Meet Our Faculty!

Lee Hamzy, Co-Teacher, Executive Director
photo by Nikita Gross

Lee Hamzy is co-founder and co-teacher at Little Schoolhouse in the Woods. She is a certified ERAFANS educator and has 19 years of experience working with early childhood. Her empathetic demeanor and perceptive approach to early childhood development have helped to build a world class nature based, student led early childhood program. As Executive Director, Lee is not on the Board, but she works directly with them to help keep everything running awesome! She also runs their full time outdoor program with Jason Hamzy.

Jason Hamzy, Co-Teacher, Board Secretary

Jason Hamzy is Co-Founder and Co-Teacher at Little Schoolhouse in the Woods. He is a National Geographic certified educator and holds a teaching degree for PreK through 5th grade. He has taught math and science in the public classroom and was a substitute teacher for Cincinnati Public Schools. He has worked with Little Schoolhouse in the Woods since 2012. Teaching children outdoors about nature is one of his greatest joys and accomplishments.

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We are so proud to working with connecting young children and their families to natural outdoor settings. Our program revenue does not cover all of the costs for this mission, and we appreciate any support we receive. Click here to donate today:


Brandi Reinier, Summer Program Co-Instructor

Brandi Reinier is a certified nursing assistant/patient care technician who is passionate about improving the lives of others both young & old. Brandi is a very caring, compassionate person giving her the ability to understand and nurture young children’s needs and emotions. Brandi looks forward to helping children grow and discover the beauty of nature this summer.

Elizabeth Hoog, Summer Program Co-Instructor

Elizabeth Hoog is a passionate and dedicated educator with over 2 years of experience with preschool children. With  a deep love for the natural world, Elizabeth has honed the skills necessary to create engaging and developmentally-appropriate learning experiences for young children. She has a proven track record of fostering curiosity, creativity, and a love of learning in her students, while prioritizing their safety and well-being. Elizabeth is excited to bring her expertise and enthusiasm to a new role in outdoor child preschool education.


Little Schoolhouse in the Woods admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.