Education

Tisha Luthy
Nature Preschool Director

Through my experiences and education, I've learned the importance of children’s development through the natural world.  As director and teacher at the Cincinnati Nature Center Preschool, I oversee curriculum and development activities for Early Childhood education programs. 

I've worked with young children for 20 years and hold a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Cincinnati in Early Childhood Education, with an emphasis in STEM education. I received my Master of Science degree in early childhood studies in the summer of 2015.

I currently hold my professional teaching license and have been teaching nature-based preschool for eight years. I'm committed to providing a nurturing hands-on environment for children to grow, explore, and develop a sense of wonder.             

tluthy@cincynature.org

(513) 831-1711, ext. 123

Ali Falcon
Teacher

As both an educator and nature enthusiast, I'm proud to be a part of the Cincinnati Nature Center Preschool staff. Since graduating from Miami University it 2009, I have worked as an educator in a variety of settings. As a Music Educator, I have taught elementary music in both Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. I have also served in the fields of Special Education, Edible Schoolyard, and Botanic Garden Education while living in Los Angeles, California.  

In addition to spending time outdoors, I also enjoy music, quilting, gardening, and most of all, spending time with my family. 

Christine Noah
Teacher

Nature and the outdoors has been a part of my life since I was a baby. Every year, my family would primitive camp at Cheat Lake, WV, for weeks at a time. One of my fondest memories as a child is simply looking up at the night sky with my father and discussing the vastness. He taught me to love and to respect the natural world, a teaching I have passed on to my own children, and one that I'm passionate to share with people of all ages.

When children are engaged, learning, and immersed in the natural world, they're developing powers of observation, reasoning, and awareness. I look forward to nurturing your child’s curiosity and cognitive development through nature and the arts.

I'm a certified teacher with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Education and a Master of Arts degree in Integration of the Arts into the Curriculum. I have taught art education from Pre-K through 8th grade. I enjoy practicing yoga, gardening, travel, and attending museums. My husband and I have two amazing and talented children, ages 8 and 10. In our free time, we love hiking, fishing, creating, and exploring in nature; especially at Cincinnati Nature Center.

Erin Phillips
Teacher

A Cincinnati native, I developed my love for and curiosity about the world around me in the woods of Amberley. Some of my happiest childhood memories are of wandering among the trees and playing in the creek. One of my favorite activities was getting a stock pot from the kitchen, filling it with water from the creek, and collecting "vegetables" in the woods to add to it.

As an adult, I've continued this love of cooking and foraging, though now I have a lot more knowledge of what things are! Now, I can make dishes for my family instead of my dolls. My husband and I have a 6-acre farm in Batavia, where we raise chickens and ducks and grow some of our own food.  

My undergraduate degrees are in Comparative Literature and Italian—a path I chose mostly so I could live abroad for a year. After that, I got my Montessori training and Master of Education from Xavier University, and have worked mostly with 2-6 year olds in small private preschools in Cincinnati. I'm also an adjunct at Xavier, helping to guide students who are learning to be teachers.

Lastly, I run a monthly farm experience on our property for the middle school students at the Xavier Univeristy Montessori Lab School. I'm so pleased to be joining the Cincinnati Nature Center community this year and to have a new opportunity to connect with children and nature in a richly beautiful setting.

Katelyn Raby
Teacher

I’m a Cincinnati native and have a passion for education and the great outdoors. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Cincinnati in April of 2016. In December 2018, I received my Master of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction, from the University of Cincinnati as well. My family and I are Cincinnati Bearcats football and basketball fans! 

I've always had a love for the outdoors since I was a young girl. When I am not teaching, I love to be hiking, travelling, soaking up sunshine, skiing down mountains, cheering on the Cincinnati Bearcats, and enjoying the company of my friends and family. I look forward to getting to know your child and family throughout the school year!

Tara Reese
Substitute Teacher

As a two-time former preschool parent, I love the unique program that the Nature Preschool provides. I'm very excited to be able to help out as a substitute teacher as needed within the preschool. 

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classical Archaeology and an Master of Science degree in Elementary Education. I taught for 12 years at the elementary school level with Lakota Local Schools, and have been homeschooling my own three children for the past five years. I've always been a nature enthusiast and have encouraged a love of all things natural in my own children. I hope to nurture this in the preschoolers as well. When not at school, I enjoy playing Irish music with my children, gardening, cooking, and reading.