Our Community

“We consider relationships to be the fundamental, organizing strategy of our educational system.” Loris Malaguzzi

The faculty consists of teachers with college degrees who recognize developmental norms, value individual differences, and inspire a desire to learn. As co-learners with their students, they are eager to observe, research, and support a student’s natural exploration of the world. Best practices are applied while modeling the same behaviors fostered in children including treating each other with patience and respect. Together, teachers and students create an inclusive and instructionally powerful learning environment, which allows them to question, wonder, and discover.

STAFF

Miriam Agron, Academic Director/Lead Teacher

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Miriam has been teaching in Reggio Emilia inspired schools since she was in college for her Early Childhood Education Degree at Arizona State University. She is inspired by young children and their innate desire to learn and explore the world. Miriam has developed a preschool day camp in addition to directing summer programs for school age children. Miriam’s interest in program development lead her to complete a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Miriam took a break from teaching to be an Administrative Assistant in a school where she learned the ins and outs of how a successful school is run. Miriam enjoys exploring and learning with the students, teachers and families at SGES.

Page Clothier, Creative Director/Teacher

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Page designs and presents art enrichment activities and spirituality for SGES and has been teaching and developing curriculum for children in the Bethany area for many years. She is the Family Minister and the Head of Children’s Education for St. Gabriel Episcopal Church. She directed St. Gabriel/St. Bartholomew summer VBS program for 5 years and now is coordinating an Art Camp at St. Gabriel. Page was a Beaverton Art Literacy Coordinator and Curriculum Developer for 15 years. She created and ran an after-school art program ‘Splat and Squiggle’ in Beaverton schools as well as teaching for Young Rembrandts and at Piccolo Mondo. She completed the Portland Art Museum Docent Training Program and runs her own art and curation business ‘Velvet Leaf’. Page has a BA in Fine Arts from Oregon State University, with undergraduate work at the University of Oregon. Page is married, has a grown daughter, son, and yellow Lab and lives in NW Portland.

Lorea Jones, Preschool Teacher

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Lorea (pronounced Lo-Ree) Jones is the lead teacher for the 3-4 preschool class. She holds a degree in Child Development from California State University and has had extensive experience as a nanny and preschool and kindergarten teacher, both in the states and abroad. Lorea’s formal training and experience is a great match for our preschool. The fact that she loves creating, growing and learning with students is in step with our Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum. Besides spending time with her two children, Lorea also enjoys running, traveling, camping, backpacking and more.

Jennifer Haskin, Assistant Teacher

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Jennifer is the assistant teacher in the PreKindergarten class. She comes to SGES with many years of experience working in after school programs and summer camps. She enjoys creating art projects and gardening with the students.

Kristin Koop, Assistant Teacher

Kristin is the assistant teacher in the 3-4 preschool class. She is also the Church School Coordinator and teacher at Grace Memorial Episcopal Church and a long-time art teacher at Grace Institute Art Camps. Her years of experience teaching art to children has led her to believe that children are more capable than most adults think, and she never tires of planning art projects and making art with kids. She has studied at San Francisco Art Institute, Portland State University and Oregon College of Art and Craft. Outside of teaching, Kristin continues to work on her art practice when she is not a “cat couch” for her two cats. She is also a proud fourth generation Oregonian and loves being surrounded by trees.

The Rev. LouAnn Pickering, Chaplain

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The Rev. LouAnn Pickering began serving as Vicar to St. Gabriel Episcopal Church in 2004, and having an Episcopal  preschool connected to the church has been a dream fulfilled for her. Prior to St. Gabriel Mtr. LouAnn served as Chaplain to Oregon Episcopal School from 1985-2007, her last two years being part time at both institutions. Mtr. LouAnn’s early years at Oregon Episcopal School were spent primarily in the Lower and Beginning Schools, where she spent time teaching in each classroom as well as leading chapel 2-3 times each week. Every major religion is represented at OES, and Mtr. LouAnn developed programs dedicated to helping all feel welcome. She writes: “A chaplain’s job is to keep hearts open to the possibility of the Holy and let the Holy do the rest.”

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