Key Contributors

Teresa Riley-Baecker, Guest teacher and consultant

Teresa has been facilitating and creating community circles for youth, adults and elders for over 30 years.  Her work includes Rites of Passage Work for youth and their families called “Circling the Moon” for youth ages 11 to 14.  Within “Minnesota Sacred Theater”, she has co-led many adult transformational play circles.  She created “Women ‘s Ways” which is a year long exploration of women’ s inner life, dream work, character building  work including ceremonial rites of passage and culture making for women and their communities.

Teresa has taught and guided parents, children, families and community in Waldorf Education.  She is trained as a Traditional Healer, Ceremonial Artist, Educator and published writer.  She has studied and apprenticed with Indigenous Healers, Teachers, Artists and Elders from around the world.  She is currently the director and teacher of Tara’s Hearth Family Center in Excelsior, MN.  And she is the parent of two wonderful children.


Emily Scribner-O’Pray,  Guest teacher and consultant

Emily Scribner-O’Pray is a Program Manager for Hennepin County’s “It’s Your Future” project, a federally funded teen pregnancy prevention program.  Emily has worked with young people and parents for over 20 years, including 12 years providing community outreach and education for a Minneapolis teen clinic and 10 years working with runaway youth.  In addition to providing sexuality education to hundreds of teens and pre-teens in Minneapolis, Emily is also the parent of a two children.

Rachel Narvaro, Guest teacher

Rachel is the former Bilingual Health Educator from Teenage Medical Service (TAMS), the outpatient adolescent clinic of Children’s Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota.  While at TAMS, she was the recipient of the MN Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative Grant to decrease Latino teen pregnancy and STI rates in Minnesota, developed a youth-driven urban farming project, piloted an arts and health program called EstArte, and taught sex ed to thousands of pre-teens and teens in the Twin Cities. She has been working to promote healthy youth development in the US and Mexico for over 12 years.  She is also the parent of two children.