Our Teachers

At School of Enrichment, we are fortunate to have a group of amazing educators who not only bestow their considerable knowledge onto their students, but also every day show deep compassion, caring and enthusiasm for each and every single one of the children in their care.

Marcee Zendejas, AAECE

Program Director

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.

 

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Janine Higgins

Teacher Assistant

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

Teacher

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

Teacher

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

Teacher

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

Teacher

At three years old, Kara told her family that she was going to be a teacher when she grew up. Her path never changed, and she graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Sciences with a focus on Childhood Development. She was involved with many programs that included different aged children, and through these she found her passion in Early Childhood Education. She found the youngest minds to be most interesting.
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Briana Stein, Masters in Art of Teaching

Teacher

Briana grew up in Seattle, as the youngest of four children. Growing up Briana swam competitively for eleven years and loves the water. She has a tremendous appreciation for everything that living in Seattle taught her: the diversity and cross-cultural life, and openness to the global world that it created for her. Briana loves adventuring and the outdoors, which is what brought her to Bend. She can often be found practicing yoga around town, too.

 

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Sarah Shapiro, BA

Teacher

Sarah has been working with kids in various capacities for upwards of a decade.  Over the last six years, she has gained experience in teaching English, as well as in teaching at a bilingual preschool in Israel.  After serving as a professionally trained medic in the Israel Defense Forces, Sarah went on to obtain her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Communications from Tel Aviv University. Inspired by her love of children, she chose to focus primarily on early childhood development. Sarah’s diverse experiences, easy going personality and kindness are qualities that add to her ability to thrive in an early childhood environment. Her interests include dancing, drumming, eating anything and everything, traveling as much as possible, and spending time outdoors with her beloved dog. 

 

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Kristin Heath, BA

Teacher

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.

 

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Amanda Dito, BA

Teacher

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

Teacher Assistant