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 VCELS in 2017 as a float teacher in the Rosebud and Daffodil classrooms. She has worked in early childhood education for more than 20 years. She enjoys the beach and spending time with her husband and her two beautiful dogs. [email protected]...
Toddler Float
Lynnette Burton
Lead Preschool Teacher | Ms. Lynnettee is our lead preschool teacher and is a teacher in our Sunflower classroom. She joined VCELS in 2000. She has worked in early childhood education for more than 30 years. She has a degree in early childhood education. Lynnettee grew up in the south, enjoys traveling with her husband, being a 49ers fan, gardening and playing with her cat, Trixie.
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Lead Preschool Teacher
Loretta Dollarhide
Infant Teacher | Ms. Loretta is an infant teacher in the Rosebud classroom. She joined VCELS in 2021 and has been working in Early Childhood Education for more than 17 years. She earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1996. She was born and raised in the Philippines and moved to the United States in 2004. She enjoys cooking, walking and watching movies with her husband. She is also an indoor plant lover....
Infant Teacher
Belinda Fenwick
Toddler Teacher | Ms. Belle is a teacher in the Roesbuds classroom. She joined VCELS in 2019. With a BS in Christian Education and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction. She has worked in the field for 5 years. She enjoys spending time with her Husband Chuck and her daughter Leila. Ms. Belle loves to cook, bake, hike, sing and to go on new adventures with her family. [email protected]...
Toddler Teacher
Lindsay Gates
Toddler Teacher | Ms. Lindsay is a teacher in the Daffodil classrooms. She has worked early childhood education for more than 9 years and joined VCELS in 2016. She earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sport science at Oregon State University. She enjoys working out, playing basketball, and spending time with her family. Ms. Lindsay is also the JV2 girls' basketball coach at Valley Catholic High School. [email protected]...
Toddler Teacher
Rebecca Johnson
Family Coordinator | Ms. Rebecca has been with VCELS 16 years as the Family Coordinator. She spent 3 years at OSU and 1 year at Warner Pacific College studying child psychology. Rebecca enjoys spending time with her husband, her three children, seven grandchildren, and dog Carbin. [email protected]...
Family Coordinator
Karina Karlin
Toddler Teacher | Ms. Karina is a teacher in our Daffodil classrooms. She joined VCELS in 2013 and has worked in early childhood education for almost 10 years. Ms. Karina grew up in Haiti and enjoys spending time with her family and finding new ways to do to her hair.
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Toddler 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
Char Kepner
Preschool Teacher | Ms. Char is a teacher in the Sunflower classroom. She joined VCELS in 2013 and has worked early childhood education for more than 25 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in computer science. Ms. Char enjoys knitting, hiking in the Columbia Gorge, and growing flowers. [email protected]...
Preschool Teacher
Janet Lynn
Program Coordinator/Interim Principal | 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 the Daffodil classrooms. She joined VCELS in 2015 and has worked in early childhood education for more than 8 years. She is currently working on  her continuing education. Madison enjoys going to concerts, caring for her 20+ house plants and reading books with a nice view.  [email protected]...
Toddler Teacher
Jennifer McFarling
Lead Toddler Teacher | Ms. Jennifer is the lead Daffodil teacher. She joined VCELS in 2012 and has worked in early childhood education for more than ten years. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Portland State University in general science and biology. She enjoys dog training and uses her golden retrievers for television and print ads. [email protected]...
Lead Toddler Teacher
Anna Pidong
Toddler Teacher | Ms. Anna is a teacher in our Daffodil classrooms and joined our staff in 2020. She earned a bachelor's degree in Music at the University of Oregon. Ms. Anna grew up in Hawaii and enjoys listening to music, caring for her houseplants and playing pool. She also loves discovering new foods and desserts and being with family.  [email protected]...
Toddler Teacher
Noemi Rodriguez
School Age Teacher | Ms. Noemi is our Wildflower and School Age teacher. She joined VCELS in 2014 and has worked in early childhood education for more than eight years. She earned an associate’s degree in science. Noemi enjoys reading, going to concerts, and spending time with her family. [email protected]...
School Age Teacher
Lannie Sawyer
Preschool Teacher | Ms. Lannie is a teacher in our Daisy classroom. She rejoined VCELS in 2016 after having worked here from 2008-2014. She has an associate’s degree in early childhood education and has worked in early childhood education for more than 15 years. She enjoys spending time with her husband Kyle and her baby boy Callum.  [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
Claudia Ward
Teacher | Ms. Claudia is a teacher in our Daisy classroom. She rejoined VCELS 2022 after working here from 2012-2014.  She has an associate's degree in early childhood education and has worked in the field for more than 14 years. She enjoys cooking, baking, going to the beach, and traveling with her husband. [email protected]...
Teacher
Karly VanRaden
Preschool Float | Ms. Karly is a teacher in the Wildflower and School Age classrooms. Having worked with children for 5 years as a nanny, she got her masters degree in early childhood education in 2016. She joined VCELS in 2018, after teaching abroad. Ms. Karly enjoys traveling, spending time with her family, drawing and painting, and being outside. She is also an avid Rugby fan. Go Scotland! ...
Preschool Float