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Our Staff

We are incredibly thankful for our dedicated, compassionate, and hard working team. 

Want to join our work family? Give us a call at (503) 698-6003


  • Allison Lane

    Director and Lead Koala Teacher

    Allison is from Vista, California and graduated from Palomar College with an AA in Early Childhood and then attended UCI for Montessori training. She then graduated from Warner Pacific with a degree in Human Development. She likes to spend time outside gardening and playing with her dog. She has been married for 32 years and has two children. She has worked with kids for over 30 years, as both a teacher and school director. Her favorite thing about teaching is spending time with kids and building relationships with them. 

  • Sarah Soderberg

    Assistant Director and Lead Panda Teacher

    Sarah enjoys browsing for antiques and going to thrift stores. She also loves to cook and host holiday dinners for her family. She has been married to her husband, Ed, for 39 years and has 3 children and 1 grandson. She has worked with children for over 25 years and her favorite thing about it is getting to know each student and their families. 

  • Noelle Schrein

    Assistant to the Director / Office Administrator

    Noelle grew up in Vista, CA. She loves photography, camping, going to the gym, road trips with family, and being a grandma. She has been married for 32 years and has a son named Josh and a daughter named Shelby. She has been at VVDS since 2018 working in the office and covering for both the teachers and cook when neccessary. Prior to VVDS she spent 20 years working for Farmers Ins. Claims Dept. and 9 years at Examworks.  

  • Ann Vermillion

    Assistant to the Director / Bookkeeper

    Ann grew up in Oregon and attended college in Southern California. She first started working with kids in 6th grade and has worked with kids on and off ever since. She has worked at VVDS for many years as the Assistant to the Director. 

Our Teachers

"It takes a big heart to help shape little minds."

  • Shelby Schrein

    Lead Caterpillar Teacher

    Shelby grew up in Clackamas and attended Clackamas High School. Her family consists of her husband Nathan, her daughter Wynree, son Wells, her Cat Shisui, and her dog Rigby. She has been working with children for over 5 years and her favorite thing about teaching is watching them learn and grow. 

  • Alison Richter

    Caterpillar Teacher

    Alison grew up in North Babylon, New York, and obtained her associate's degree from Suffolk County Community College. She loves being in nature (especially water), reading, and taking care of her pets. She has 3 cats and 1 dog. Alison has been working with kids for 21 years and loves watching them learn and grow. 

  • Cheryle Sather

    Caterpillar Teacher

    Cheryle grew up in Northern California and moved to Oregon 20 years ago. She loves camping, hiking, and kayaking. She also owns her own resin keepsake business. She is married, has 3 children, and 9 grandchildren. Her favorite thing about working with kids is seeing them eager to learn and get excited about new things.

  • Loata McGaughey

    Lead Butterfly Teacher

    Loata grew up and attended school in Samoa. She likes to hike, kayak, swim, and go camping. She has 4 kids and 1 granddaughter (and a grandson on the way!). She has worked in education for 10 years, 7 being here at Valley View. Her favorite part about teaching is playing with the kids. 

  • Nancy Erikson

    Butterfly Teacher

    Nancy grew up in Milwaukie, Oregon. She loves to go to plays and concerts in the park. She has worked with children since she was 19 years old. Her favorite thing about teaching is watching the kids grow. Her and her sister Vicki have worked for VVDS for over 30 years.

  • Yuliia Suchok

    Butterfly Teacher

    Yuliia grew up in the Ukraine. She loves to spend time with family, walking outside, riding her bike, and listening to music. She also enjoys reading and relaxing at the beach. She has been married for 22 years and has 2 children. She has been working with kids for 15 years and her favorite part is supporting their development, making them feel safe, and positively impacting their lives. 

  • Kayla Pletsch

    Panda Teacher

    Kayla was born in Oregon and attended Portland Bible College. She enjoys reading, writing, yoga, puzzles, and spending time with family and friends. She is married and has a pet pug.  She has been working with children for about 15 years and her favorite part is having the opportunity to shape the future by showing kindness as she teaches. 

  • Mackenzie Vermillion

    Lead FernGully Teacher

    Mackenzie attended VVDS through kindergarten and graduated from Canby High School with ECC in Early Education. She loves arts and crafts and going on adventures with her daughter. She has worked with children for over 7 years starting out as a volunteer at VVDS her sophomore year of high school. Her favorite thing about teaching is everyday is a new day with new possibilities. She also loves helping her students feel loved and appreciated the moment they walk into the classroom. 

  • Colleen Conner

    Lead Ladybug Teacher

    Colleen grew up in North Portland and Clackamas. Her favorite things to do are hang out with her grandkids and go for walks with her dog, Trixie. She has 2 children and 2 grandkids. She has worked in education for over 10 years and her favorite part is teaching children new things seeing their smiles!

  • Amber Miller

    Ladybug Teacher

    Amber grew up in Texas and Oregon. She loves to bake! She is married and has 2 children. She has worked with kids for over 7 years and loves seeing kid's reactions to learning something new. 

  • Kaela Lafarge

    Lead Rainbow Teacher

    Kaela grew up in Northern California and received a bachelor's degree in Intercultural Studies from William Jessup University. She loves to paint, craft, have dance parties with her two kids, and watch movies with her husband. Kaela has worked with kids throughout her life in a variety of settings. Her favorite thing about teaching is seeing kids feel loved and believed in. 

  • Josie Keller

    Rainbow Teacher

    Josie grew up in a small town called Pinehurst, Idaho. She enjoys doing different crafts, beading, painting, and reading mystery books. She has been married for over 35 years and has 1 daughter. She has worked with children for over 30 years. Her favorite part about teaching is seeing the kids come into school with enthusiasm and excitement. 

  • Janet

    Rainbow Teacher

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  • Vicki Erikson

    Koala Teacher

    Vicki grew up in Jennings Lodge, Oregon and attended Oregon City High School. Her favorite hobbies include going for walks, swimming, and participating in activities with her church group. She has worked at Valley View for over 30 years and says that she feels, "very blessed" to be at this school. Her favorite thing about teaching is getting to see how kids learn and develop leadership skills. 

  • Grace Lim

    Afternoon Floater

    Grace grew up in Seoul Korea and moved to the US. She graduated from California State University with Psych degree. She likes reading, singing, going for walks, spending time with family, and attending worship service. She has been married for 22 years and has 2 children, a son who is 20 and a daughter who is 18. She has worked with children for 10 years and her favorite part is spending quality time with them and having a positive influence on them.

  • Elena Astan

    Afternoon Floater

    Elena grew up in Russia and then immigrated to California where she graduated high school and college. She likes reading, hiking, and spending time with family. She has been married for 21 years and has 5 children. Elena has spent 10 years volunteering at her kid's schools. Her favorite thing about working with children is art and music projects.