Story by Janmarie Foschini
Katy Boula recently became the new Nursery and Preschool teacher at the Backpack Club, Inc. (BPC) in Greenwood Lake. Prior to this new position, Boula had been volunteering at the school as an occasional environmental educator.
Lifelong Resident, Volunteer & Outdoor Educator
Boula, who lives in and grew up in Greenwood Lake, is married with three children, a daughter and two sons. She is a graduate of SUNY Plattsburgh, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science.
In addition to being a teacher, wife, mom, and local volunteer, Boula is also an Urban Park Ranger. Previously, she led nature programs in New York City as a Park Ranger, as well as teaching children about river ecology at the Don Lee Center in North Carolina. Her entire career and personal life have included teaching and helping children in different capacities, whether as an educator or a volunteer.
When not busy teaching and planning the school day, Boula can be found volunteering locally with scout groups, events, various public programs, at Backpack Club, as leader of her daughter’s Daisy Troop and spending time with her family.
Boula stated, “I absolutely love connecting children to the natural world of Greenwood Lake, a place that we all are lucky to call home.”
When the opportunity came from Backpack Club owner Donna Naughton, Boula was ecstatic.
“I love working with this age group. Each child is so special, funny, and smart and I truly enjoy watching them learn and grow,” Boula said.
She added, “It is my goal that each child is not only prepared for kindergarten by learning all the necessary educational components, but that they are also equipped with other important life skills, and the tools to help them develop socially and emotionally.”
Boula announced that a new “outdoor classroom” will be included the regular program. This will allow students to “learn a variety of topics in an exciting environment, tapping into the children’s different senses and help reinforce the important lessons of the day.”
As owner, Naughton is pleased with Boula’s new position, stating she is “very excited to start a new year with a new way of learning.”
Programs Offered at Backpack Club, Inc.
The Backpack Club, Inc., located at 729 Jersey Ave. in Greenwood Lake offers nursery and preschool programs, before and after school care, Little Packers Daycare, and Summer Camp. The Summer Camp program includes daily academic review, daytrips such as bowling, movies, roller skating, and swimming at the Town beach. For more information, visit www.backpackclubinc.com.