The Waterfall Room

Liz Riemer, Joline Bassett and Cree Belknap

Liz Riemer, Joline Bassett and Cree Belknap

Joline Bassett joined the Harmony community in the Waterfall classroom in June 2013.  She realized her love for young children while still a child herself, and began babysitting neighborhood children when she was ten years old.  It was when Joline was invited to be a last minute substitute in a friend’s Montessori school that the pieces fell together.  She continued working as an assistant while completing her Primary Associate Certification at the Montessori Education Institute of the Pacific Northwest in Seattle, Washington in 2004. Joline has over ten years of experience in the Montessori classroom, as an assistant, intern, Co-Teacher, and Lead Teacher.  Outside of the classroom, Joline enjoys spending time with her husband Brendon and their two boys, Loic (8), and Simeon (4), and their newest addition, Percy the fluffy dog.  She loves discovering new crafts to dabble in, and recently discovered that she actually enjoys running.  Joline has also worked recently as a certified Birth Doula.  She is now returning to the Montessori classroom after spending the past four years as a Stay At Home Mom.

Liz Riemer began in the Waterfall room in the fall of 2014 as a co-teacher.  She is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, and began her higher education with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration.  Liz became interested in Montessori after being a nanny for a 5 year old boy, and had good luck trying out its principles on her niece and nephew.  The Montessori stars kept aligning, and Liz moved to Portland to take the Montessori Primary training at Montessori  Northwest in 2011, and fell in love with Portland and the natural beauty of the Northwest.  She completed her Masters of Education in 2013.  For the past few years, Liz has worked as an assistant in a primary classroom in Portland.   She is looking forward to joining the lovely staff at Harmony. In her free time, Liz enjoys pets, creating art, playing sports, gardening, camping, and being active with friends and family, preferably outside.

Cree Belknap was welcomed into the Waterfall room as an assistant in August of 2015.  Cree has been working with children for over 15 years. She has 5 years experience in Montessori classrooms, as a lead guide and as an assistant. She also provided care for children as a nanny and through children’s mental health. Cree graduated from the Montessori Institute Northwest in 2007 with an Assistants to Infancy (0-3) teaching credential and she is a graduate from the University of Portland with a BA in Elementary Education and a minor in Psychology. Cree is also on the path of becoming a Post Partum Doula and a Peer Counselor through Nursing Mothers Counsel. While juggling being a mom, partner, and teacher, Cree is also a passionate gardener. She loves the process of starting seedlings in the late winter and seeing them flourish through the summer and then sharing the bounty. Outside of teaching and gardening, Cree can be found knitting, sewing, quilting, and spending time in the outdoors with her daughter Sevi and husband Jason.


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