Marcee Zendejas, AAECE
Marcee and her family moved to Bend from Southern California in 2004. She brings nearly 30 years of experience to School of Enrichment working with children of all ages. Her career began as owner and director of an after school children’s program in California for school age children. She volunteered in a Children’s Musical Theater program for several years and loved it! As her children completed preschool, she realized her passion for early childhood education. Marcee then began teaching Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten.
Janine substituted at School of Enrichment for four years before joining our teaching team. Janine was quickly found to be our favorite substitute and we’re thrilled that she is now a teachers assistant. She is a wife and mom to two teen daughters and has actively volunteered in her daughters classrooms over the last ten years. Through this volunteer work she found her passion for early childhood and her home at School of Enrichment. Janine is the true definition of a team player and her accepting, cheerful and friendly personality draws adults and students to her.
Sage Reed Henderson, BA
Sage graduated from OSU Cascades with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and Human Development and Family Sciences with an emphasis in Early Childhood Development and Education. Her internship brought her to School of Enrichment which quickly lead to an undeniable organic connection between Sage and her students. She truly wants to see them succeed and we see this daily in her role as a dedicated teacher. Sage continuously brings fresh knowledge and new ideas to our school family.
Linda Leary Richard, BA
Linda grew up in Vermont and graduating from Trinity College with a BA in Sociology and a Minor in Education. She spent her life teaching kindergarden and special education, before joining the School of Enrichment staff in 2015. She most enjoys connecting with all the children and their families and being a part of their growth. Most importantly, Linda has a unique and special presence that fills our classrooms with patience, support and love.
Katie Fitzpatrick, BS
Katie has always enjoyed working with children and became a volunteer at a few local youth programs shortly after moving to Bend. During college, she worked in the outdoor industry and became an instructor, teaching kids how to kayak and stand-up paddle board. Katie specializes in classroom design and aesthetics, and has made our program spaces cheery and bright. She is also our master gardener and has taught many preschoolers about growing food and mother nature.
Kara Bernhardt, BS
Kristin Heath, BA
Kristin graduated from The Evergreen State College with a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology with an emphasis in Education. Throughout college she volunteered at a nonprofit organization, SafePlace, which helps women and families fleeing domestic violence situations stay safe. Kristin was a part of the childcare team where she worked with the children to help build their emotional and social skills while also providing a safe, compassionate environment for them to flourish. Kristin’s passion to teach stems from working with the children and families at SafePlace.
Amanda Dito, BA
Amanda is originally from Sonoma California and received her undergraduate degree from San Francisco State University in Psychology with an emphasis on Child Development. This educational path opened the door to working in early childhood. After college, Amanda worked with disabled and special needs children at a non-profit school for seven years. This experience shaped the way she teaches today. Amanda has always worked well with children of all ages and specializes in working with our youngest students. Amanda has a passion for yoga that lead her to pursue a yoga certification, focusing on teaching children. Amanda enjoys sharing her passion for and love of yoga with the students at School of Enrichment. Amanda is a committed and loving teacher who flourishes in her roll of an early childhood educator.
Kristin Brown, CNA
Teacher Assistant Kristin was born and raised in Canada where she learned to appreciate the great outdoors, loves to backpack, hike and mountain bike. Her background as a home care Certified Nursing Assistant offered her rewarding experiences where she was able to work with health-afflicted children amidst a diverse degree of needs. Having also worked with special needs children in the public school system, Kristin was skilled at incorporating these young individuals into mainstream education classrooms, fully supporting their needs through the process. Kristin lives in Bend with her husband and three growing kids! Kristin thoroughly enjoys the opportunity and privilege to work as a Teacher’s Aide at School of Enrichment.
Melissa Burch, BS
Melissa began working at School of Enrichment in 2015 and fell in love with the surrounding community and breath taking scenery. Melissa has a bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy from Wheeling Jesuit University. While in college, Melissa volunteered at an after school program for inner city children K-12 for 3 years and also taught classes throughout the summer through the Freedom School in Wheeling, WV. Her resume is full of volunteer experience including 4 years as an Americorps Volunteer. Melissa has always been influenced by creativity and loves to create art of all types. One of her favorite activities to do with the children is to simply sit at the table and teach them how to draw. In addition, she has conducted several art classes at School of Enrichment for all age groups. What brings her the most joy at School of Enrichment is listening to the adorable things the children have to say (If you have a preschool age child, I’m sure you can think of a few examples.) In her free time, Melissa enjoys running, doing anything outdoors, and creating.