Our Teachers & Board


Brittany: 
Director & Teacher

“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.  I have over a decade of experience working with young children: teaching elementary and preschool, providing respite care to children with special needs, coaching swim lessons, nannying, and instructing elementary school students in musical theater techniques.  

I am 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 also serve on the board of directors and the curriculum committee for ECO (Ecology in Classrooms and Outdoors), a nonprofit that inspires elementary school students to connect to our natural world by providing hands-on ecology enrichment programs. 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 and our board of directors, 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 create a developmentally appropriate curriculum that promotes kindergarten readiness. 

 Outside of teaching my hobbies include: spending time with my family, hiking, camping, climbing trees, traveling, promoting quality postpartum care for new mothers and families, 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, ESOL Endorsement (in progress).

Education

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     


Music with Zoe

Zoe: Music Instructor Extraordinaire

Zoe has been teaching music to kids of various ages on and off since 2002. Her music-teaching career kicked off with teaching hand drumming classes to teenage girls at a residential treatment center, which ignited her passion for music facilitation. From 2005 to 2008, Zoe worked at a preschool as a fulltime teacher where, although the students were much smaller than teenagers, their enthusiasm and appreciation for music was not. During that time, her musical repertoire grew and grew, and it continues to grow constantly today.

During a typical music session with Zoe, kids participate musically by playing/using one or more of the following: voices, bodies, rhythm sticks, shaker eggs, kids’ percussion instruments, bells, gathering and small hand drums, play scarves, a parachute, and whatever other cool objects Zoe happens to get her hands on. She also explores vibrational tones with the kids by utilizing sacred singing bowls, tingshas, Tibetan bells, and Acutonics tuning forks (kids LOVE this stuff). Zoe’s go-to set of strings is a ukulele but she also strums a guitar every so often.

Zoe’s music often corresponds with the changing of the seasons, the natural world, time of year, festivities/celebrations, and weather, making the music relevant to what’s going on in our surrounding environment. She loves to write songs, modify the songs of others, and write music and add lyrics to little snippets she finds online. You can find out more about her at www.zazzyzoe.com.  

Education

Masters of Arts in Teaching, Portland State University, Portland, OR                                                            

                  Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages


Shannon MacMinn: President

Shannon MacMinn, MFT has spent the past 15 years working with nonprofit companies in Tennessee and Oregon. She brings expertise in assessment and intervention with children and families of all ages, focusing specifically on those experiencing serious mental health struggles as well as systemic barriers to resources.
Shannon is currently a Child Family Therapist at Trillium Family Services in Portland, OR. She holds a Master of Art degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Lewis and Clark College as well as Bachelor of Science degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice with a minor in Lifespan Development from Middle Tennessee State University.
Shannon believes that play-based, child-led, collaborative environments help children learn and grow to their full potential. 
Because Mighty Oaks offers a finely cultivated safe and nurturing place for children to experience socio-emotional growth as well as academic readiness, I have been in full support of the school since its inception. 

Education

Masters of  Arts: Marriage & Family Therapy, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR

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Ann Summers: Board Member

Ann Summers, a Reading and Math Intervention Specialist, serves on a committee to advise the Department of Education on measuring school readiness for preschool and kindergarten students. Cras pretium felis non eros tempor elementum. In a libero ante. Sed viverra quam et diam malesuada, a dapibus lectus ultricies. Curabitur malesuada rutrum massa ac elementum. Pellentesque maximus, lectus sed vehicula ullamcorper, enim tortor fringilla ex, vel posuere magna erat eget nunc. Sed ac augue nec dolor commodo finibus. Maecenas et nisi interdum, tristique lorem auctor, vulputate odio. Duis consequat risus ligula, quis mattis dolor volutpat in.

 

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Image result for amanda fitzpatrick portlandAmanda Fitzpatrick: Board Member

Amanda Fitzpatrick, a SE mother of twins Mighty Oaks graduates, is a graduate student studying family health and family systems at Lewis & Clark College. Cras pretium felis non eros tempor elementum. In a libero ante. Sed viverra quam et diam malesuada, a dapibus lectus ultricies. Curabitur malesuada rutrum massa ac elementum. Pellentesque maximus, lectus sed vehicula ullamcorper, enim tortor fringilla ex, vel posuere magna erat eget nunc. Sed ac augue nec dolor commodo finibus. Maecenas et nisi interdum, tristique lorem auctor, vulputate odio. Duis consequat risus ligula, quis mattis dolor volutpat in.

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Photo of Anna A. Muchnik, DOAnna Muchnik: Board Member

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Briana Zorn: Board Member

Briana joins the Mighty Oaks board as a community member and stay at home mom to a preschooler. She values peaceful parenting and RIE child rearing concepts. Her belief in early childhood being one of the most important and formative times in human development has led Briana to spend her entire adult life working with children. 

In the professional setting, she worked both in the classroom and as an administrator. As a teacher, Briana worked hard to nurture individual interests and develop trusting relationships with both children and their parents. 

Becoming a mom after working in a child development center gave Briana new perspective and helped to solidify her belief in the importance of the relationship between family and educator. Briana appreciates the intimacy Mighty Oaks fosters with families that extends beyond their time in preschool. 

Education

Bachelor of  Arts in Education, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

David CannonDavid Cannon: Advisory Member

David Cannon, a founding board member now enjoying retirement, was an AMI certified Montessori school teacher/director and former owner of Montessori Children’s House.

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