2 & 2 1/2 Year Old Classes – The Grasshoppers
In the Grasshopper Classroom, the children are introduced to the wonder of the world around them through opportunities to explore. The open-ended nature of play with a variety of materials encourages the children to develop the skills they need in order to progress to the next level. The teacher/student ratio is 2:10.
Please find a May 2018 note for Miss Heather’s classes here.
Miss Christy — Lead Teacher for Young 2s & 2 1/2s classrooms
Christy Webster is returning for her 7th year teaching the 2s and 2 1/2 year-old classes at Valley Christian Preschool, and has been blessed every year. She loves the philosophy of VCP’s Play Based Learning because she feels it is the language of young children.
After growing up in Garden Home and Beaverton, Miss Christy received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood Endorsement. She loves working with young children, and has taught in one way or another for her whole life.
Christy spent much of her childhood on her family’s sailboat, has ridden an elephant with flapping ears, and has helped make a float for the Portland Rose Parade, leading her to still be wary around too many corn husks and purple statice flowers. If she is not out exploring nature, then you will probably find her with knitting needles or a book in one hand, and possibly a cup of coffee or tea in the other. Miss Christy loves going on adventures with her husband, Jeff, and their teenage daughter and son. Often, their dog, Magnet, accompanies them.
Miss Lisa – Young 2s Teacher
Lisa Garpestad brings her bright personality and passion for children to share with our newest preschoolers. Prior to joining our teaching team at VCP, Lisa’s previous experience included 4 years as a Certified Professional Nanny, 2 years as a Lead Toddler Teacher at Learning Tree and she also taught a Gymboree Play and Music class. Her work career as always revolved around children!
Lisa and her husband currently live in Tigard with their three children; two daughters (ages 11 and 12) and a son (age 9). The Garpestad family also includes a Maltese puppy named Daisy, with a bit of a barking habit. Lisa grew up in Portland and recently moved back to the area with her family after living for a time in both Seattle and in Missouri. Lisa spends a fair amount of time chauffeuring her daughters to cheer practice and competitions, and loves every minute of it! She is also an excellent photographer. Her other hobbies include reading, watching Netflix with her family, savoring coffee and socializing often with family and friends. We are so happy Lisa has joined our VCP family!