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Dre Davey
Little Root Founder and Lead Teacher

What do you love about Little Root?
I love that we have fun! These first years are for play, joy and wonder. At Little Root we foster these aspects of early childhood.

Related Experience:
Little Root | Lead Teacher | 2014 to present
St Johns Swapnplay | Founder, Executive Director, Board Member | 2008 – 2015

Education and training:
LifeWays Early Childhood | Certification: April 2015
Medic First Aid Certified – PediatricPlus, CPR, AED, and First Aid for Children, Infants & Adults
National Registry Background Check | Verified

Who is someone you admire?
I just adore Mr Rogers. He exemplifies compassion and presence. Two primary characteristics needed in early childhood work. He sees the child as they are and steps into their world with them. He experiences the wonder, the joy and the deep feelings they share. I aspire to be like him in everything I do. To go gently and take care of those I am entrusted to care for.

What skills do you bring to Little Root?
As a mother of three, parenting for over 23 years I bring a heavy dose of perspective and grace. I have personal knowledge of what it is to be a parent in these times. I am a childhood trauma survivor and believe in the importance of supporting parents and developing in children healthy boundaries. I am also a Reiki level Practitioner who can offer Reiki to children when they need extra emotional support. I love gardening, singing, weaving oral stories and bringing felt puppets to life at Little Root.

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Megan Maraffy
Little Root Teacher

What do you love about Little Root?
I love the warm, welcoming, home environment that Dre has created at Little Root.  Each child is embraced and held in a loving community that meets them where they are and supports their development.  I truly believe in the LifeWays ethos that “life is the curriculum,” and at Little Root, that is evident in every corner.  From tending the garden and caring for the chickens, bunnies and worms, to helping prepare the food for our  meals, the children participate in all aspects of daily life in their home away from home. I love sharing in their joy at discovering new abilities and testing their limits.  They learn so much about themselves and each other through their daily outdoor experiences, weekly hikes in Baltimore Woods, as well as during quieter indoor play.

Experience:
Magnolia Blossom Preschool | Assistant Teacher | 2018-2019
Little Root Playgarden | Substitute Assistant Teacher | 2018-2019

Education and training:
LifeWays Early Childhood | Certification: June 2019 
Portland State University | Pursuing B.A. in Arts and Letters, Minor in Elementary Ed.
Medic First Aid Certified – PediatricPlus, CPR, AED, and First Aid for Children, Infants & Adults
National Registry Background Check | Verified

Who is someone you admire?
I truly admire my mother. I can’t think of anyone I know who has worked harder to achieve their dreams or has a bigger heart. She always says what she means, does what she says she will do, and all with an empathy, thoughtfulness and consideration for others that is humbling and inspiring. I have learned so much from her and will continue to try to emulate those qualities she raised me with.

What skills do you bring to Little Root?
I fell in love with Waldorf-inspired education when searching for a preschool for my own two boys.  The simplicity of the surroundings, natural materials of the toys, and reverence for the seasons have brought my family much joy, and helped to instill a healthy rhythm to our home life and familial ethics.  Part of what I bring to Little Root is a special kind of empathy, born from my experience of being a preschool parent for many years: I understand the need to know that your children are with adults who truly care for them as individuals. You will find this value as bedrock at Little Root. I also delight in sharing with the children my deep love of handwork, crafts, storytelling, and puppetry. As my own little ones have grown into elementary school, I found myself not wanting to be parted from the wonder and the journey of early childhood.  I feel so lucky to be able to support that journey with the children of Little Root.  

Words that describe me:
Compassionate, Loyal, Tender, Growing, Logical, Hopeful

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Jen Rich
Little Root Assistant Teacher 

What do you love about Little Root?

There are so many reasons I love Little Root. I love the connection children get to experience in our natural world. I believe spending time connecting to nature helps reduce behavioral difficulties and distress in children, as well as improving their overall health and pro-social behavior. The children here at Little Root come alive exploring Baltimore Woods on hike days. In our play yard they become farmers, digging holes, planting seeds, flowers, vegetables and harvesting. The children enjoy engineering water systems and creating pies, cakes and potions in our mud kitchen. I love that the children have the opportunity to connect and care for our animals, from collecting eggs from our chickens to feeding the bunnies the broccoli stems from our soup day. Dre is truly a gifted teacher and visionary who brings so much love and wisdom into everyday. She has created such a beautiful and nurturing environment supporting the whole child and I am honored to be a part of it. She is an inspiration to me.

Experience-
We Gather Together – Teacher’s Assistant 2018-2019
Substitute Teacher’s Assistant – Little Root Playgarden, Heart and Hand Preschool, Portland Montessori.
2016-2018
Sauvie Island Center – Volunteer Farm Educator
2017 – current
Portland Village School – Volunteer, Garden Educator, Event Florist, Field Trip/Overnight Chaperone and 2 years as Lead Volunteer/Liaison for Ms. Mello/Kindergarten
2012 – Current

Education –
Lifeways North America – Starting August 2019 – Lifeways Early Childhood Education Certification

PCC – Associates degree in Business Administrations and Early Childhood Education Courses
Oregon State – Certified Master Gardener
Medic First Aid Certified – PediatricPlus, CPR, AED, and First Aid for Children, Infants and Adults.
Food Handler Certified
Background Verified

Who is someone you admire? 
Someone I admire is Terry Tempest Williams. She is an American author, conservationists and activist. Her connection to the natural world is a true inspiration to me. I have learned from her that we can’t “save the world” but just doing what we can where we are is how to make a difference.

What skills do you bring to Little Root
I am a warm, devoted and reliable caregiver and enjoy caring for children. I bring previous experience as a Waldorf teacher’s assistant.  I bring my connection to the natural world, gardening, plants, earth, animals and land.  I am so excited to share my gifts, growth and education as an Early Childhood Educator, Master Gardner and Farm Educator.
What words describe you? 

Loving, Family, Grateful , Earth, Mother , Gardener, Nurturing , Reliable, Passionate, Kind, Empathetic

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