Elena has been owner and lead teacher of the Peanut Gallery Playschool since it began as an afternoon play group for 12 to 18 month olds in January of 2005. Originally from New York, Elena relocated to Portland in 1997. She and her husband, Keith, moved into the Cully neighborhood in 2002 and a year later, welcomed their daughter, Nova.
Elena holds an undergraduate degree in fine art and a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Early Childhood Education.
Since 2011, Jennifer has brought her open heart, creative mind, and endless love of young children with her to work as a lead teacher. A Portland area native, Jennifer lives with her husband, Todd and two children, Isabel and Caden.
Jennifer holds degrees in journalism and graphic design, but has clearly found her calling in early childhood education.
After graduating college this May, Raina decided to follow her family from Brooklyn, NY to the Pacific Northwest and is thrilled to be joining the Peanut Gallery Crew. Hailing from a family of educators, Raina earned her degree in Education and Psychology, and is particularly interested in early childhood education and education policy. In her off time, catch her at coffee shops, collecting stickers, or learning new juggling tricks.
For the past two years, Amelia has gifted us with their passion for self-expression, creativity and social consciousness. Through their eyes, children see themselves celebrated for their uniqueness and their inclusion of others.
With a degree in biology and studio art, Amelia's background in scientific inquiry and artistic expression makes for a magical combination in the classroom.