Preschool Staff

Mariya Block
Program Administrator
Lead Preschool Teacher

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I grew up in a variety of places including Aberdeen, Washington, Manchester, England, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In Oklahoma I had the blessing of living on five acres of land right in the middle of the city. I spent most of my time, climbing trees, riding horses, dancing, singing, learning to play any instrument I could get my hands on, and helping to care for the land. In 1999, at the age of twenty-two, I decided it was time to head back up to the Northwest. I was on my way to Seattle, but stopped off in Portland on the way and knew I was home. About a year and a half later I became a mom! Two kids later I began volunteering many hours at my son’s school, and right away felt a strong calling toward teaching. I enrolled in early childhood education classes at PCC, where I had already been studying  recording studio engineering.  Upon graduating from PCC, and undergoing Waldorf teacher training at the Micha-el Institute, I went on to PSU, majoring in arts and letters and child and family studies.

After a year of volunteering at my son’s school they decided to hire me on. Everyday those children reawakened the wonder inside of me. Their curious nature and their immense desire to learn and create reminded me of what it truly meant to be human. After working as an assistant in the preschool, I then moved on to becoming the music teacher and nature immersion teacher in the elementary school. I got to spend my time singing songs and playing guitar, as well as running around the forest, working on farms, urban and rural, and learning some really amazing stuff about this beautiful part of the Earth we live on. When my son was in 4th grade, and nearing the end of where his sweet little school could take him, he landed a space at Trillium. We knew right away it was a perfect fit for our family. A year later my daughter started in the preschool. I loved Trillium’s philosophy of constructivist, democratic education so much  that I knew I wanted to be a part of it as a teacher as well as a parent. I began subbing in the preschool, and in 2013, while pregnant with my third child, I was offered a teaching position. A dream come true!

Outside of teaching I love to spend time with my family, write and record songs, make up stories, create art, grow things, build things, make things, and wander around in the forest.


Hannah Teischer
Preschool Assistant Teacher

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Lola Cline
Preschool Assistant Teacher

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