Nicole has been working with children her whole life and opened With Our Own Two Hands as a place where children could grow, play, and learn in a holistic and peaceful environment. Nicole's passion is to instill in children a love for the world and all the creatures that share it.
Nicole believes that when children get to play outdoors and explore their environments, they develop a natural wonder and passion for learning that exceeds what is learnt from simply completing a worksheet. Nicole completed a Bachelor in Psychology majoring in Child Development and went on to work for the Vancouver School Board. Her experience at numerous schools, led her to see that many children lack a connection with the material they are learning, but show great interest and learning when they are taught through hands-on activities and lessons. A project growing tomatoes in the classroom soon led to learning about plant cycles, insects, photosynthesis, and much more that couldn't have been expressed through a textbook. Through her experience working with children, Nicole realized that adding elements of music, movement, stretching, art, gardening, dance, and yoga to the day, helped to increase concentration, self-esteem, cooperation, friendship, and learning. She opened With Our Own Two Hands to be a place where children could take part in these fun activities and grow and learn through them. Nicole is also a certified Yoga Teacher who has been teaching children, families, expecting and new moms, and adults in the Richmond community for over 10 years.