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.
Lorea Jones, Acting Academic Director and Lead Teacher Preschool Classroom
Lorea (pronounced Lo-Ree) Jones is our acting Academic Director and 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.
Kristin Koop, Assistant Teacher Preschool Classroom
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.
Sarah Miller, Assistant Teacher Prekindergarten Classroom
Sarah is the assistant teacher in the PreK classroom. She has spent the last two and a half years teaching at Oregon Episcopal School in their after school program, assisting in their summer camps, and substituting for grades PreK-5th grade.
Sarah enjoys taking students on nature walks to explore our wildlife and their habitats and creating art projects in the classroom. When she’s not at school Sarah likes to spend time with her friends outdoors and visiting her family farm in Central Oregon.
Page Clothier, Creative Director/Art and Spirituality Enrichment Teacher
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 for 15 years as well as serving as a Curriculum Developer and Board Member. 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 loves living and working in the Bethany area.
The Rev. LouAnn Pickering, Head of School, Chaplain
The Rev. LouAnn Pickering began serving as Vicar (and now Rector) 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.”