AMY WILLIAMS she/her
Over a decade ago, Amy had a wild hearted dream of an Early Childhood Education program that would cultivate a culture of intersectional changemaking, a space for explorations of the self within the context of community for children, teachers, parents, and the business itself. Like tumbleweeds that ride the waves of wind to spread their seeds, each would have permission to uproot, take risks, and trust the process. Tumbleweed is the definition of a Dream Come True!
Hayln earned her B.S. in Early Childhood Education at the University of Wisconsin. After graduation, Hayln worked on campus in a small center serving university staff, students and the greater community. In 2010, Hayln moved to Portland and began work at Childswork Learning Center. And in 2014, Hayln joined Tumbleweed! When not working and playing with children, Hayln is out hiking, backpacking, and generally enjoying the beautiful Oregon scenery with her dog Slightly.
HAYLN ANDERSON she/her
SAM MAJORS she/her
Human Resource Manager
Sam earned her B.S in Family Resources and Human Development with an emphasis on Early Childhood Education at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. After graduation, Sam worked for UHM Children’s Center as a toddler teacher for two years while starting her masters with a focus on mindfulness and self-regulation with children ages 2-3. After spending 9 years in Hawaii and a quick year back in the Bay Area, Sam moved to Portland to be closer to her family and found Tumbleweed a great fit for her teaching philosophy! Sam enjoys life to the fullest with her partner and two cats in their floating home on the Columbia River. In her spare time, Sam is very active doing yoga, rock climbing, camping, paddleboarding and crafting!
INFANT HOUSE TEAM
Shianne graduated in 2021 from Portland State University with a B.S. in Child, Youth, and Family Studies. She moved to Portland in 2017 from Nevada and seeks to further pursue her educational goals within a graduate studies program. Shianne has worked with preschool-aged children for nearly 5 years and came to Tumbleweed in 2020 excited to continue her growth as a teacher alongside the Tumbleweed staff. In her spare time, Shianne enjoys collaging, reading, and vinyl shopping
Hannah has lived in the Portland area almost her whole life. She started working with children in high school by volunteering with the Outdoor School program and assisting in her high school’s preschool and teen parent program. After she graduated high school, she continued working with young children in an early learning environment and continued to volunteer for the Outdoor School program. She truly believes children learn the best outside and by being hands on. The more we can be outside, the better. Hannah has had the goal of being a Tumbleweed teacher for quite some time, and she’s thrilled to be part of the team! Outside of school, Hannah enjoys cooking/baking, spending time with her baby sister, and taking her dogs on walks.
CJ has lived in Portland their whole life. They are currently working towards a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Sexuality, Gender, and Queer Studies. Their goal is to work as a therapist for queer youth someday. CJ has been working with infants and toddlers for over 3 years and has enjoyed every moment of it. They are indescribably excited to work at Tumbleweed Infant House. The teaching philosophy and environment is exactly what they have been looking for. When not holding other people’s babies, they are going on adventures with their 4-year-old child. They also enjoy competing in poetry slams, painting, and roller skating.
PRESCHOOL HOUSE TEAM
Melissa’s passion for working with children grew through exploring Pacific Northwest forests with young learners. She has earned a BA in Biology (focused on invertebrate ecology) from Lewis and Clark College, and a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Portland State University. Melissa has worked as an early education consultant, presented research internationally, collaborated with educators in Reggio Emilia as a part of a pedagogical leadership cohort, and worked as an adjunct faculty in the ECE Graduate program at PSU. Melissa also currently works with the Threads of Justice Collective supporting early childhood professionals in anti-bias/anti-racist practice by co-creating toolkits and trainings
In her teaching, Melissa is committed to anti-bias work and inclusion, making thinking visible, children’s emotional intelligence, and helping to co-create, with children, strong and supportive communities that learn and think together.
Melissa is excited to continue to learn and grow as a member of the Tumbleweed family. When not with children you can find Melissa outside: sailing, hiking, canoeing, working in her garden, walking her dog and appreciating uncharismatic microfauna (bugs!), or spending time with her family playing games.
After growing up in Arkansas and earning a BSE in Physical Education, Cody spent eight years in Waco, Texas before moving to Portland in December 2018. While in Waco, he worked at a mental health therapeutic nursery for six years, and it was there that he developed a passion and a joy for working with children. Cody recently graduated with an MS in Early Childhood Education at Portland State University, where he also worked before joining Tumbleweed at the beginning of 2020. Outside of work, Cody enjoys running, reading, coffee, camping, and hanging with friends.
Saylor grew up all around the Pacific Northwest and moved to Portland in 2018. While earning her degree in Applied Linguistics, Saylor worked at the Reggio Emilia-inspired early childhood education center on campus. Saylor graduated from Portland State University in the spring of 2022 and has been teaching at Tumbleweed since August of 2021. In her work with children, Saylor is particularly interested in building multiple forms of communication in order to create a supportive learning community. She is excited to participate in the Tumbleweed community and can't wait to grow the program. Outside of work, Saylor loves to bake, knit, and garden. She has a big family and enjoys spending time with them as well.
Graduated Cum Laude with a BA in Theatre from the University of the Ozarks. While attending school, he would work as a tutor for his fellow students with learning disabilities during the school months and volunteer at children’s theaters during the summer months. David moved to Portland in 2020, immediately started working in early childhood education, and is joining Tumbleweed almost exactly one year after his move. When not working, David is exploring, writing, playing board games, or cooking for his fiancée and their two cats