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.
Diliana Ovcharova, Teacher
I was born in Sofia, Bulgaria and moved to Albuquerque, NM with my family at the age of ten. I have fond memories of playing in the woods in Bulgaria and have always had a deep admiration for the natural world. After spending two decades in the desert, I decided it was time to move to a more lush city and have now made Portland my new home.
I have worked in the education field since 2009 and began my journey with Montessori in 2011. Since then, I have received my AMS certification and Masters in Integrated Montessori Education. I am excited to join Frog Song!
Daniel Brodie, Assistant Teacher
I began working in the Montessori world in 2008 at a primary school in Phoenix Arizona and instantly fell in love with the mindfulness approach to education. I wondered, and still wonder, why is this not the standard?
Working at Frog Song has truly been a dream for me. One that has widened my views on subjects that I thought I knew so much about. You really never do stop learning. Working with Claire has brought me back to the basics. She showed me that, first and foremost, a child should feel loved and safe, only then can the true educating begin.
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