2024-2025

OUR TEAM


Ms. Amber

Director

Ms. Amber has been at Norkenzie since 2014 and became our Preschool Director in 2017. She has a Bachelor's Degree from Western Oregon University.  Amber enjoys reading & sewing. She's also our in-house Cricut expert! If you look around our building -- it's hard to find an area that doesn't have a bit of her work on display. She describes her family (which includes her husband, two boys, three dogs, three cats, and a hamster) as a wild zoo! For those who know her, it's no surprise that she has a house full of rescue animals-- Amber has a huge heart! She is passionate about kids and wants Norkenzie Christian Preschool to be a light to our families and community.  We are blessed to have Amber leading our team!


Ms. Colleen

4s Teacher

Ms. Colleen grew up about four blocks away from Norkenzie Christian Preschool and began working here while in high school. She describes herself as "goofy, fun loving, friendly, and helpful," but after more than thirty years on staff, we know she is also loyal and dedicated to the preschool ministry. You will not find pet snakes or rodents in Ms. Colleen’s classroom (she’s not a fan - don't even think about it), you will find a teacher who is passionate about helping little ones and their families along the journey of learning and loving Jesus. 


Ms. Cristina

Aide

Ms. Cristina is our WOO team member! According to StrengthsFinder, WOO is the acronym for Winning Others Over. "People with Woo talents enjoy the process of connecting with new people, and help people connect with one another." Cristina comes to us from Texas, but even in the big ol' state of Texas you'd be hard pressed to find someone more energetic, bubbly, and outgoing than Cristina. She has a Masters from Texas Tech University in Business. She loves her family, dancing, cooking, reading, and working out. If you see someone running around the preschool in a blow-up costume, that's our crazy, hard working, fun-loving Cristina.


Ms. Dorothy

4s Teacher

Ms. Dorothy grew up in Oregon alongside TEN siblings. Helping with the care of TWENTY plus nieces and nephews gave Dorothy the opportunity to develop her gift for teaching and provided the springboard for her THIRTY year career. One of Dorothy’s favorite quotes, “No matter where you go, there you are,” became popular around the time Ms. Dorothy was approaching FORTY. She has been married for FIFTY years, has two sons, and five grandchildren. As Ms. Dorothy prepares students for more difficult things (like counting by tens), her goal is for each child to know God and to desire to do His will. 


Ms. Mandie

3s Teacher


Ms. Jasmine

3s & 4s Teacher

Ms. Jasmine is a self described “book loving, coffee drinking, follower of Jesus.” She enjoys hiking with her family, time alone, new books, sunshine, and gardening --- all of which are perfect hobbies during a global pandemic. Speaking of pandemic blessings, Jasmine came to Norkenzie Christian Preschool in September of 2020 and utilizes her 25+ years of teaching experience to gently instruct her students, all while humming her favorite Beatles lyric, “And when the night is cloudy there is still a light that shines on me; Shine until tomorrow, let it be.”


Ms. Ronda

5s Teacher

Ms. Ronda joined our team in 2022. She has an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education and over twenty years of teaching experience. Ronda aspires to encourage a love of learning, build confidence, and help support kind, thoughtful, loving kids. In memory of her brother, Ronda started a nonprofit for gambling awareness and worked with the state of Oregon to establish Problem Gamblers Awareness Day. Ronda's efforts laid the groundwork for our nation's Problem Gamblers Awareness Week. Just as the Bible teaches in Ephesians 3:20-21 (Ronda's favorite verse), the Lord truly does immeasurably more than one can ask or imagine! We are thankful for Ronda's gift of making others feel heard, seen, and cared about.


Are you interested in joining the Norkenzie Christian Preschool team? We are always accepting résumés and applications.