All of our teachers and the director have experience working with young children and enjoy being with them. Before being hired, each staff member goes through an interview, reference check, and criminal history check. Upon hiring, each staff worker completes an orientation process to help acquaint them with all of our programs. After the initial hire date, each staff person is required to complete fifteen hours of training per year, by attending workshops, conferences, or taking classes at LBCC, OSU, or any other higher learning facility.
Jacque graduated from Portland State University with a double major in Human Resources Management and Business Management. Jacque has a passion to work with children and has been working at Zion ELC since 2013. She enjoys running a company with her husband and traveling. She is also involved in the India Evangelic Mission and has traveled to India to spend time with Bible college students and abandoned children at their children’s home.
Janelle has worked at Zion Lutheran since April 2017. She received her 2 year Associate Degree in Child and Family Studies in 2009 from Linn Benton Community College. She started her childcare career working with Preschool/Pre-K ages and now she has her dream job as a lead toddler teacher.
Tiny Turtles Teacher
Nina grew up with a love for children and spent many years working as a babysitter. She helped pay her way through college as a nanny. At OSU she continued to pursue a career in Human Development and Family Science. After college she began her family and has been raising her four children. While working at Zion, Nina can use both her education and practical experience as a mother to help create a warm and positive environment for kids to learn and grow.
I love working in the Infant room. All their snuggles give me joy! I love watching them grow and develop personalities.
Tiny Turtles Teacher
Rachel moved to Corvallis to study Education and Psychology at Oregon State University. She has been working with children throughout high school and plans to teach in the fifth grade after she graduates! She enjoys the curiosity of children and their smiles and laughter the most. I love to watch them learn and I am so excited to see what working at Hand in Hand can teach me.
I love laughing with them everyday…and their smiles are just so contagious!
Sherri has been at Zion since 2000. Previously, she worked as a title 1 aide in the public school and also as a teacher aide in another preschool. She was the lead teacher in the infant room here at Zion ELC for over 10 years and excited to now lead the toddler’s room.
I love the day to day interactions with the children and working with our great staff.
Preschool Assistant Teacher
Debbie has over twenty-two years of experience as a Christian Preschool teacher. Prior to Zion, she was at Good Samaritan Preschool. She has received an AA Degree in Early Childhood Education. Debbie enjoys spending time with her husband and her two boys and their families. She has lots of useful knowledge to pass down through working with children and other teachers.
I feel blessed to have been chosen to work with children in their beginning years and also on their journey with Jesus.
Preschool Lead Teacher
Amanda lives in Albany with her husband, two dogs and one cat. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Western Oregon University. Working with children has always been her passion and is thrilled to get to do it every day. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and visiting the beach.
I love the fearlessness kids show and their ability to love unconditionally.”
Shelby has been working with kids for five years and has been with Zion ELC since 2016. Prior to Zion, she assisted in teaching dance as well as aiding in Kindergarten, Preschool, and life skills classes. She has her Associates in Human Developement and Family Sciences from Linn Benton Community College.
I love working here. I feel encouraged and positive in this working environment. I love each and every child I encounter.
Little Ladybugs (Older Twos) Lead Teacher
Sarah was born and raised here in Corvallis. She has worked in childcare for many years, from infant to school-age. She has been the lead of the Ladybugs room since 2014 and enjoys doing crafts and cooking project with her class. She is a mom to two girls, Ella, and Lillian.
I enjoy all the love and hugs I receive each day from the kids! It makes my heart warm.
Little Ladybugs Teacher
Jai White is 20 years old and has been working at Zion ELC since August of 2018. She has had a passion for working with young children for as long as she can remember and loves every second she gets to spend with the kids here at Zion. Her favorite part of working with kids is being able to gently assist in their discovery of the world around them as well as the funny things they say. She discovered her love of teaching in seventh grade during a teachers aide program at Philomath Middle School.
Being around young children has always brought me great joy, and I hope to be able to continue educating myself while assisting in their development and education for as long as possible
PreK Assistant Teacher
Laura has worked at Zion since 2011. She has a bachelors degree in HDFS from Oregon State University. She is married with two boys. She is currently working with preschool and loves seeing them explore and learn new things. Laura enjoys reading, exercise and spending time with friends.
I love how creative and energetic the kids are.
PreK Lead Teacher
Kelsey has been working at Zion ELC since 2009 and has worked with almost every age group. She enjoys playing and watching all types of sports, reading, camping, and being outside. She loves to sing and make music, especially with the children! She has a passion for discovery and loves going on adventures with the children.
I learn something new every day at the center and continue to cherish the relationships I have built with all of the children I come in contact with.
Preschool Assistant Teacher
Savannah has been at Zion since August 2015. She grew up in Albany and has her degree in HDFS from Linn-Benton Community College. She currently lives in Albany with her husband Paul, son Chayce and dog Louie.
I absolutely love working with children. I love the way their minds and imaginations work. Every day is a new story and they’re always intriguing. I have a strong passion for teaching, reading, and preparing the kids for Kindergarten.
Lead Tiny Turtles
Sarah joined the team at Zion seeking the opportunity to experience a close connection to her community and share her passion for delicious and nutritious food. Prior to working at Zion, she spent 10 years as sous chef at Good Samaritan and Hewlett Packard.
In my free time I enjoy crafting, cooking, baking, and spending time with my three daughters and husband.