Amber Christian, PrekK Teacher

My journey with the Co-op started in 2007 when my son, Cash (now 15 years old) and I moved to Eugene. He was three years old at the time and started his journey in the Preschool room. He attended the Co-op until he aged out but you can still find him in the school age room volunteering once a week. My husband and I have another son, Nirvaan (1year old), who has just started attending the Co-op in the Wobbler classroom. I am so happy to be a Co-op parent again and to watch Nirvaan learn, grow, and discover here.

I Graduated from the University of Oregon in 2011 with my Bachelors of Fine Art Degree. I am a printmaker and fiber artist with a passion for learning art through the eyes of children. I am constantly inspired and in awe of how children express themselves through all the different art mediums.  Once I graduated, I started working here at the Co-op and learned so much from the former Atelierista, Alison. She taught me the Reggio philosophy and how to present the different art materials/projects to the children so that they could facilitate the children in their quest for knowledge. While working at the Co-op I also worked with children with severe behavioral disorders at other facilities. Then in 2016 I left the Co-op to work full time as a treatment team member at Jasper Mountain, an intensive residential treatment program with a therapeutic school, for children 4-13 years old. I love working in children’s mental health and still mentor there a few hours a week now that I am back at the Co-op.

                       ~Amber Christian