Carrie VanCleve: Director
Carrie has been working with children in the field of childcare since 2005, and these years of experience speak to her professional demeanor and dedication to bettering the lives of children. She’s been at the New Dream since 2011, and is deeply involved in the daily running of the center. Carrie manages the staff, works with the Assistant Director on the curriculum, and maintains ratios in all the classrooms. And in her spare time (!), she connects with parents, implements new quality control standards and keeps the facility up-to-date for all the certifications we maintain. Carrie instituted a move to update the curriculum in the center in late 2014 to the Creative Curriculum. This program gets children ready for public school where Creative Curriculum is used. This move is helping our preschoolers become kindergarten-ready!
Andri Haubois: Assistant Director
My name is Andri, and I have been the Assistant Director at New Dream for almost 4 years. I love having the opportunity to work every day with children, families, and a great Team of dedicated Teachers. It is rewarding to have all of these wonderful little people in my life, and my main goal is to create a safe, fun and happy environment for them to be in. When I am not at New Dream, you can find me outside with my husband and two kiddos, participating in community events, hanging out on the coast, and waiting for hockey season (Go Bruins!)
Kate Looney: Infant Room Head Teacher
Kate recently took over the Infant Room Head Teacher position, and she has brought an awareness of appropriate play and learning techniques to her work with the infants. Her room is a center of calm, with just the right amount of stimulation for infants. Kate is warm and caring, spending a lot of time holding, rocking, playing and loving-up the babies.
Kaylee Baum: Wobbler Room Head Teacher
Kaylee has been working with children since her school days, with six years of experience. She’s been here at the New Dream since 2012, and is a calm force in the Wobbler room. The children get to play, and sleep, be held and read to; and Kaylee interacts with them right down on the floor where they are. She dependably handles the day-to-day requirements of classroom reporting, and is an inspiration to others in how she decorates her room. Kaylee has been a strong adopter of the Creative Curriculum guidelines, helping the little ones with their ongoing cognitive development.
Tessa Turner: Toddler Room “A” Head Teacher
My name is Tessa. All my life, my passion has been in childcare and educating children. I have loved every minute of it. My greatest joy is going to work and being greeted by little smiling faces. When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my boyfriend of seven years. We are both kids at heart and feel that you are never too old to have fun and learn through play.
Jeanine Parsons: Two’s “A” Head Teacher
Hi I'm Jeanine. I love being a mother and finding new places to explore with my son. I've been working at new dream since 2012 and truly enjoy creating awesome learning experiences for children. I have been working with children since high school, when I was an Aide in a preschool. My early experiences led me into the Montessori world and helped shape my positive attitude towards children and families.
Laurel Perez Vargas: Two’s “B” Head Teacher
My name is Laurel and I have been working at New Dream for 4 years. I have been the lead teacher in two's A for 2 years! During my time at New Dream I have learned so much from the wonderful kids I get to be with every day and I look forward to many more years watching the two's grow.
Miriah Harrison: Head Start and Preschool “A” Head Teacher
Miriah is a dedicated preschool teacher with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Miriah has been teaching since 2010, and with us at the New Dream since 2013. In this short time, she’s made herself invaluable as of the staff’s ‘go to’ people for curriculum advice. Being naturally ‘crafty’, her room is filled with sensory-rich environments for the children, and she works hand-in-hand with both the Creative Curriculum and Head Start’s curriculum.
Kristi Mobley: Preschool “B” Head Teacher
Kristi, another fifteen-year veteran of the childcare world has been with us since 2012, where she oversees the bustling preschool in the back of the building. Kristi has the experience to create positive, age-appropriate learning environments for preschoolers. Kristi makes learning super- fun, and is wonderful at acknowledging every child’s milestones, which helps them want to learn even more.
Leah Aguilar: Preschool “C” Head Teacher
Hello New Dream family, my name is Leah Aguilar. I was born in Oakridge, Oregon to a diverse family that spoke both English and Spanish. I have two children, a daughter who is eleven, and a son who is nine. As a parent of a child with Autism I feel very blessed to have a wide knowledge of both children with special needs, and typically developed children alike. I have been working with children since 2005, and have learned, and grown so much with them. I am so proud to be teaching your children in preschool C. We are a busy upbeat class who focus on learning through reading, art, movement, and music. Spanish is incorporated in almost every activity we do, and our minds are flourishing.
Gloria Formick: Pre-Kindergarten “Annex” Head Teacher and Volunteer Apprentice Coordinator
Gloria earned her Bachelor’s degree in Mexico and came to the United States to continue her training. After attending LCC, she began work as a bi-lingual preschool teacher. She not only teaches, but she is also the Volunteer Coordinator for our Apprentice Program, and helps coach and mentor others on their path to careers in child care.
Linzy Jones: Pre-Kindergarten “Annex” Co-Head Teacher
Ms. Linzy is a big fan of Pre-K, New Dream, and obviously, ice cream! When she's not hanging out in the Annex, she can usually be found reading or playing in her garden in Cottage Grove with her husband and two children. Recently relocated to Lane County, Linzy has been working as an early childhood educator since 2008. Her experience is wide, and includes teaching and administration. Lesson planning, implementing developmentally appropriate lessons, and communicating with parents are part of her skill set.
Vickie Reinwald: After School Teacher & Garden Specialist
I enjoy getting around in style! In the fall, winter and spring, I teach the After-School kids upstairs. I focus on developing science projects that connect the children with real-world systems. Come spring and summer, you will find me outside, as I love the playful nature of working with children in the gardens. My focus is to teach the children about the natural world and our connection to the growing things in it. I work throughout the center, interfacing with every teacher and child in our extensive gardens. You’ll often find me in the Garden Room, puttering about with plant starts.
Annah James: Office Manager and Administrative Assistant
Annah comes to the New Dream with lots of history – her child was enrolled in Teressa’s child care center thirty years ago, and she has seen the evolution of this facility from the start. Many years of being an office manager for an architecture firm as well as owning an art glass business prepared Annah to handle the myriad details that come across her desk daily.
Nohely Bonilla: Office Assistant and Apprentice Volunteer Co-coordinator
Nohely truly wears many hats here at New Dream. She is often the first person you see upon entering, and she helps Gloria with the Apprentice program as well. Nohely has stepped into an office position in the back of the building, where she does monthly billings and helps with the books and budgeting. She’s been an invaluable resource for many of us, as her flexibility allows her to step into a classroom and hold a child, then balance a checkbook, and then answer a parent’s question. This ability to be flexible is an invaluable resource.
Jacquie Eaton: Kitchen Manager
Yum. That’s what we all say as we walk through our central kitchen every day; yum! Jacquie has been preparing meals for childcare centers for nearly 20 years. She handles the USDA reporting, menu planning and organization, and shops and cooks for everyone. Her loving attitude towards every child and her willingness to work with allergies makes her a truly loved here at the New Dream.
Jeff Johnson: Maintenance
You don’t see it, and you don’t know it’s happening, but the Center is a big building that takes constant upkeep and maintenance. “JJ” as we all call him, is our man for this. He keeps floors waxed, shelves built, bulletin boards hung, asphalt repaired; you get the idea. He has managed many of the remodels done in the facility, and understands the workings of the place better than most. We are lucky to have him.