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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

Rhonda, Early Preschool Teacher

Rhonda

Early Preschool Teacher

Rhonda

Early Preschool Teacher

Randy, Music & Rhythm Arts Teacher

Randy

Music & Rhythm Arts Teacher

Training Masters Degree Elementary Ed Infant/toddler CPR & 1st aid Food Handlers Card Criminal Background Check Abuse & Neglect Certified

Randy

Music & Rhythm Arts Teacher

Training

  • Masters Degree Elementary Ed
  • Infant/toddler CPR & 1st aid
  • Food Handlers Card
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Abuse & Neglect Certified
Melanie, Hedgehog Teacher

Melanie

Hedgehog Teacher

Melanie

Hedgehog Teacher

Matt, Spanish Immersion Teacher

Matt

Spanish Immersion Teacher

Matt

Spanish Immersion Teacher

Martha, Spanish Immersion Teacher

Martha

Spanish Immersion Teacher

Martha

Spanish Immersion Teacher

Jocelyn, Infant Teacher

Jocelyn

Infant Teacher

Jocelyn

Infant Teacher

Jessica Coatney, Assistant Director & HR Manager

Jessica Coatney

Assistant Director & HR Manager

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 & HR Manager

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
Jamie, Toddler Teacher

Jamie

Toddler Teacher

Jamie

Toddler Teacher

Elissa, Preschool Teacher

Elissa

Preschool 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

Preschool 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, Infant Teacher

Carolyn

Infant Teacher

Carolyn

Infant Teacher

Asagi, Lead Preschool Teacher & Department Lead

Asagi

Lead Preschool Teacher & Department Lead

As people go through the journey of growing up, the process has a strong influence over who they become. Several things have impacted me and lead me to build the beliefs that I have today. Most of these beliefs have given me a life-long passion of teaching and commitment to life-long learning. My father was… Read more

Asagi

Lead Preschool Teacher & Department Lead

As people go through the journey of growing up, the process has a strong influence over who they become. Several things have impacted me and lead me to build the beliefs that I have today. Most of these beliefs have given me a life-long passion of teaching and commitment to life-long learning.

My father was my biggest influence on my decision to choose teaching as my profession. He has been a junior high art teacher for more than thirty years. It was powerful for me as a child to see his compassion and caring heart for his students. I still remember the day he brought his students to my house and went camping during summer when I was a child. These students were “trouble makers” or having issues in their family, if they had one at all. They were unfriendly and intimidating to me at first, but I saw their positive transformation during their short visit. These were the students who invited my family to their weddings and kept in touch with my father even after they have grown up. My father cares for each student and tries to fulfill their individual needs; it does not matter what they seemed to be, but he sees hurt and potentials in people. This is the model of my heart for teaching.

Growing up in Japan really taught me how to be self-disciplined and also respectful to the teachers and elders. Being adventurous and curious about the world around me, and thanks to the support of people around me, I came to the United States to study education. It was eye-opening to me to see how students had a sense of ownership for their classroom and enjoyed student-centered lessons.  In such environment, there are more possibilities in establishing each child’s unique personality and encouraging their creativity. These different cultural experiences have molded me into a better teacher who understands individuality and also a harmony in the classroom.

I am very grateful for the experiences I have had, and for the people who encouraged me and inspired me. I am very excited to step into the next stage of my life!

Training

  • BS Elementary Ed with Endorsement: Early Childhood Ed
  • Teaching Licence for Oregon
  • Infant/Toddler CPR & 1st aid
  • Food Handlers Card
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Initial Crawmer’s ECE Requirements in process
Sarah, School Aged Teacher

Sarah

School Aged Teacher

Sarah

School Aged Teacher

Ruth Hagenbach, Chef

Ruth Hagenbach

Chef

Ruth Hagenbach

Chef

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 33 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 33 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.