CEO, Director, and Founder
I started The Treehouse after Managing another Waldorf-Inspired program in SE Portland. Since starting the program in early 2010, I am delighted at what The Treehouse has become! I absolutely adore working in a place where I get to love and be loved by such beautiful children and where I am surrounded by supportive families and energetic teachers. I want The Treehouse to be a place where love, creativity, and freedom are cultivated in order to nurture strong, creative, free, and holistic beings. I have deep passions for creativity, the earth, community, learning and have found that The Treehouse is a perfect place for me to engage in all!
I am licensed through the state of Oregon as a Certified Center Director and am currently a step 7.5 on the Oregon Registry: Pathways for Professional Recognition in Childhood Care and Education. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion from Vanguard University of Southern California and I have taught in a variety of settings over the years before starting The Treehouse; some of them include; teaching Kindergarten in Cambodia and France, working in Preschool and Child Development Centers as either a Co-Teacher, Art Teacher, Lead Teacher and Manager.
I took an intensive course on Permaculture in Early Childhood Education in 2019 that has truly shaped how The Treehouse has evolved into a Forest School. After the school held the in-home model for its first 11 years, we moved and expanded in 2021 and now get the honor of evolving 1/3 acre into a Food Forest (Forest Garden) and our students get the benefit of learning directly from the land and all its magic.
Here are two thoughts that inspire my work as the schools Director:
"We have the world to live in on the condition that we will take good care of it. And to take good care of it, we have to know it. And to know it and to be willing to take care of it, we have to love it." - Wendell Berry
Our Forest Garden School is creating beings that will cultivate and steward our Mother Earth for generations to come. We need the next generations to deeply know and love our earth, so they can take good, good care of it.
“Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives. The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility—these three forces are the very nerve of education.”