Willow Room

Age range: 1.5-3 years

willowOur Classroom Intentions:

We will provide a nurturing and beautiful environment… providing space for collaborative and individual learning. We will support our children’s desire for autonomy, emerging capabilities and independence are growing every day.  We will nurture the children’s interests…in sharing books, exploring the languages of art materials and music, and growing in our relationships with the natural world.  We recognize and respect the power of a child’s ordinary moments happening every day.

With love in our hearts, we welcome your children.


Katie Herbage,

Position: Toddler – PreK/K Continuum Lead Teacher

Experience in Education: M.Ed. University of Oregon

Personal Story

I have been interested in education from the time I started school myself.  I remember leading art and literacy provocations (such as painting rocks and writing “I love you” notes to family members) at the daycare I attended when I was as young as 9 years old.

My time at the Co-op began my freshman year of college; I started as a teacher aide in the Wobbler room.  Throughout my time at the university the Co-op became like a family to me, and when the opportunity arose to apply for a lead position in 2011, I jumped at the chance.

Educational Philosophy

I think the most important thing a teacher can do for her kiddos is show that she cares. Children thrive when they feel loved and respected. When these conditions are met, curiosity and learning explode, and trusting relationships develop. I strongly believe that children’s families are an integral part of their educational experience, and that parents’ values and knowledge are essential. I also stand behind the principles of the Co-op’s philosophy of Reggio Emilia.





Lana Clements

Infant-Toddler Continuum Lead Teacher

Personal Story and Experience in Education…

Growing up in a small farming community in the mid-west, northern Indiana, I recall many fond memories as a child… of genuine play. I carry those days with me. I graduated from Indiana University with a major in history and a certification to teach high school social studies. Early on, my journey began teaching in an elementary school in northeast Arizona on the Navajo reservation for a few years. I was director of a preschool in Indiana. And later a women’s dorm counselor at a small private college in southeast Alaska, also coached a girls’ basketball team there… yikes, that was a disaster. My years in Sitka also held for me a position teaching in a local preschool. My love for working with young children began to emerge…

My husband, Paul (a forester for the Oregon Department of Forestry), and I have three wonderful sons. We have made our home in the Appalachian Mountains of southeast Virginia and the Puget Sound area of Washington. We have settled for these last sixteen years in our beautiful community of Eugene, Oregon. I am grateful for each and every day.

Educational Philosophy…

  • Show a child love and respect.
  • Allow a child to find and express their true self.
  • A child deserves the right to explore and focus on their own personal desires and interests.
  • Support and nurture their capabilities.
  • Encourage children in trying out new ideas, taking risks, making mistakes without fear of criticism or blame.
  • Promote and guide their independence.
  • It all begins and ends with this…  show a child love and respect.