VCS Early Learning Directory

Denise Ackerman

Preschool Teacher | Ms. Denise is a teacher in our Daisy classroom. She joined our staff in 2016. She earned a master’s degree in elementary education and early childhood education and she has worked in the field of early childhood education for more than 15 years. Ms. Denise enjoys reading, coloring, and cooking, and snuggling her Chihuahua, Roxy!

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Preschool Teacher
Elizabeth Anguiano
Toddler Float | Ms. Elizabeth joined our staff in 2017 as a float teacher in our Rosebud and Daffodil classrooms. She has worked in the field of early childhood education for more than 10 years. She enjoys the beach and nature walks. [email protected]...
Toddler Float
Veronica Beck
Principal | Veronica Beck is Principal of Valley Catholic Early Learning School and moved to Oregon from Texas where she is attended and worked at Catholic schools most of her life. Veronica has a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a M.A. in Catholic School Leadership from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. Veronica’s career in Catholic education began in 1993 as a middle school math teacher. From there she entered administration working as an Assistant Principal at Central Catholic High School followed by her most recent position of Principal at Mount Sacred Heart Catholic School. During her time in Texas, Veronica served on various academic committees, worked with accreditation teams, and coached middle school sports. Veronica and her husband, Aaron have two children that attended Catholics schools from PreK-High School. Currently their daughter is working on her graduate degree at Our Lady of the Lake University and their son is studying at the University of Oregon. Veronica is excited to be a member of the Valley Catholic community and looks forward to working toward the mission of the Sisters of St. Mary’s of Oregon. [email protected]...
Principal
Lynnette Burton
Lead Preschool Teacher | Ms. Lynnettee is our lead preschool teacher and is a teacher in our Sunflower classroom. She joined our staff in 2000 and has worked in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. She has a degree in early childhood education. Ms. Lynnettee grew up in the south and enjoys the beach, camping, and gardening.
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Lead Preschool Teacher
Loretta Dollarhide
Infant Teacher | Ms. Loretta is a teacher in our Infant classroom. She joined our staff in 2021 and has worked in the field of early childhood education since 2004. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and brings many skills to the classroom....
Infant Teacher
Belinda Fenwick
Toddler Teacher | Ms. Belle is a teacher in the Daffodil classroom. She joined our staff in 2019. With a degree in Christian education with an emphasis on early childhood education, she has worked in the field for more than 2 years. Ms. Belle enjoys cooking, baking, sewing, and singing [email protected]...
Toddler Teacher
Lindsay Gates
Toddler Teacher | Ms. Lindsay is a teacher in our Daffodil classrooms. She has worked in the field of early childhood education for over six years and joined our staff in 2016. She earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sport science. She enjoys working out, playing basketball, and going for walks. [email protected]...
Toddler Teacher
Rebecca Johnson
Family Coordinator | Ms. Rebecca is our family coordinator. She has worked in the field of early childhood education for over 10 years and joined our staff in 2006. [email protected]...
Family Coordinator
Karina Karlin
Toddler Teacher | Ms. Karina is a teacher in our Daffodil classrooms. She joined our staff in 2013 and has worked in the field of early childhood education for over four years. Ms. Karina grew up in Haiti and enjoys watching TV, singing, and dancing.
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Toddler Teacher
Char Kepner
Preschool Teacher | Ms. Char is a teacher in our Sunflower classroom. She joined our staff in 2013 and has worked in the field of early childhood education for over 25 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in computer science. Ms. Char enjoys knitting, hiking in the Columbia Gorge, and watching her kids play sports. [email protected]...
Preschool Teacher
Jung Kim
Chef | Mr. Jung is our school chef. He joined our staff in 2018 after moving here from the East coast. He has experience working as a chef for many years and brings his expertise to VCELS....
Chef
Janet Lynn
Program Coordinator | Ms. Janet is our program coordinator. She joined our staff in 2005 and has worked in the field of early childhood education for over 20 years. Her bachelor’s degree is in social work and business administration. Ms. Janet enjoys spending time with her family, crafting, and traveling to Hawaii. [email protected]...
Program Coordinator
Madison McComish
Toddler Teacher | Ms Madison is a teacher in our Daffodil classrooms. She joined our staff in 2015. She has worked in the field of early childhood education for over three years. [email protected]...
Toddler Teacher
Jennifer McFarling
Lead Toddler Teacher | Ms. Jennifer is the lead Daffodil teacher. She joined our staff in 2012 and has worked in the field of early childhood education for over six years. She earned a bachelor's degree in general science and biology. She enjoys dog training and photography. [email protected]...
Lead Toddler Teacher
Rachel Orchard
School Age Teacher | Ms. Rachel is a teacher in our School-Age classroom. She joined our staff in 2017 after graduating from Valley Catholic High School. She currently is working toward a degree in nursing at the University of Portland....
School Age Teacher
Anna Pidong
Toddler Teacher | Ms. Anna is a teacher in our Daffodil 1 classroom. She joined our staff in 2020 and has experience working with young children. She earned her bachelor’s degree in music at the University of Oregon and brings her talents to our school. ...
Toddler Teacher
Noemi Rodriguez
School Age Teacher | Ms. Noemi is our Wildflower & School Age teacher as well as a float teacher. She joined our staff in 2014 and has worked in the field of early childhood education for over three years. She earned an associate’s degree in science. Ms. Noemi enjoys reading, travel, and spending time with her family. [email protected]...
School Age Teacher
Salma Ruiz
Preschool Teacher | Ms. Salma is a teacher in our Wildflower classrooms. She joined our staff in 2015 and has worked in the field of early childhood education for over two years. She enjoys shopping, going to the gym, and spending time with her niece and nephews. [email protected]...
Preschool Teacher
Lannie Sawyer
Preschool Teacher | Ms. Lannie is a teacher in our Daisy classroom. She rejoined our staff in 2016 after having worked at Valley Catholic Early Learning School from 2008-2014. She has an associate's degree in early childhood education and has worked in the field of early childhood education for over nine years. She enjoys shopping and spending time with her husband. [email protected]...
Preschool Teacher
Kim Strine
Lead Infant Teacher | Ms. Kim is the lead Rosebud teacher. She earned a bachelor's degree in child development and joined our staff in 2012. She has worked in the field of early childhood education for over 13 years. Ms. Kim grew up in Ohio and enjoys going to the beach with her family and kickboxing. [email protected]...
Lead Infant Teacher
Karly VanRaden
Preschool Float | Ms. Karly is the float teacher in our Preschool Classrooms. She joined our staff in 2018. She has worked in the field of early childhood education for over two years. Ms. Karly has a master’s degree in early childhood education. She enjoys sci-fi books, cycling, and spending time with her family. ...
Preschool Float