Creative Hands Preschool • (971) 666-3262 • info@creativehandstigard.com

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Creative Hands Preschool does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, creed, or national or ethnic origin.

Meet Our Staff

Teacher Kayla

Teacher Kayla has a degree in Early Childhood Education and experience as a teacher, assistant teacher and parent teacher. She taught at a traditional preschool for 4 years and has 9 years experience in various roles at cooperative preschools. Three of her 4 daughters attended cooperative preschools, where she was involved as a parent teacher and board member.
 
Kayla has a passion for children and their learning. She is a nurturing, compassionate, patient and fun teacher. Kayla implements developmentally appropriate curriculum through both child and teacher directed activities to support the whole child's development. Cognitive, social, emotional and physical, through a child's natural work; play.
 
Kayla and her family are longtime residents of Tigard. She loves spending time with her family, coaching youth soccer and reading.

Teacher Madri

Madri has her undergraduate degree from Oregon State University in Family and Consumer Studies, with a Masters in Teaching in Family and Consumer Sciences. She has taught child development courses at the college and high school levels and has been a preschool teacher for 10 years. She operated a home child care for six years, and cared for children ages 8 weeks through 6 years old.

 

Madri believes that preschool is the window of opportunity where children learn lifelong skills. By nurturing a child throughout these years, and providing avenues to success, children can become confident, social, and capable. It is Madri's goal to provide an exciting and enriching experience for every child as they begin preschool. She is excited to foster a love for learning where children feel safe to experiment, explore, and imagine.

 

Madri has three daughters (ages 11, 8, and 4) who keep her on her toes with evening activities and sports. She loves to travel and take advantage of every family experience possible.

 

Program Coordinator
Lori Gamroth

Lori’s education is deeply rooted in early childhood. She has an AAS in Early Childhood, a BS in education and an MS in Curriculum and Instruction, with a specialization in Early Childhood. Her experience in cooperative schools began when her son attended a parent child preschool and she was hooked. Later, she taught for 18 years at a cooperative preschool and kindergarten in Beaverton. Lori is a strong proponent of learning through play and the essential role play holds in the development of the young child.

 

Lori truly believes that working together as a team in the cooperative school - the child, the family, and the teacher - brings out the best in learning for all involved. As Program Coordinator, she feels honored to be of service to our teachers, our families, and most importantly your children in this encouraging and supportive environment. 

 

Lori lives in Sherwood with her husband Jeff and their two golden retrievers Jack and Cabo. In her spare time, she plays with her three growing grandchildren and volunteers in Animal Assisted Therapy for children at risk.