Teacher Rena

Acorns Morning Lead Teacher

I spent 20 years living across the country from Miami to Los Angeles to Chicago working as a nanny.
Longing to move back to Portland to be closer to family, I decided to go back to school to pursue a
career in Early Childhood Education. While pursuing my certificate at PCC, my practicum was working
with infants where we focused on Magda Gerbers RIE pedagogy. Upon completing my certificate, I went
on to work at a Montessori preschool, followed by a Reggio inspired school. All this has led me to The
Treehouse where Ill be helping launch the school’s first infant room. It gives me great joy to help create
a safe, comfortable space for infants to have the ability to learn and develop at their own pace driven by
their own interests.
When I am not working with children, I enjoy spending time with my husband, 6-year-old daughter,
orange tabby cat and our goofy Great Dane. We enjoy family trips to the beach and downhill skiing. A
few of my passions are working in my garden, running, seeing live music, and cozying up with a good