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
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Melissa Parmelee

Melissa has a Bachelor’s degree in Business and a Masters in Family and Child development. She has worked with kids in various settings for over 15 years. Before starting Creative Hands Preschool, Melissa taught preschool 5 years and was a preschool director for 4 years.

Melissa Has a passion for working with young children and their families. She loves working with teacher and parents to help create a safe, fun, creative and enriching environment where kids can learn and grow. Melissa is excited about her new journey with Creative Hands Preschool and would love to talk more about  our school with you.

Melissa is married with 3 school aged children. She loves doing almost anything outdoors including hiking, camping, snowboarding and spending time at the beach.