Mae Mae Dimaggio – Teacher
Mae Mae discovered, as an adult, that nature connection was imperative to a happy, healthy life. She became immersed in outdoor education upon arrival to the PNW in 2016 and hasn’t looked back. Spending time in the forest with kids of every age has become rite and ritual for Mae. There has been no better place to learn about truth than in sharing spaces with trees. They began their outdoor journey with Trackers Earth while instructing summer camps. They went on to immerse themselves in adult courses such as the Forest School Teacher Training Program. Mae Mae found personal healing on the journey and received certification in Wilderness First Aid. Mae spent time trekking through mud and rain during their stint with Outdoor School. From AmeriCorps, they found honest work in service to communities in need, such as the one they grew up in East Los Angeles, Boyle Heights, California. They continued their journey with Serendipity Center – a Portland based alternative therapeutic school – where they developed meaningful relationships with students and staff. Serendipity serves folx in marginalized communities and under-represented socio-economic groups. Mae has found that alternative learning settings create space for beautiful transformation and healing. They continue to find ways to incorporate that teaching into their daily practice.
At home, you will find Mae with their equally quirky, versatile and fierce partner making new recipes for their personal food project Tia Filos Postres y Botanas. They continue to build on their Chicanx heritage for inspiration of old meets new tastes! If not at home, they will be out foraging for mushrooms – chanterelles please!