Our Classrooms

Heron House

5017 NE Prescott St

In the spring of 2014 we purchased this beautiful half-acre piece of property.  The evolving outdoor playscape includes a tending garden, digging area/mud kitchen (with wheelbarrows and small garden tools), tree swings, stump play (including a hammering station), an orchard with many pickables, a"fairy" (sensory) garden, and plenty of room to run!  The inside has a beautiful open floor plan and vaulted ceilings  


Sparrow House

3513 NE 12th Avenue  

This location is the current home to our Sparrow house classroom, but will be closing in August 2017. Currently, this classroom enjoys open and bright interior as well as the bountiful perennial plants in the large garden, with tons of edibles and berries!  Children can climb, explore our outdoor play structure, dig in the sandbox and hunt for bugs in the rock play area.  We look forward to joining our two communities onto one campus next year!


Heron House Teachers

Rebecca Jones, Co-Director, Lead Teacher

Rebecca’s inspiration to teach comes from her own deep and developing connection to nature, evolving communication and conflict resolution skills, and expression of creativity as an artist. 

Her previous experiences working at a Waldorf-inspired school and her education from the Micha-el Institute (Waldorf teacher training in Portland) drew on these passions and gave her a clear sense of this work being her “right livelihood”.  

She feels daily gratitude from interacting with children as they experience the world with openness and wonder. She responds by offering her love of song, movement, laughter, stories, puppets, plants, and artistic expression. At the center of her work, she holds the intention to make each child feel seen and special.

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Bridget Beck, Lead Teacher: Heron House

Bridget is Norina's little sister and comes to us with experience working in a preschools and also having grown up in the preschool run by their mother.  She has been an art teacher to children of all ages (from very young to college students).   Bridget is a artist (primarily metal sculpture) and one of the things she is most passionate in her own art is play and building for play at all ages. Since beginning with us in January she has enjoyed introducing the children to some basic building principles through art activities.  She is inspired by observing the children's play and discovery outside in the garden and has been involving them in the further development of structures and forts in our adventure playground.    

 

Victor Barreda Pazos, Assistant Teacher: Heron House 

Since becoming a parent, Victor has actively studied early childhood and alternatives to conventional education. He considers parenting and teaching to be a personal growth path.  He recently received the Permaculture Teacher Training for Youth and Children and worked in a Montessori preschool as the garden curriculum coordinator and Spanish speaker assistant

Victor is dedicated to respecting children’s developmental stages and needs, communicating with them honestly and from the heart, and cultivating their free will and inner voice


Sparrow House Teachers

Norina Beck, Co-Director, Lead Teacher

Norina has been teaching for 12 years, working in Montessori, Public, and Waldorf -inspired schools. Norina has a M.Ed in art education and a special passion for storytelling with children.  

Before opening Rising Song, she taught kindergarten for 5 years, developing a story-based curriculum for teaching reading and math to children ages 4-6. Norina has experience with shadow puppetry and children’s theater. She has performed many story plays with children for small family audiences.    

Norina grew up in a preschool run by her mother where she inherited a love for children and more songs than you can shake a stick at.

Elise Baker, Assistant Teacher: Sparrow House

Elise received her B.A. in Child and Adolescent Development from San Jose State University in 2012. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Sustainability Education from Portland State University

Elise has worked in a in a variety of preschool settings with children ranging from infants up to Pre-K. These preschools include the Child Development Center on the San Jose State campus, Giving Tree Montessori in San Jose, and Madera Grove on the Stanford Campus.

As a teacher her goal is to create an environment that reinforces the values of kindness and respect where children are able to hone their social-emotional skills.  She loves being a teacher and is reminded daily that there is much to learn from the truthfulness and curiosity of children

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Fish Martinez, Lead Teacher: Sparrow House

Education has always been supported in Fish's family.  He has three uncles and one auntie who work at state colleges in Oregon.  In addition, he has another auntie who runs our Tenas Illahee Childcare Center for the Siletz Tribe.  

 As an educator Fish has worked with youth K-12th grade, as well as an Infant, wobbler, toddler, and preschool teacher.  His teachingphilosophy is embedded in his Native American culture and Reggio Emilia.  He love supporting children and fostering their individual interests. 

 It is Fish's goal to research what works best for your child and to foster their interests.  Fish loves to share his talent for drumming and singing with the children, and looks forward to learning more about each family and child in Rising Song's community.