Sanderson is joining Youngset this year as the lead teacher in the Senior Class. This is Sanderson’s fifth year as a preschool teacher in Portland and his twelfth year working with children.
Sanderson earned a Masters in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of San Francisco. His teaching practice is deeply rooted in outdoor education, experiential education, and relationship-based teaching and learning. Sanderson spent ten years as a summer camp counselor for Tom Sawyer Camps, and went on to serve as an Assistant Director of the camp for three years. Sanderson has worked in outdoor, play-based, experiential social skills/therapy programs for children with diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD/ADD, ODD, and has served as a behavior intervention assistant in high school special education classrooms. Sanderson has also worked abroad, teaching English in Thailand and researching Scandinavian Forest Kindergartens in Denmark.
Born in London, raised in Los Angeles, Sanderson loves spending his days learning, playing, discovering, singing, and dancing with young children and believes passionately in the impact and value of quality preschool. His teaching is influenced by the work of John Dewey, Maria Montessori, Magda Gerber, Jean Piaget, Eleanor Duckworth, Alfie Kohn, and others. When he’s not in the classroom, Sanderson loves playing/watching/talking about soccer, hiking, playing music, and caring for plants.
Diana Post is the junior class teacher. This is her seventh year as a teaching staff member of Youngset and twelfth year working with parents and students within the community. She is a strong advocate of learning through play, encouraging children and parents to be lifelong learners. She is married and lives in Raleigh Hills with her three boys, all Youngset alumni; Nate (19), Will (16) and George (11). Diana spent her childhood overseas in Aberdeen, Scotland. She attended boarding school in Hertfordshire, England where she studied dance. After high school, her family moved to Portland and she attended PNCA and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She has taught ballet and other disciplines of dance throughout the years. She enjoys working with children of all ages but especially loves the curiosity and wonder of preschoolers.
Erin Gillingham is Youngset's Assistant Teacher. She has over ten years of experience working with children and is a firm believer in learning through play. She loves hands-on learning and sensory development-based projects and has a special affinity for the sciences. She earned an Associate of Journalism degree at Vincennes University, and has completed over forty hours of Early Childhood Education coursework. Her positive attitude and dedication to our students make her an invaluable addition to the Youngset team.