Meet Teacher/Director Julie Laurin of the Rose Room
Julie is the teacher for our Mixed Age preschool class. She also serves as the Director, overseeing curriculum planning and our parent teacher training.
Julie has spent the last 6 years as a Preschool Teacher for THPRD. She loves going to concerts and spending time outdoors with her family. She has 1 teenage daughter at home, her middle son serves in the US Army, and her oldest son attends college in California. Julie has a cat named Rocket and a dog named Barley. Julie loves watching her preschoolers learn by leaps and bounds.
Her favorite quote is “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” –Benjamin Franklin
Julie’s teaching philosophy is based on working together as a team and becoming a family in the same community. “I love that I have had the opportunity to build relationships with my students and their parents. I’ve seen them in my neighborhood when I’m out walking the dog or headed to the park with my kids. I feel like I was raised to never ask for help and I want to start a new trend from the beginning of a child’s life. I encourage them to ask for help and seek out others who need help.”
Meet Mrs.Cassie Pham of the Azaela Room
Cassie is the teacher for our Kindergarten class. She earned her Master’s degree in Education at Concordia University, with an endorsement in Reading Intervention. Cassie has experience as a substitute teacher with ESS, serving many early childhood and elementary classrooms. Prior to this, she was a licensed family child care provider for five years. Cassie and her husband have two children, a 4-year-old daughter and an 8-year-old son. They also have two dogs named Meeka and Teddy. Cassie enjoys being outside and going on camping trips with her family. She also likes to relax with a puzzle or a good book. Cassie is excited to work in a small community in which she can grow meaningful relationships with the students and their families. She believes that all students can be successful and have unique strengths to contribute to the classroom community.
Her favorite quote is, “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” -William Butler Yeats
Meet Teacher Sara Killion of the Juniper Room
Sara Killion is a mother of two current Ashcreek students, she was born and raised in Eugene and is a BIG DUCKS FAN! Sara went to school at OSU where she received her degree in civil engineering. She worked for many years as a civil engineer before having kids, she has a 5 year old son, 1 year old daughter and 2 teenage step-sons.
Meet Teacher Tanya Kokor of the Daisy Room
Tanya Kokor is the mother of two current Ashcreek students. She grew up in the PNW and moved back to the Portland metro area 8 years ago after getting married in Seattle. Tanya studied nursing and worked in the medical field as a surgery coordinator for many years before becoming a full time stay at home mom of her two boys, ages 2 and 4. Tanya enjoys DIY projects, interior design, photography and all things outside such as hiking, biking, snowboarding, and camping with her family. Teacher Tanya is very excited to become the Lead Teacher of the Daisy room. And is looking forward to building new meaningful relationships with students and their families.
Meet Teacher Assistant Holly Hutchings
Holly and her wife, Alex, along with their kiddo Addison, moved to the area from southern California in August 2020 and are loving the PNW so far! They are all huge Seahawks fans and love that they now live in Seahawks country! In California, Holly worked as a private nanny for infants and toddlers for over 12 years and has a background in Child Development education. Holly is in school at Arizona State University Online and working towards a BS in Sociology with dreams of becoming a Marriage and Family Therapist. In my free time Holly enjoys hiking, building Legos with Addison, and reading. Holly is a huge plant enthusiast and loves caring for all her plant babies. Holly and her family are very excited to join the Ashcreek team and get to know everyone in this amazing community!