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 also a licensed teacher in the state of Oregon.
She is passionate about education, and considers herself a lifelong student as well as a teacher. In 2008 she attended an International conference 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 recently 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.
Angela founded Rowanberry School as an inspired culmination of her devotion to education, love of the arts, and reverence for the young child. She finds that raising her own children, Fionn and Rowan, is providing her with the most valuable ongoing education possible.
Michelle Elliott, Classroom Teacher
With a background in Environmental Education and 10 years of being a momma to 3 amazing children, I came to teaching through a deep desire to support and celebrate the growth of young children. I decided to follow my heart to bring my love of young children to the classroom in 2008. My introduction to teaching began at The Opal School, it was there that I had the opportunity to develop a keen understanding of Reggio Emilia inspired pedagogy, constructivist curriculum, and the many languages of children.
In 2011, I made the move to Rowanberry School in the role of classroom teacher. These experiences have been an honor and a gift, as I have had the opportunity to learn from my students as well as a team of amazingly talented educators - to realize my true calling as “teacher/researcher”. I believe deeply in the power of play, of slowing down with children, asking questions, and listening closely. To my classroom, I bring a strong commitment to community, social-emotional growth, and respect for all.
It is with tremendous gratitude that I walk into my classroom each day ready to learn alongside my students and celebrate all of the wonder that surrounds us.
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.