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Our Teachers

Our Lead Teachers’ qualifications and experience exceed that of the state requirements. In addition to holding beyond the 3000 qualifying teaching hours with their age group all of our leads hold Bachelors degrees in early childhood or related field. We are pleased to share that all of our assistant teachers are also teacher qualified. They possess more than 1500 qualifying teacher hours with their age group and as with all of our staff participate in more than 24 hours of annual training of child development and behavior guidance and hold all current certifications/safety training.

About our Teachers
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I love working with young children because they are so eager to learn and are excited by all the things around them. They are also great teachers; I love coming in each morning knowing that I too will be learning something new. I look forward to each school year as together we create, examine, study, explore, reflect, and laugh. I enjoy the potential of each day, from diving into an experiential art project to revisiting a favorite book, it is sure to be fun and it is sure to be busy.

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Owner and Executive Director

Allison

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I love the community I work in because kids  are unassuming, easily excited, and laugh at my jokes! I’ve always had two major facets to my personality: humor and music. I get to incorporate and encourage both things in every single working day. I love having the opportunity to share something new with my class, whether it;s a song, a joke, or a fact about Mars. Mercedes joined us with the opening of Hollywood. As we have settled into our system and routines we have found that it would be most effective to have one main Program Administrator overseeing such things as licensing paperwork, enrollment, and the like and as the master of deadlines and duties Mercedes will step into this role come June and the end of the school year. The Grant Park admin office will become her base but she will be a figure with both schools and a continued active presence in and out of classrooms.

Hollywood Director

Mercedes

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Sierra joined Small Wonders from three years with the after-school program at West Hills Montessori and began in our Bears core group. She now brings her soft humor, playful spirit, and light as the Owl lead creating a classroom of joy! Sierra has celebrated more than three years with us. The natural world, mindfulness, and communities play a large role in the Owl classroom--under the direction of Sierra you will find a calm sweet group who love storytelling and play provocations.

Owl Lead- Hollywood

SIERRA

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Very sweet! Olivia's background is in teaching and theatre which is the perfect preschool teacher blend. Prior to joining us Olivia taught in the west with preschoolers. As a playwrite she shares her creative nature with friends daily. Soft, kind, and funny we love our Fox teacher. Olivia joined us with the spring of 2017!

Fox Lead- Hollywood

OLIVIA

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I love working at Small Wonders! I get to play with creative and imaginative toddlers who challenge me and push me to be a better person. I grow every day! Jessica joined us the summer of 2016 and is our Hollywood Head Toddler teacher. As Bears friends they build their self-help skills in anticipation of joining a preschool classroom--those Big Bears!

Bears Lead- Hollywood

JESSICA

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Julia welcomes the toddler friends daily with her sweet creative self! We appreciate her for her thoughtful ways and for always have a solid plan. Julia has been with the bears and bunny class since the 2017-18 school year. Julia is attentive to every detail and when not teaching you will find her tucked away with elaborate project prep!

Bears Lead- Grant Park

Julia

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Not only is Rachel a flexible toddler teacher but she also is a yoga instructor. We love the fun and calm she brings to the days and to song circle! Rachel joined us the same season as Julia and they are a dynamic duo! Rachel knows her kids so well and is very attuned to their needs and interests--a magical match for littles!

Bunny Lead- Grant Park

Rachel

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I love being able to be around children while they get to experience and learn new things. They are so excited to learn and I love that I get to help them in that process. I am always happy to go to work knowing that I will get to play, laugh and learn with my students each day. I believe that children learn best when they are given the opportunity to explore subjects through hands on experience in a nurturing environment. 

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Co-Owner & Grant Park Director

Quinlyn

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I love the conversations. Whether toddler age or 5, children always have the most honest and authentic language. They see the world in such a fascinating way. Every day it’s as if I’m experiencing things for the first time. We love ending our day at circle discussing our favorite parts of our school day. We stay busy by incorporating our natural world inside our classroom. Using nature to play, to draw, to paint. We are always inspired by our beautiful PNW surroundings! And play! Natalie first joined us at our Hollywood setting in 2016 before assisting in the opening of Grant Park. Because of her multitude of talants she goes where she can create the best setting and is now the lead with the Studio program at Hollywood.. while running this Pre-K program 2019-20 has also been all about shadowing the role of director at Hollywood . Come June 2020 Natalie will take the lead as Hollywood Director!

Studio Lead Teacher

Natalie

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Kristina joined us with a degree and focus on early childhood education. She brings a soft gentle approach and her themes are inviting and playful. She has many adventures with her husband and you will find her custom illustrations donning the classroom walls. Kristina joined us the summer of 2018. Not only do you note her influence in the Owls kind actions and focus but her hand is also in the class environment, including her illustrations featured in the alphabet display. Multi-talented teachers!

Owl Lead- Grant Park

Kristina

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Katelyn has been with Grant Park since its opening. A caregiver she holds a degree in Early Childhood from OSU and a pocketful of experience and rousing camp songs. Gentle, you are sure to spy tiny thoughtful details around her classroom.

Fox Lead- Grant Park

KATELYN

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Daisy is the anchor of our Bunny group and a magical addition to our team. She brings curiosity to the day and makes discoveries alongside her kiddos. You will find her leading song circle or collaborating with others!

Bunny Lead- Hollywood

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Colbey is our Kindergarten Teacher candidate for this new program offering for the 2020-21 school year--you will note her plethora of teaching experience and credentials below. We actually welcomed Colbey to join our community earlier than anticipated as the interim Birdie lead. We are so excited to see what she will add to our Birdie cohort and Small Wonders and thrilled to immerse her in our culture as we look ahead to the next school year!

 

Colbey has been teaching at diverse learning settings since 2011 when she obtained her student teaching experience in both Kindergarten and 3rd grade settings. In addition to her degree from Texas A&M she holds additional certificates and licenses in TEFL and Gifted and Talented instruction. Her teaching experience includes 2nd grade, also in Texas, and then a stretch in a Kindergarten Montessori setting before three years of 2nd and 3rd grade in Inglewood, CA. During this time in Inglewood she had the exciting and challenging work of being part of the foundational years of Children of Promise Preparatory Academy, a charter school, and is excited to help us grow in the Birdie class and then with our new Kindergarten setting. Colbey will work alongside Allison and Anna (our admin and an elementary teacher with more than 20 years’ experience in curriculum development) to develop the curriculum map for our Kindergarten program. Colbey will also host our Kindergarten assessments and work with each potential family as we build our cohort. To learn more:  https://spark.adobe.com/page/9vcLOCnOYFXxJ/

Kindergarten Lead

Colbey