Margaret Catherman, Director

Margaret is committed to providing programs to children and families that offer joy, wonder and fun on the farm!  She oversees operations, and brings a vast knowledge of child development, program organization and design, best practices in children’s program administration and teaching, and a lifetime love of horses, the outdoors, arts, and religion.

Margaret graduated from Oglethorpe University with a Masters in the Art of Teaching, is a certified teacher, and graduated cum laude  from Rutgers University.  Formerly in sales and marketing, Margaret has been a teacher for many years, and has been a staff member at several camps before becoming director at Magnolia Farm.  She joined the American Camp Association in 1999, and enjoys attending conferences where she exchanges ideas with directors from camps throughout the country on best practices, program offerings, and camp management.

When not working at the farm, Margaret stays active with her three children. As a family, they enjoy boating, fishing, camping and hiking throughout the national parks.   She is active in the community, and has volunteered at her children’s schools, in the Junior League, Cub Scouts, and as a Girl Scout Leader and Sunday school teacher.  One of her favorite community projects has been hosting children from the Agape Center at Magnolia Farm’s Summer Day Camp!

Anna Elyse Yarbrough, Program Co-OrdinatorIMG_3786

Anna is originally from Greensboro, NC, and graduated from Elon, University, NC the Sata Fe Teaching Zoo, and is certified in animal care.  She has taught conservation education for several zoological and nature facilities, and 4H Centers.  She loves spending times outdoors, teaching children and helping them to enjoy nature.  She is looking forward to leading school groups in programs at Magnolia Farm year round, in addition to teaching conservation education during summer camp.  She will use her certification in animal care, and previous stable management experience to assist in overseeing the care of the horses and farm animals. In her free time, she enjoys swing and blues dance, and singing.

 

IMG_3813Haley Maguire, Counselor

Haley is from Cumming, GA, and just finished her freshman year at GCSU, where she is a mass communications major.  She has participated in mission trips around the world.

 

 

 

Samantha Polizzi, Counselor, (photo to come)

Just finished her Sophomore year at Perdue University, where she is studying mass communications.  She is from Johns Creek, and went to Northview High School. She enjoys writing, hiking, and playing guitar.

 

Rachel Voyles, Assistant Riding InstructorIMG_3825

Rachel just finished her freshman year at Kennesaw State University.  She plans on transferring to UGA and pursuing a degree in biology.  She would like to be a large animal vet.  She rides horses on KSU’s team, and will ride for UGA.  She has a horse named Jazz and dog named Hannahball. She will use her knowledge and experience with horses to help with riding lessons and the care of the horses.  She has played piano since she was 6!  She is originally from Oklahoma City. She has worked at several riding camps, and loves children and animals!

 

Jennifer Zalewski, Counselor (photo to come)

Jennifer is a Hospitality major at Kennesaw Stare University.  She loves kayaking, hiking, and adventuring outdoors.  She has played soccer since she was three!  She was born in NJ but raised in Cumming, GA.