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.
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.
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.
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.
Example Snack Menu: Example Lunch Menu:
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 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.
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.
Bio coming soon!
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/)
Lead Primary Guide
Tassie joined Peace Tree after many years of experience in the classroom and over 10 years working with children. After receiving a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and working in the public schools she took off to travel the world. On her return, she received her Primary Montessori teaching credential from the Montessori Institute Northwest here in Portland and also earned her Masters in Education from Loyola University. She is passionate about learning and believes that every child is capable of amazing things if shown the way and given a chance. Tassie says, "I am so happy that I found Montessori and this age group, I honestly can't think of any other thing I'd like to do with my life!" Tassie brings an enthusiasm to her work that is contagious, the children respond instantly to her confidence and guidance in the classroom. She is originally from New York but moved to Portland in 2009 and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. She lives with her husband, her daughter and her dog in SE Portland and enjoys exploring the Northwest. Her daughter attends Peace Tree's infant & toddler location. Her passions are hiking new trails, crafting cards, baking pies, dancing to all kinds of music, potlucks with good people, traveling to new places, and reading good stories.
Natalie is an experienced caregiver with over 10 years experience as a nanny and home manager. She has studied Early Education in college and has a Bachelor's degree in vocal performance. She enjoys bringing her love for singing to the children at Peace Tree! Natalie is a confident educator and brings so much patience and understanding to her children in her care, with her experience and kind nature she is an asset to our program. Her philosophy on life can be summed up by the great Maya Angelou, "My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." Originally from St. Louis, Natalie enjoys taking in all the unique attributes that Portland has to offer with her husband and son, who attends Peace Tree's infant & toddler location. They spend their free time taking in the food, activities, nature and people that fill our wonderful city.
Bio coming soon!
Infant & Toddler House
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.
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.
Haley is an experienced nanny and has worked in nanny shares before joining our team. She first experienced Montessori education through her nieces who also attend Peace Tree School and was excited to learn more! She believes that methods such as Montessori have a huge potential to bring about change in the world. According to Haley, "I want to be a part of the change and for me, that starts with building children up and helping them succeed." Haley's greatest strength is her empathy and allowing children to express their emotions authentically. She brings so much fun and joy to the children, her positive and upbeat personality is perfect for her energetic toddler class! Haley moved to Portland from Indiana and marvels at the endless potential that permeates her new city. Haley is very musical and enjoys playing the guitar, singing and writing music. She often brings her guitar into the classroom to play for the kids. In her free time she experiments with filming and editing and loves to go on hikes.
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.
Ainsley has years of experience as a babysitter and nanny and is interested in furthering her knowledge of education. She is currently attending school to eventually receive her Masters in Education. She is excited to work in a Montessori environment that will teach her so much about Early Childhood Education. Ainsley says, "I love the idea that every day is different, with new challenges presented as well as having the most rewarding moments. To me, children are important and deserve the best possible environment to learn and grow in." Ainsley is supportive of our children's growth and development with her kind, creative and patient nature. She is always looking for opportunities to learn and grow to better serve her students. Ainsley grew up in Denver and was naturally attracted to her new city. She loves the Portland food and is obsessed with Forest Park and the amazing running trails. Ainsley is also an artist and loves to draw and paint. She also enjoys traveling with her partner and going to the movies.
Infant & Toddler House
Lead Toddler 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.
Ashley is originally from Arizona and received her bachelor's degree in English & Literature from Arizona State University. She completed her Montessori Infant & Toddler training in August 2018 and spent her practicum year at Peace Tree School. She is passionate about Montessori education and looks forward to becoming a lead guide someday. In her own words, about her greatest strength as a caregiver, "I try to get on the children's level when interacting with them and anticipate their needs." Ashley is extremely patient and makes sure that each child has the opportunity to do things for themsleves. Ashley's favorite thing about Portland is the changing seasons, especially the fall leaves and spring flowers. When not in the classroom, she spends most of her time taking walks in nature and reading.
Louise is a talented artist and a natural caregiver. She has an associates degree from Portland State University and has been eager to explore a career in childcare while also engaging in her art. Louise enjoys bringing her passion for art to Peace Tree and frequently plans wonderfully hands-on, sensory-based art experiences to her toddler friends. She is very dedicated to her classroom and works very hard to make sure the environment is well-maintained. On her role in the children's lives Louise says "Working with kiddos is all about going with the flow. They teach me to find happiness in simple things." Originally from Chicago, Louise loves living in Portland with her cat, Moses. She enjoys visiting the many scenic areas Oregon has to offer, especially the ocean. Louise spends her free time drawing comics, working with clay and going on walks.
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.
Lead Infant Guide
Jane is a trained artist with a bachelors degree from University of California and a Masters degree from Parsons School of Design. Her true calling, however, is infant care and education. Jane is a natural caregiver with the ability to give her all to her young students. When working with the babies, Jane is affectionate and encouraging and builds strong bonds with them in a period when attachment is most important. When asked why she loves working with children she says, "I've been working with children for 13 years! Their adorable and fun nature draw me to them." Jane is new to Portland and she loves the nature of the area. On her free time, you can find Jane visiting museums, galleries and art fairs. She loves to explore the many food options in Portland and go on hikes with her husband.
Assistant Teacher/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.