Who We Are

Emily Caldwell, Co-Director


Emily has been enjoying theatre, dance, music, writing and creating from an early age. She has a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Southern Oregon University and has worked as an actor and director in Ashland and Los Angeles. Emily loves spending time outdoors and has worked as an outdoor educator and guide for children ages three to thirteen in California and Colorado. Her professional experiences working with children have also included: teaching and assisting in preschools, developing and facilitating drama workshops, and working as a Special Education assistant. In her free time, she enjoys skiing, hiking, dancing, and going on adventures with her friends and family.

Denise Wilson, Co-Director

Denise was born and raised in Austin, Texas. Her childhood was filled with playing competitive volleyball and softball and spending summers with her grandparents and many cousins.

Denise Received her B.S. in Communication, Sciences & Disorders from the University of Texas at Austin and went on to complete her Masters in Family Centered Early Education at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.

Denise has taught in preschool and elementary settings for many years and spent 5 years as a children’s associate librarian at the Ashland Public Library helping children and families connect with the rich world of children’s literature. Most recently, Denise studied Waldorf education and taught for 3 years at Madrone Trail Public Charter School bringing a class of children through first, second, and third grade. She obtained training from Rudolf Steiner College in storytelling, pentatonic flute, eurythmy, and watercolor painting through their Art of Teaching Program. She has several Deaf family members and loves sharing American Sign Language with children.

Denise, and her wife, moved to Ashland in 2007 to raise their 7 children. She enjoys spending quality time with her family, reading and exploring in nature.

Alice Hackett, Teaching Assistant


I graduated from University Of Oregon in 2019 with a BA in Advertising. Over the past few years I have enjoyed my time back in my hometown. Last year I was the second-grade assistant at The Siskiyou School and I loved It. In the future I hope to attend law school or have a career in the legal field. In my free time I enjoy reading, baking, and spending time with friends. I’m really looking forward to being the assistant this year!