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 Care curriculum. This program gets children ready for public school where Creative Core curriculum is used. This move is helping our preschoolers become kindergarten-ready!
Andri Haubois: Assistant Director
Andri, our very capable Assistant Director, has been with us since 2011, and we quickly understood that she has an uncommon strength in the area of teacher training, curriculum development and parent communications. Andri has worked with children for fifteen years, and her personal goals revolve around changing the world by investing in children’s growth. Andri is familiar with every family, every child, every teacher … she knows what is happening at all times in the center. This ability to keep all the pieces together as a cohesive whole speaks to her training which focused on ‘whole child’ learning. Her focus on training teachers to be more effective has been invaluable to the New Dream.
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 Care Curriculum guidelines, helping the little ones with their ongoing cognitive development.
Tessa Turner: Toddler Room “A” Head Teacher
Tessa is another veteran of childcare; she’s been involved in the field since 2003, and here at the Center since 2010. No one has ever heard Tessa raise her voice – she is capable of gentle persuasion in her teaching methods, clearly she loves interacting with the very busy toddlers. Tessa is a wonderful and inspiring mentor to our younger teachers.
Laurel Perez Vargas: Two’s “A” Head Teacher
Laurel brings a spark of energy to everything she touches, and that includes the two-year-olds that she teaches every day. Laurel has been with us since 2011. Her classroom is filled with energy and light, and she delivers a hands-on style of teaching that the children appreciate.
Jeanine Parsons: Two’s “B” Head Teacher
Jeanine has been working with children since her high school years, when she was an Aide in a preschool. Her early experiences led her into the Montessori world and helped shape her positive attitude towards children and families. Jeanine is a well-respected teacher who loves creating enriched environments that enhance children’s learning.
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 Care 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
Leah has worked with children since 2005 and has great people skills. We’ve been lucky to have her at the New Dream since 2013. She is upbeat, energetic, and a great fit with busy Preschoolers. Leah is also bilingual in Spanish, so the focus on dual-language immersion is easy in her room.
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
Recently relocated to Eugene, 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.
Nicole Kietzke: After-School Head Teacher
Nicole has had experience with childcare since 2008, when she had her own in-home care business. Since then, she’s been honing her skills by taking Early Childhood Education classes at LCC, and has worked at the New Dream since 2013. She capably runs the After-School program as well as our Summer Escape program, taking kids out in the community and creating art projects with them.
Vickie Reinwald: Garden Specialist
Vickie has many years of experience as a gardener and business owner, and with training in early childhood education. Her focus is to teach the children about the natural world and our connection to the growing things in it. She works throughout the center, interfacing with every teacher and child in our extensive gardens. You’ll often find her 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.