Roll Call: Meet the Teacher

We’re delighted to welcome early childhood educator Sheri Ruether to the Elachee Nature Academy team, and she is eager to welcome the inaugural class of Kindergarten-1st Grade students the first day of school on August 5. Sheri is lead teacher for this accredited K-1st Grade program, a seamless academic progression from the Elachee’s acclaimed Nature Preschool

Educator Sheri Ruether is the new Kindergarten-1st Grade teacher for Elachee Nature Academy, a private, tuition-based SACS/AdvancED-accredited program managed and operated by Elachee Nature Science Center in Gainesville, GA.Sheri offers this nugget to parents seeking a non-traditional academic choice for their young children.

“Nature-based education is so much more developmentally appropriate because it promotes wonder and inquiry which comes naturally at this age,” Sheri explains. “I can apply creative discovery to anything outdoors, then take it one step further by incorporating academic standards that ready them for the next grade level.”

Sheri comes to Elachee Nature Academy from Gwinnett County Public Schools where she has taught 1st Grade and Kindergarten since 2004. She began her early childhood education career in the Cobb County school system nearly 14 years ago.

“I consider myself to be a lifelong learner and hope to instill the love for learning in each of my students,” she shares. “Today, I continue to go to school and seek other opportunities to better myself as a teacher and person. I am currently finishing up my doctoral degree in Learning, Instruction and Innovation. The focus of my dissertation is on using outdoor classrooms. I also have a Master’s degree in Reading and Literacy in the Elementary School, and an Educational Specialist’s degree in Brain Research.”

The past decade, Sheri has also devoted herself to significant independent study. She has received numerous certifications from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to help her teach students about our natural environment using Georgia’s state standards. In addition, Sheri has also immersed herself in other relevant certification training on best practices of environmental-based education.

What can we say? A match made in Heaven. 

Ignite Your Child's Wonder

Elachee Nature Academy's new Kindergarten-1st Grade class offers parents a quality education choice for their young children. PARENT VIDEO 

Characterized by innovative educational experiences in the classroom and in outdoor settings, students benefit from instructional philosophies developed in Elachee's established Nature-Based Preschool.

Key Advantages to Growing Up Naturally at Elachee

  • Promotes a nature-based learning environment
  • Accredited program curriculum meets Georgia learning standards and prepares children for 2nd Grade
  • Small class size, led by a certified teacher
  • Students spend 50 percent of their school day in supervised outdoor exploration and discovery

Start-Up Facts about Elachee Nature Academy's K-1st Grade Program

  • Accredited by SACS/AdvancED
  • Combined classroom: Kindergarten-1st Grade
  • Maximum class size: 20 students
  • Teacher/Student ratio: 1 to 10
  • Certified Teacher
  • School Calendar: August to May
    Follows Hall County Schools' Academic Calendar.
  • Annual Tuition: $6,250 ENROLLMENT
    Before/After Care offered for an additional fee.

Interested in Learning More?

Call 770-535-1976 or email Rhonda Bailey, Elachee Nature Academy Director of Schools, to schedule a tour and a time to meet.