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.
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
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.
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.