MEET OUR STAFF

Lead Teacher/ Owner

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 at a young age 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 a large range of philosophies. This diverse background has helped form my own teaching philosophy and bring what I consider the best of each into my own program with the biggest focus being PLAY. After running my own successful Certified Family Child Care program for two years in Southwest Portland, I closed the doors to relocate to Eugene, Oregon with my husband. 

I enjoy reading, rock climbing, yoga, and camping. I love bringing my interests and joys into the classroom and hope to have children and families do the same!

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Co- Teacher/ Substitute Teacher

LORIE THOMSEN

Hi! My name is Lorie, and I recently moved to Eugene from Chico, California. I earned my Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Development from California State University as well as a Masters degree in English and Education. I owned and ran a Nursery School in California for over 20 years before teaching English at Chico State University for another 20 years. Now that I am retired from teaching; I miss the children and the nursery school setting. I enjoy all the fun and adventure of watching and encouraging kids to grow while they are at this age. I am a happy and outgoing person who likes sailing, photography, kayaking, hiking and taking my dog Suzy to the beach and the dog park!