The Wild Kids Team
Christina is the Founder and Executive Director of the Wild Kids Community Foundation. Originally from Montana, Christina Hoe graduated from Dartmouth College with a BA in Native American Studies and Environmental Science. She began her teaching career in the Bronx with Teach for America and, in 2005, moved to Hawaii to teach Middle School at Le Jardin Academy. She founded Wild Kids with a small group of students in 2008 and has devoted the last ten years to intentionally building a Wild Community. Other than exploring with the Wild Kids, her favorite thing to do is play with her curious two year-old daughter.
Aubrey is the Hawaii After School Program Director and Lead Wild Guide. She is originally from Minnesota, but resided in California for 8 years before moving to Hawai'i in late 2016. While living in the Bay Area, she spent her time working with kids of all ages in different capacities; from nannying infants and toddlers to working for summer programs with elementary and middle school students. Since moving to Hawai'i, she has joined the Wild Kids in their after school adventures as a guide and works with the Wild Kids Intern Team.
Jacqui is a guide for Hawaii after school and the Montana summer trips. Jacqui has been a Wild Kids guide since October 2016. She is originally from Scottsdale, Arizona and moved out to Hawai’i 3 years ago. She is a substitute teacher at Le Jardin Academy in the lower school. Jacqui recently moved to Kailua from Honolulu to be closer to her favorite people and places: Wild Kids and Le Jardin Academy. She loves doing active things outside like hiking, biking, and surfing!
Guide: Mitchell Hashimoto
Mitchell Hashimoto is a Hawaii after school guide and a guide for the Montana summer trips. Mitchell is from the East Side of O’ahu and currently attends Windward Community College. He has been a part of the Wild Kids program since the 9th grade, as a Junior Counselor for the after school adventures. His limitless passion for nature has led him to many marvelous destinations spanning from mauka to makai. He can be spotted high above your head exploring the heights of the trees, testing his luck at a secluded fishing hole or taking a nap in his camouflage hammock.
Guide: Ossian Nichols
Ossian Nichols is a guide for the Hawaii after school program and a guide for the Montana summer trips. Ossian graduated from Le Jardin Academy in 2017 and is currently working as a lifeguard at Bellows beach, as well as guiding for Wild Kids. He is a favorite among our younger students because of his boundless energy! He loves to surf, hike and dive, and play the occasional video game.
Guide: Danny Braun
Danny is a Hawaii after school guide and a guide for the Montana summer trips. Danny has been withWild Kids since its inception. Currently, he is a welder for a custom fabrication company and a guide for after school Wild Kids. He loves spending his free time outdoors, especially surfing and dirt biking. He’s an avid fan of naps and Harry Potter.
Guide: Joel Saito
Joel is a guide for Hawaii after school program and for the Montana summer trips. He was born and raised in Hawai’i. He earned a degree from University of Oregon in Sociology and Geography. Currently, he is a High School Humanities teacher at Le Jardin Academy and an after school guide for Wild Kids. He previously worked in environmental education, conservation, and youth development. He also coaches high school soccer. In his free time he likes to hike, camp, watch movies, read, and play soccer.
Intern: Sophie Desilets
Sophie has attended Le Jardin since kindergarten and is now a senior. She has been in Wild Kids since she was in third grade because she loves exploring the forest and helping kids have a better connection to the world around us. Sophie has been in the Wild Kids Leadership Council since 9th grade. She plans on going to college in California after she graduates Le Jardin.
Intern: Kennedy-Anne Marx
Kennedy has been a part of Wild Kids since 3rd Grade. She explores with the Wild Kids after school in Hawai’i and spends summers backpacking and camping on the Montana trip. Kennedy is currently a senior at Le Jardin and plans on going to college at the University of Montana after falling in love with the state on her first summer trip when she was in 5th grade.
Intern: Emma Schaberg
Emma is currently a senior at Le Jardin Academy. She has been a member of the Wild Kids Leadership Council since freshman year and has gone on many of the Montana summer trips. She loves being in the outdoors and horseback riding!
Intern: Maddy Memering
Maddy is 17 years old and a Senior at Le Jardin. She was born in Portland, Oregon but has lived in Hawai’i since she was a few months old. She plays volleyball and soccer and loves being in nature and spending time with friends and family. Maddy has been to Montana 3 times and involved with Wild Kids since 5th grade. Next year she plans on attending college in California and getting her masters in education to teach 2nd graders.