Meet our Lake Nixon Outdoor Center Staff:

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Jeremy Spann

Lake Nixon Outdoor Center Program Director/Educator

Jeremy is equally excited to lead both the Lake Nixon Outdoor Preschool and the Lake Nixon Summer Day Camp programs.

Throughout his life Jeremy has walked many paths, but through this new role at Lake Nixon Outdoor Center he has been blessed to find the most meaningful work, guiding youth from prekindergarten through elementary on their many adventures and building their faith in God.

Jeremy is a kid at heart, who is lucky enough to have married the love of his life, Elizabeth Spann. They have been blessed with two children, Kenneth and Miles. Jeremy brings to this new role a background in environmental science, his experience as a middle school educator, and serving the community through the Little Rock Climbing Center.

Jeremy seeks to provide the children and families of Central Arkansas with a trusted environment to grow, play, and learn. He looks forward to growing a meaningful relationship with the wonderful community surrounding Second Baptist, and fulfill his calling to serve through Lake Nixon Outdoor Center. You can contact Jeremy by emailing him at jspann@2bclr.com.

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Monica Woods

Lake Nixon Outdoor Center Program Developer/Lead Educator

Monica is our Program Developer/Lead Educator and she has been with us since summer staff orientation back in late May 2017. She whole-heartedly believes that children should have the opportunity to connect to the outdoors and is astounded at how everything she has done up until this point has prepared her for this amazing opportunity.

Monica is a native Texan, but got here as fast as she could. She moved to Little Rock in 2008, after falling in love with it while visiting family here for many years. She loves to surprise outsiders with stories of some of the beautiful places here, but always stops short from telling all she knows because she would really like for Arkansas to remain a secret.

She has two children, Tristan and Lucia, whom she chooses to spend time with above just about anyone else, and never takes for granted the gift of being a parent.

After backcountry guiding for several years in Colorado and Wyoming, nine years in the classroom and ten years homeschooling her own kids, Monica then tutored dyslexic students at Catholic High School before serving in her current position at Lake Nixon. Monica is an avid rock climber and often enjoys climbing in Northwest Arkansas, as well as in other parts of the U.S.

After doing her own research into outdoor preschools for many years, Monica could not be more excited to have this chance to provide this nature immersion experience for young children right here in Little Rock. You can email Monica at mwoods@2bclr.com.

Rick Stanley

Lake Nixon Outdoor Center Facilities Manager

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Rick assumed the role of Lake Nixon Outdoor Center Facilities Manager in July 2017. Rick was born in Montgomery, Alabama but grew up in Calgary, Alberta Canada in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. He moved back to the United States in 1992 and his daughter Katharine was born just a few years later. He attended both the University of Calgary and John Brown University in Arkansas where he received his Bachelor's of Science Degree in Organizational Management.

Rick's diverse background of being a 14-year veteran docent with the Little Rock Zoo, owning and operating his own landscape company, being a manager for a large, international service company, teaching for a local real estate school as well as the American Red Cross, and having obtained extensive experience in the construction field, have all prepared him for the exciting and varied duties of managing the facilities at Lake Nixon.

Rick loves all things outdoors; golfing and tennis, hiking, boating, bird watching and he plans on obtaining his Master Gardener's Certification in the near future. You can email Rick at rstanley@2bclr.com.