Amy Benson May (She/Her/Hers)
A Boulder native and Fairview High School graduate, founding family member Amy Benson May was a high school student at the time Treehouse Learning opened its doors for the first time in 1997. She graduated from Smith College with a BA in Women’s Studies, cum laude, and Phi Beta Kappa, during which time she also spent a transformative year nannying for twin babies and learning about attachment theory and responsive caregiving.
Her early post-Smith College career was as a financial analyst in New York City and Boston at Banc of America Securities, BNP Paribas, and Harvard Management Company. She eventually left the finance world when she became a mother, also discovering a passion for maternal and child-related issues.
In early 2012, the May family moved back to Colorado, where she worked as an Assistant Teacher in the Infant and Toddler program at Treehouse Learning.
After the death of her mother, Dr. Nancy Benson, Amy dedicated herself to personal and professional learning and development in early childhood education. She continues ongoing coursework in Early Childhood Education in pursuit of a Director’s Qualification certificate. She is a parent of four children, all of whom are Treehouse Learning alumni or current students.
Part of an entire family of self-directed learners, Amy is a perpetual student and co-learner, believing that learning most effectively occurs in the context of playful and joy-filled learning experiences.
Along with her partner, 4 children, and a host of animals, trees, and gardens on their homestead, Amy is passionate about gardening and regenerative food and growing systems as part of building a resilient, sustainable, and peaceful world for all. Amy feels most alive through movement (especially distance running, Alpine mountain climbing, hiking, and dance), art (drawing and painting birds), and music (playing piano, singing, and making up songs to share with the Treehouse Learning community)! Amy draws inspiration from the innate playfulness and creativity of children to learn experientially by engaging with the living world around us.