Ilana (she/her)

Co-Director & Lead Teacher

​Ilana Phillips was born and raised in Santa Monica, California. She has fond memories of playing outside as a child and feels fortunate to have had those experiences, exploring and enjoying the outdoors with her parents and brothers. Ilana moved to Northern California in 2008 to pursue her education. While attending school, she worked in preschool settings, many of which were inspired by the Reggio-Emilia approach out of Italy. She quickly saw the value in play based learning and what it means to support a child’s social-emotional development. After teaching with Megan Dusablon for a few years, they co-founded Parks Plus Creation in 2013. Ilana strongly believes in respecting each child as an individual and supporting them in opportunities of risk management and discovery in the outdoor classroom. One of her favorite things about teaching outdoors is seeing the children’s independence grow through navigating the natural world. She holds a B.A. in Child and Adolescent Development and has worked with preschool age children and their families since 2004.


Megan (she/her)

Co-Director & Lead Teacher

Megan Dusablon grew up in Vermont and cherishes her memories of playing outside with her siblings and neighborhood friends making mud donuts, climbing trees, drawing, and swimming. Growing up her family cared for many creatures, sparking her fascination with animals large and small. It is on and off trails, crossing creeks and playing in the snow in Vermont where her nature connection began. Megan believes that these early outdoor experiences are crucial in developing a connection to nature and a lasting love for the Earth. Outside, children are free to explore their imaginations and challenge their physical capabilities, building confidence, creativity, and resilience. Megan has worked with children and their families since 2006. She received a BFA from Lesley University where she studied printmaking. She moved to San Francisco in 2008 and attained her Early Childhood Education credentials. After working as an atelierista (art studio teacher) in a Reggio-inspired school, Megan was immediately drawn to the approach and philosophy of Reggio Emilia: holding the child at the center of learning.


Angela (she/her)

Operations Director


Angela Ross grew up on the East Coast and has lived in the Bay Area since 2009. Her true passion in life is planning and organizing anything – from the mundane to the extraordinary. She also loves traveling, swimming, camping, and being at the beach. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from NYU and a Nutrition Consultant Certification from Bauman College in Berkeley. She has worked as a Tour Manager for international orchestras, an Event Manager for corporate events across Australia, Asia, and India, an Administrative & Marketing Manager for an eco-resort in Belize, and operated her own business as a Nutrition & Wellness Coach for eight years. She was introduced to Parks Plus Creation in 2016 after joining a Chickadee Class with her son, she has been obsessed ever since! Since 2018, it has been her pleasure to share her organizational and administrative skills with the PPC team to help them manage their systems and programs, and assist families as they learn about the wonders of forest school.


Kristyn (she/her)

Lead Teacher

Kristyn Lum was born and raised in San Francisco and has a deep affinity for play-based learning and outdoor exploration. From some of her earliest memories of camping and climbing, fort building, tending to her garden, digging for “fossils” at the park and collecting treasures at the beach, she feels fortunate to have been able to experience the many opportunities for risk-taking, wonder, and independence that nature so graciously provides. She graduated from San Diego State University with a B.S. in Child and Family Development. Throughout her time at SDSU, she had the pleasure of being able to incorporate some of her passions in life with her work out in the field—from teaching youth about environmental conservation at the Water Conservation Garden to promoting local resources that strengthen resilient families and communities with the San Diego Trauma Informed Guide Team. She hopes to create safe and conducive environments that model education as it fits the individual and believes that there is no single approach for every person. She continues to be inspired by children’s curiosity and wonder, and maintains the notion that what makes an individual unique is also what makes our society whole. When she’s not directly working with children and families, she can still be found camping and climbing, fort building, tending to her garden, digging for “fossils” at the park and collecting treasures at the beach.


Sarah (she/her)

Lead Teacher

​Sarah Tomkins was born in Swindon, England and moved with her family to Los Gatos, California when she was 3 years old. She feels lucky to have grown up in two very different landscapes, spending her childhood exploring the beaches and mountains of the California coast as well as enjoying summers back in England playing in the fields and streams of the countryside. Sarah moved to San Francisco 10 years ago and is so grateful to call this beautiful city home. She obtained a B.A. in Child and Adolescent Development with an emphasis on Early Childhood Education from San Francisco State University in 2016. She has worked with young children in various environments, including with Jumpstart for Young Children, as both an Au Pair and Nanny for many families, and as a Preschool Teacher at a play-based center in Bernal Heights. After taking some time to travel and work abroad, Sarah realized the positive impact of following our natural instinct to explore and couldn’t be happier to have the outdoors as her new classroom. Sarah is passionate about forming meaningful relationships with children and aims to guide their learning through play. She loves the infinite possibilities outdoor education provides for them!


Rahma (she/they)

Support Teacher

Rahma was born in Virginia then moved to Hawaii when they were 10 years old. The change from colorful seasons to the sandy shores of O’ahu opened their eyes to the diversity of flora and fauna. Rahma enjoyed her time outside riding bikes in the forest, hiking muddy waterfalls, and playing in the surf. Learning about the environment as a child sparked their interest in working in education and conservation. In 2016 Rahma moved to San Francisco to pursue their education and graduated in 2020 with a BA in Environmental Studies. Along the way, Rahma has worked with children as a tutor, mentor, and support staff at schools all over San Francisco. Working with diverse groups of children, Rahma has learned much about racial justice and trauma, and as an educator they hope to inspire in children an excitement and deep appreciation for nature.


Liz (she/her)

Support Teacher

Liz Sea grew up in North Carolina where she grew up exploring nature almost every day. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science from UNC Asheville and a Graduate degree in Animal Behavior and Conservation from Hunter College. Her love for the outdoors matches her passion for working with children. She has worked in Early Childhood Education settings for over 10 years including preschool and elementary school settings, teaching English in South America, and tutoring refugee and immigrant children in North Carolina. She is committed to utilizing education as a tool to create a more equitable future for our planet and its people. She has been teaching TK at Spire School for two years now.


Mark (all pronouns welcome)

Assistant Teacher

Mark Samples was born and raised in Southern California, spending every moment he could on the beaches of San Diego, in the mountains of San Bernardino, or anywhere he could find a lake and someone to take him water skiing. Mark attributes his love of being outside, peaceful and mindful of his surroundings, to the lessons and guidance of his grandparents, who taught him about waves, ropes, outdoor cooking and all things sharp and pointy. In addition to being a Spire School teacher, Mark has been working with children of all ages for most of his adult life in the classroom, at camps, in nonprofit youth development programs, as a member of the US Peace Corps in Panama, and in his home as a full-time parent. Without a doubt, his deepest learnings have come from squatting down, looking into the eyes of children and having chats out in nature. Those moments, feet lodged soundly in the dirt, mud, grass or sand, are where he has found the profound displays of joy, frustration, kindness, sadness and hope that we all aspire to truly feel in this life. In addition, Mark brings with him to Coyote Camp the lessons from his training as a California credentialed teacher, as well as a Masters of Social Work from the School of Social Welfare at UC Berkeley.

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Meymey (she/they)

Support Teacher

Meymey Lee is a born and raised San Franciscan. They grew up scraping their knees on tide pools and oak trees, and is excited about facilitating a new generation of boo-boos and yee-haws. Mey loves to play; and to encourage play and discovery in others. Their favorite part of teaching is seeing that special ‘Ah-Ha!’ moment that lights a student up from within. Meymey’s second favorite part of teaching is collecting terrible jokes. They have worked at the Exploratorium, Oakland Fairyland, and has toured the Bay Area and internationally as a professional storyteller. They have spent years working in traditional and non-traditional classrooms, and with adults, toddlers, and every age in between. They have learned that the best learning happens when we are in a respectful and caring relationship with each other, ourselves, and our environments. Mey has a BA in Natural Science from Shimer College.