Lori Evans: Assistant Director, Infant Head Teacher
Lori has over 15 years experience in our local child care market working with all age groups. She has worked for Head Start, 4J, Kidz, the Learning Tree and The After School Club. We especially appreciate her unique ability to create a warm and friendly work environment, maintain impeccable standards and motivate those around her.
Shannon Peet: Infant Room Teacher
Shannon has an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Development from LCC with a focus on Infant and Toddlers. She has five years of professional teaching experience and has achieved Level 9 in the Oregon Registry.
Shannon is also an accomplished musician who plays and teaches flute and piano. She is fluent in signed English and continues to learn American Sign Language. She also enjoys writing fiction, sewing and fiber arts, singing, cooking and photography.
Tessa Turner: Lead Teacher, Toddlers
Tessa has been a head teacher for this age group for five years. She has infinite patience and completely connects with each child in her care. She has also worked for Head Start and E.C. Cares working with children with special needs.
Richard Kittl: Kindergarten Teacher
I have been a teacher for sixteen years, and I have always felt privileged to do this work with diverse people and cultures. Even though my degree is in secondary education, most of my career has been spent working with pre-kindergartens.
I’ve also worked with school-aged children, High Schoolers and briefly taught English as a second language to middle schoolers as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kyrgizstan in Central Asia. My favorite teaching experience (thus far) was as a Kindergarten teacher in Tucson, AZ, where I also took early childhood education courses. I am especially interested in student-centered emergent curriculum planning which incorporates multiple learning styles.
My background also includes service overseas with the US Marine Corps during Desert Shield & Storm doing fuel systems design and forward area support. I am also a lay herbalist, guitarist/singer and published poet.
I love the diversity of my work, from facilitating science to yoga, teaching gardening and reading, leading music, fostering creativity and self control. I love the hunger that young children have for learning. My wife and I are new residents in Eugene, recently arrived from Corvallis with our Calico cat.
Gloria Formick: Coordinator, Apprentice Program and Preschool Teacher
I earned my Bachelors degree in Mexico City and came to the United States to continue my training.
After settling in Eugene, I took additional courses at LCC and started teaching at the Charles Darwin Kindergarten, The Sunflower Pre-School and Los Ninos Bilingue Preschool.
I have been teaching now for 10 years and every day I am reminded of starting out just loving the excitement of this field and watching each child grow.
I especially love being involved with the Apprentice Program. I help to train and coach our group of Latina participants.
Cindy Coleman: Floating Teacher
My fascination with children’s growth and development of all ages is what started me in this field, and I obtained my Degree in Teaching in 2006. The joy and love each child is filled with is priceless. For me, the stories they share and questions they ask exemplify what keeps us young. I also enjoy teaching and learning Spanish, Sign Language and English with the children, families and staff. I am very proud to be part of the New Dream Child Care Center’s family.
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