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Kerry Trigg

With 23 years as an educator developing her career in international education settings as a teacher, coordinator and education director, Kerry leads Hypha as Co-Founder and Head of Education and Wellbeing. ​

Kerry began her learning journey with a Bachelor of Arts and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. Her passion for outdoor education led her to train as a Forest school leader and outdoor learning specialist. Her experience in traditional and holistic learning environments led her to become an education consultant.

Founder of Guincho Green Adventures she brings a wealth of holistic education experience. ​

Kerry is a mother of two daughters who drive her quest to develop an education that nurtures their interests and gives them the life skills for an ever-changing world.

An enthusiastic nature lover and surfer you will find Kerry at the beach, hiking in the forest or along the coastline of Sintra

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Jennifer Nava

As Co-founder and General Manager of the Hypha Learning Hub, Jennifer brings 10+ years of experience as an engineer working in highly complex projects all over the world.

Spending more time in Nature and living more in line with her values is what brought Jennifer and her family to Portugal. Jennifer’s roots lie in the Pearl of the Caribbean: Cuba. As a child, she spent long days climbing trees and wandering the countryside with her younger brother, connecting her with the Nature that surrounds us.

She later moved to Miami where she grew up as a conventional overachieving student, while her brother rebelled against a traditional school system despite his exceptional talent with mechanical systems. Ultimately he followed his talents and passion, regardless of which grades he received in school. At the time, it was a struggle for everyone involved. Despite that, today he has a successful career that brings him joy. To Jennifer, he’s an example of how a traditional education does not serve those who dare to follow their interests.

Jennifer is inspired by her brother’s courage and is passionate about making quality, nature-based holistic education available to children.

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Marta Branquinho

With more than 25 years of professional experience, Marta graduated in Economics from Lisbon School of Business & Economics and later completed an Advanced Executive Management Program and a Postgraduate in Marketing Management and in Human Resources.

She was the Head of Administration of an International School in Oeiras for close to 3 years and it is this experience, combined with a lifetime working in the Education and Training sector, that brings her to Hypha as Operations Advisor. Prior to that, she held leadership positions in HR, Marketing and Branding for various companies.

She’s a people person and following this she has deepened her studies in Happiness and Wellbeing and holds the International Certificate of Chief Happiness Officer in Denmark and the Science of WellBeing Certificate in Yale University. As a woman of causes she’s also a Teacher in Positive Leadership in Executive Programs and also a guest teacher in the CHO for the Instituto de Feliciência, in Brazil.

Marta is a mother of three and a stepmother of two, she loves nature and strongly believes in an education system that respects the individuality of each child, that involves the community and total respect for the planet. For her it is absolutely clear that the traditional education system does not respond to the needs we have now and will have in the future.

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Dear prospective families,

What is the purpose of your child’s learning journey in the early years? Consider their current lived reality: Do they need to be stuck inside four walls, being directed to perform for seven or more hours a day, every day? 

We founded Hypha because we reject outdated learning paradigms. We start by giving childhood back to our learners by immersing them in nature. Our aim is for them to grow to be critical thinkers who ask relevant and compelling questions with empathy. What is the purpose of doing this? Does this align with my values and my needs? What impact does this or my actions have in the world? And we aim for our learners to become creative problem solvers so that one day they can address their compelling questions with confidence.

We hope you join us on this journey. We are looking forward to meeting you and creating a beautiful community together.

With a smile,

Kerry and Jennifer

REVIEWS

This new school is a breath of fresh air, embracing the power of inquiry-based education and the wonders of forest school. Students actively participate in their learning, fostering critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The integration of forest school activities promotes holistic development and a deep connection with nature. It’s an innovative approach that nurtures curiosity, resilience, and a love for learning

Katherine Fenner

16 May 2023

Amazing place, kids live to be there and connect with nature and animals. Beautifully designed educational program and great teachers

Maryam Keledjian

8 August 2023

I’ve had my 3 children with Kerry Trigg as their teacher and she is a natural- seeing and celebrating each child for who they are, and nurturing aspects of them beyond the academic. I am excited for this new chapter in her career and certain that she will provide an incredible experience.

Violeta Goldaracena

16 May 2023

What an amazing experience for children to be able to have such beautiful surroundings and locations to spend their days in. I love the philosophy!

Homemade by mama

16 May 2023

This new school is a breath of fresh air, embracing the power of inquiry-based education and the wonders of forest school. Students actively participate in their learning, fostering critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The integration of forest school activities promotes holistic development and a deep connection with nature. It’s an innovative approach that nurtures curiosity, resilience, and a love for learning

Katherine Fenner

16 May 2023

Hypha is a brand new school with innovative learning approach. I visited the school and got very impressed with the school facilities, where kids get exposed to nature, and most importantly, their teaching methods, which is a mix of Montessori, Reggio Emilia and forest school. I highly recommend Hypha to anyone that is looking to give their kids an amazing learning experience.

Jacqueline Hsiao

16 May 2023

I have known Kerry through her holiday camps since the beginning of her ventures. My daughter absolutely loves Kerry’s approach and I have no doubt her connection to nature started there, in the nature-focused camps, surrounded by like-minded children and families. I strongly believe that the early years make up for the foundation of our personality and I am thrilled that there is now the possibility in the Cascais/Sintra area to weave academics and nature-based activities together in a high-standard education centre.

Solenn Alazet

16 May 2023

I have had the privilege to know and work alongside Kerry for over 15 years and my children have flourished under her guidance as their teacher and at her outdoor learning camps. She expertly combines modern day teaching practices with a holistic child-led approach, connecting children with nature and giving them the life-long learning skills they need to flourish and grow.

Kathryne Evins

21 May 2023

All three of my children have participated for many years with Kerry and her outdoor learning program. It was one of the highlights of their overall education here in Portugal. My children had an opportunity to have a connection with the outdoor world that I did not have growing up and that still informs how they travel in the world many years later. I can’t recommend enough!

Riverside Place

21 May 2023

Kerry and her team are completely dedicated to the holistic, forest school and learning through play approach. My children have loved their time at the school and with all the initiatives they have been involved with from Guincho Green too. This is a really special place run by passionate and patient practitioners. Highly recommended!

Chloe Jenden

19 July 2023

Incredible place for kids, a huge space for games, studying the world around. Excellent teachers. The child was satisfied with classes, communication, games. Thanks a lot to the team.

Agni-Elena Khmeleva

10 July 2023

Amazing new school, in a wonderful location with great teachers following a truly wonderful approach to learning. My children have taken part in Kerry´s forest school for the last five years and what an amazing experience it has been.

Carole Gershanov

16 May 2023