Teachers & Staff

Christin Butler

Director of Education

Teacher

One of the co-founders of the school, Christin oversees all things related to curriculum, teaching, and educational thinking at Solid Ground. She is additionally a full-time teacher in the school, working closely with the Roots (preK-K) and the Shoots (grades 1 & 2) in the school house. While she is often found organizing curriculum and coordinating school projects and initiatives, it is working directly with children that grounds her most.

Christin's previous work as a teacher has spanned the age range and the globe, and she has worked with students from age 2 to 65 in 3 different countries. She 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 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.

An avid, life-long learner, Christin seeks to support a strong sense of community at Solid Ground and to promote the value of nature and creativity for the human spirit more broadly.

Weston Lombard

Director of Operations

Nature/Entrepreneurship Teacher

A co-founder of the school and President of the Board of Directors, Weston works to provide a strong organizational foundation for the school. As the Nature & Entreprenuership teacher, Weston facilitates hands-on project work and outdoor experiences that engage students directly with the natural environment and our local economy. He additionally provides administrative, fundraising, and facilities support to the school. In creating the rich outdoor environment at the farm, he has invited engagement with nature and outdoor recreation for students and visitors alike.

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. He then teamed up with other youth educators to start Rising Appalachian Warriors (RAW) summer camp in 2011, and has overseen its growth from a single weekend camp into a nine-week outdoor education and adventure program for the past 8 years. 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

Assistant Curriculum Coordinator

Teacher

Keith spends his days in the school house working alongside the Roots (preK-K) and Shoots (grades 1 & 2). He loves the excitement in helping children develop projects and challenging their play; however, nothing gives him more joy that listening to the children create stories and guiding them in acting them out. Working alongside Christin, Keith developed and continually refines the curriculum for Solid Ground School as the Assistant Curriculum Coordinator.

Keith graduated from Ohio University with a BA in Early Childhood Education, followed by a MA in Reading Education. Since Keith has been an early childhood educator for over fifteen years. From his earliest experiences in education, he was drawn to the idea of researching children and how they make connections with their world. Hoping to share this passion, Keith has presented at professional conferences at the local and national levels. He has spoken as a keynote and featured speaker on topics from school gardens and Reggio Emilia study group facilitation to integrating superheroes and storytelling into the curriculum.

Charlie Cook

Middle Childhood Teacher

Charlie comes to Solid Ground having spent the last few years developing and teaching in a Montessori adolescent program at a charter school in North Carolina. He is excited to join Solid Ground as the middle childhood teacher, and to return to the hills of Ohio that he calls home. Over the years, he has worked in various capacities with children of all ages. As a homeschooling father, he discovered a deep interest in integrative, holistic pedagogy and an enduring aspiration to work with children.

Charlie graduated Summa Cum Laude from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science in Middle Childhood Education, holds an Associate in Science, and has been trained in an American Montessori Society accredited teacher education program. He can think of no greater honor than supporting young people in becoming self-actualized individuals and engaged world citizens, and he is eager to share his passion for exploratory education with the Solid Ground community.

He enjoys learning, gardening, cooking, building, playing music, contemplating the mysteries of the universe, losing himself in the woods, and spending the days with his wife, Jennifer, watching their young son learn and grow.

Rina Caldwell

Administrator

Treasurer on the Board of Directors

Rina provides invaluable administrative support to Solid Ground School, having originally come to our team through sheer enthusiasm for the project. As an administrator, she organizes tuition payments for our families, as Treasurer, she helps us keep our budget on track, and as a Board member, she chairs our fundraising committee. She brings knowledge and experience from her previous work as environmental educator, an Ohio University graduate, and as a mother of 2 Solid Ground students. She describes herself as a lover of exploration and discovery of our natural world.