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Infants

We begin accepting children at 3 months into our infant program. Infants spend their days interacting with their caregivers and peers and exploring their environment with plenty of opporunities for unhindered movement. Ample time is provided for uninterupted play with a variety of open-ended materials. Children develop self-confidence at a young age by engaging in their caregiving routines and receiving respecful and personalized care from their caregivers. Infants explore our outdoor environment when the weather allows and participate in our music curriculum on a daily basis.

 

 

 

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Toddlers

Toddlers transition into the toddler class between 12 months and 18 months. Our toddlers spend their days engaging in a large variety of activities. Materials are rooted in the development of language, motor skills, sensorial exploration and order. Children are encouraged to participate in classroom routines and gain independence through self-care. The toddler's days are enriched through the encouragement of their natural exploration and discovery. Elements from nature, messy art and project based learning are all aspects of a child's day. Toilet learning is a large component of our curriculum. Our daily routine includes ample time for music, art and outdoor play.

 

Preschool (Primary)

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Children can start in our Primary classrooms between the age of 2.5 and 3 years old. Preschoolers engage in a specially designed environment with traditional Montessori materials that introduce the basic concepts of writing, reading, math, science, geography and much more. Children participate in activities that build self-confidence and independence as well as social skills and a love of learning. Practical life materials are provided so that children are encouraged to care for themselves and their environment. Preschool children are introducted to the wonderful world around them and study all aspects of their environment by choosing topics that are engaging for them. Every preschooler's education is personalized and caters to their own unique personality. 

Food Program

We are commited to providing nutritious foods that are minimally processed and connect children with how and where food is grown. All snacks and lunches provided by Peace Tree are whole foods that provide natural energy thorughout the day. Everyday, lunch includes a vegetarian entree, vegetable, fruit and milk. We also provide a morning and afternoon snack. All of the food served at Peace Tree is included in tuition and served family style.

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CAREGIVERS:

Sherrilyn

Sherrilyn is co-owner of Peace Tree School, and a full-time administrator. She has been a Montessori educator for 12 years in both toddler and primary environments, she received her Montessori training through the North American Montessori Center (NAMC).  She also holds a Bachelors degree in Social Work and has worked as a family advocate for the Salvation Army Family Treatment Services. Sherrilyn enjoys creating a stimulating and enriching classroom for children and caregivers, and is always on the lookout for new ways to engage and guide the children as they grow. Sherrilyn enjoys spending time with her husband and their two dogs, she grew up in southern Oregon near the bast of Crater Lake and has a strong love for the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She loves animals, nature and her local community. She enjoys thrifting, art and exploring the many enticing things Portland has to offer. She plays music in a local band and loves to enrich the classrooms with songs and dancing. 

Breanne

Breanne is co-owner of Peace Tree School, and a full-time administrator. She is a certified Montessori Infant and Toddler guide with 10 years of experience leading infant and toddler classrooms. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Denver with an emphasis on family and child psychology. She received her Montessori Infant & Toddler Credential from the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies. Breanne’s interest in Magda Gerber and her educaring approach has led her to receive her Foundations I training with Resources for Infant Educarers (RIE). Breanne has worked in a director role since 2013 and has received her director's training certificate through the Oregon Association for the Education of Young Children (OEAYC). Breanne believes that above all, young children deserve to be respected and treated as individuals. She is passionate about educating teachers to their fullest potential and partnering with them to create well-rounded and joyful environments for the Peace Tree children. This passion has led her to join Heart and Hand Montessori Teacher Education Program as a teacher trainer. Breanne is a Portland native who enjoys spending time with her husband and children, who are students at Peace Tree School. Her and her family enjoy everything that the Portland outdoors has to offer, hiking, camping, gardening and boating on the river. 

DEKUM

Preschool House

John

Lead Primary Guide

John is a certified Montessori guide, with an infant & toddler credential from North American Montessori Center. He is currently enrolled at the Center for Guided Montessori Studies to obtain his primary credential, he will graduate in 2021. He is an experienced lead teacher and is passionate about guiding young children in all aspects of their growth and development. According to John, "I love how much joy, humor, energy, love and life children have. It is fulfilling to be an active and positive part of their well-being and development." John has a beautifully nurturing spirit and open authenticity that put children and parents instantly at ease. With a background in musical performance, specifically the trumpet, french horn, accordion, ukulele and vocals, he enjoys bringing music to the children on a daily basis. He enjoys every thing Portland has to offer and spends his weekends and evenings performing in his bands, attending music shows, as well as giving music lessons at Torchsong Studios. He also loves gardening, skateboarding and hanging out with his rabbit, Porgy. 

Tomoko

Preschool Assistant

 

 

Bio coming soon!

Kelly

Preschool Assistant

Kelly has a bachelor's degree in English from Portland State University and has always planned on pursuing a teaching career. After many years of informal childcare experience, she is excited to work in Early Childhood Education at Peace Tree. Kelly says, "Children always brighten my day and I love to have the chance to brighten theirs!" Kelly has an open heart and is an amazing caregiver, she really takes the time to bond with each child in her care. Raised in California, Kelly has settled in Portland with her partner and sassy cat, Marigold. For her, Portland's charm comes from its bike-friendly roads and that it is a vegan mecca. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, playing drums, reading and running her own business making kombucha, our teachers love their weekly delivery of Kelly's Kombucha! (https://www.facebook.com/kellyskombucha/)

13th AVE

Preschool House

Jackie

Lead Primary Guide

Bio & Picture coming soon

  

Jen

Primary Assistant

Bio & Picture coming soon

  

12TH AVE

Infant & Toddler House

Kristin

Lead Infant Guide

Kristin obtained a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Portland State University. After graduating, Kristin explored her interest in working with children by volunteering in the NICU with infants and with Volunteers of America at the local Relief Nursery. She landed at Peace Tree as an infant caregiver and she says, "I want to give children what they need to develop at their own pace. They are truly unique and smart individuals and its honestly amazing what we can learn from them as adults." Kristin's calm and cheerful attitude make her a natural caregiver. Kristin is a Portland native and currently dwells here with her partner. During her free time, she enjoys hiking and exploring Portland's natural beauty, crafting and photography. Kristin will begin pursuing her Infant & Toddler Montessori Credential in September 2019 with Heart and Hand Montessori Teacher Education Program.

Sara

Lead Toddler Guide

Sara has years of experience caring for children and is currently working on achieving her bachelor's degree in Human Development at Washington State University. Sara is passionate about Montessori education and caring for infants & toddlers. She is currently pursuing her Infant & Toddler Montessori credential with Heart and Hand Montessori Teacher Education Program. She loves that every day is different and the bond she has with each child. In her own words, "I love children, especially babies, I love watching them grow and learn new things everyday." Sara's attention to detail and mothering instincts are an huge asset in the toddler classroom. She always wants to learn more about respectful caregiving and the Montessori philosophy and that love of learning is passed on to her children. Sara is a Portland native who currently lives in Vancouver, although she loves visiting her hometown neighborhood of St. Johns. Sara loves coffee, finding new & local coffee shops, exploring new places and going on hikes.  

Amber

Toddler Assistant

Amber came to Peace Tree School with experience nannying for infants and toddlers and is very excited to enter into the world of early childhood education as she knows her calling is to work with children. Amber has a bachelor's degree in Environmental Science from Colby-Sawyer College and is currently attending Concordia University to receive her masters degree in Education. In her own words, "I've always wanted a career path that would allow me to make a positive impact on the world." She is focused on finding her niche in the educational field and feels that working with the youngest humans is a great place to start! Knowing how much learning occurs in the first years of life, Amber concentrates on patience and curiosity in her approach. She has a steady and confident manner that greatly benefits the children in her care. Having grown up on the East Coast, Amber has recently made Portland her home. She loves all of the green, the mountains and the people and feels like it is a place where you can feel real acceptance. When not spending her time in the classroom she is hiking or hanging out with her husband and two dogs.

 

 

 

 

 

GRAND

Pre-K & Kindergarten

Channing

Lead Infant Guide

Channing received his bachelor's of science degree in Human Development and Family Science with a focus on Human Services from Oregon State University, he also minored in Women's studies. Channing is currently pursuing his Infant & Toddler Montessori credential with Heart and Hand Montessori Teacher Education Program. His motivation to work with children can be summed up by his own words, "Children are our future. I want to grow old in a world filled with adults who were taught loving kindness from early on. I am doing my part for each kid and for a better world. It's so much fun!" Channing's calm demeanor and emphasis on respectful caregiving make him an ideal infant teacher. He is a Portland native who loves our home climate of grey skies and summer rain. Channing enjoys video games, playing the guitar, drawing and spending quality time with his brother. 

Cheyenne

Substitute Teacher

Cheyenne has been involved in childcare for most of her life as her mother ran an in-home daycare out her home when she was young. In her own words, "I've gotten to see the positive effects that a loving environment can have on a person. I love being a part of that." Cheyenne graduated from Oregon College of Art and Craft with BFA in Metals. She looks forward to bring her creative thinking and love of expression to the children at Peace Tree. Cheyenne is a calming yet playful presence in the classroom and always strives to be her best self. Originally from New England, Cheyenne is making Portland her home and appreciates the plants that are all around and how green everything is. She also enjoys knitting, crocheting, walking and writing.

 

 

 

 

 

SUPPORT STAFF

Mariel

Substitute Teacher

Mariel is an artist and holds a bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University in Fine Art and she specializes in printmaking and drawing. Mariel attended Montessori school as a child as the experience has had a lasting impact on her, "I want to be part of an environment that fosters independence and creativity for young humans, to give back what my own teachers gave to me and to be around the authentic and curious energy of developing children." Mariel brings a steady presence to the Peace Tree classrooms and is able to step into a variety of environments confidently. She has a wonderful ability to create and imagine along side the children she works with. Mariel is currently studying to become a nurse-midwife and is enjoying the experience of working in a childcare setting. Originally from Baton Rouge, Mariel loves taking advantage of the accessibility of Portland, especially its biking infrastructure and proximity to nature. She often takes along her pup, Ollie on her many biking and hiking adventures. She looks forward to getting involved in Portland's art community and seeing as much live music as she can.

Sherrilyn

Sherrilyn is co-owner of Peace Tree School, and a full-time administrator. She has been a Montessori educator for 12 years in both toddler and primary environments, she received her Montessori training through the North American Montessori Center (NAMC).  She also holds a Bachelors degree in Social Work and has worked as a family advocate for the Salvation Army Family Treatment Services. Sherrilyn enjoys creating a stimulating and enriching classroom for children and caregivers, and is always on the lookout for new ways to engage and guide the children as they grow. Sherrilyn enjoys spending time with her husband and their two dogs, she grew up in southern Oregon near the bast of Crater Lake and has a strong love for the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She loves animals, nature and her local community. She enjoys thrifting, art and exploring the many enticing things Portland has to offer. She plays music in a local band and loves to enrich the classrooms with songs and dancing. 

Locations

Dekum House:

432 NE Dekum St

Portland, OR 97211

 

13th Ave House:

5406 NE 13th Ave  

Portland, OR 97211

12th Ave House: 

5901 NE 12th Ave 

Portland, OR 97211

Grand House: 

6535 NE Grand Ave

Portland, OR 97211

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