3 Year Old Class – The Bumblebees
The Bumblebees 3s classroom encourages the child’s cognitive and social skills. Each active morning provides the students with hands-on learning opportunities and spontaneous social interactions. Experiencing successful outcomes under the guiding hand of the teachers, leads toward healthy self-esteem. The teacher/student ratio is 2:16.
Miss Karen — 3s Lead Teacher Mon-Thur., and 4s Lead Teacher, Fridays
This year will mark Karen Broome’s 23rd year teaching here at Valley Christian Preschool. She is a warm and gifted preschool teacher. Our families love their time in the Bumblebee class! Miss Karen has been a teacher at VCP since it began in 1996. She says it has been an honor and blessing here, partnering with hundreds of families over the years in their child’s early education. Teaching has enabled Karen to use her education, skills and talents to foster a love of learning, creating a magical environment where childhood is honored. Karen’s been a strong advocate for Valley Christian Preschool, saying it is not only a school where the children are valued but their families are as well. She strives to build lasting relationships while creating a community within the walls of her classroom.
Karen works very hard to inspire children to explore, investigate, create and communicate from the moment they walk through the door. They love what they do, and feel privileged that their preschool kids enjoy great success in school.
Karen is the oldest of seven, the mother of three grown children and a proud grandmother to three grandchildren, a 4-year old granddaughter, a 2-year old grandson and a new baby grand daughter.
She draws from her experiences, and is open, approachable and a resource to parents during the navigation of these early years of development. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, music and dance, gardening, sports and cozy nights at home watching a movie!
She is inspired by the quote “While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about,” adding “Though I am a teacher, I am constantly learning and seeing the world through the children’s eyes.”
Miss Hyeyeon — 3s Teacher Mon/Wed/Friday Play Group
We are so happy to introduce Hyeyeon as a new member of our VCP Team. She has a positive, warm and bubbly personality and will be a perfect fit in our Bumblebee classroom. Hyeyeon has taught preschool at Southwest Community Center the last two years, where she taught the 2 year-old and 3-year old classes. Additionally, Hyeyeon has a passion for music and has been a piano instructor for the last 18 years. She currently works at Eliason School of Music in Multnomah Village where she spends her afternoons teaching individual and group piano lessons to all ages, mostly teaching children ages 4 years – 16 years.
Miss Hyeyeon (pronounced ‘Hay on’) was born in Seoul, South Korea. She lives here in SW Portland with her teenage daughter. Hyeyeon’s parents still live in Seoul. She also has a younger sister living in Australia.
She doesn’t currently have any pets, but she hopes to have a llama someday. Hyeyeon loves to travel! Her other hobbies include camping, yoga, gardening, history, concerts and dancing. She looks forward to doing some concert performances and dancing with our Bumblebees. We love to dance in the Bumblebee class!
Miss Diane – 3s Teacher Tue/Thur
Diane Benz shares her many years of teaching experience, warmth and wisdom with our students and their families. Diane grew up in NE Portland and attended catholic schools for elementary, high school and college.
Miss Diane began teaching when her youngest daughter started kindergarten, 28 years ago! In the span of her career, she has taught preschool, kindergarten, and both first and second grade. Before teaching at Valley Christian Preschool, Diane taught for eight years at Beaverton Christian Preschool in the 4 year-old and kindergarten classrooms.
Diane and her husband have raised four children and are now the joyful grandparents to eight grandchildren! One of Diane’s granddaughters also attends VCP in our 4 year-old Dragonfly classroom.
Diane lives in the neighborhood and enjoys walking to school each morning. In addition to walking, Diane enjoys gardening and baking. The VCP staff often enjoys baked treats that Diane brings in for us!
Miss Danielle — 3s Teacher Friday Play Group
Danielle Ames will be teaching our 3-year-old Friday Play Group class this year alongside Miss Hyeyeon. Danielle lives in Portland with her husband and their two children; her daughter Riley, 8 years old and her son Dylan, 5 years old. Both Riley and Dylan are graduates of Valley Christian Preschool. We loved Danielle so much, we didn’t let her leave us when her children graduated! In addition to teaching on Fridays, Danielle will be the preschool Administrative Assistant and right arm to the Director on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Danielle was born in Northern New Jersey just outside NYC. She attended the State University of NY at Cortland and graduated with a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education. She went on to work in the Human Resources industry for 10 years at corporate fashion companies; including Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and Esprit. Danielle’s education and previous corporate background provides her with the valuable skills and experience to be successful in both her teaching and administrative roles at VCP.
Danielle loves going to the beach and spending time outdoors with her family. In her free time Danielle enjoys reading, exercising, cooking, and listening to podcasts.