. Gibson-Bray savoured her Exchange to Keele University (UK), where she studied child development through a new lens, delighted in tea with crumpets, and caught the travel bug! Ms. Gibson-Bray has travelled to 16 countries; Denmark, Spain, and Scotland are highlights.

An avid camper since age 7, Ms. Gibson-Bray brings to Leahurst over 10 years of outdoor work experience with children and youth of all ages and capabilities, at outdoor centres and summer camps across Canada. Whether backpacking BC trails (Camp Potlatch) or canoe-tripping across Northern lakes (Camp Wanapitei), or sleeping in snowy quinzhees (RKY), Ms. Gibson-Bray witnessed nature’s capacity to challenge, to heal, and to bring people together.

Ms. Gibson-Bray’s teaching philosophy is supportive, inclusive, child-centered and emergent; she encourages curiousity, creativity, and fun. She will bring her passion for nature and the arts into every class. As a holist, Ms. Gibson-Bray will respectfully explore diverse knowledge systems and perspectives together with her students.

Currently, Ms. Gibson-Bray is creating a “nature kit” to make the outdoors more accessible to the Kingston community. In her free time, you can find Ms. Gibson-Bray enjoying all things outdoorsy with family and friends, or curled up with her plump cat Sebastian, a good book, and a warm cup of tea.

Tea in hand, big smile.
Nature appreciator,
stays rooted, but light.