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.
Daniel Brodie, Assistant Teacher
I grew up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Shortly after graduating from high school, I relocated to Portland where I worked with developmentally challenged children. I returned to the Gulf Coast just in time for Hurricane Katrina, thus deciding to relocate once more to Phoenix, Az. I have spent the past eight years there, working at a Montessori school as an after school staff member and classroom sub as well as teacher’s assistant and office sub. In my spare time I enjoy reading, hiking and walking my Chihuahua named Link. I look forward to continuing my work in Montessori at Frog Song.
Lindsey Bowman, Montessori Intern
My passion for working with young children was realized during my experience as an AmeriCorps member during the 2013-2014 school year. After graduating from the University of Kansas with a degree in social work, I had the opportunity to tutor elementary school children and to work in an after school program for at-risk youth. I discovered that when I spent time in Kindergarten classrooms, I felt rejuvenated and excited about the potential in each young child. However, I was often discouraged by the teaching methods and student/teacher interactions I witnessed in the traditional classroom. I thought there must be a better way to nurture the unique developmental needs of each individual child. This seeking has led me to the Montessori method, which has opened my eyes to the immense potential young children possess for learning.
For the past two years I have worked in a traditional preschool as an assistant while studying Montessori education through the Mid-America Montessori Teacher Training Institute. I am so excited to be part of the team at Frog Song and to learn and grow along with the students and families I serve. Outside of teaching, I enjoy hiking, biking, yoga, cooking, and playing board games. I look forward to working with all the students and families at Frog Song!
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.
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
Ko’in Newsom, Administrative Coordinator
Kelly Klooster-McCombs, Dharma Rain Administrator