Meet Our Teachers

Ms. Breanne Messinger, Owner of Little Professors Preschool, has a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Administration Supervision with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction. Ms. M taught Elementary school for six years and Preschool for four years. She has been in an Administrative Role in High School, Elementary, and Preschool settings. After observing the number of Kindergarten students coming into the public school system unprepared with the basic foundational skills needed to be successful, Ms. Messinger knew that exceptional and academically focused teaching should begin before children enter Kindergarten. As the demands for Kindergarten have become more rigorous, class sizes have gotten larger, and all children in Oregon are expected to be enrolled full time in Kindergarten, Ms. Messinger understood there needed to be a connection and bridge between children learning at home, and adjusting to a structured school day. Ms. Messinger opened Little Professors Preschool’s first location in July 2016 and added a second location in May 2021.

Ms. Abby, Provider and Lead Teacher, has been teaching in a preschool setting for 7 years. Things Ms. Abby loves includes animals, the beach, and her favorite tv series “Friends”! Ms. Abby has two dogs and two cats. She loves teaching and getting to know each students unique personality.

Ms. Josie, Center Director, has been teaching in Early Childhood Education since 2015 and Directing Childcare Centers since 2017. She has an Associate’s Degree and is currently working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She adores children and is passionate about teaching young learners. On her free time she enjoys spending time with her daughter, taking her dog kayaking, and attending festive community events with family.

Mrs. Dunham, Office Manager, has been working at Little Professors Preschool for 7 years. Mrs. Dunham retired from Portland Public School District, where she worked for 25 years. Mrs. Dunham is a mother of 7 and a grandmother of 13. She loves children and enjoys working with them.

Ms. Tami, Lead Teacher in the Full Day class, ran an in-home childcare for 8 years. She then opened a Co-Op preschool program which she ran for 24 years. Ms. Tami has 6 children, 7 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. She loves to spend her time curling up to a good book or spending time at the beach.

Ms. Dawnanlyn, Co Teacher in the Full day class and PM half day class, has volunteered for many years at her childhood elementary school. She has two years of preschool teaching experience. She has four kids and 3 grandkids. She and her husband love to travel. Some of her favorite vacations have been to Spain, Italy, and France. Other activities she loves includes camping and hiking.

Miss. Maddy, Lead Teacher in the AM half day class, is currently working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She comes with 4 years of experience as a Preschool Teacher. She is a dance coach at a local high school ad enjoys dancing, going the beach, doing her nails, and relaxing.

Miss Akina, second teacher at the in-home location, is currently working toward her Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education. She loves spending time with her 3 year old daughter and doing outside activities.

Mrs. Kari, Teacher Support Specialist, comes with over seven years of experience working with both preschool and school age children. On her free time she enjoys reading, riding her bike, participating in family game nights with her husband and daughter and volunteering at our local animal shelter.

Ms. Kim, Lead Toddler Teacher, has been working with children for 4 years and absolutely loves the toddler age group. It brings her joy to watch children grow from toddlers to preschoolers. On Kim’s free time she likes to find new places to venture out to. She loves to go kayaking and paddle boarding.

Little Professors Preschool provides ratios of no more than 10:1. However with the additional staff we keep on hand we tend to have ratios closer to 6:1.

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