Watching their two oldest children play in the dirt and take care of the farm animals, Jaclyn & Kenny Jenkins wanted to figure out a way how they can share this blessing with other families. One Day Farm was then created to teach children of all ages how to work the land in order to grow their own food and learn the responsibility of taking care of living things. Children will feel proud of their hard work and want to eat healthier, and maybe one day they will have a farm of their own. Soon after they partnered with their cousin, Allison Huff, and developed a nature-based preschool curriculum at Huff’s childhood home located in Hamilton, Va.
Meet the Farm Educators!
Hey Y’all! I, Allison Huff, am the lead teacher at Farm School. I am combining my teaching experience with our gift of our own backyard and environment. I have worked with children from birth to five and feel like each age group has their own accomplishments that make me proud that I get to follow my passion each day. I have my Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Development and over five years experience in a classroom setting. In my free time, I enjoy exploring local historic sites, camping and just spending time with my family. Welcome to the farm!
Good Day! I, Rula Nassar, am originally from Jordan. I am a world traveler and my last stop brought me to Virginia where I live with my family. My husband and I have four children who love to explore the world around them. Luckily I found Farm School, where my third child Andrew attended and currently my fourth child Theodore is attending. Though I have two law degrees, I’ve always loved working with children, whether it was baby sitting my cousins or volunteering at church. When I moved to the States I started subbing at LCPS and now teach at Farm School. My favorite thing to do with the kids is play, sing, and dance! In my free time I love painting, baking, hiking and reading.
Good Morning! I, Caitlin Plourde, grew up in West Virginia and love the outdoors. I have been to twenty-six of the fifty “highest points” marked for climbing in each state. I have worked with children since I was sixteen, nannying and babysitting, and now working with the kids at Farm School. My favorite thing to do with students is crafts. I love how easy it is to learn through cutting, matching shapes and colors, and teaching about different textures in materials. In my free time I enjoy gardening, writing, and playing Dungeon’s & Dragons with my friends.
Hi everyone! I, Abigail (Abby) Donahue grew up in Purcellville. I have had the pleasure of growing up around animals and was a member of 4-H till high school, showing sheep and rabbits. I now reside in Bluemont where I enjoy spending time with my family (Justin, Cade, and Teagan). My daughter, Teagan, will be joining me at Farm School and I know she’s as excited as I am. I have been working with children since 2012. I started as an instructional assistant at Graydon Manor working with troubled youth. From there, I found ABA (applied behavior analysis) doing in home therapy for children with special needs. After I had Teagan, in 2019, I worked for a Montessori school. I gained a full understanding of what toddlers and pre-k children are truly capable of and work to instill independence in my own children. My favorite thing to do with children is arts and crafts or any kind of physical activity outside. Outside of work I enjoy coaching my step son’s soccer team and playing outside with my daughter. I find a lot of joy in cooking and baking as well.
Hey there! I, Gwen, was born and raised in Northern Virginia and have been neighbors to the Farm School location for 15 years. Both of my parents were big travelers but wanted to settle down in a countryside house with lots of land to raise me and my sister on. I used to volunteer with Farm School for one summer before getting a job as a nanny for a single family. I love being able to run around and expend some of my energy with the kiddos and also like reading to them and telling stories, I like to see how creative young children can be. Some hobbies I have are running and fitness, (my major at Virginia Tech is nutrition,) but I also love photography and taking photos.
Good Afternoon! I, Kayla Phaneuf, work as an admin assistant with Farm School. I grew up in Berryville, VA and got my Bachelor’s degree in Strategic Communications. I have worked with kids since high school and love teaching them life skills, teamwork, and just having fun through sports. Currently, I coach high school soccer in Clarke County. In my free time I like to read books, watch movies, work on my podcast Secondhand Film Critics, and play with my family’s dog, Charlie Chaplin.
Farm School has been working hard each day to continuously improve our mind, body, and souls. Check out all we have accomplished so far!