Our Teacher

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Teacher Tami has raised two children and provided in-home childcare for 12 years. Years ago, while doing childcare for Kelly Elementary School’s Family Stories Group, Tami realized that our community lacked a high-quality preschool to meet the needs of its families. With the support of the school staff and other community organizations, Circle of Friends first opened its doors in the fall of 1996.



Teacher Tami truly believes that children learn best through a play-based curriculum. She believes that with the proper learning environment, where children can explore, participate in hands-on investigations and conduct experiments, they will build the foundation necessary for successful future educational experiences. She also believes that by playing both alongside and with other children, they will grow to have more self-confidence and be better equipped in group settings.


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Teacher Tami cites Bev Bos as her philosophical mentor, and agrees with her assertion that “Experience is not the best teacher, it is the only teacher.”

Above all else, Tami loves our children. And they love her! We are so lucky to have Teacher Tami!

Tami invites you to contact her: tami@portlandcircleoffriends.org

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