My name is Ms. Natalie. I have always had a passion for teaching. In 2004 I obtained a degree in education at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. I was an elementary school teacher for nine years. During those nine years I taught diverse groups of students in Kindergarten, first grade and third grade. I also became certified to teach English as a second language and have experience teaching children from various parts of the world and students with specialized learning needs in an integrated classroom setting. After the birth of my second child and a temporary move to Ireland for my husband's job I decided to take a break from my teaching career. After 18 months in Leixlip, Ireland we moved to Tigard. We have been here since last February and we love Oregon! My oldest son, Blane, attends school at Mary Woodward Elementary. Jude, my three year old attends preschool at Jenni and Tommy's Kids Unplugged along with myself! I am excited to take on a teaching position here and I'm looking forward to all of the fun learning that will take place this year!
My Name is Ms. Jillian and I am so excited to be starting this January at Jenni and Tommy's as their new preschool teacher! I graduated in 2015 from California State University at Northridge with my Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Development. I enjoy working with preschool children because I appreciate how kind, loving, and accepting children are at this age. It warms my heart to be able to form nurturing, trusting relationships with them and be a positive role model in their lives.
I have held positions as both assistant and lead preschool teacher. In college, I worked aside a wonderful lead teacher in a well-run preschool classroom. And just last year I worked as a Recreation Leader at my local community center. My duties were much like those of a preschool teacher. I taught an introduction to preschool class for children ages 2-4 and I really enjoyed it! I also taught fun after school programs for preschoolers such as cooking, reading, and art classes!
I am looking forward to working alongside Jenni and Tommy and learning everything that I can to make your child's transition to their new teacher as smooth as possible!
Mr. Tommy has a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts from Oregon State University in 2003. Tommy's passion for art and craftsmanship gave him five years of management experience at a bronze sculpting foundry. His entrepreneurial visions and passion for children's creative expression led him to the building of Kids in Action: Woodworking with Children, a curriculum enrichment program, that ran four years strong. Tommy taught preschool age children the art of woodworking during this time. Tommy is CPR and First Aid trained. Following his passion for children to "unplug and get hands on" Tommy, together with his wife Jenni, created Jenni and Tommy's Kids Unplugged. Tommy now has three years of teaching assistant experience and has a natural ability to really see and acknowledge each child as special individuals and to build teachable moments into play.
My name is Ms. Tera. I graduated from Oregon State University (GO BEAVS!) in 2011 with my Bachelors in Human Development and Family Studies with a focus in Early Childhood Development. Upon graduating I had the opportunity to be an au pair for a year and a half before starting at Nike in their child development program; I was there for almost four years. In February of this year my husband and I welcomed our first child, Everly June into the world, and I have been fortunate enough to stay home with her since. We also have a 2.5-year-old border collie/blue heeler dog that keeps nice and active.
I am a born and raised Oregonian so I think it goes without saying that I enjoy the outdoors. I truly love to do anything that involves the entire family, pup and all. During the warmer months we love to get out and hike or just explore fun walking trails in Tigard and around Portland. I also really love to try out new restaurants in Portland with my husband; we are always on the search for a new yummy place to test out!
I am ready to dive in with these kiddos and build quality relationships with you all! I am very passionate about working with children, as I love to see them constantly exploring their world around them and learning through play. We are going to have a great time in my classroom; can't wait to see where the rest of the year takes us!
Ms. Jenni has a Bachelors Degree in Human Development with a Childhood Specialization from Cal State University Hayward in 2003. Jennifer has been working with children and their families in a variety of capacities since 1996. Her experience includes being a nanny, a recreation leader, a preschool teacher aid, a residential counselor and was a lead preschool teacher at Bright Horizons Family Solutions for eight years. She is CPR and First Aid trained. Her entrepreneurial visions and passion for children’s creative expression led her to the building of Kids in Action: Woodworking with Children, a curriculum enrichment program, that ran four years strong. Following her passion for children and families Jenni, together with her husband Tommy, created a place where children can establish a strong foundation for a genuine interest in learning and creative expression at Jenni and Tommy's Kids Unplugged.
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