Lindsey became a member of Tigard Playschool in 2004 and has been on staff since 2011. She has enjoyed being part of a co-op school and loves having the opportunity to be in the classroom to see the children’s social and emotional growth throughout the year. This is more than just a job for Lindsey. It is and opportunity to share her passion for life while inspiring, engaging, and awakening the wonder inside each and every child. Lindsey is pursuing a Child Development Associate credential. She is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Parent Child Preschools Organization.
Tyra became a member of TPI in 2008 and has been on staff since August 2010. Tyra’s high energy, positive attitude draws students in and encourages learning through play. She loves her time with the children and supports every child’s whole development. She believes the deepest, most genuine learning happens when children are having fun. Tyra fosters the cognitive and social development of each child by lovingly guiding the class through play-based activities. Tyra has been working with children for over 30 years. She holds the Child Development Associate credential granted by the CDA Council. She has taught dance for many years and believes gross motor development supports learning. Tyra has volunteered and been an active member of the youth sports community for many years. When Tyra is not teaching she enjoys spending time with her husband of 23 years and their three children. She is also a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Parent Child Preschools Organization.
Saadia has been connected to Tigard Playschool (TPI) for about 18 years, first as a parent, then as an assistant teacher. Saadia has been married for 26 years and has three children. Saadia was a stay at home mother for many years, but always participated in child-related activities. She volunteered in her children’s elementary schools, was a Girl Scout leader, started a playgroup in her local mosque, and helped out with a local youth group. Saadia believes working with children is her calling and has found TPI to be THE place to work. She says it is a privilege to be able to provide comfort and joy to young children and to make them feel good about themselves every day. Saadia loves that the co-op school setting makes her job even more enjoyable, and says interaction with parents on a daily basis feels wonderful. When she is not at TPI or spending time with her family, she volunteers as a caseworker for a non-profit social organization that provides funds to needy families. She also volunteers at a local homeless shelter and schedules free counseling appointments. She says, “Giving feels good!” Saadia has a Masters degree in English Literature from Pakistan, and also has Early Childhood Education credits from PCC. Saadia also loves books and coffee!
A native Oregonian, Teacher Erin was born and raised in South East Portland in the historic Mt. Tabor neighborhood. She grew up loving to read, write, and draw. After graduating from Franklin High School she attended the University of Oregon where she majored in English and minored in Creative Writing. Erin has been at TPI for six years, four as a parent volunteer and two as a teacher’s assistant in the Prek class. She loves messy art, reading stories, journaling with the kids, and sliding down the twisty slide. Erin has lived in Tigard for fourteen years and currently live here with her husband, two boys, and two ancient black cats.
Jenny has loved Tigard Playschool as a parent, a volunteer, a board member and as a teacher. She became a member of TPI as a parent in 2008 and has been a Pre-K assistant teacher since 2013. She holds a Bachelors Degree from Oregon State University in Human Development and Family Science with an emphasis in early childhood education and also in non-profit management. She has volunteered, interned and worked for many family focused organizations including the YMCA and the Boys and Girls Club. She loves working with non-profit organizations that assist families in being successful. She relishes the opportunity to help families at TPI flourish in a cooperative setting while encouraging children to learn and develop in a stimulating and caring environment. Her role in fostering the early foundations of a love of lifetime learning is one that she cherishes.