Founder & Owner, Step 9
Being a mother of five children, I can understand the frustration of searching for infant or preschool programming for your child. When my oldest was one year old, I under went the same process and share in your bitter experiences. With two children with severe food allergies, I can understand the frustration of parents trying… Read more
Founder & Owner, Step 9
Being a mother of five children, I can understand the frustration of searching for infant or preschool programming for your child. When my oldest was one year old, I under went the same process and share in your bitter experiences. With two children with severe food allergies, I can understand the frustration of parents trying to find childcare and maintain and allergy free environment. My goal is to provide a place your son or daughter looks forward to each day, where they have friends and a place you can trust. All the other things you find out about us and our motivation are just additional pieces we’ve added to enhance our program.
My passion is to make a difference in our community. To positively impact our region, our state and our world through cutting edge practices with early learning. It all starts with our children. The investment we make now in our students across the divide with change our world. Giving students the opportunity to learn a second language, be exposed to music classes, dance classes, soccer and organized sports as part of their daily learning experience expands their young minds. I believe the change starts with me.
Who am I?
I am an energetic free spirited adult. Free time for my husband and I includes ballroom dancing, west coast swing (club style), and salsa dancing. In the summers biking, hiking, camping, white water rafting and sign language interpreting is what I enjoy most. Whether at home with my family, in preschool with my class or on vacation, I love to play! Don’t be surprised to walk into the classroom and see me playing “crazy ballerina” with my students, or telling a tall tale or using puppets to make a point about behaviors. Play is what I do well. In addition, I have a strong musical background both in vocals and band so I use this to teach music and rhythm in the summer session of school. I take great pride in seeing my students graduate into kindergarten being the brightest in their elementary classes.
How I started our company:
In 2000 I had a vision and we began our adventure. May of 2003 we expanded to our High Pointe location and in 2005 we expanded our capacity at this site. In 2006 a second site was born for infants and toddlers. Then in 2008 a third site for our 2 year olds and in 2010 a 4th site for families of mixed ages. In 2012 we opened a center for 130 students and in 2014 we opened a second center for 100. With 50 staff and 250 students in and out during the week, we downsized in early 2016, allowing us more personal connections with our families and students. Then in 2019 with a substantial waiting list Pilot Butte was opened. Quickly following that in 2020 our Galveston location was opened. With three smaller sites we feel more connected to our families and community.
Where we are at now
With many families on our online waiting list, we decided to take the jump and open a second location. Currently we have two locations at Bend Preschool; High Pointe Preschool and Pilot Butte. At High Pointe we accept students 24 months through 5 years and at Pilot Butte we accept students 12 months through 5 years old.
- Portland Community College
- Central OR Community College
- CPR 1st/Aid
- Abuse and Neglect Certified Reporter
- Restaurant Grade Food Handler
- Criminally Background Checked
- Infant Certified Teacher
- Major American Sign Language
- Arts & Child Development
- Step 9 on the Oregon Registry
- 21 years as a Director
- 14 years multi-center director
- 6 years as a Personal Nanny
- 4 years as a Teachers’ Assistant
- 2 years as a Sunday School Teacher
- Mother of 5 Children; 23yrs, 20yrs, 16yrs, 12yrs and 10 year old.
- Guidance and behavior management
- Child development
- Infant/toddler curriculum
- Families and other social systems
- Professional and personal development
- Child passenger safety art experiences for preschool children
- Synthesizing brain research
- Cooking up nutrition
- Mandatory reporting
- The heart of a young child
- Grant writing
- Business classes
- Building a Better Business
- Oregon child care basics 1 & 2
- Social and emotional health
- Human growth and development
- Health, safety and nutrition
- Infant/toddler CPR & 1st aid
- Food Handlers Card
- Criminal Background Check
- Abuse and Neglect Certified
- Infant/Toddler Certified
- Step 7.5 PDR
- Preschool Certified
- Local Trainer