Shannon Foley, Founder of Red-Tailed Hawk Forest School – Joins Headwaters Advisory Team

Headwaters Academy is pleased to announce that Shannon Foley has accepted a position on the Headwaters Academy Advisory Team.


Shannon joins the Headwaters Academy Advisory Team from the Red-Tailed Hawk Forest School which she founded and operates near Collingwood. She has over twelve years experience teaching both inside the classroom and outside. Shannon began by developing and implementing outdoor education programs in a private school setting with a local environmentalist. This is where her inspiration for nature-based education grew from! She performed extensive research on Forest Schools before developing and launching one of her own. Shannon is currently enrolled in Forest School Canada’s Practitioners Course.  Her aim is to have Red-tailed Hawk recognized by Forest School Canada and the Child and Nature Alliance.  Her focus is on providing quality nature-based education through an inquiry-based approach, and fostering a life-long love of learning in our natural environment for her students.  Shannon is an active outdoor enthusiast who enjoys time running, hiking, SUP-ing, skiing, and snowshoeing with her young family when she is not teaching at Red-tailed Hawk!


Shannon will assist Headwaters Academy in curriculum development with a particular focus on our outdoor education and ‘step outside’ programs.