Throughout the 5 years I have spent as an early childhood educator at a children’s museum I have witnessed how hands-on, play-centered education is transformative training for the unexpected in life. I have been challenged as I have studied children in an academic setting, with my educational background of a B.A. in Psychology, Child Development and B.A. in Intercultural Studies, along with an in-progress M.Ed. Early Childhood Education, Constructivism from Portland State University. Drawing upon my own childhood spent in sunny Southern California, my education, and my experiences, I am excited to bring my unique perspective with me as I continue guiding young children to identify and pursue their own passions as a teacher in the Rainbow room at Hilltop. When I am not working with young children I can be found baking and cooking, traveling, completing DIY home improvement projects, and camping with my family.
Hi! My name is Reiane (pronounced ree-ann) and I am very excited to join the Hilltop family! I am a 2019 graduate from the University of Washington with a B.A. in Early Childhood and Family Studies, and I do call Washington my home state. I moved around quite often in my childhood as part of a military family, and the diverse and ever-changing communities I grew up in fostered and nurtured my great love for learning about other cultures, ways of thinking and, most importantly, delicious recipes to try. I’ve been quite fortunate to have lots of hands-on experiences in the things I love to learn about, and I want my students to have these opportunities as well. Though I am considered a “grown-up,” according to my previous kiddos and not myself, there is still much for me to learn and I know that there is much to be gained from getting to know my students, their families, and the things that make them excited about the world. I hope my experiences and enthusiasm will contribute to the growth and development of the community at Hilltop and, again, I am very excited to join the educators, faculty, and families who are already there.