Claire Lundy, Lead Teacher
My passion for nature, knowledge and the gifts our world provides to us started at a young age. Wanting to share this passion, it was very early in my academic career that I knew I wanted to contribute to the education of children. Frustrated by the lack of support children received from the public education system, I was reluctant to study conventional education in its current state, and decided that developmental psychology would better inform my future work with children. I graduated from the University of Washington in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology. Attracted to the transformative nature of the preschool age group, I began working in a Montessori Preschool, and became inspired by the beauty in watching young children grow naturally and holistically into independent, peaceful beings.
With an AMI certified diploma as a primary Montessori guide and a Masters in Montessori education, I am ready to create and support a peaceful and loving environment where children can grow to their fullest potential. When not basking in the authenticity of children, I love balancing my life with adventurous activities, like playing rugby and trail running, with more meditative activities, such as yoga and gardening.
Emily Saxton, Teacher
I am excited and honored to join Frog Song at the beginning of 2022, and am enjoying meeting all of the children in the class (as well as the adults in their lives.) I’m coming to Frog Song from Sunstone Montessori School, where I was an assistant in a 3-6 class. Before that, I worked in fund development and community building a a Waldorf school in Washington County, then led a nanny-share for several years, which grew into a little school pod of kids whose school program had been moved online due to COVID. I completed Montessori training at Montessori Northwest in June of 2021. While I’m glad to have a work life filled with excitement, curiosity, and purpose, I also enjoy spending time reading and attempting house projects by myself, walking with friends, and going along with my wife on whatever adventures our young daughter creates.
Special Activity Teachers
Sophie Enloe, Music Teacher
I began my formal musical training with piano lessons at the age of six and began learning the violin two years later. However, my musical education began long before then, as singing and movement were part of daily life in my family. Now, as a Suzuki violin teacher, professional musician and music educator, I’m keenly aware of the value of this early exposure to music.
I’ve taught music to children ages 4 and up at my Suzuki violin studio since 2013. As a violinist/fiddler, I’ve toured and recorded with a number of folk, country and old-time bands, and taught both children and adults at music festivals and workshops.
I successfully completed my training with the Center for Music and Young Children in July 2015 and will begin teaching for Music Together of Portland in the fall of 2016. I’m delighted to have the opportunity to combine my passion for music and love of working with young children in this way.
***Music Lessons are currently suspended due to Covid-19 precautions.***
Kakumyo Lowe-Charde, Tumbling
Kakumyo considers himself fortunate to teach tumbling at Frog Song each week. He has been a monk at Dharma Rain for 14 years, and is now a senior priest. He has enjoyed a lifelong fascination with movement, teaches qigong, and spends much of his free time playing outdoors or doing partner acrobatics.
Shin’yu Vitells, Program Director
Shin’yu has been a monk at Dharma Rain since 2014, devoting much of her time to working with children. As Program Director for Frog Song, she has the great joy of watching how children thrive in an environment where they feel safe, respected and appreciated for who they are. She is married with two grown daughters, two wonderful sons-in-law and the cutest grandson ever.
Molly Bailen, Program Coordinator
In her spare time, Molly enjoys creating and editing podcasts, learning new languages, and finding the perfect macaroni and cheese.