Founder/Educator & Where it all began
Rhonda has extensive experience in Early Childhood Education as well as Child Social Services. She holds a Social Work Degree from Rhode Island College. Her work related experience is both broad and extensive and includes:
Counseling and emotional support for terminally ill patients as part of Hospice Outreach where she co-facilitated both the adult bereavement support group as well as the child bereavement support group.
Counseling emotionally disturbed adolescents and children in crisis as a Child Care Counselor. With this position, she was also responsible for the implementation and documentation of all clinical and educational service programs.
Child Protective Social Worker for the Department of Social Services where she helped families with children from birth to 18 years of age.
Provider Education and Enhancement Coordinator/Kindergarten Readiness Coordinator for the Nantucket Public Schools/C.N.C.
After moving to Nantucket in 1997, with a desire to work and be with her own young children Rhonda founded Pollock's Pollywogs Playschool in the spring of 1998. As Rhonda’s children reached preschool age, with a background in Social Work and Child Development, she decided to run Pollywogs as a part-time preschool program. Being disheartened with current school trends to inappropriately push kids into early academics with less focus on social/emotional development and always having the dream to help make the world a kinder & more gentle place for children, she continued to search for the right curriculum. This search led to finding Zoe Weil’s book Above All Be Kind. This book was the catalyst for making nature the focus & curriculum at Pollywogs without even knowing there was such a thing as nature-based preschools. It just felt right.
Rhonda has completed on-going Professional Development in Environmental Education & Nature-based Education for Early Childhood Educators to hone her craft. In August 2018, Rhonda earned her Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten Teacher Certification at Cedarsong Nature School on Vashon Island, WA with the esteemed Erin Kenny. Over the past 15 or so years Pollywogs has morphed into a true nature-based program, hence the slight name change.
Rhonda currently serves on the Early Childhood Advisory Council for the Nantucket Community School and on the Board of Directors for Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools.
In addition, Rhonda is licensed through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, is Red Cross certified in CPR and First Aid.
Last, but not least, she is the wife of Jeff Pollock and mother of three adult children- Molly, Sadie
and Chance .