Faculty and Staff

Christin Butler, Director of Education and Classroom Teacher

Christin’s career as a teacher and learner has taken her far and wide. She was a lead teacher and founder at the Dutch Creek Forest School Co-op, a weekly nature immersion preK & kindergarten program. She has previously taught at universities across Ohio, most recently at Ohio University, and has worked with students aged 2 through 65 in the U.S., Japan, and Cambodia.

Christin graduated summa cum laude with an MA in Foreign and Second Language Education from Ohio State University, has a CELTA certificate from Cambridge University, and graduated a B.A in English with a minor in Spanish from Indiana University, where she also spent a semester studying abroad at The National University of Costa Rica. She has continued her education with coursework at Ohio University in curriculum and child development and by participating in professional development workshops in early childhood education.

An avid reader, Christin studies widely on learning, education, creativity, and development. She is particularly interested in play, reflective teaching, nature-based learning, inquiry-based learning and teaching, the development of self-regulation, and risk-taking in children. More broadly, Christin seeks to honor the uniqueness of childhood and to promote the value of play throughout the human lifespan.

Weston Lombard, Director of Operations, Nature/Entrepreneurship Teacher, and Afterschool Program Director

After graduating from business school in 2005, Weston turned his passions for sustainable agriculture, outdoor adventure, and youth education into a series of youth education programs. Beginning by teaching at homeschool groups, libraries and festivals, he then teamed up with other youth educators to start Rising Appalachian Warriors (RAW) summer camp in 2011. For the past 7 years, he has directed RAW and overseen its growth from a single weekend camp into a nine-week outdoor education and adventure program.

He is currently an Adjunct Lecturer at Hocking College teaching Sustainable Natural Resource Management and Agroecology, which he practices at his farm and recreation center, Solid Ground Farm. His independent research and writing is featured at agriculture and sustainable conferences and events around the state. For this work as well as his present role as the Youth Coordinator at the Ohio Pawpaw Festival, and past roles as the Director of Ohio Brew Week, and the Local Foods Sector Leader for the Winding Road, he was awarded the Rural Action Sustainable Livelihood Award.

Weston continues to work on his broader mission to inspire appreciation for the outdoors and encourage sustainable participation with nature.

Keith Barron, Classroom Teacher

Keith has been an early childhood educator for over fourteen years. From his earliest experiences with early childhood education, he was drawn to the idea of researching children and how they make connections with their world. At Ohio University's Child Development Center (CDC), he found an opportunity to pursue this interest as a practice, studying the Reggio Emilia philosophy of education and using it as inspiration in all of his work with children.

Keith graduated from Ohio University with a BA in Early Childhood Education, followed by a MA in Reading Education.During his teaching career, Keith has worked with children from ten months old to ten years old. In his role as Master Teacher at the CDC, he mentored professional interns and teacher candidates. At professional conferences and presentations at the local and national levels, Keith has spoken as a keynote and featured speaker on topics from school gardens, Reggio study group facilitation, to integrating superheros and storytelling into the curriculum. He continues to read extensively on educational theory, the Reggio Emilia approach to education, storytelling, nature education, play, and any other educational topic that catches his eye.

Madison Donohue, Afterschool Program Teacher

Madison Donohue found her way to South East Ohio in 2016 when she attended Hocking College to study Ecotourism and Adventure Travel. While studying, she worked as an Environmental Educator in Hocking Hills and spent her summers working at Montessori School Farm, where she was able to observe first hand that the natural world is our earliest and most efficient teacher. Upon graduation she started working as a guide in Athens county where she lead kayak excursions and women's retreats. She recently returned from a 5-month backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail where she completed 1,460 miles before returning home to Athens (trail name: Sunshine).

David Geers, Sustainable Farm Manager

With over 10 years of logistics management and organizational adeptness, David Geers brings his experience connecting resources, people, and the environment to Solid Ground Farm. As a lifelong outdoors-man with a degree in Ecotourism and Adventure Travel and as a certified interpretive guide, he strives to connect people to the natural world through sustainable agriculture and ecological land use.