Tiffany Sabatini (she/ her)
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. Tiffany has been an educator in various capacities for the past 18 years. She started out as a social justice poetry coach in a farm/ forest setting, then hosted community literacy events and tended nature and children's book resources; she earned a Masters in Teaching from The Evergreen State College with a focus on sustainability education; after that she taught as a public Montessori school teacher for 7 years. Tiffany's passions have always been for nature and the arts and building compassionate learning communities. For the past few years Tiffany has continued her studies through taking Jon Young's Kamana Naturalist Teaching series, joining the Natural Start Alliance, completing teacher/director training through Forest School Teacher Institute and by joining the The Cedarsong Way community. She is a graduate of the Enterprise for Equity program which focuses on centering local business on people and the planet. Most of all, Tiffany cares deeply about each child and delights in witnessing each child find their grounding, confidence and passion for life.
Chris Sabatini (he/ him)
Teacher/ Music Coordinator
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