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 my family of five. She has 3 teenagers at home, ages 19, 17 and 13. As well as 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.”
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 Teacher 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 3-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 Sara Killion, Assistant Teacher…
Sara Killion is a mother of a current Ashcreek student, 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 now stays home with her 5 year old son and infant daughter.
Meet Yukako Iki, Assistant Teacher…
Yukako Iki is the mother of a former Ashcreek Preschooler who has moved onto 1st grade after attending Ashcreek for 2 years. Yukako is excited to come back to the classroom as an Assistant Teacher and work with this years students. Yukako is fluent in Japanese. She previously worked as a scuba instructor in Hawaii!