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Lisa Mingo- Pre-K Teacher (M/F)

Lisa has taught PreK, kindergarten and first grade for 14 years. She earned a Master of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. Lisa has a husband, two adult children, a cat and two guinea pigs. 

Lisa teaches to the whole child to focus on each child's strengths and preferences. She has studied and implemented differentiated learning techniques to teach Reading, Math and Handwriting.  She also enjoys working with the children on their social emotional learning and friendship skills.

Lisa's son is on the autism spectrum and has ADHD and developmental disabilities, so she has experience with all different learners.

In her free time she attends Pilates, reads all genres of books and visits with her many family members.

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Nita Ray- Pre-K Teacher (T,W,Th)

Nita a MK: missionary kid.  Her parents were called to Japan when I was 10 years old.  She graduated from Christian Academy in Japan and attended Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon. Nita graduated from Warner Pacific College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Education and Bible.  She met my husband, Mike, at Warner Pacific College and was married while still attending college.  Shortly after her graduation her first child was born (Candace Ray). 

Mike worked for Fred Meyer and worked for them over 35 years as a Garden Center Manager. He is now retired. Nita started doing Child Care in my home when her kids were small.  Then she taught Toddlers, Two’s, Three’s, Preschool.  Nita has been involved with children over 40 years.

Nita has three children and seven Grandchildren, four step Grandchildren and One step Great Grandchild.

Mike and Nita enjoy traveling especially to Hawaii.  She also enjoys reading Christian Novels on my Kindle as well as spending time with her mom, kids and grandkids.  Now she is busy with two Yorkies that were given to us: Duke and Daisy.

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Domonique Knowles- Pre-K Assistant

Domonique previously worked as a caregiver for children and adults with developmental disabilities for over 10 years. During her time there, she learned the importance of adapting her teaching style to accommodate each individual’s needs.
She believes that preschool should be fun and make children excited about learning. She believes in using a child-centered approach by following the child’s lead in order to create a highly engaging and motivating learning environment for her students to thrive in.
Domonique was born and raised in Oregon City. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband and two-year- old daughter, Emelia.