Our Classrooms

 

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  


Heron House Teachers

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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.


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.