MEET OUR STAFF
Owner/ Lead Teacher
KELSEY WINEGAR (MCMURDIE)
My joy of working with children started when I was young and growing up in my mother’s childcare center. I began working in centers starting in high school and continued throughout college while working as a nanny for families in the summers. My passion for preschool grew from there. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education from the University of Oregon in 2011. I've lived and worked in Spain, Germany and Ecuador working with American military families as well as teaching English to students of all ages. After my time abroad, I worked in numerous programs around Portland in schools that follow Reggio Emilia, Waldorf and Montessori philosophies. This diverse background has helped form my own teaching philosophy and bring what I consider the best of each into my own program. After running my own in-home preschool program for two years in Southwest Portland, I closed the doors to relocate to Eugene, Oregon to do the same.
I enjoy reading, rock climbing, yoga, crafting and practicing my Spanish when I can. I love bringing my interests and joys into the classroom and hope to have children and families do the same!