The Atelierista & Primary Teachers

Elizabeth (Liz) VanLeeuwen- Atelierista


Hello, my name is Liz VanLeeuwen.(It’s Dutch)
I grew up East of Salem in Mill City, OR. Growing up in the Santiam Canyon, I love to enjoy the outdoors.
After 20 years in healthcare, I decided it was time for a career change and to pursue my original passion; teaching in an Early Childhood setting. I’m currently working on my CDA certificate (Child Development Associates) through Kaleidoscope and Portland State University. Alongside art, I have a lot of hobbies:
I enjoy participating in The Rocky Horror shadow cast here in Salem, fishing, spending time with my Husband and my 2 Dobermans, Gary and Ruby. I also dabble in clothing crafts and candy making
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Samuel Broaden- Kindergarten Primary Teacher

Hello! I am Samuel I currently live here in Oregon with my husband Perry, and our dog Oliver. I started my career in Child Development in 2005. throughout my career I have worked in varying positions and aspects of the Child Development field. I hope to inspire teachers, administrators, parents, guardians, friends and the world to think differently about childhood and what it means, and to work together to create a more kind and beautiful world.

Christina Hoskins – Primary Teacher

Hi! I am Christina, I have been working in Education for over 20 years, from running my own at home daycare, children’s yoga instructor, to Elementary school librarian, and now to fulltime Primary Teacher. I have an associates degree from the University of Wyoming (GO POKES!) in Early Childhood Development and a Bachelors degree in Library Media Science. I have lived in Oregon for 4 years now, moving from the cold state of Wyoming. I believe that reading is the most important part of the day.

Bre Jennings – Primary Classroom Guide

Hello! My name is Bre, I have been officially working with children for 5 years through the Salem Keizer School District. Due to my mom being a primary school teacher I have been unofficially working with children much longer than that. I am currently working on my Bachelors in Early Childhood Studies through Western Oregon University where I will move on to getting my Masters in Special Education. When I’m not working with children I enjoy reading, going to the beach, and hanging out with my friends.

Amber Lockwood- Classroom Guide

I am teacher Amber, resident dinosaur expert and bug wrangler! I have been working with young children for six years and have loved every minute of it. I studied Early Childhood Education at Shasta Community College in Redding, California. I am currently working on my CDA, Child Development Associates, certificate…and eventually my degree. My hobbies and favorite things include: reading, knitting, playing video games, animals and learning from children. They never cease to make my days brighter!