Who We Are


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Angela Molloy Murphy, Director and Classroom Teacher

Angela Molloy Murphy is the director of Rowanberry School, and has been an Early Childhood Educator for more than 20 years. She holds a Bachelors degree in Philosophy and a Master’s degree in Education with a specialization in Early Childhood. Angela is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction, at Portland State University.

She is passionate about education, and considers herself a lifelong student as well as a teacher. In 2008 and 2017 she attended conferences for educators in Reggio Emilia, Italy to visit their renowned early childhood centers and study with some of the founders of this evolving pedagogy. She participated in a year-long Mentorship program at Portland’s Opal School and presented at the 2011 Summer Symposium Celebrating a Pedagogy of Listening and Relationships. In 2017 she presented at the 25th International Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education conference in Toronto, and at the Childhood and Materiality VIII Conference on Childhood Studies in Jyväskylä, Finland in 2018.

Angela founded Rowanberry School as an inspired culmination of her devotion to education, love of the arts, and reverence for the young child. Her writings on education can be found at: angelamolloymurphy.com

Elizabeth Craig, Consulting Art Instructor

Elizabeth Craig has been our consulting art instructor at Rowanberry since the school’s inception in 2005. She is an accomplished ceramic and mixed media artist who has worked with children and adults for over 25 years. As a Master of Arts in Education, her background also includes in depth study of the pedagogy of the early childhood schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy. She was a founding member of the Opal Charter School Development Team, which shares the mission of the Portland Children’s Museum. Elizabeth is the owner of Art in Motion Studio, a private arts studio in Southeast Portland, where she offers classes for children and adults.

As a consulting art instructor, the children benefit from her excellent skills in integration of the arts throughout the curriculum. Elizabeth supports the children’s natural curiosity through an effortless process of inquiry and reflection that deepens a meaningful exploration of the arts. Her passion for play, whimsy and the combining of mixed media is a source of endless inspiration to the children and teachers of Rowanberry School.

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