Let your light shine

In the Firefly 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 if we are enrolled to capacity.  We offer two class schedules:  Mon/Wed or Tue/Thur.  Miss Lisa and Miss Karissa teach both classes.

Sample Schedule: 

9:00 – 9:15  Arrival

9:00 – 10:10   Free Choice with small group activities

10:10 – 10:30    Clean Up & Circle Time

10:30 – 11:00   Gym Time or Playground

11:00 – 11:15    Snack

11:15 – 11:40    Free Choice

11:40 – 11:45   Flubber

11:45   Pickup

lead firefly teacher

miss lisa

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 12 and 13) and a son (age 10).   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, reading suspense novels, savoring coffee and socializing often with family and friends.

assistant firefly teacher

miss karissa

Karissa Beutler brings her playful nature and love of art to share with her Grasshopper students.  Prior to joining our team at VCP, Karissa taught at Touchstone Preschool in Hillsboro where she taught a full-day class of both 2s and 3s.  She also worked as an Art Teacher at Masters School of Art in Beaverton where she taught introductory and advanced drawing techniques to middle school and high school students.  In addition to teaching at VCP, Karissa is also currently attending Portland Community College.

Karissa was born in Oregon City and has lived in Oregon all of her life.  She comes from a large family; she has 6 sisters!  She has a HUGE golden retriever named Macy who loves to eat anything and everything!  Karissa is passionate about art and her hobbies include drawing, painting, writing poetry.  She also enjoys listening to music, playing video games and traveling.  Fun fact about Karissa; she loves to sing silly songs!  She enjoys making up fun songs to sing with her students every day.