Reba Siciliani

Reba Siciliani is the Senior class teacher. Growing up in a family of Early Childhood Educators, Reba always knew that she wanted to be a part of the amazing growth and exploration of young children. With more than 20 years of experience, including owning and operating her own play-based preschool, Reba earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education from Pacific Union College and recently completed her Master of Arts in Teaching in Early Childhood/Elementary Education at the University of Portland. She believes in creating a preschool experience that provides students with the spark, joy, and love for learning for years to come. Reba lives in West Linn with her husband Matt, their bossy cat and a rescue dog. Her daughter Hannah is a student at the University of Portland.

From Reba…
I believe in honoring each student as an individual, while also recognizing their integral role in the classroom community. I encourage my students to explore, learn, and grow through a process of exploration and socialization. I value the importance of building community, trust, and relationships with the students and families in my classroom. I am dedicated to involving parents in their child’s educational journey through volunteering in the classroom, as well as, establishing open lines of communication between the teacher, parents, and student. Thus, providing a strong circle of support and guidance for each student. I am passionate about creating a classroom that supports students’ interests, emphasizes learning in a community environment, and prepares each student to succeed socially, emotionally, and academically when they enter kindergarten.

“Play is the answer to how anything new comes about.”
-Jean Piaget

Diana Post

Diana Post is the junior class teacher. This is her fourth year as a teaching staff member of Youngset and tenth 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 (15), Will (13) and George (8).  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.

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Allison Gillespie

Allison Gillespie is in her first year as the assistant teacher in the junior and senior classrooms. Allison is delighted to be part of a caring, collaborative, inclusive, play-based learning environment dedicated to the physical, cognitive, and socio/emotional wellbeing of young children. Unequivocally, it is with a robust sense of enthusiasm and wonder that Allison embarks on her initial year of assistant teaching alongside the inquisitive students of Youngset Cooperative Preschool. As a recent Marylhurst University graduate of the Human Science department, Allison is passionate to support the remarkable learning processes associated with early childhood development. At present, Allison is pursuing graduate studies work in Early Childhood Education (ECE) from Portland State University. Allison brings over 18 yrs. experience of working with young children in a variety of unique learning and support-based settings. Last year, Allison co-taught pre-K at Beth Israel Preschool in NW Portland. When unengaged in compelling college course work, writing, crafting, or perusing a favorite thrift store, Allison enjoys spending time in nature with her husband, two adolescent children, and a Pug dog named Cosmo. Allison looks forward to a fun and adventurous new school year ahead!