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Blake Howell Schmidt was born and raised in Portland but has lived, worked, taught, studied and traveled throughout Africa, South America, Europe and North America. Blake has taught English, HIV/AIDS education and photography to elementary through high school students as well as adults. Both of Blake's nephews recently graduated from Unplugged, he is married to Ms. Natalia and is her new assistant.
Blake comes from a family of teachers including his mom, aunt and sister so it was only natural that he would marry a teacher and continue his teaching journey. Blake loves to travel, backpack, photograph, cook, watch Timbers, Thorns and Blazers and spend time with his wife and family.
"This last year I enjoyed assisting Ms. Jillian and Ms. Natalia in the classroom and seeing how Unplugged students are taught by example from loving, dedicated, creative and supportive teachers. I am excited to be able to be with the kids on a daily basis this year. I have a wealth of experience in teaching toddlers to teenagers in a variety of educational environments in the USA and overseas."
Natalia Schmidt is from Brazil and has worked as a teacher for eleven years. Her work in social development and educational projects with children and teenagers led her to study Language Teaching in college 2009.
She has worked as a lead teacher since 2011 when she started teaching kids in need in her community. Later as a school coordinator she trained new teachers, taught and mentored more than 300 students. From 2016 to 2017, she taught elementary through high school students from 3-17 years old.
Natalia is married, loves her family, nature and reading books. When not working, she enjoys hiking, running, cooking and traveling.
"I am looking forward to working at Jenni and Tommy's Kids Unplugged and very glad to be able to join the current team in the amazing work they have been doing. Above all, there is the priceless reward of positively impacting children's lives."
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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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 (owner)