Meet Our Instructors

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 Ann Clark

Ann Clark

Classes taught:  Live and Learn with Your Preschooler

Ann Clark lives 10 miles south of Alsea in Little Lobster Valley, in a house that she and her husband built "from scratch" when their children were very young.  She began teaching parenting education and preschool in 1980 when her daughter was two.  Ann taught in Alsea until 2003, when she opened the new program in Philomath.

Ann's education includes a Bachelor's Degree in English, a teaching certificate for elementary school, and many short-term classes.  Other work experiences include eight years working for Portland State University for a program called "EQUALS" that helped adults learn ways to support math and science learning at school and at home.  Working back in time, Ann has also worked on an herb farm, done antique furniture restoration, taught skiing in Vail, worked in a cannery packing beans, and worked in the fields picking beans and strawberries.

Ann has two adult daughters, whose first "school" experiences were in the parenting education preschool in Alsea.  Ann and her daughters have remained close in their family relationship, leaning on each other while coping with the death of their father.

A primary goal for Ann in her work is to maintain a parenting education program that is accessible, valuable, exciting, and successful for parents from all kinds of backgrounds.  To do that, Ann finds that it's important to continually access the program, letting it evolve to meet current needs.

 

 

 
JaAnna Mendez

JaAnna Mendez

Classes taught:  Live and Learn with your Preschooler

JaAnna Mendez is an instructor for the Scio Preschool Co-op.  She has been teaching there since 1999 and has taught both parenting sessions and preschool classes.  JaAnna has been living in Scio and the surrounding area since she was in sixth grade.  She has a diverse background with family members coming from multiple backgrounds and ethnicities.

JaAnna started young in her teaching career by holding positions in church and youth organizations before graduating from Jefferson High School in Jefferson, Oregon.  JaAnna graduated from BYU Idaho with her Associates in Arts and Sciences in 1992 and then went on to get her Bachelor of Science from Western Oregon University.

JaAnna is the parent of four boys and two girls.  All of her children have been involved in the preschool program.  JaAnna continues her education by taking teacher development classes, attending teacher in-services, reading current articles and books, and keeping up on current teaching and parenting trends and research.  She also volunteers in the community by coaching sports for the local Scio Youth Club, being a leader in the local Cub Scout Pack, being a member of the Scio Parent Club, and working with the youth in her church.  JaAnna has chosen to raise her children in Scio because of the strong sense of community.  She feels that helping them--as well as other children in the community--to be productive, responsible, and self-confident citizens are some of the most important things you can teach a child.

With the help of her teaching partner, Jennifer James, the Scio Preschool Cooperative is a strong part of the Scio community.  The Preschool participates in the local Lamb and Wool Fair Parade and monthly field trips.

  

 

 
 Patty Baker

Patty Baker

Classes taught:  Live and Learn with your Preschooler

Patty graduated from Willamette University in Salem, OR in 1997 with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Therapy.  Her oldest child was born that same summer.  During her time as a stay-at-home parent she was active in a variety of continuing education opportunities and parent organizations.  Recently she worked with families in the LBCC Parenting Time program, as a classified substitute in Lebanon schools, and as a "Guitars in the Classroom" instructor, helping classroom teachers learn to play guitar and use music in their daily class activities.

Patty was born and raised in Albany and Corvallis, and has lived in Lebanon with her husband and two children since 2001.  She first became involved in LBCC Parent Education through her participation with her own children in the Live and Learn classes and Parent-Tot gym in Albany and Corvallis.  These classes and her interactions with other parents played a strong role in her own growth as a parent. 

  

 

 

 Paula Jenssen

Paula Jenssen

Classes taught:  Creative Development, Live and Learn with your Toddler, Live and Learn with your Baby, Live and Learn with your Preschooler

Paula Jenssen teaches at LBCC's Benton Center location.  Her teaching style focuses on discovery play.  She feels strongly about letting children explore their natural sense of wonder about the world in a relaxed environment and watching each child blossom in their own accord is extremely rewarding for Paula.  All three of her own children attended similar classes; she and her husband have established life-long friendships because of their involvement in these cooperative-based class environments.

Paula earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Davis in 1987.  In 1993, she became a full-time stay-at-home mother.  In pursuit of a cultivating place to raise their young family, she and her husband moved to Corvallis in 1996.  Paula continued her education in the study of child development and currently is registered in the Oregon Registry through Portland State University for Childhood Care and Education and through Oregon State University as a Parenting Educator.

Although Paula's work experience covers a wide array (teacher, engineer, childcare provider, agricultural field laborer, soup kitchen volunteer, and mother), it was her continuous work over the past twenty-plus years in various classrooms that she feels she found her true calling of working with children and their families.  She simply enjoys people and delights in being part of young children's growth and development.  She is particularly gratified in doing this work at the Benton Center, where she and her own children have participated in various parenting classes.