Kindergarten & 1st Grade Teachers

Erika Almskaar
K-1 Teacher
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Erika has a great blog through the Bloomz app. Email her if you would like access.

Erika attended Portland State University, where she earned a Bachelors degree in Child and Family Studies, then earned a Masters degree in Teaching from the University of Portland. She joined the K-1 team last year, which marked her first year teaching, and found that Trillium was a great match for her teaching philosophy, and desire to work in public schools. She loves the creativity and independence that the charter allows her, and is excited to pick up where she left off in revolutionizing our math curriculum.

Erika puts a lot of effort into learning the way people think and feel, and especially resonates with this age group. She believes teaching K-1 makes her kinder, calmer, and more curious. Some things she’s curious about: riding bikes, exploring outdoor places, creative writing, amateur puppetry, live music and comedy.

Diane Mulch
K-1 Teacher
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Diane joined our community in January 2018, taking over Meg’s K/1 class. She received two BS degrees from the University of Idaho, before moving to Oregon, where she began her career in education. She has taught Preschool and 1st Grade in Lake Oswego, Vancouver, Southern Oregon, and the outskirts of Portland. Then, Diane completed a long run in Special Education. Most recently, she returned to K/1 teaching as a substitute teacher. Now that Diane is here at Trillium, she feels excited and inspired by our democratic model, as it allows her to teach children in a way that is more natural to their development and provides further opportunities for family engagement.

Cross country skiing, especially when Portland is graced with a half foot of snow, is one of Diane’s favorite recreational activities, in addition to hiking, running, gardening, and walking the dog. She has found Oregon a great place to get outdoors, with its four seasons. Diane also loves to read, and recently started a book club! “A book club is a great way to enhance one’s reading experience; it is oh so enjoyable to commiserate with friends about the twists and turns of  story line.”

Kimberley Nadeau
K-1 Teacher
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