Open Minds Preschool           

                           Our Teachers


Our morning classes include at least 2 teachers, with one or more parent volunteers several times each week.  Our afternoon session for 8 children is led by one teacher. All of our staff are trained in child CPR and first aid, and have ongoing professional training.

Jenny, school director, is an Oregon licensed teacher with a master’s degree in education. She has a special interest in child language development, which was the focus of her bachelor's degree. She is a member of the Oregon and National Association for the Education of Young Children. Her passions are dancing, gardening, baking, and of course, children.




Brooke is our lead pre-K and kindergarten teacher, with many years of preschool teaching experience and a degree in psychology and interpersonal relations. She has amazing positive energy and compassion, and clearly enjoys getting down on the floor and interacting with kids at their level.





Jessica  is our Assistant Director and co-teaches with Brooke Monday and Friday as well as teaches our Tuesday-Thursday class. A part of our school since 2005, Jessica has drawn on her many years of preschool teaching experience to help guide and shape our school over time. She has a knack for meeting children at their level and providing them with activity options that meet their current developmental needs. She's also a lot of fun!


Liz co-teaches our Tuesday-Thursday class with Jessica and is co-teaches with Brooke on Wednesdays. When she's not at school, she's home taking care of her son Xander (who often joins her at Open Minds), running, cooking, or volunteering.  She's a volunteer mediator and facilitator: helping Portland's neighborhoods and neighbors work through conflict and difficult conversations.  She's also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Morocco), grew up in Beaverton, and continues to want to be a better gardener. 




Parents spend 1 day per month assisting at school. Reading to children, helping with craft projects, or teaching a special skill of their own, parents add a richness to the community. Children love being able to share their school experiences with someone from home. Parents with babies are welcome to bring them along on volunteer days.