Staff

Ruth Crawmer, Founder & Director

Ruth Crawmer

Founder & Director

Being a mother of five children, I can understand the frustration of searching for infant or preschool programming for your child.  When my oldest was one year old, I under went the same process and share in your bitter experiences.  With two children with severe food allergies, I can understand the frustration of parents trying… Read more

Ruth Crawmer

Founder & Director

Being a mother of five children, I can understand the frustration of searching for infant or preschool programming for your child.  When my oldest was one year old, I under went the same process and share in your bitter experiences.  With two children with severe food allergies, I can understand the frustration of parents trying to find childcare and maintain and allergy free environment.  My goal is to provide a place your son or daughter looks forward to each day, where they have friends and a place you can trust.  All the other things you find out about us and our motivation are just additional pieces we’ve added to enhance our program.

Who am I?

I am an energetic free spirited adult.  Free time for my husband and I includes ballroom dancing, west coast swing (club style), and salsa dancing.  In the summers biking, hiking, camping, white water rafting and sign language interpreting is what I enjoy most.  Whether at home with my family, in preschool with my class or on vacation, I love to play!  Don’t be surprised to walk into the classroom and see me playing “crazy ballerina” with my students, or telling a tall tale or using puppets to make a point about behaviors.  Play is what I do well.  In addition, I have a strong musical background both in vocals and band so I use this to teach music and rhythm in the summer session of school.  I take great pride in seeing my students graduate into kindergarten being the brightest in their elementary classes.

Credentials

  • Portland Community College
  • Central OR Community College
  • CPR 1st/Aid
  • Abuse and Neglect Certified Reporter
  • Restaurant Grade Food Handler
  • Criminally Background Checked
  • Infant Certified Teacher
  • Major American Sign Language
  • Arts & Child Development

Experience

  • 13 years as Crawmer’s Critterz Director
  • 6 years as a Personal Nanny
  • 4 years as a Teachers’ Assistant
  • 2 years as a Sunday School Teacher
  • Mother of 5 Children; 15 yrs, 12yrs, 9yrs, 4 yrs and 2 year old.

Additional Classes

  • Guidance and behavior management
  • Curriculum
  • Child development
  • Infant/toddler curriculum
  • Families and other social systems
  • Professional and personal development
  • Child passenger safety art experiences for preschool children
  • Synthesizing brain research
  • Cooking up nutrition
  • Mandatory reporting
  • The heart of a young child
  • Grant writing
  • Business classes
  • Oregon child care basics 1 & 2
  • Social and emotional health
  • Human growth and development
  • Health, safety and nutrition

Training

  • Infant/toddler CPR & 1st aid
  • Food Handlers Card
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Abuse and Neglect Certified
  • Infant/Toddler Certified
  • 152 clock hours of ECE Credits
  • Preschool Certified
  • Level 6 PDR
  • Local Trainer

School

  • High Pointe Preschool, Director
  • Crawmer’s Critterz, Owner

+ Currently Enrolled in Building a Better Business, BAB 

Russ Crawmer, President

Russ Crawmer

President

Running an infant program may seem like the last thing a lot of people would want to be involved in.  After becoming infant certified, continuing towards a degree, and being a Dad of 5 children for 15 years, I’ve learned it really does take the right kind of person to make it work. You have to… Read more

Russ Crawmer

President

Running an infant program may seem like the last thing a lot of people would want to be involved in.  After becoming infant certified, continuing towards a degree, and being a Dad of 5 children for 15 years, I’ve learned it really does take the right kind of person to make it work. You have to allow yourself to be a kid again. You can’t be afraid to talk to your 3 month old like they know what’s going on, give them 6 more months, they’ll get it!

We work ASL (American Sign Language) into our schedule each day to give infants an awesome jump start on communication. I’ve had a 14
month old argue milk vs water in ASL, pretty funny! I spend most of my time on the floor, making funny faces, talking like cartoon characters, or dancing around the room like an animal! There are so many missed opportunities with our busy lives that cause our children to miss out on all the excitement life holds. Children need a proper balance of direction, self expression, exploration, guidance, nutrition, and examples of healthy communication and role models to thrive.

My wife an I have been married for 12 years and love working together. The children see us dance, play, sing, and yes, even see some romance! From our daily schedule to the stories or dramas we act out, these children are all looking for their own place in the story of life and I am so blessed to be here.

Training

  • Infant/toddler CPR & 1st aid
  • Food Handlers Card
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Abuse and Neglect Certified
  • Infant/Toddler Certified
  • 100 clock hours of ECE Credits
  • Preschool Certified
  • Level 4 PDR

School

  • Hampton Park I, Director
  • Crawmer’s Critterz, Co-Owner

+ Govenor Appointed Commissioner for the Oregon Commission on Child Care
+ Currently Enrolled in Building a Better Business, BAB

Donna, Substitute Teacher & Chef

Donna

Substitute Teacher & Chef

Hi, I’m Donna, Ruth’s Mom.  Oregon has been home for me most of my life.  It was here I met and married my husband of 42 years, Kevin, and raised our two daughters. After graduating from High School, I attended Oregon State University; where I took classes in Office Administration and Home Economics.  My work… Read more

Donna

Substitute Teacher & Chef

Hi, I’m Donna, Ruth’s Mom.  Oregon has been home for me most of my life.  It was here I met and married my husband of 42 years, Kevin, and raised our two daughters.

After graduating from High School, I attended Oregon State University; where I took classes in Office Administration and Home Economics.  My work experience has been business related and most recently working in a CPA office as a staff accountant and for a church doing bookkeeping.  February through April I volunteer for the Tax-aide program here in Bend, helping people prepare their income taxes and file on-line.

During my spare time my five grandchildren are the top priority, spending time helping with their school and extra curricular activities.

I enjoy my new “retirement” job at Crawmer’s Critterz very much and find that the children are creative, fun loving and a real joy. You will find me in the kitchen helping to prepare food, setting up for lunches or snacks and assisting the teachers with whatever task is at hand.

Food allergies are particularly important to me.  Did you know that depending on which factories and which countries ingredients are made in, determines if the ingredients include wheat as the base ingredient or corn.  This can be a scary reality for students with severe allergies.

Having found out I am wheat and gluten intolerant, reading ingredient lists and finding out where things are made and their contaminates has become a priority for me as a cook.  I look for all of our foods to be made or grown in the US to ensure the quality food standards and cleanliness have been met for the best protection of our students with these dietary concerns.

Jessica Coatney, Assistant Director & Head Infant Teacher

Jessica Coatney

Assistant Director & Head Infant Teacher

All of my life I have been a part of taking care of children.  Growing up, my mom ran an in home daycare.  In addition, I have seven brothers and eight sisters… a total of 16 kids in my family!  So teaching is just in my background and upbringing. Working with the infants, I have… Read more

Jessica Coatney

Assistant Director & Head Infant Teacher

All of my life I have been a part of taking care of children.  Growing up, my mom ran an in home daycare.  In addition, I have seven brothers and eight sisters… a total of 16 kids in my family!  So teaching is just in my background and upbringing.

Working with the infants, I have the opportunity to see them walk, climb, run, learn about art, nature and friends. Playing and teaching my studentsgive me joy and are my life’s passion.  I enjoy spending anytime I can with them.

In summer of 2010 I took a promotion as a director of one of the four Crawmer’s locations. Then in summer of 2012, I was promoted to assistant director of the merged school and department director.

Working for Crawmer’s fulfills my need to love on squishy babies.  Spending my every day with my students is what I love and do best.

Training

  • CDA in Process
  • Infant/toddler CPR & 1st aid
  • Food Handlers Card
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Abuse and Neglect Certified
  • 206 ECE Clock Hours
  • Infant Toddler Certified
Asagi, Ferrets Teacher & Department Lead

Asagi

Ferrets Teacher & Department Lead

Konnichiwa! I am the Japanese Immersion teacher and department lead at Crawmer’s Critterz. I am trained in Elementary Education but fell in love with preschool age students. Previously I taught Kindergarten for three years in Bozeman Montana. Worked at a summer camp in Bend for one summer prior to Crawmer’s. Began my journey with Crawmer’s… Read more

Asagi

Ferrets Teacher & Department Lead

Konnichiwa! I am the Japanese Immersion teacher and department lead at Crawmer’s Critterz. I am trained in Elementary Education but fell in love with preschool age students. Previously I taught Kindergarten for three years in Bozeman Montana. Worked at a summer camp in Bend for one summer prior to Crawmer’s.

Began my journey with Crawmer’s in 2010, as a preschool and fine arts teacher. I am privileged to be part of creating Japanese Immersion program for our students and families here at Crawmer’s. My passion is to open children’s eyes to many new things and develop character that reflects kindness and excitement for learning.

Working at Crawmers for me is like working with a bunch of crazy people… ;) I love at Crawmers we work with so many different kinds of families, it is very fulfilling. No one has tried to prank me yet, but I have witnessed a lot. Now that is not a dare….

In my free time I love to read, play the piano and rock climb. It has been an exciting adventure to become a parent while a teacher at Crawmers. The Crawmer family has been so supportive. They threw a big shower and everyone was excited to see my baby grow.

AND: I love Spring

Training

  • BS Elementary Ed with Endorsement: Early Childhood Ed
  • Teaching Licence for Oregon
  • Infant/Toddler CPR & 1st aid
  • Food Handlers Card
  • Criminal Background Check
Ruth Hagenbach, Chef

Ruth Hagenbach

Chef

Working at Crawmers began in 2011. I began as a chef just after completing my college degree in culinary arts at COCC. My favorite part of the job is working with the children, teaching them to use ASL during the meal service time. It is exciting to see students of all ages participate in signing… Read more

Ruth Hagenbach

Chef

Working at Crawmers began in 2011. I began as a chef just after completing my college degree in culinary arts at COCC. My favorite part of the job is working with the children, teaching them to use ASL during the meal service time. It is exciting to see students of all ages participate in signing at meal times.

In my spare time I like to float the river, hike Smith Rocks and try out paddle boarding. Admittedly, I love to bake. So in my spare time I bake and cook too.

Staff favorite food I make: boysenberry scones

Rhonda, Infant Teacher

Rhonda

Infant Teacher

Kids are my life. Naturally I’m drawn to them. I like to snuggle babies and can never get enough kisses in. With two sons of my own, the fun never stops. I hail from Ohio, born and raised. Worked at a day care center for a year there, then volunteered in our church nursery for… Read more

Rhonda

Infant Teacher

Kids are my life. Naturally I’m drawn to them. I like to snuggle babies and can never get enough kisses in. With two sons of my own, the fun never stops.

I hail from Ohio, born and raised. Worked at a day care center for a year there, then volunteered in our church nursery for 10 years. Then moved to the grand canyon. Worked at a child care center there for two years. My class was two year olds. Potty training, getting pee’d on and cleaning up noses kept me smiling all day long. When the opportunity arose, we moved to Bend. Took a job with Crawmer’s and I love it! Have been with Crawmer’s since 2011.

In my free time I like to cook, listen to music, read, write and play with my boys (or drive my boys crazy). I would love to meet your family. Come in and visit my classroom soon!

AND: GO VIKINGS!!! Ducks rule and Beavers Drool!!

Elissa, Hamster Spanish Immersion Teacher

Elissa

Hamster Spanish Immersion Teacher

Ever since I was in the third grade I knew I wanted to be a teacher.  That goal led me to working with children in high school, getting a college degree in teaching, and now becoming a preschool teacher!  My own preschool years were spent in Morocco, after which I lived in Belgium until I… Read more

Elissa

Hamster Spanish Immersion Teacher

Ever since I was in the third grade I knew I wanted to be a teacher.  That goal led me to working with children in high school, getting a college degree in teaching, and now becoming a preschool teacher!  My own preschool years were spent in Morocco, after which I lived in Belgium until I started high school, the only exception being third grade, when I lived in Portland for a year.  My experiences growing up were, needless to say, very interesting!

Growing up in different cultures and attending school in various countries has really shaped my view of teaching.  I look back on my educational experiences and pull from them the positive aspects while learning from areas I think could have been improved.  What I learn from my years in Belgium, for example, teach me to really push my students and set high expectations for them—yes, even in preschool!  I balance that with what I have learned in the United States, which is to show my students how much I care about them individually, to encourage them and come alongside them when they struggle.  I am always trying to evaluate myself and my teaching, to be the best teacher and helper my students need.

When I am not at school, I spend most of my time with my husband, Eric.  We have been married since the summer of 2011 and love living in Bend!  Most of my evenings are spent reading, but I also like to sew, paint, hike, and do other outdoor activities. I have to admit, I’m not much for the cold, snowy activities here in Central Oregon, but we’ll see if that changes over the years!  For now I am just happy to be here working with these great little preschoolers, spending my time in such a fun and rewarding way!

Training

  • BS Elementary Ed
  • Infant/toddler CPR & 1st aid
  • Food Handlers Card
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Abuse and Neglect Certified
Carolyn, Turtles Teacher

Carolyn

Turtles Teacher

I love to tease. If you are going to be a parent or teacher at Crawmers… watch out! I love a good laugh. Just when you are not looking, boom! HA, HA Seriously, I have worked in child care since 2009. Started working for Crawmers in 2012 at their infant only location.

Carolyn

Turtles Teacher

I love to tease. If you are going to be a parent or teacher at Crawmers… watch out! I love a good laugh. Just when you are not looking, boom! ;) HA, HA

Seriously, I have worked in child care since 2009. Started working for Crawmers in 2012 at their infant only location.

Martha, Chinchilla's Spanish Immersion Teacher

Martha

Chinchilla's Spanish Immersion Teacher

From early on, in my childhood, I always had ad active imagination and passion for fantasy and playtime. Reflecting upon myself, I can describe myself as being strongly enthusiastic for Art and Dance. I have great memories from my youth as they were surrounded by family and happiness in the lovely little country side town… Read more

Martha

Chinchilla's Spanish Immersion Teacher

From early on, in my childhood, I always had ad active imagination and passion for fantasy and playtime. Reflecting upon myself, I can describe myself as being strongly enthusiastic for Art and Dance. I have great memories from my youth as they were surrounded by family and happiness in the lovely little country side town where I came from. Back the, I saw myself building castles in the sky out of all my hopes and dreams. So I made it my mission to follow my instincts throughout my life and now as an adult, I can honestly say that those instincts drew me into a world of love and care for children as well as becoming a mother and teacher.

I have two children, who are now 22 and 23 years of age. I cherished raising my children and now have the joy of being a grandmother as well. It is such a fulfillment to see my kids going to college and appreciate education as I have always instilled in them the importance since they were young children. My life is full of energy, compassion, love and fun. My family is a big part of who I am and I enjoy spending as much time with them as I can being spontaneous, playing outdoors, creating art, dancing, among-st much more.

I came to Bend to join the realm of education and care of our young children. It is a passion of mine to help, nurture and lead the next generation in their early stages of development as well as in achieving their dreams. Watching the children in my classroom succeed in learning and developing as individuals has had such a significant impact on me. I can truly say, that teaching is a perfect fit for me and working with the children at Crawmer’s Critterz perpetuates my teaching methods with respect to my own legacy as an individual and genuine dreamer.

Danielle, Rabbits Teacher

Danielle

Rabbits Teacher

Danielle

Rabbits Teacher

Kara, Ferrets Japanese Immersion Teacher

Kara

Ferrets Japanese Immersion Teacher

After volunteering at Crawmer’s as a parent, I started working part time early 2013. After about 6 months I went full time as a Ferrets teacher. I have a Bachelors degree in Mathematics, with expansion for my early childhood ED endorsement. After college I spent 7 years teaching English to Kindergarten through High School students… Read more

Kara

Ferrets Japanese Immersion Teacher

After volunteering at Crawmer’s as a parent, I started working part time early 2013. After about 6 months I went full time as a Ferrets teacher. I have a Bachelors degree in Mathematics, with expansion for my early childhood ED endorsement. After college I spent 7 years teaching English to Kindergarten through High School students in Japan. Fluent in Japanese, I partner teach our students in the full immersion Japanese program. I am very devoted to diversity in our school and community; love working with students from many different backgrounds.

In my free time I like to read books and watch movies. I look forward to helping my children learn to love the outdoors in Central Oregon.

Jessica, Canaries Teacher

Jessica

Canaries Teacher

I’ve loved being around kids for as long as I can remember. Finding out I was going to be a mother and getting the chance to become an early childhood educator, were the two best things I could have wished for. While job searching I found an opportunity to start out in an internship. Starting… Read more

Jessica

Canaries Teacher

I’ve loved being around kids for as long as I can remember. Finding out I was going to be a mother and getting the chance to become an early childhood educator, were the two best things I could have wished for. While job searching I found an opportunity to start out in an internship.

Starting out interning at Crawmer’s in 2013, I shadowed experienced teachers and spent many hours in classes to bring up my education and training to the required levels for teachers. Now I’m a teacher in the Canaries classroom. I couldn’t ask for a better job. I get to teach, love and enjoy my students -just like the were my own. It has been an amazing experience! Wouldn’t change it for the world.

Matt,  Chinchilla's Spanish ImmersionTeacher

Matt

Chinchilla's Spanish ImmersionTeacher

Hi, I’m Mr Matt. My love of teaching started at a very young age when I would help in church nursery. I quickly realized that children not only enjoyed my company, but also listened to me when I spoke. Education has always been important in my family. That is why I have studied extensively at… Read more

Matt

Chinchilla's Spanish ImmersionTeacher

Hi, I’m Mr Matt. My love of teaching started at a very young age when I would help in church nursery. I quickly realized that children not only enjoyed my company, but also listened to me when I spoke. Education has always been important in my family. That is why I have studied extensively at college and beyond. I obtained my Bachelors of Science at Seattle Pacific University.

When I’m not training my chinchilla’s class, I enjoy being outside. Fishing, running, sports and picnics are among my favorite outdoor activities. When I was four, I wanted to be a teenage mutant ninja turtle.

AND: GO BRONCOS!!

Lauren, Rabbits Lead Teacher

Lauren

Rabbits Lead Teacher

My name is Lauren and I am a Rabbits teacher at Crawmers Critterz Preschool! I have been working with my two year old’s since August 2013 and love the relationships I have built, with not only my students but the parents of the children. I graduated with my Bachelors of Science degree in elementary education… Read more

Lauren

Rabbits Lead Teacher

My name is Lauren and I am a Rabbits teacher at Crawmers Critterz Preschool! I have been working with my two year old’s since August 2013 and love the relationships I have built, with not only my students but the parents of the children. I graduated with my Bachelors of Science degree in elementary education with an emphasis in early childhood education in 2013.
My husband and I moved to Bend from Phoenix in July 2013, not long after being here I found Crawmers Critterz and knew this was where I was meant to work to help shape little minds. When I am not having fun at work I love to read, sing along to Disney songs, and go on hikes with my husband and three dogs! My husband and I are loving Bend and all of the experiences we have made so far.

Seth, Head Chef

Seth

Head Chef

Professionally I did my formal culinary training at City College of San Francisco and my internship at Campton Place on Union Square. I was the Chef of Montagna in Olympic Valley California, before to Bend in 2006. Since living in Bend I have served as the Sous Chef at Pine Tavern. I wanted to pursue… Read more

Seth

Head Chef

Professionally I did my formal culinary training at City College of San Francisco and my internship at Campton Place on Union Square. I was the Chef of Montagna in Olympic Valley California, before to Bend in 2006. Since living in Bend I have served as the Sous Chef at Pine Tavern. I wanted to pursue cooking in a different environment and was happy to be hired on at Crawmer’s Critterz.

I really love working with children and ensuring the nutritional needs are met. It makes me happy to see them eating the healthy food we make for them. I know they enjoy it and it encourages healthy eating habits. We have a lot of fun working together in the kitchen, cooking every day.

In addition to coming up with fabulous meals we do come up with some of the best pranks in the school… you just might get some googly-eyes on your wind shield. WE LOVE to have fun and make life interesting for everyone.

Personal time includes rock climbing, mounting biking, snow boarding and roller derby.

Dakotah, Rabbits Teacher

Dakotah

Rabbits Teacher

I love my job. Just not sure really how to start this “bio” thingy. My background? Well I graduating with a BS in 2005 from Oregon State University, my focus has always been education. Before college I enjoyed volunteering as a teacher, teaching art classes and working with children preschool through 4th grade. My path… Read more

Dakotah

Rabbits Teacher

I love my job. Just not sure really how to start this “bio” thingy. ;) My background? Well I graduating with a BS in 2005 from Oregon State University, my focus has always been education. Before college I enjoyed volunteering as a teacher, teaching art classes and working with children preschool through 4th grade. My path intersected with Crawmer’s through an internship opportunity in 2013. I have always had a passion and understanding for children. Connecting with the staff, families and students at Crawmer’s was exactly what I needed. I had always wanted to develop my college degree to work within my field of passion and some day continue this passion through writing and illustrating children’s books (based on my experiences as a teacher and mother). The internship lead into a full time teaching position in the Rabbits room, my home. I have to admit, the high energy and the smiles at Crawmer’s -just makes this a job I LOVE!!

I’m native Bend”ite”. Having traveled all over the world, this is my home. In my free time I like to rock hunt, watch cartoons (scooby doo is my all time favorite) and spending time with my daughter.

Haley, Canaries Teacher

Haley

Canaries Teacher

I moved to Bend last August from Colorado, where I had just graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelors of Arts in English. I nannied through High School and college; working with kids from birth to thirteen at a Child Development Center in Denver and a summer Camp in Chicago. My mom… Read more

Haley

Canaries Teacher

I moved to Bend last August from Colorado, where I had just graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelors of Arts in English. I nannied through High School and college; working with kids from birth to thirteen at a Child Development Center in Denver and a summer Camp in Chicago. My mom has been a preschool teacher for sixteen years, so I have always been around kids and have always loved them.

I was so excited for the opportunity to be the lead in the canaries class. Toddlers are my absolute favorite age to work with, because they’re hilarious, and they still think I’m cool. They bring so much sunshine to my life.

In my free time I read. In my extra free time I write poetry, that has been published (Isthmus Review).

AND: GO BRONCOS!!

Jeff, Chef (Head Chef for West location)

Jeff

Chef (Head Chef for West location)

I grew up in Colorado with a large family. I learned to cook by cooking for groups and large family gatherings. I have helped open a few BBQ restaurants in Colorado and worked at at Bistro for about 5 years as the Sous Chef. I attend the University of Northern Colorado obtaining a Bachelors of… Read more

Jeff

Chef (Head Chef for West location)

I grew up in Colorado with a large family. I learned to cook by cooking for groups and large family gatherings. I have helped open a few BBQ restaurants in Colorado and worked at at Bistro for about 5 years as the Sous Chef. I attend the University of Northern Colorado obtaining a Bachelors of Science, with an emphasis in anatomy and nutrition. In 2013 I moved to Bend to have less winter and more outdoor activities. Career opportunity were more available in Bend than where I previously lived.

I was drawn to Crawmers by the sense of community and family atmosphere. The opportunity to grow with the company really attracted me. When I was hired in 2013, there was talk about the Westside expansion. I was hired to be the lead chef at the new location, once my initial training was completed.

In my free time I like to ski, snow board, mountain bike, disc golf and floating the river.

WARNING: I am the practical joker at the school.

AND: GO BRONCOS!

Chris, Support Staff & Handyman

Chris

Support Staff & Handyman

Chris

Support Staff & Handyman

Cat, Office Administrative Assistant

Cat

Office Administrative Assistant

Meow!…. That’s all you need to know. OK, but seriously, I attended Western Oregon University studying Elementary Ed; have 4 kids +(2 bonus step kids) -home schooled and coached soccer teams. Previous to Bend, I lived in Huffman Texas (8 1/2 years) and grew up in Portland Oregon. While in Texas, I was a substitute… Read more

Cat

Office Administrative Assistant

Meow!…. That’s all you need to know. ;) OK, but seriously, I attended Western Oregon University studying Elementary Ed; have 4 kids +(2 bonus step kids) -home schooled and coached soccer teams. Previous to Bend, I lived in Huffman Texas (8 1/2 years) and grew up in Portland Oregon. While in Texas, I was a substitute teacher in Kindergarten and 1st grade. Once moving to bend I was an administrative assistant for a christian school here in Bend and then administrative assistant for Safe Haven Care.

I love working with the kids and staff at Crawmer’s Critterz. My fun and energetic personality fits well with the lively and happy atmosphere at Crawmers (Evelina’s 10 cents about Cat). {She is going to kill us that we posted this up here…}

Since moving to Bend in 2008, my kids and I have enjoyed learning to ski, wake-board, hike, kayak and paddle board. In my free time I have been taking more classes in child psychology and elementary education.

Little known facts about me?: Named 1st woman doorman on the west coast in 1987! :)

Now usually know as the “Cat in the Hat”

AND: GO DUCKS!!

Evelina, Grant Writer

Evelina

Grant Writer

Grant writing began for me participating on the board of directors for a non profit in 2013. I have taken college classes both grant writing and accounting. With a Bachelors degree in accounting, and enjoy doing both types of work. The opportunity at Crawmer’s enables me to be around kids, which I enjoy very much… Read more

Evelina

Grant Writer

Grant writing began for me participating on the board of directors for a non profit in 2013. I have taken college classes both grant writing and accounting. With a Bachelors degree in accounting, and enjoy doing both types of work. The opportunity at Crawmer’s enables me to be around kids, which I enjoy very much and to work with awesome people (who are always pranking me). The work environment is busy, fun, energetic, always on the go and very light hearted.

In my free time I volunteer at a local soup kitchen with my family. Hiking, camping and water activities are my favorite past times. Scrapbooking is my cup of tea and enjoy making special memories and down time watching movies with my kids.

Karina, Hamsters Spanish Immersion Teacher

Karina

Hamsters Spanish Immersion Teacher

Hola Amigos! I started teaching Spanish Immersion preschool in January 2014 here at Crawmers. Since I started working at Crawmers I feel like I have found my true passion for bilingual education, nurturing, caring and teaching young children. My goal is to develop unique skills to help young children learn a first or second language.… Read more

Karina

Hamsters Spanish Immersion Teacher

Hola Amigos! I started teaching Spanish Immersion preschool in January 2014 here at Crawmers. Since I started working at Crawmers I feel like I have found my true passion for bilingual education, nurturing, caring and teaching young children. My goal is to develop unique skills to help young children learn a first or second language. I am currently attending training to finish my teaching credentials and have the ability to motivate young learners to reach their potential with speaking Spanish as well as develop a solid academic foundation for success in elementary school and beyond. I enjoy offering a variety of learning experiences that will encourage a positive self image and joy in the learning process.

In my spare time, I like spending as much time as I can with my kids. We like to have fun reading, going on long walks, exploring the city, trying different things and adventures.

I love being a part of the children’s growth and development and am thankful to have such a great job where I can influence children’s lives every day. I am excited to be a part of the Crawmer’s family and look forward to building positive memories for many years to come.

Teresa, Turtles Teacher

Teresa

Turtles Teacher

I majored in child and family studies at John Brown University in Siloam Springs Arkansas. In Kansas I was a children’s pastor for two years. In 1998 I began working in child care facilities part time. Also worked in a boys and girls club while attending college. Was drawn to Crawmers from an online search.… Read more

Teresa

Turtles Teacher

I majored in child and family studies at John Brown University in Siloam Springs Arkansas. In Kansas I was a children’s pastor for two years. In 1998 I began working in child care facilities part time. Also worked in a boys and girls club while attending college. Was drawn to Crawmers from an online search. The attention to language development and fine arts were especially important to me.

Working at Crawmers I love building relationships with the kids. Watching the develop and change over time gives me a great sense of joy. I love the way the teachers and support staff all connect with each other, so we can enjoy our times together and have fun. It is great to see how much all of the other teacher love the kids as much as I do.

Free time for me? What is free time?…

Devon, Music & Drama Director

Devon

Music & Drama Director

Music is my passion and working with children brings me so much joy. To be able to have a job where I get to infuse two things I love is truly an amazing experience. I graduated from Oregon State University in 2012 with my BA in music. My whole life I have been involved in… Read more

Devon

Music & Drama Director

Music is my passion and working with children brings me so much joy. To be able to have a job

where I get to infuse two things I love is truly an amazing experience. I graduated from Oregon

State University in 2012 with my BA in music. My whole life I have been involved in music and

in childcare. My previous childcare experience includes volunteering as a preschool sunday school

teacher for four years, directing an arts and crafts program at an after-school program/summer camp for

“at-risk” school age children for two years, and I have worked teaching dance, cooking, music, science,

physical education and fine arts classes. Overall, I have been involved in childcare for over ten years.

As far as music goes, my main focus is singing and playing piano. I have studied opera for twelve

years, and have a huge love for a cappella. While in college, I was part of an all female a cappella

group where I was president/music director for three years.

In my free time, I like to dance, hike, read, and go out to eat. Seriously, I love food. I am also an avid

adventurer and love to explore all the wonders of Bend!

Melanie, Turtles Teacher

Melanie

Turtles Teacher

Crawmers is my first experience as a teacher. I began through an internship opportunity posted online. After my internship was completed I was offered full time employment as a turtles teacher. Currently I am enrolled in continued education classes to become an infant certified teacher. I love working with the kids. All of the smiling… Read more

Melanie

Turtles Teacher

Crawmers is my first experience as a teacher. I began through an internship opportunity posted online. After my internship was completed I was offered full time employment as a turtles teacher. Currently I am enrolled in continued education classes to become an infant certified teacher.

I love working with the kids. All of the smiling faces and watching the children learn, just makes my day! Everybody gets along, it is like a family -coming to work is just like coming home. I want to stay on Jeff’s “good side” so I don’t get pranked. I’m a bit on the quiet side.

In my free time I play with my daughter, go hiking a lot and play out doors. My mom owns a ranch so we go and play with the sheep and horses. My family is from California. So whenever we have the chance, I love going back to visit the beach.

AND: GO DUCKS!!!

Kadie, Rabbits Teacher

Kadie

Rabbits Teacher

I went to Washington State University and majored in Human Development. I have worked with children since 2012 with internships and paid positions. After college I was looking for more structure in a preschool program and more cohesive work unit and found the advertisement for teachers at Crawmers. My co-workers are fabulous! Very one on… Read more

Kadie

Rabbits Teacher

I went to Washington State University and majored in Human Development. I have worked with children since 2012 with internships and paid positions. After college I was looking for more structure in a preschool program and more cohesive work unit and found the advertisement for teachers at Crawmers. My co-workers are fabulous! Very one on one and personal feeling among the staff, teachers, support staff and directorship team. I like the friendliness of the kids at Crawmers. They are so caring and sweet to each other and to me. That must clearly be a carry down from watching and interacting with the teachers here.

I like hiking, skiing, swimming… all things Bend! My family and I like to go to the child friendly places, like the big play thing and bouncing of the walls. Bend is home for our family and enjoy the family friendly community here.

Shambrae, Rabbits Teacher

Shambrae

Rabbits Teacher

Coming from a background with a huge family, I value being a part of Crawmer’s Critterz family. I love being able to help the growth and development of children. I love the beauty in life the children show me everyday. Crawmer’s Critterz has been me and also my daughters life an experience that is full… Read more

Shambrae

Rabbits Teacher

Coming from a background with a huge family, I value being a part of Crawmer’s Critterz family. I love being able to help the growth and development of children. I love the beauty in life the children show me everyday.

Crawmer’s Critterz has been me and also my daughters life an experience that is full of love, laughs and happiness. I have worked with children for over a year now, and am enjoying the opportunities to expand my early childhood education background at Crawmer’s.