“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children… to leave the world a better place… to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
I have combined my experience along with my education to turn my dream of opening a school into a reality! Having had the privilege of growing up in a family of amazing teachers, I have been passionate about education for as long as I can remember. I believe that early childhood education sets the foundation to promote a love of life long learning. I have always had a fervent desire to provide quality education to a diverse population of learners and learning styles.
My professional background includes: a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from Humboldt State University in Northern California, a Masters degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from the Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education, and an Oregon teaching license. Although my most recent experience has been teaching third grade, I have nearly a decade of experience working with young children: teaching preschool, providing respite care to children with special needs, coaching swim lessons, nannying, and instructing elementary school students in musical theater techniques.
I have always been an avid nature enthusiast. During my undergraduate studies I was involved in marine mammal research, rescue, and rehabilitation on the northern coast of California. Locally I have explored the outdoor educational opportunities at Sauvie Island, on the coast, and in the Columbia River Gorge with a focus on ecological restoration. I have found my environmental enthusiasm and experiences have proven to be invaluable when educating my students.
What sets Mighty Oaks apart from other preschools—besides the chickens—is not only my education and experience, but our impressive community resources. In addition to myself, the Mighty Oaks board of directors includes: David Cannon, an AMI certified Montessori school teacher/director and owner of Children’s House Montessori; Ann Summers, a Reading and Math Intervention Specialist, who serves on a committee to advise the Department of Education on measuring school readiness for preschool and kindergarten students; Emily Youngers, a SE Portland mother of two, who served as the education coordinator for ThinkFirst Oregon (a non-profit brain and spinal cord injury prevention program); Tara Carmichael, a NE Portland mother of a Mighty Oaks alum with a wealth knowledge and experience in art education and working with diverse populations. I am involved with PELC (the Portland Early Learning Collaborative) which serves to promote professional development and collaboration amongst early childhood educators in an effort to evaluate and improve our practices. I have also collaborated with various Portland elementary schools to develop a curriculum that promotes kindergarten readiness.
Outside of teaching my hobbies include: spending time with my husband, hiking, camping, climbing trees, traveling, rooting for the portland timbers, dancing, running, yoga, antiquing, cooking, baking, gardening, knitting/sewing/quilting (poorly), learning German, modern homesteading, and tending to my three chickens (Dorothy, Blanche, and Rose).
Additional Certifications/Qualifications: CPR, First Aid, Food Handlers, RCAN (Reporting Child Abuse & Neglect), Oregon Criminal Background Checked, Step 11 on the Oregon Registry, Postpartum Doula (in progress), ESOL Endorsement (in progress).
Masters of Arts in Teaching, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR
Oregon Initial 1 Teaching License, Multiple Subject Endorsement
Early Childhood and Elementary Authorization Levels
Bachelors of Arts in Liberal Studies Elementary Education, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA
Recent Direct Experience
3rd Grade Teacher, KNOVA Learning Charter School, Gresham, OR
KNOVA’s mission is to educate all students, including a significant number of under served at-risk students
- Spearheaded the creation and maintenance of an edible school and community garden
- Engaged students in individualized lessons using research validated instructional methods
- Facilitated student collaboration to create and maintain a safe space to learn, develop, and grow into future leaders
- Purposefully selected and planned appropriate instructional strategies varying from direct instruction to project based
- Assisted colleagues with integrated, hands-on, and project based lesson development
- Utilized Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports for all students including those on individual behavior plans
- Facilitated and attended school-wide family events, conducted home visits, communicated with social workers
Teacher, Healthy Starts at OHSU, Childrens’ Creative Learning Center, Portland, OR
This eco-healthy preschool focuses on student selected, discovery based investigations
- Created and implemented developmentally appropriate themed units and engaging daily activities tailored to the needs and interests of the children
- Maintained a safe space for children to play, learn, develop, and grow
- Engaged with children to provide the best care and education possible for them as individuals and for the group as a whole
Nanny, Portland, OR
Provided full time care and education to an infant and preschooler
- Planned and implemented developmentally appropriate experiential learning opportunities
- Developed and successfully implemented behavior modification plans
- Prepared meals, tended to household errands, arranged schedules and ensured that everyone reached their destination in a timely manner