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Diona Reese Williams

Diona Reese Williams

By Diona Williams
The purpose of this podcast channel is to discuss current events, advocacy, nature, education system (Child Care system to Higher Education) life as an entrepreneur and business owner, but most importantly fun relatable stories too. Occasionally, this channel may interview experts from the topics listed above. If you are looking for engaging podcast series this is the channel to follow.
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Early Childhood Environmental Educator: Sarah Folgoson
Diona Reese Williams Edited Production: Angel Productions  DRW Guest: Sarah Folgoson  Facebook Page: @dionareesewilliams Instagram  DRW Personal Brand: @drw_dionareesewilliams  Instagram Out Back Learning LLC: @outbacklearning2019  Facebook Page: @outbacklearning2019 Podcast: https://anchor.fm/diona-williams
46:17
August 21, 2021
Early Childhood Educator: Amy Williams
Amy Williams currently works as a school psychologist at Palominas School District in Hereford, Arizona. She has worked as a school psychologist for the past six years, holding positions at school districts in southern Arizona and Phoenix. She received her Master of Education in School and Applied Child Psychology degree from the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. She also holds a Bachelor of Education from Nipissing University, Ontario, Canada. Prior to becoming a school psychologist, Amy worked as an international teacher in Kuwait for nine years. During this time, she taught upper elementary and middle school. She completed additional qualifications in Guidance and Career Education through Queen’s University, Canada, and worked as a middle school counselor during her final two years in Kuwait. Amy is currently enrolled in Arizona State University’s Graduate Certificate program in Applied Behavior Analysis. She plans on using the knowledge and experience she gains in this program to enhance her current skills so that she can more effectively help the students and educators with whom she works. Amy is passionate about consulting with and educating teachers, parents, and administrators about supporting students’ mental health and social-emotional development. Amy is originally from Toronto, Canada but currently lives in Sierra Vista, Arizona. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading historical fiction, and spending time with her family.   Reference  Dr. Bruce Perry  Dr. Bruce Perry  Neurosequential Model  Neurosequential Model  Arizona State University  ASU- Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate  Diona Reese Williams Edited Production: Angel Productions  DRW Guest: Amy Williams Facebook Page: @dionareesewilliams Instagram  DRW Personal Brand: @drw_dionareesewilliams  Instagram Out Back Learning LLC: @outbacklearning2019  Facebook Page: @outbacklearning2019 Podcast: https://anchor.fm/diona-williams
28:58
August 14, 2021
Early Childhood Educator: Jacque Raftery
In today's DRW interview, I enjoyed meeting with one of my dear friend's Jacque Raftery. She is a mom of 3 kids ages 6, 3 and 1. She has a Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and currently works as the Assistant to the Director of Cactus Wren Co-Op Preschool. Before that, she worked in community behavioral health as a therapist and case manager. When her children were born, she decided to do the critical work of being their primary caregiver since behavioral health was too draining for her. However, working for Cactus Wren Co-op Preschool brought her into the world of early childhood education and has broadened my understanding of the importance of supporting the 0-5 population in my community. Website: https://www.cactuswrenpreschool.com/ Diona Reese Williams Edited Production: Angel Productions  DRW Guest: Jacque Raftery  Facebook Page: @dionareesewilliams Instagram  DRW Personal Brand: @drw_dionareesewilliams  Instagram Out Back Learning LLC: @outbacklearning2019  Facebook Page: @outbacklearning2019 Podcast: https://anchor.fm/diona-williams
31:15
August 7, 2021
DRW Interview: Allison Houtz
Allison Houtz Experiential Education Program Coordinator Bio: Allison is a passionate, lifelong advocate for young children, families, and early educators. She’s worked in early education at large for the past 17 years, through teaching, directing, child advocacy, parent training, coaching, and higher education leadership. Allison currently serves students, faculty, and community members as the Experiential Education Program Coordinator within the Education Department at Prescott College. One of her many hats is leading the Center for Nature & Place through community building and professional development. She’s dedicated to bridging the gap between early education and much needed family resources in rural communities like Yavapai county. Allison believes wholeheartedly that we have a moral obligation to not only support children, but we owe it to our community and future together. One of the most profoundly true quotes I have found elevates the life work I hold so dear, as consultant, trainer, and advocate for children and families: “What we do early in life lays the foundation for all the rest. Early preventive intervention can be exceptionally valuable” (Shonkoff, & Meisels, 1990). This is my philosophy on early childhood education: I believe that early experiences are pivotal to human development, and as such, should be a focal point in our society when it comes to funding and resources for the public. Early Childhood Education runs in my blood – I do what I do because of the foundation my mom laid as an early education leader and advocate for community access to quality care. She’s a mover and shaker and I’ve found myself following in her footsteps and digging my heels in the field we both care deeply about. Below is the content requested for our upcoming DRW Interview: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NPECEcenter Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thecenterfornatureandplace/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/thePCCenter4Nat Website: https://www.centerfornatureandplace.org/ Summer Institute dates: June 4-6, 2021 Online Modules coming early 2021 Ask us to host a workshop for your team! Email @npece@prescott.edu Diona Reese Williams Edited Production: Angel Productions  DRW Guest: Allison Houtz  Facebook Page: @dionareesewilliams Instagram  DRW Personal Brand: @drw_dionareesewilliams  Instagram Out Back Learning LLC: @outbacklearning2019  Facebook Page: @outbacklearning2019 Podcast: https://anchor.fm/diona-williams
26:11
June 12, 2021
DRW Interview Environmental Educator: Seraph White (Part 2 of 2)
Seraph White brings nearly two decades of non-profit experience to the role of Interim Executive Director for Outdoors Empowered Network, and has expertise in fundraising, marketing, and operations. She is passionate about increasing access to nature and the outdoors and is looking forward to finding creative, systemic, and strategic ways to fulfill OEN’s mission. Seraph has an MA in Environmental Leadership from Naropa University and a BA in Environmental Studies from UCSC. Seraph grew up camping and is passionate about access to the outdoors. She regularly packs her family into a hybrid Toyota Prius C to travel the American West, including over thirty National Parks. She is an alumnae of NOLS semester in Alaska and a long-time student of nature connection and deep ecology. When not camping, Seraph lives in her hometown of San Francisco. -- Seraph White Interim Executive Director Outdoors Empowered Network Website: www.outdoorsempowered.org As always, the purpose of the interviews is to highlight the great work of the individuals who are making a huge impact in the world of early childhood environmental education. Diona Reese Williams Edited Production: Angel Productions DRW Guest: Seraph White Facebook Page: @dionareesewilliams Instagram DRW Personal Brand: @drw_dionareesewilliams Instagram Out Back Learning LLC: @outbacklearning2019 Facebook Page: @outbacklearning2019 Podcast: https://anchor.fm/diona-williams
36:12
March 27, 2021
DRW Interview Environmental Educator: Seraph White (Part 1 of 2)
Seraph White brings nearly two decades of non-profit experience to the role of Interim Executive Director for Outdoors Empowered Network, and has expertise in fundraising, marketing, and operations. She is passionate about increasing access to nature and the outdoors and is looking forward to finding creative, systemic, and strategic ways to fulfill OEN’s mission. Seraph has an MA in Environmental Leadership from Naropa University and a BA in Environmental Studies from UCSC. Seraph grew up camping and is passionate about access to the outdoors. She regularly packs her family into a hybrid Toyota Prius C to travel the American West, including over thirty National Parks. She is an alumnae of NOLS semester in Alaska and a long-time student of nature connection and deep ecology. When not camping, Seraph lives in her hometown of San Francisco. -- Seraph White Interim Executive Director Outdoors Empowered Network Website: www.outdoorsempowered.org As always, the purpose of the interviews is to highlight the great work of the individuals who are making a huge impact in the world of early childhood environmental education. Diona Reese Williams Edited Production: Angel Productions DRW Guest: Seraph White Facebook Page: @dionareesewilliams Instagram DRW Personal Brand: @drw_dionareesewilliams Instagram Out Back Learning LLC: @outbacklearning2019 Facebook Page: @outbacklearning2019 Podcast: https://anchor.fm/diona-williams
47:34
March 20, 2021
DRW Interview Early Childhood Environmental Educator: Megan Gessler
Megan is the Early Childhood Program Coordinator for The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois where she leads their nature-based early childhood program within 1700 acres of diverse habitat including forests, prairie, creeks, oak savannas, and lakes.  She has nine years of experience managing and teaching at nature-based preschools.  Megan is also the founder of Northern Illinois Nature Preschool Association (NINPA), the first association for nature-preschools in America, as well as a part of the Leadership Team with the Natural Start Alliance, part of NAAEE. She holds a Masters Degree in Education along with a Certificate in Nature-Based Early Childhood Education from Antioch University New England and she is a featured contributor in David Sobel's recent book: The Sky Above and the Mud Below: Lessons from Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens.   Little Trees Early Learning Program website: https://www.mortonarb.org/learn-experience/youth-and-family-programs/little-trees NINPA website: https://ninpa.org/ Contributing Author: https://www.redleafpress.org/Sky-Above-and-the-Mud-Below-Lessons-from-Nature-Preschools-and-Forest-Kindergartens-P2424.aspx Resources: Storypark website:   https://www.storypark.com/
34:34
March 13, 2021
DRW Interview Early Childhood Environmental Educator: Cassandra Ellis
In today's interview I had the pleasure to talk with Cassandra Ellis, founding director of The Kinship School, which offers educational coaching, consulting and direct service with young children and families in nature. The way she works is inspired by E.O. Wilson’s words: “We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely.” Cassandra synthesizes somatic practice, place- and nature-based learning, radical self-inquiry, collective care and intergenerational learning to build bonds that strengthen the individual, family, collective and the web of life. She is a Washington State approved early childhood education STARS Trainer, Child Development Associate (CDA) Professional Development (PD) Specialist, certified holistic movement teacher, certified children’s yoga teacher, and certifiably hilarious first-time dog mama. Cassandra plays, works and lives in the lush Pacific Northwest. She gives gratitude to the Snohomish Tribe and the extensive web of Coast Salish tribes that have tended to the lands long before she planted her own feet there. Social Media: www.thekinshipschool.com @thekinshipschool (Instagram) Resources: Heather Kindem's website, designer of The Happenings Mat: thehappeningsmat.org/ This is the Nonviolent Communication (known as NVC and also known as Compassionate Communication) needs inventory I mentioned: cnvc.org/training/resource/needs-inventory And the feelings inventory: cnvc.org/training/resource/feelings-inventory Also since I mentioned her, Claire Warden: claire-warden.com/ And Chicago Botanic Garden's nature preschool: chicagobotanic.org/preschool Stepping Stones Nursery School in Chicago: steppingstonesnurseryschool.net As always, the purpose of the interviews is to highlight the great work of the individuals who are making a huge impact in the world of early childhood environmental education. Diona Reese Williams Edited Production: Angel Productions DRW Guest: Cassandra Ellis Facebook Page: @dionareesewilliams Instagram DRW Personal Brand: @drw_dionareesewilliams Instagram Out Back Learning LLC: @outbacklearning2019 Facebook Page: @outbacklearning2019 Podcast: https://anchor.fm/diona-williams
47:38
March 7, 2021
DRW Interview Environmental Educator: Nikki Julien (Part 2 of 2)
In today's interview, I had the pleasure of meeting with Nikki Julien from the Arizona Wildlife Federation. She took a moment to share how she entered Environmental Education and discussed her work with the Arizona Wildlife Federation. If you want to learn more about AWF and the field of Environmental Education, this is the interview to watch. Thank you, Nikki, for taking the time to stop by the DRW "show." If you are interested in supporting this podcast, please check out my latest product called the Goal Development Plan. You can find this plan on my website  http://www.dionareesewilliams.com Thank you all for your support, and remember to continue to be blessed in nature. Nikki Julien Information: Facebook: Nikki Julien Instagram:  nikki.julien Twitter:  AZWildlifeFed Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Nikki.Julien
36:28
February 19, 2021
DRW Interview Environmental Educator: Nikki Julien (Part 1 of 2)
In today's interview, I had the pleasure of meeting with Nikki Julien from the Arizona Wildlife Federation. She took a moment to share how she entered Environmental Education and discussed her work with the Arizona Wildlife Federation. If you want to learn more about AWF and the field of Environmental Education, this is the interview to watch. Thank you, Nikki, for taking the time to stop by the DRW "show." If you are interested in supporting this podcast, please check out my latest product called the Goal Development Plan.  You can find this plan on my website  http://www.dionareesewilliams.com Thank you all for your support, and remember to continue to be blessed in nature.  Nikki Julien Information:   Facebook: Nikki Julien  Instagram:  nikki.julien   Twitter:  AZWildlifeFed  Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Nikki.Julien
35:10
February 14, 2021
DRW Enviromental Educator Interview Series: Jessica Paul (S1E3)
In today's episode, I had the pleasure of talking to Jessica Paul from Tucson Community Gardens. During this episode discusses what a Master Naturalist, citizen science and inaturalist. Jessica later describes her role at the Tucson Community Gardens as the Educator. Take a moment to listen and learn how your child can learn about gardening with Jessica. Diona Reese Williams (Goal Development Plan) http://www.dionareesewilliams.com Community Gardens of Tucson https://www.communitygardensoftucson.org/ https://www.facebook.com/communitygardensoftucson https://www.instagram.com/communitygardenstucson/ Az Master Naturalists (applications are still open for the next cohort) https://azmasternaturalist.org/ Nature's Notebook https://www.usanpn.org/natures_notebook inaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/
21:24
February 5, 2021
DRW Interview: Early Childhood Environmental Education: Rachel Miller (S1E2)
In today's DRW podcast episode, I had the pleasure to connect with Rachel Miller, who is based out of Melbourne, Florida. She has recently embarked on a new journey, which you all will get to hear about in her episodes.  As always, the purpose of these interviews is to highlight the great work of the individuals who are making  huge impact in the world of early childhood environmental education.  
17:13
January 29, 2021
DRW Interview Series (S1E1): Ellen Bashor Environmental Educator
In today's episode, I had the opportunity to chat with Ellen Bashor from Prescott College and Board of Directors of Arizona Association of Environmental Education (AAEE). She is sharing her experience as an educator navigating through COVID-19 and how the community came together to provide a safe and inclusive outdoor classroom for students to return back to school.  If you are interested in finding out additional information you can find Ellen Bashor through Prescott College or AAEE.  This episode was previously recorded, if you would like the visual of this episode please click the link below: https://youtu.be/fQVT5vG1rlk  Resources:  https://naaee.org/  https://www.arizonaee.org/ https://www.greenschoolyards.org/  https://www.5ensesmag.com/post/prescott-s-community-nature-center-comes-full-circle
47:20
January 21, 2021
City Chick(ens) Series: Pet Perspectives (S1E4)
In today's episode, the author of this story, Le'Aszia, takes a moment to continue to introduce the chickens, also known as "The City Chicks." You will have an opportunity to learn about the personalities of Sally, Kimberly, and Ellen, but from the author's perspective. In this episode, Le'Aszia goes on to discuss the City Chicks' recent unwillingness to go into the coop. The author goes on to expand the storyline perspective of Trina and Bree (family dogs). Please note the content of this episode is not intended to offend, but simply to give the perspective of two dogs and how they view the owners. This episode was written and recorded by Le'Aszia Davis Williams and produced by Diona Reese Williams. This City Chicks podcast series is a mother/daughter collaboration. As a parent, I am very proud of her artistry and written creativity, but I feel blessed that she was willing to share her gifts with you all as listeners. Enjoy and continue to Be Blessed in Nature. -Diona Reese Williams
13:52
December 14, 2020
City Chick(ens) Series: Chicks in Quarantine (S1E3)
In today's episode, the author of this story, Le'Aszia, takes a moment to continue to introduce the chickens, also known as "The City Chicks." You will have an opportunity to learn about the personalities of Sally, Kimberly, and Ellen, but from the author's perspective. In this episode, Le'Aszia goes on to discuss the City Chicks' recent quarantine experience. This episode was written and recorded by Le'Aszia Davis Williams and produced by Diona Reese Williams. This City Chicks podcast series is a mother/daughter collaboration. As a parent, I am very proud of her artistry and written creativity, but I feel blessed that she was willing to share her gifts with you all as listeners. Enjoy and continue to Be Blessed in Nature. -Diona Reese Williams
13:55
November 14, 2020
City Chick(ens) Series: Weed Wackers (S1E2)
In today's episode, the author of this story, Le'Aszia, takes a moment to continue to introduce the chickens, also known as "The City Chicks." You will have an opportunity to learn about the personalities of Sally, Kimberly, and Ellen, but from the author's perspective. In this episode, Le'Aszia goes on to discuss the City Chicks and their love for weeds. But, a new character is introduced to one of our family pets, Trina. This episode was written and recorded by Le'Aszia Davis Williams and produced by Diona Reese Williams. This City Chicks podcast series is a mother/daughter collaboration. As a parent, I am very proud of her artistry and written creativity, but mostly blessed. She was willing to share her gifts with you all as listeners. Enjoy and continue to Be Blessed in Nature. -Diona Reese Williams
10:36
October 22, 2020
City Chick(ens) Stories: The Introduction (S1E1)
In today's episode the author of this story Le'Aszia takes a moment to introduce the chickens, also known as "The City Chicks." You will have an opportunity to learn about the personalities of Sally, Kimberly and Ellen, but from the author's perspective. This episode was written and recorded by Le'Aszia Davis Williams and produced by Diona Reese Williams. This City Chicks podcast series is a mother/daughter collaboration. As a parent, I am very proud of her artistry and written creativity, but mostly blessed, she was willing to share her gifts with you all as listeners. Enjoy and continue to Be Blessed in Nature. -Diona Reese Williams
08:40
October 8, 2020
Black in Nature Series: Strictly Outdoor Business (Ep. 12)
In today's episode of black in nature I will be talking about Out Back Learning LLC. If you do not know me personally then you have no idea what Out Back Learning is about, it's a nature base home base program that I started a year ago.
18:28
September 24, 2020
Black in Nature: Professional (Ep. 11)
In this week's episode black in nature: professional. I want to talk about my experience as an early childhood environmental educator.
16:35
September 12, 2020
Black in Nature: Balance (Ep. 7)
When I started creating this week's podcast, I really wanted to reflect on how I am really taking care of myself during this pandemic. For you all as listeners, I am curious how are you managing these days too. I going to take you all on my weekly journey outdoors to find balance, but I am also going to reevaluate what I may need to adjustment to enhance or create more peace of mind.
08:39
September 12, 2020
Black in Nature: Early Childhood Environmental Education (Ep. 10)
In today's episode I want to talk about my experience in the early childhood education field and exploring nature.
21:25
August 27, 2020
Black in Nature: Road Trips (Ep. 9)
When I think about the words travel and nature, I automatically think about road trips. However, my memories are flooded with endless road trips across the country from childhood to adulthood.
18:10
August 13, 2020
Black in Nature: Backyard Garden (Ep. 8)
When I think about food and nature my mind begins to wonder about the taste of local farmers market produce or my very own backyard garden vegetables. If you recall in Episode 1, I mentioned the first time I ate a cucumber from my neighbors backyard garden. If you want to hear more about my garden experience just listen to this podcast episode.
17:28
July 30, 2020
Black in Nature: Outdoor Fashion (Ep. 6)
This week, I want to take you all on a fashion outdoor adventure, but the reality is I love a good outfit and a theme. Let's reflect on my initial podcast when I mentioned my first camping trip. Remember how I wasn't sure what to wear, while camping. "Should I wear a flannel, jeans, make up...."
14:23
July 16, 2020
Black in Nature: Love (Ep. 5)
Okay, okay, I am sure you all think this is going to be podcast about my love for my amazing supportive husband. But, the reality is I am going to definitely share our mutual love for nature.
18:33
July 1, 2020
Black in Nature: Sounds (Ep. 4)
Today's podcast, I am going to discuss black in nature through sounds of music and nature. My love for the sound of birds, is due to my love for music, whether I am listening or singing.Yes, I can sing and carry a note or two.....
13:01
June 24, 2020
Black in Nature: Reflective Reality (Ep. 3)
The content of today's podcast was written and produced in a raw space. The storyline maybe tougher to follow, because this topic was not easy to discuss or share. Thank you for your patience. Imagine going throughout life, from childhood to adulthood and you are the only black girl or woman in the room. Thankfully, in most of those experiences I have been treated with dignity and respect, but like anything in life I have experienced ignorance too. Special thanks to Charles Williams (Husband) and Ellen Bashor (friend) for your feedback and edits for this week's podcast.
17:53
June 17, 2020
Black in Nature: I am Not My Hair (Ep. 2)
As I mentioned in the previous podcast, hair has caused what felt like restrictions or limitations for me. The theme of this podcast is definitely different than the first, but understand Black in Nature can be interpreted in different ways. My hair impacted how I was going to explore my environment around me. There's no way, I could talk about being in nature without addressing the obvious hurdle, my hair.
18:15
June 10, 2020
Black in Nature Series: My Truth (Ep. 1)
In today's episode I want to discuss my own experience in nature as a woman of color. This is a continuation of #blackbirdersweek #blacklivesmatter #blackinnature movements. If you have been following me on my social media accounts you will have I have participated in these movements. I want to start out by expressing this conversation is to share my own personal experience in nature. What I state does not mean every person of color has had this experience, but this my own truth.
22:14
June 3, 2020