RAINBOW CLASS | 4- TO 5-YEAR-OLDS
Teacher Laurie leads our Rainbow Class for 4- to 5-year-olds. Laurie is a certified elementary education teacher who has taught in Portland, Beaverton, and South Africa. She completed coursework to become a Positive Discipline Parenting Educator. She embraces her role as a life-long learner and expands her early childhood expertise with classes from Portland State University and Parent Child Preschools Organization.
Laurie’s appreciation for the value of cooperative preschools began with her experiences at her children’s preschool.
Laurie has great respect for the way the cooperative model fosters community and collaboration. The play-based learning philosophy allows children to develop at their own pace and have a deeper understanding of the world. Laurie is committed to building a creative, interactive, inquisitive environment for learning and play.
Laurie lives in NE Portland with her husband and children. Her play includes gardening, crafts, hiking, biking and traveling.
STAR CLASS | 3- TO 4-YEAR-OLDS
Teacher Emma leads our Star Class for 3- to 4-year-olds. Emma grew up in the U.K. and studied elementary education at Canterbury Christ Church University. She taught in primary schools in England, working with kids aged 4-11, and has been teaching preschool in the U.S. since 2013.
Emma is passionate about working with children of all ages and delights in guiding children in their first experiences of education. She treasures being part of a cooperative preschool and especially enjoys working alongside families as part of a close community.
For Emma, creativity and fun are at the heart of learning. She practices a child-centered curriculum where children are valued and have opportunities to learn and grow through play. She sees early childhood education as a crucial time to develop social and emotional skills, grounded in opportunities to be active, laugh, and be imaginative and creative.
Emma lives in NE Portland with her husband, young son and daughter. She loves exploring the beauty of the Northwest, loves to travel and also enjoys photography, cooking and baking.