2019 Early Childhood Conference
presented by
Parent Child Preschools Organization
Clackamas High School
14486 SE 122nd Ave.
Clackamas, OR 97015
Saturday, March 16, 2019
8:00 am to 3:15 pm

Online registration is closed. 

On-site registration opens at

8am on March 16.

Conference Schedule

Registration
Welcome 

Opening Event*
Workshop Session A 

Morning Break: Vendors
Workshop Session B  
Lunch/Vendors

Workshop Session C  

*Special Event! Please see below for more information. 

8:00-8:45

8:45-8:55

8:55-9:10

9:15-10:45

10:45-11:15

11:15-12:45

12:45-1:45

1:45-3:15

EARLY BIRD (Jan 29-Feb 12):

PCPO School Members:

Member Sponsorship Paid 
Member Sponsorship Not Paid

Not Currently Affiliated with a

PCPO School:

Alumni (give school name) 
General Public

$30.00 
$40.00 

 

$40.00 
$75.00 

REGULAR (Feb 13-Mar 8):

PCPO School Members:

Member Sponsorship Paid 
Member Sponsorship Not Paid

Not Currently Affiliated with a

PCPO School:

Alumni (give school name) 
General Public

$35.00 ($45.00 at the door)
$45.00 (
$55.00 at the door)

 

$45.00 ($55.00 at the door)
$80.00 (
$90.00 at the door)

Lunches are $14.00, preorder only. You also may bring a sack lunch  or visit a nearby restaurant.

NEW IN 2019: Opening event for all participants!

Good Morning, Imagination!: Warm Up Your Body, Mind, & Heart! 

Open up your day by awakening your body, mind, and imagination! We kick off this amazing conference with an immersive theatre warm-up that will have you playing like you did as a child at recess. We will spark that inner joy and tell tiny tales together while learning exercises that you can bring back to your classroom, living room, or learning organization.

Presented in the Exhibitor & Vendor hall by Jessica Zodrow.

General Conference Information 

PCPO Member Sponsorship Fee: Member Sponsors are PCPO member schools that have paid a fee in order to provide their membership the lowest registration rate.

Scholarships: A limited number of scholarships for discounted fees are available. Apply during registration.

 

Continuing Education: Oregon Registry credit is available.

 

Exhibitors and Vendors: Exhibitors and vendors will be located in the main hall. PCPO does not endorse any exhibitor or vendor.

Hosting: Check HOST on your registration form; the first volunteer is guaranteed workshop placement! Hosting means arriving a few minutes early, passing out materials, and collecting evaluations. Thank you!

 

Register online. Registration must be completed by March 8

If you need to register by mail, please contact us at 503-293-6161 or pcpo@pcpo.info. Please click here to download the brochure.  

      •No refunds•

 

Walk-In Registration is available beginning at 8:00am; workshop selection will be limited, and the fee is higher.
 

Workshop Enrollment: Space is limited; register early! Workshops fill according to online submission. If your first choice is full, please select an alternative.
 

Lunches: Catered by Panera! Available with advance purchase only. You are also welcome to bring a sack lunch, and there are restaurant options nearby.
 

Childcare is not provided: Babes in arms are welcome, and we are breastfeeding friendly. A nursing/pumping/cry room is available on site.

SESSION A WORKSHOPS: 9:15AM-10:45AM

A1. Trans Children and Youth: It Takes a Whole Village to Raise a Child

Jenn Burleton, Founder and Director, TransActive Gender Center

Serving the holistic needs of trans and gender diverse children, youth, and their families can require collaboration between healthcare providers, educators, and social services professionals. By working together with our partners in these fields, TransActive Gender Center has been successful in minimizing or preempting gender identity and gender expression-related trauma experienced by kids and their families.

T; Set One  FCS

 

SESSION FULL - A2. The Power of Play: Access Your #1 Discipline Tool

Megan Barella, MS Conflict Resolution, BA English Education (7-12), Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator, Certified Family Mediator, Speaker, Writer

Play is your #1 discipline tool both at home and in the classroom. Learn about the power of play to engage and motivate learning at home and at school. Through hands-on activities and the latest research on play, participants will learn to replace stress with fun! Leave this workshop renewed, and with more joy, presence, and educational play activities to share with children.

B; Set Two  UGB

 

A3. Honoring Your Families' Cultures

(Part 1 of 2; participants must register for both sessions of this workshop)

Danielle Stamm Thomas, BS Child and Family Studies, Oregon Registry Master Trainer, & IMH-E® Infant Family Associate

This session focuses on developing a culturally responsive early learning and development program (ELDP). Participants will examine why it’s important to provide a culturally responsive ELDP, explore how to be linguistically responsive to their families, and explore and select strategies to reflect and support children’s cultures and home languages.

T; Set Two  DIV

 

A4. Guardianes de los Niños  – Proteger a los Niños es Nuestro Trabajo Uno!

(Parte 1 de 2; los participantes deben inscribirse en ambas sesiones de este taller)

Liliana Will, MPH, Prevention Project Coordinator

Como padres y educadores, ustedes se comprometen a la labor tan importante de que los niños crezcan sanos y felices. Usted entiende muy bien la importancia de mantener los niños a salvo de daños. Sin embargo, incluso pensar en el abuso sexual infantil puede parecer aterrador. Este taller le dará los pasos que necesita para proteger a todos los niños que son importantes para usted. Usando los videos de Darkness to Light’s para la prevención del abuso sexual infantil, el cual es reconocido nacionalmente y el libro de trabajo interactivo, nosotros podremos trabajar juntos para solucionar problemas de la vida real y salir del entrenamiento con ideas concretas para ser compartidas con otros adultos que están preocupados. 

B; Serie Uno  HSN

 

SESSION FULL - A5. This Is Your Brain On Stress! Anxiety Survival: 101

Jennifer Rocks, MA, MS, PsyD

Understand how anxiety and stress work in your brain and nervous system. Learn quick and easy mindfulness techniques to deactivate the response and help your body relax. Participants will develop a mindfulness tool kit that includes a variety of techniques to be used in moments of stress without a lot of practice or effort.

P; Set One  PPLD

 

A6. Yoga and Mindfulness for Families

Monica Montiel, MEd

Join this experiential class practicing children's yoga and basic mindfulness. Relax, reset, and enjoy yourself while also learning some new ideas to share with the children in your life. Participants will enjoy lots of hands on experiences and practices, and they will leave with suggestions of additional activities, experiences, and books to continue developing skills on and off the mat. *Please bring your own yoga mat.

P; Set One  HSN

SESSION FULL - A7. Boys Can Make You a Better Teacher: Understanding How Boys (and Some Girls) Learn, Play, Relate, and Communicate

Janet Allison, Founder - Boys Alive!

We must reverse the alarming trend of boys being expelled from preschool and lagging behind academically. Frustrated with active boys who can't seem to sit still or listen? Wish you had more time to teach rather than just manage behavior? Discover how to match activities and learning environments to the distinct learning styles of boys.

B; Set Two  HGD

A8. Empowering Girls Through Literature

Lauren Magee, Bilingual Spanish Immersion Educator

Through this workshop, you will take a closer look at the roles and identities of female characters in popular children’s literature. You will walk away reflecting on book choices for your audience and inspired to write your own book about a rad woman.

T; Set One  LEC

 

A9. Come Play With Me! Bringing Theatre to Life in Your Home or Classroom!

Jessica Zodrow, Artistic Director, Joy & Wonder Theatre; MA Theatre Education, NYU

Connect with both your inner and outer child at Joy & Wonder Theatre’s parent and teacher/teaching artist workshop! Our workshop is designed to give families and teachers/students more tools to play, imagine, and create theatre together. We’ll teach games you can try at home/school, and bring stories to life using the basic concepts of story drama that help make immersive theatre accessible to all ages!

B; Set One  HGD

 

A10. Is Preschool Too Young to Diagnose ADHD?

Nicole Herion, MS, LPC

Using a strengths based model, this workshop aims to discern what research says about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in the preschool years, and how a preschooler with suspected ADHD looks developmentally different and similar from the typical developing child. We will also cover underlying psychological issues that mimic ADHD and alternative symptoms that are not part of the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual (DSM-V). Parents will learn what to watch out for in the upcoming years as a child enters elementary school, as well as interventions that can be implemented without a diagnosis.

P; Set One  SN

 

A11. Root to Rise: Self-Care Mapping for Teachers and Parents

Lara Levine, MOT, OTR/L

In this workshop you will learn how to assess your own self-care needs and create a map for how to get the most out of self-care strategies. You will learn practical, brain-based tools that will allow you to reset your nervous system and create lasting improvements to your quality of life through self-care.

B; Set One  PPLD

 

A12. What Is Happening?! Understanding and Responding to Trauma in Children

Nicole Phelps, MSW, CSWA, Family Support Specialist & Therapist

This workshop will provide information about what trauma is, the impacts trauma has on children and adolescents, and the services provided by Children’s Center, the child abuse intervention center for Clackamas County. Participants will learn some of the signs and symptoms of trauma and how to respond and support a child or adolescent who is experiencing trauma. There will be time at the end of the session for questions.

B; Set One  HSN

SESSION B WORKSHOPS (11:15AM - 12:45PM)

B1. Removing the Mystery (Gender Diversity 101)

Jenn Burleton, Founder and Director, TransActive Gender Center

This workshop is designed to assist in a better understanding of gender identity development, cultural gender myths and stereotypes, and their impact on gender diverse and transgender children. It is intended as a broad overview and introduction suitable for all adults who are new to this topic.

P; Set One  DIV

 

SESSION FULL - B2. The Four Pillars of Your Happy Home and Classroom: Raise and Educate Children Who Thrive

Megan Barella, MS Conflict Resolution, BA English Education (7-12), Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator, Certified Family Mediator, Speaker, Writer

Explore the 4 Pillars of Your Happy Home (and Classroom!): Compassion, Connection, Confidence and Cooperation maximize learning and help children thrive. Equal parts theory, experiential activities, and enlightening discussions, this workshop is upbeat and interactive. You’ll leave renewed and refreshed for the work you do, with new parenting and mindfulness tools to share with your communities!

B; Set Two  UGB

 

B3. Honoring Your Families' Cultures

(Part 1 of 2; participants must register for both sessions of this workshop)

Danielle Stamm Thomas, BS Child and Family Studies, Oregon Registry Master Trainer, & IMH-E® Infant Family Associate

This session focuses on developing a culturally responsive early learning and development program (ELDP). Participants will examine why it’s important to provide a culturally responsive ELDP, explore how to be linguistically responsive to their families, and explore and select strategies to reflect and support children’s cultures and home languages.

T; Set Two  DIV

 

B4. Guardianes de los Niños  – Proteger a los Niños es Nuestro Trabajo Uno!

(Parte 2 de 2; los participantes deben inscribirse en ambas sesiones de este taller)

Liliana Will, MPH, Prevention Project Coordinator

Como padres y educadores, ustedes se comprometen a la labor tan importante de que los niños crezcan sanos y felices. Usted entiende muy bien la importancia de mantener los niños a salvo de daños. Sin embargo, incluso pensar en el abuso sexual infantil puede parecer aterrador. Este taller le dará los pasos que necesita para proteger a todos los niños que son importantes para usted. Usando los videos de Darkness to Light’s para la prevención del abuso sexual infantil, el cual es reconocido nacionalmente y el libro de trabajo interactivo, nosotros podremos trabajar juntos para solucionar problemas de la vida real y salir del entrenamiento con ideas concretas para ser compartidas con otros adultos que están preocupados.

B; Serie Uno  HSN

 

B5. Increasing Intimacy and Connection Through Understanding Conflict and Communication Styles

(Part 1 of 2; participants must register for both sessions of this workshop)

Jennifer Rocks, MA, MS, PsyD

Briefly explore concepts such as attachment, identity markers, and stress response to better understand how you and your partner (or anyone else you want to deepen your relationship with) can improve communication and connection. Emphasis will be on learning specific communication skills and cultivating empathy. 

P; Set One  PPLD

 

B6. Stewards of Children® - Protecting Children Is Our #1 Job!

(Part 1 of 2; participants must register for both sessions of this workshop)

Sara Taggart, MPA, Prevention, Education & Partnerships Manager

As parents and educators, you commit yourselves to the important work of growing healthy and happy children. You understand very well the importance of keeping children safe from harm. Yet even thinking about child sexual abuse can seem scary. This workshop will give you the steps you need to protect all the children you care about. Using Darkness to Light’s nationally-recognized child sexual abuse prevention videos and interactive workbook, we will work together to problem-solve real life scenarios and leave the training with concrete ideas to share with other concerned adults. 

B; Set One  HSN

 

B7. The Five Ws of Estate Planning

Michelle-Shari Kruss, Attorney at Law, Certificate in Dispute Resolution, Past Juvenile Peer Court Judge, Author

In the midst of buying baby clothes and preparing for the sleepless nights of new parenthood, estate planning may be far down on your list of priorities. You may not even fully understand what it is. Everyone, regardless of income or net worth, has an estate, and this workshop will cover the key aspects of estate planning.

B; Set One  PM

B8. Empoderando las Chicas a Través de la Literatura

Lauren Magee, maestra de inmersión

A través de este taller, analizará los roles y las identidades de los personajes femeninos en la literatura popular de niños. Se irá reflexionando sobre las opciones de libros para su aula e inspirado para escribir su propio libro sobre una mujer.

T; Set One  LEC

 

B9. Using the Vroom Program to Create Brain-Building Moments

Cassandra Ferder, Oregon Early Learning Division, Statewide Vroom Coordinator

The presentation will discuss the Vroom brain-building tools and provide real world suggestions for incorporating Vroom and the concept of “serve and return” into your work with families.

T; Set One  HGD

 

B10. Is Preschool Too Young to Diagnose ADHD?

Nicole Herion, MS, LPC

Using a strengths based model, this workshop aims to discern what research says about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in the preschool years, and how a preschooler with suspected ADHD looks developmentally different and similar from the typical developing child. We will also cover underlying psychological issues that mimic ADHD and alternative symptoms that are not part of the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual (DSM-V). Teachers will learn what to watch out for in the upcoming years as a child enters elementary school, as well as interventions that can be implemented without a diagnosis.

T; Set One  SN

 

SESSION FULL - B11. Wired to Play: Sensory and Brain Based Strategies to Help Children Grow at Home

Lara Levine, MOT, OTR/L

In this workshop parents and caregivers will learn how sensory processing skills affect development. Participants will gain an understanding of what calms the nervous system. Practical tools and strategies that can be used at home will be taught. Participants will practice with a worksheet that will assist them in making a plan to support their individual child that can be used at school or at home.

P; Set One  SN

 

B12. Creating in Community: Intergenerational Play Through the Arts

Marie Schumacher, MA Developmental Psychology, UC Berkeley

Play is central idea in early childhood education. It promotes learning, creativity, and developmental growth of all kinds. Play is also an important part of adult development and is often lacking in the lives of busy parents and grandparents. This workshop will talk about the profound benefits of intergenerational art-making, drawing upon the model of Cazadero, a family camp that facilitates creative play for all ages in several art forms. Participants will learn about ways to bring more music and art into their families' lives and participate in a few sample activities that they can bring back to their families and social circles.

P; Set One  HGD

SESSION C WORKSHOPS (1:45PM - 3:15PM)

C1. The Fabulous Diversity of Brains

Dora M Raymaker, PhD

Neurodiversity—biodiversity for brains—provides an alternative way of viewing conditions like autism and ADHD. This workshop presents neurodiversity history, context, and misconceptions, and invites participants to consider how a neurodiversity lens might influence their approach to parenting or teaching.

B; Set One  SN

 

SESSION FULL - C2. Let's Craft: Create Your Way to Personal and Professional Fulfillment Through Art!

Megan Barella, MS Conflict Resolution, BA English Education (7-12), Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator, Certified Family Mediator, Speaker, Writer

Art is a #1 way to express, integrate life experiences and envision your future. Create beautiful, recycled and nature-based pieces and learn simple, low-cost activities to develop self-regulation and emotional intelligence in your classroom. This workshop is both self-care and professional development for educators.

T; Set Two  PPLD

 

C3. Increasing Diversity: Culture in the Early Learning Profession

Danielle Stamm Thomas, BS Child and Family Studies, Oregon Registry Master Trainer, & IMH-E® Infant Family Associate

Diversity is not limited to ethnic background. All of us have cultures that we follow or belong to. Join us to discuss the various types of cultures ECE professionals bring with them and what we are doing to increase representation of all cultures in ECE.

B; Set One  PPLD

 

C4. Black Is Beautiful: Guiding Young Learners to Appreciate Black Culture, Contributions, and Color

Kara Hinderlie Stroman, Kindergarten Teacher, Member OWP

What does social justice look like in a K-1 classroom? In this interactive workshop, participants will read age-appropriate literature to gain a positive perspective on Black people and Black contributions in our lives. Using models, participants will create their own writing pieces and have time to adapt the lesson to their own age group.

T; Set One  DIV

 

C5. Increasing Intimacy and Connection Through Understanding Conflict and Communication Styles

(Part 2 of 2; participants must register for both sessions of this workshop)

Jennifer Rocks, MA, MS, PsyD

In this workshop, we will use the newly acquired self-awareness to practice skills learned in Part One (self-regulation, empathy, active listening, “I feel” messages etc.) in an interactive experiential session. For more comprehensive understanding, attend “Anxiety Survival: 101” to set the foundation for this two-part workshop series..

P; Set One  PPLD

 

C6. Stewards of Children® - Protecting Children Is Our #1 Job!

(Part 2 of 2; participants must register for both sessions of this workshop)

Sara Taggart, MPA, Prevention, Education & Partnerships Manager

As parents and educators, you commit yourselves to the important work of growing healthy and happy children. You understand very well the importance of keeping children safe from harm. Yet even thinking about child sexual abuse can seem scary. This workshop will give you the steps you need to protect all the children you care about. Using Darkness to Light’s nationally-recognized child sexual abuse prevention videos and interactive workbook, we will work together to problem-solve real life scenarios and leave the training with concrete ideas to share with other concerned adults. 

B; Set One  HSN

 

SESSION FULL - C7. Conflict Is a Beautiful Thing--Lessons in Conflicts and Resolving Them Peacefully

Anette Horten, OR Credentialed Teacher, MA Cognitive Development, UC Berkeley

Conflict is an impetus to growth for kids, yet many of us adults rush in to fix things. This workshop will challenge you to view conflict as a learning opportunity and give you strategies to help kids resolve conflicts themselves.

B; Set One  UGB

 

C8. Inclusive Playgrounds! How to Design, Fund, and Build a Place of Nature, Inclusion, and Play

Valerie Plummer, CFRE

This workshop will provide inspiration and support for the creation of inclusive playgrounds. First we'll walk through why inclusive play spaces are important, and then we'll walk through the 'how to build it, and how to fund it' aspects of projects. Playgrounds are important places for personal connection and growth; they should serve the greatest number of people possible. They can and SHOULD also be really fun! There will be time for group interaction and brainstorming your own project.

B; Set One  LEC

 

C9. Using the Vroom Program to Create Brain-Building Moments

Cassandra Ferder, Oregon Early Learning Division, Statewide Vroom Coordinator

The presentation will discuss the Vroom brain-building tools and provide real world suggestions for incorporating Vroom and the concept of “serve and return” into your family life.

P; Set One  HGD

 

SESSION FULL - C10. How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting: Positive Discipline 101 for Preschoolers

Kaleigh Boysen, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

This workshop will provide a brief overview of the philosophy of Positive Discipline, as well as effective tools and interventions to use with children. This workshop combines research, personal experience, and interactive practice of Positive Discipline techniques.

P; Set One  UGB

 

SESSION FULL - C11. Wired to Learn: Sensory and Brain Based Strategies to Help Children Grow at School

Lara Levine, MOT, OTR/L

In this workshop teachers will learn about Sensory Processing Disorder and how it affects children. Participants will gain an understanding of what calms the nervous system. Practical tools and strategies will be shared. Participants will practice with a worksheet that will assist them in making a plan for an individual student.

T; Set One  SN

 

C12. ¡¿Que Está Sucediendo?! Entendiendo los Impactos del Trauma en los Niños y Jóvenes

Nicole Phelps, MSW, CSWA, Family Support Specialist & Therapist

Nicole Phelps, MSW, CSWA, es especialista de apoyo familiar y una terapista en Children’s Center el centro de intervención de abuso infantil para el condado de Clackamas. Ella presentará información sobre que es el trauma, los impactos del trauma en los niños y jóvenes, y los servicios que se prestan en Children’s Center. Ella ayudará a los participantes a comprender algunos de los signos y síntomas del trauma y como responder y apoyar a un niño o joven que está experimentando trauma. Habrá tiempo al final de la sesión para preguntas.

B; Serie Uno  HSN

Workshop Key

P: Best suited for parents

T: Best suited for teachers

B: Both, intended for parents &         teachers

Set One: Introductory level training
Set Two: Intermediate level training

Letter Codes: Refer to Core Knowledge Categories

Core Knowledge Categories from the Oregon Registry:

DIV – Diversity

FCS – Families & Community Systems

HSN – Health, Safety & Nutrition

HGD – Human Growth & Development

LEC – Learning Environments &             Curriculum

OA – Observation & Assessment

PPLD – Personal, Professional &             Leadership Development

PM – Program Management

SN – Special Needs

UGB – Understanding & Guiding Behavior

Workshop Key

P: Best suited for parents

T: Best suited for teachers

B: Both, intended for parents &         teachers

Set One: Introductory level training
Set Two: Intermediate level training

Letter Codes: Refer to Core Knowledge Categories

Core Knowledge Categories from the Oregon Registry:

DIV – Diversity

FCS – Families & Community Systems

HSN – Health, Safety & Nutrition

HGD – Human Growth & Development

LEC – Learning Environments &             Curriculum

OA – Observation & Assessment

PPLD – Personal, Professional &             Leadership Development

PM – Program Management

SN – Special Needs

UGB – Understanding & Guiding Behavior

Workshop Key

P: Best suited for parents

T: Best suited for teachers

B: Both, intended for parents &         teachers

Set One: Introductory level training
Set Two: Intermediate level training

Letter Codes: Refer to Core Knowledge Categories

Core Knowledge Categories from the Oregon Registry:

DIV – Diversity

FCS – Families & Community Systems

HSN – Health, Safety & Nutrition

HGD – Human Growth & Development

LEC – Learning Environments &             Curriculum

OA – Observation & Assessment

PPLD – Personal, Professional &             Leadership Development

PM – Program Management

SN – Special Needs

UGB – Understanding & Guiding Behavior

Workshop Key

P: Best suited for parents

T: Best suited for teachers

B: Both, intended for parents &         teachers

Set One: Introductory level training
Set Two: Intermediate level training

Letter Codes: Refer to Core Knowledge Categories

Core Knowledge Categories from the Oregon Registry:

DIV – Diversity

FCS – Families & Community Systems

HSN – Health, Safety & Nutrition

HGD – Human Growth & Development

LEC – Learning Environments &             Curriculum

OA – Observation & Assessment

PPLD – Personal, Professional &             Leadership Development

PM – Program Management

SN – Special Needs

UGB – Understanding & Guiding Behavior

Workshop Key

P: Best suited for parents

T: Best suited for teachers

B: Both, intended for parents &         teachers

Set One: Introductory level training
Set Two: Intermediate level training

Letter Codes: Refer to Core Knowledge Categories

Core Knowledge Categories from the Oregon Registry:

DIV – Diversity

FCS – Families & Community Systems

HSN – Health, Safety & Nutrition

HGD – Human Growth & Development

LEC – Learning Environments &             Curriculum

OA – Observation & Assessment

PPLD – Personal, Professional &             Leadership Development

PM – Program Management

SN – Special Needs

UGB – Understanding & Guiding Behavior

 
 

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR PRESENTERS

Janet Allison is the founder of Boys Alive!, and a veteran educator, author, and Family Coach. She has been helping parents and teachers understand their children for over two decades. She is the co-host of the ON BOYS podcast.

 

Megan Barella helps families reclaim their birthright to happy homes through her community-based and online positive parenting programs, as well as offering professional development trainings for teachers. As the mom of a nine year old son, and a childhood trauma survivor, Megan blends compassion and transformation to offer upbeat, interactive, and educational experiences for parents and teachers. Megan is also a Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator, Family Mediator, and Master Trainer with a bachelor's degree in Education and a masters in Conflict Resolution. She has 20 years of experience working with children from preschool to the high school years and seven years of experience in her own practice.

Kaleigh Boysen helps parents of young children learn to build more connected relationships with their children and to respond to children's challenging behaviors with more connection and compassion. As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator, Kaleigh teaches parents to expand their parenting toolbox and feel more confident in their parenting skills. Kaleigh has a wide range of experience as a former pre-K and elementary school teacher, and now as a therapist and parent of a preschooler! Kaleigh's parenting workshops combine research, personal experience, and effective tools and interventions to use with preschool age children.

Jenn Burleton, Founder and Executive Director of TransActive Gender Center, is a nationally-recognized leader on gender diverse children and youth.

Cassandra Ferder joined the Early Learning Division in March 2016. She served as the executive assistant to both the Chief of Staff and Executive Director, providing executive and technical assistance and serving as a Team Lead for the division’s administrative employees. In August 2018 she became the Early Learning Division’s Statewide Vroom Coordinator. A native Oregonian, Cassandra has resided in Salem much of her life, and has been employed with the State of Oregon since 1997, working in natural resources, legislation, and Indian services. Outside of work, she enjoys many hobbies and family time with her husband and daughter.

Nicole Herion studied Clinical Mental Health at Oregon State University and has been working with school aged youth throughout her career. She has worked with families to advocate in the public school system to receive accommodations. Nicole truly believes that children and parents want to do well but at times need support.

Anette Horten has been the teacher/director of Portland Tillamook Preschool for 16 years; an elementary school teacher in grades 4-6 grades for 15 years; and is mother to four.

Michelle-Shari Kruss, J.D., C.D.R. has more than 23 years of legal experience in estate planning. She is a past Juvenile Peer Court Judge, author, frequent guest lecturer, sits on a variety of non-profit Boards focusing on children and pets, and jointly parents, with her husband Steven, two lovely children. Michelle-Shari does a fantastic job of explaining, simplifying, and reassuring parents about the complexities and importance of drafting PERSONALIZED estate plans that: 1. Protect our children and their inheritance, and 2. Address many incapacity issues that most individuals (whether married or not) never even consider.Michelle-Shari has a great sense of humor and gives wonderful examples in a very digestible presentation.

Lara Levine is a pediatric occupational therapist. She has worked in school districts, hospitals, and outpatient clinics. Working in such a variety of settings has given her the knowledge and skills needed to support teachers, parents, and children in many different environments. She has been in her current position as a lead therapist and clinical manager for Advanced Pediatric Therapies (APT) for 10 years. She specializes in working with children with sensory integration/processing-based differences and has advanced training working with children who have experienced developmental trauma. Lara enjoys lecturing, teaching, and mentoring. You can find out more about her and other resources at laralevine.com.

Lauren Magee is a Spansih immersion bilingual educator. She has taught in schools in Madrid, Spain and most recently in Title I schools in Portland Public Schools. She is a firm believer in public bilingual education and has worked in the field for almost a decade. She has a masters degree in Bilingual and Multicultural Education from La Universidad de Alcala de Henares and an ESOL endorsement from PSU. Lauren currently works as an instructional coach in Portland.

Monica Montiel has a masters degree in education and has been committed to her work with children and families for two decades in a variety of roles. Her most important role is mom to her five children. She has been teaching yoga and mindfulness for children professionally for the past seven years. She is a life-long learner, and her current interest is neuroscience and specifically interpersonal neurobiology. Monica currently teaches her yoga and mindfulness classes at several public elementary schools, private preschools, neighborhood community centers, and yoga studios around Portland.

Nicole Phelps Como especialista en el apoyo familiar y terapeuta, Nicole proporciona apoyo y recursos a los padres o a los cuidadores que traen niños a Children’s Center para recibir evaluaciones de abuso infantil. También proporciona orientación y educación a los padres y cuidadores que enfrentan problemas de abuso o negligencia en el Condado de Clackamas. Actualmente, Nicole está siendo entrenada en terapia cognitiva conductual enfocada en trauma, un modelo terapéutico basado en evidencias, que ayuda a los niños y cuidadores apoyándolos para enfrentar y sanar del trauma que el niño ha experimentado. Nicole se graduó con un Máster en trabajo social en la Universidad Estatal de Portland. Antes de mudarse a Oregón, Nicole vivió en Santa Fe, Nuevo México, donde trabajó en Children's Medical, un programa estatal que apoya médicamente a familias cuyos hijos tienen condiciones médicas crónicas. Durante la escuela de posgrado, Nicole tuvo el privilegio de aconsejar a sobrevivientes de violencia doméstica y sus familias en los refugios de emergencia.

As a Family Support Specialist & Therapist, Nicole provides support and resources to parents or caregivers who bring children to Children’s Center for child abuse assessments. She also provides guidance and education to parents and caregivers in Clackamas County facing issues of abuse or neglect. Nicole is currently being trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, an evidence-based therapeutic model that helps children and supportive caregivers cope with and heal from the trauma the child has experienced. Nicole graduated with a Masters of Social Work from Portland State University. Before moving to Oregon, Nicole lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she worked at Children’s Medical, a state-run program that medically supports families whose children have chronic medical conditions. During graduate school Nicole had the privilege of counseling survivors of domestic violence and their families at an emergency shelter.

Valerie Plummer is the Development Director at Harper's Playground. She has 19 years of nonprofit management and fundraising experience.

Dr Dora Raymaker is a Research Assistant Professor at the Regional Research Institute of Portland State University. She is the Co-Director of the Academic Autism Spectrum Partnership in Research and Education. She also is the Associate Editor of Autism in Adulthood and author of Hoshi and the Red City Circuit. Dora is an Autistic person who has been involved in the neurodiversity movement for long enough to have been asked to write a book chapter about its history.

Dr Jennifer Rocks has a private practice in Portland OR, and Oregon City, OR. Her specialization is individual and couples psychotherapy practicing from a Gestalt orientation and incorporating Buddhist psychology and mindfulness. Areas of emphasis include anxiety and depression related to gender and sexual identity, life transitions, grief and loss, communication skills, and relationship stress. All diversity is welcomed and celebrated. Assessment and letter writing services are available for confirmation procedures and surgeries.

Marie Schumacher holds an MA in developmental psychology and multiple subject teaching credential. She is the founding Director of PDX Vox Community A Cappella Groups and Director of Caz Northwest Performing Arts Family Camp. Marie founded PDX Vox in 2004 as a way of integrating her backgrounds in a cappella singing, vocal performance, psychology, and education. She has studied voice, guitar, and piano privately for many years, and she has taught singing to adults and children in both individual and group settings. A long-time teacher at Cazadero Performing Arts Family Camp in northern California, she is currently the director of its sister camp, Caz Northwest, in Washington State.

Kara Hinderlie Stroman has been an early elementary teacher for over 20 years. She has been a member of the Oregon Writing Project since 2007. Her article, "Black is Beautiful" can be found in the Rethinking Schools publication, "Teaching for Black Lives."

Sara Taggart As the Prevention, Education & Partnerships Manager at Children’s Center, the designated child abuse intervention center serving Clackamas County, Sara’s work focuses working with community to prevent child abuse and neglect. She oversees Children’s Center’s prevention and education programming, including workshops, trainings, and events designed to inform and support parents, caregivers, educators, youth-serving professionals, civic leaders, and other adults who want to protect and promote the health and well-being of children in their lives. Prior to joining Children’s Center in 2016, Sara was a teacher and education consultant in the Bay Area, Pacific Northwest, and Africa. She is a certified Hatha Yoga teacher and parent of two teenagers.

Danielle Stamm Thomas has been in early care and education for eight years. Currently she is the Quality Improvement Specialist at Clackamas Child Care Resource & Referral, a program of Clackamas ESD.

Liliana Will En su rol como Coordinador del Proyecto de Prevención de Children's Center, Liliana está trabajando con socios comunitarios y facilitadores voluntarios para presentar Darkness to light el currículo dinámico de Stewards of Children a más de 5000 adultos en el Condado de Clackamas. Antes de incorporarse a Children's Center, Liliana trabajó durante más de 12 años en el sector de la salud pública, haciendo actividades de divulgación e investigación, sirviendo a las comunidades latinas de la región, y ayudando a las organizaciones a crecer; administrando y desarrollando programas para niños y familias. Originaria de Colombia, ella obtuvo una maestría en salud pública en Portland State University. Ella está muy emocionada de estar trabajando con la comunidad en el Condado de Clackamas.

Jessica Zodrow has been teaching, directing, acting and writing for the last 20 years. In 2009 she made the commitment to further her education and focus on immersive theatre/play making in the classroom and beyond at NYU, where she completed her Master's in Educational Theatre. She helped run theatre outreach departments in the Bay Area and here at the Northwest Children's Theater, where she taught workshops and classes for ages 3 to 103. She also trained fellow teaching artists, classroom teachers, and parents to use theatre arts to bring books to life and immerse children in creative play. She cofounded Joy & Wonder Theatre in 2017 to have a home for families to both experience productions and workshops/classes together. She believes in the power of the imagination and connecting with each other through empathy building and creating worlds together.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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