Our Green Room Teachers
Myra Van Eekelen is a Green Room Teacher and has worked at The Children’s Center since 2015. She graduated High School from Waldorf School in Zeist, The Netherlands and has a B.S in Education and Mathematics from Marymount College in Tarrytown, New York. Her philosophy of teaching is based on valuing the creative potential in each child, offering activities that help foster enthusiastic learning, intellectual growth, self-esteem and social responsibility and to offer a nurturing environment for a healthy development for each child.
“Where is the book in which the teacher can read about what teaching is? The children themselves are this book. We should not learn to teach out of any book other than the one lying open before us and consisting of the children themselves.” – Rudolf Steiner
Myra is a professional member of NAEYC and a Maine Roads to Quality, Level 5.
Away from work, she enjoys traveling, gardening and reading.
Evan is the Afternoon Green Room Teacher and the Music Teacher and has worked at The Children’s Center since 2012. He has a Bachelor of Music in Music Performance from Susquehanna University and Master of Music in Performance from the University of Southern Maine. His philosophy of teaching includes building on children’s strengths and giving them the tools they need to overcome their weaknesses.
“I want to make music and arts accessible to everyone, regardless of skill level.”
Evan is a Certified Instructor of the Mark O’Connor Violin Method, a member of Maine Music Educators Association and a member of NAEYC and Maine Roads to Quality.
Away from work, he enjoys running, swimming, spending time outside, music directing at Portland Players Theatre, and playing the violin.
Cathleen is a Green Room Teacher who has worked at The Children’s Center since July 2017. She has a Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and Psychology. She believes that children learn best through hands on experiences, that each child has unique abilities and that we must meet them where they are currently in development.
“Children need to have a consistent and secure environment to continue to grow in all areas of development.”
Cathleen is a professional member of NAEYC and a Maine Roads to Quality, Level 6.
Away from work, she enjoys paddle boarding, hiking and yoga.
Our Red Room Teachers
Rita is a Red Room Teacher and has worked at The Children’s Center since 2004. She has a B.A. in Psychology and Elementary Education from Georgian Court College. Her philosophy of teaching is based on creating a safe, happy environment. This allows her to approach each child as an individual and allows her to offer materials that encourage children to explore, investigate, and interact with their peers so that they can grow and develop in all aspects: physically, socially, and emotionally.
“Learning happens when children are offered many opportunities to play and explore the materials around them.”
She is a professional member of NAEYC and Maine Roads to Quality, Level 7.
Away from work, she enjoys spending time with her family and going for walks with her husband.
Anne Lisak is a Red Room Teacher and has worked at The Children’s Center since 2015. She has a B.A in Music and a Masters in Elementary Education. Her philosophy of teaching includes the belief that all children learn in their own time. Children learn best in an inviting environment where they feel safe, respected and valued. Children thrive when their creativity is cultivated.
“Children flourish when they feel respected and are able to respect and learn from their peers, teachers and environment.”
Anne is a professional member of Maine Roads to Quality, Level 8
Away from work, she enjoys photography, reading, exploring the outdoors and spending time with her family.
Our Blue Room Teachers
Tabitha is a Blue Room Teacher and has worked at The Children’s Center since 2007. She has an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Greenfield Community College. Her philosophy of teaching includes the belief that children flourish when they have some control over their learning and develop their creativity.
“I believe all children are capable of amazing things.”
Tabitha is a professional member of NAEYC and Maine Roads to Quality, Level 6.
Away from work, she enjoys photography and painting.
Akadia is a Blue Room teacher and has been at The Children’s Center since 2017. She has her Associates in Early Childhood Education from SMCC and is working toward her Bachelors in ECE. Her philosophy of education is based on the idea that children learn best when they are able to explore and use their imagination. The enviornment can become a third teacher by being both safe and welcoming. The children learn from their peers in the classroom.
Akadia is is a member of NAEYC and Maine Roads to Quality, Level 5.
Away from work, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends and fiancée. She also enjoys camping and snowmobiling.
Ivan is the Blue Room Afternoon teacher and has been at The Children’s Center since 2017. He has his Bachelors in Animation from Westwood College in Chicago. His philosophy of teaching is that children learn through play.
He is a member of Maine Roads to Quality.
Away from work, Ivan enjoys spending time with his family, drawing, playing video games, and pottery.