Tiffany Sabatini (she/ her)
Director of Operations & Communications
Chris Sabatini (he/ him)
Teacher/ Storyteller/ Musician
Tiffany finds her home in nature and the arts and takes to heart the building of compassionate learning communities. Inspired by the birth of her own child, reading the book Last Child in the Woods and encountering Erin Kenny's forest school, Tiffany embarked on a path to create Ancient Futures, and was happily joined by her co-conspirator and lifelong partner of 14+ years, Teacher Chris, in the process.
Tiffany has been an educator in various capacities for the past 18 years. She has served as a social justice poetry coach in a farm/ forest setting. She's hosted community literacy events and tended nature and children's book resources at the Elliot Bay Book Company in Seattle. She earned a Masters in Teaching from The Evergreen State College and taught in Olympia as a public Montessori school teacher for 7 years. Recently she has continued her studies by learning from Jon Young's Kamana Naturalist Teaching series, completing school director training through Forest School Teacher Institute and by very proudly earning a forest school teaching certification in The Cedarsong Way. She is also an alumna of the Enterprise for Equity program in Olympia which focuses on centering local business on people and the planet.
Tiffany volunteers with Olympia's Learning Right Relations, a local group that is building connections with Native peoples both near and far. Most of all, Tiffany cares deeply about our earth and delights in witnessing each child find their grounding, confidence and love of life.
Chris has always felt most alive in the places where nature, music, and art come together. An avid hiker, as well as a self-taught artist, musician and songwriter, he has been delighted to discover how effectively these skills apply to education. Chris has lived, worked, and volunteered in Olympia since 2010. For five of those years he worked in youth services at the downtown Olympia library, where his focus was on early childhood development. In that time he inaugurated a weekly Saturday morning family story time, which incorporates singing, reading, writing and play. He brought this program out to the community, hosting it at the WET Science Center, Orca Books, Browsers Books, and the Capital Mall. Chris also regularly presents story times at the Olympia Farmers Market. He created a pandemic-era collaboration with Olympia Parks to display picture books along public paths. Chris’ approach to learning music and literacy is to first foster a love of song and story.
Chris has been a regular volunteer with KAOS radio, the Olympia Film Society, the Olympia Zine Fest, and the Olympia Comics Festival. He has designed literacy posters which are featured on the Washington Center for the Book website.
To see Chris’ literacy posters: washingtoncenterforthebook.org/read-lea-and-sing-cante/
To hear some of the music Chris has recorded: chrissabatini.bandcamp.com
To see some of Chris’ animations: vimeo.com/curbyourdog