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Haycock Elementary Teacher Turns Old Treehouse Into Classroom

(Photo: Courtesy Fairfax County Public Schools)

Haycock Elementary School teacher Nellie Williams decided to upgrade her backyard treehouse for her to use as a classroom during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Williams, who is a gifted education teacher at Haycock, had been teaching from a tent after schools shut down in the spring, but was inspired by the possibility of refurbishing her daughters’ old treehouse.

During the evenings over seven weeks this summer, Williams and her husband set out to upgrade the structure.

“As you can imagine, having everyone working from home has its drawbacks and the thought of having my own space and being able to ‘go to work’ sounded pretty awesome at the time,” said Williams. 

But the treehouse — which hadn’t been used in years — needed a lot of work.

So the Williamses began by replacing the rope ladder with stairs, refurbishing the porch, laying down new flooring, insulating the treehouse, adding power, and burying ethernet cable so the treehouse could have Wi-Fi. 

The finished product has both heat and light, and Williams said she’s set to teach during colder weather. 

In addition to having a short commute, Williams said her new teaching space is a perfect fit.

“I think anyone that has the opportunity to create their own space, especially a unique one, should absolutely go for it,” she said. “Being able to work in my treehouse has made my year!”