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Katie Brandow, LCSW Licensed Clinical Social Worker

– Founder

Katie has been involved with School of Enrichment prior to opening the doors in 2007. Katie is fascinated by brain development, developmental stages and the social emotional development of children. Katie is passionate about supporting parents in finding trusted care with enriching experiences so that parents can maintain a healthy life balance and feel in their core being that their kids are safe and enriched. Katie is mom to two daughters and genuinely trusts that early childhood experiences in a supportive environment teach socialization, problem solving and coping skills that create equipped children and eventually adults who are ready to take on the world productively, healthfully and positively. Katie received her Master’s in Social Work from Portland State University and attended the University of Oregon where she received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Social Science with an emphasis in Sociology. In early 2007, Katie and the surrounding community recognized the need for a quality, enriching and balanced early childhood program in Bend. After several months of planning with learning specialists, researchers, social workers and early childhood education professionals, they opened the doors to an excited community of parents who were equally eager to have their child participate. Katie coordinates admissions and operations, ensures the philosophy is adhered to and that the program continues to exceed each families goals. Katie gratefully acknowledges the contribution of community partners who have brought invaluable insight, professional advice, and generosity in spirit that helped shape School of Enrichment’s foundational years.

Katie spent 13 years working in the non-profit mental health sector working with families in youth advocacy, child protection, family preservation and reunification services. Katie’s experiences include facilitation of Early Words and Darkness to Light courses and presenting evidence based parenting education programs for the Family Resource Center and The Commission on Children and Families. Katie worked throughout Central Oregon with teenage girls in mentoring programs as well as providing community trainings on implementing parenting techniques.

In addition to leading School of Enrichment, Katie continues to provide therapeutic support to families in our community through St. Charles Medical Center. You’ll often find her on her yoga mat, adventuring with her family, cooking and baking or on a trail determined to become a runner. Her enthusiasm about School of Enrichment magnifies as the program continues to grow into something more amazing each day and year and for that she is truly grateful.


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Lindsey Holmes, BA

– Teacher

Lindsey Holmes has spent the last several years working in Early Childhood Education and absolutely loves working with preschoolers! From a very young age Lindsey knew she had the heart of a teacher. She graduated in 2010 with a Bachelors degree in Theology with a Minor in Education from Life Pacific College in Los Angeles, CA. Lindsey started teaching first grade at Foothill Christian School before moving back to Oregon where she pursued substitute teaching for several years ranging anywhere from Kindergarten to eighth grade. In 2013, Lindsey was delighted to begin teaching her own class of Pre-Kindergarten students at Creative Minds Learning Center in the Portland area. After finishing the year she and her husband decided to take a chance and move to Bend in March of 2014 when she began teaching at School of Enrichment. Lindsey is continually amazed with each child's successes as well as how much the kids teach her! When working with little ones, everyday is a new day filled with new adventures and that is what Lindsey loves most about teaching. Lindsey's positivity, gentleness, flexibility and genuine warm heart make her an excellent fit for School of Enrichment's philosophy and approach to early learning and play!



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Marcee Zendejas, AAECE

– Pre-K Teacher & Curriculum Director

Marcee and her family moved to Bend from Southern California in 2004. Miss Marcee enjoys living here with her husband of 25 years, Gerry, their two adult daughters and two family dogs. Marcee brings 25 years of experience to School of Enrichment working with children of all ages. Marcee’s career began as owner and director of an after school children’s program in California for school age children. She volunteered in a Children’s Musical Theater program for several years and loved it! As her children completed preschool, she realized her passion for early childhood. Marcee then began teaching Parent-Toddler classes, Preschool, and Pre-Kindergarten. In 2003, Marcee received an “Educator of the Year” award from the Las Virgenes Unified School District! After moving to Bend, she completed an AAS Degree in Early Childhood Education at COCC, and has continued to enjoy working in the field. Marcee is learning American Sign Language, is an advocate for School of Enrichment students and oversees our Pre-K Explorers program and curriculum school wide. When Marcee isn’t teaching you will find her scrapbooking, playing guitar, dancing and blogging.


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Candice Rodgers, AAECE

– Pre-K Teacher

Candice began teaching at School of Enrichment in 2012, yet it feels as if she’s been on our team from the beginning. Candice’s overall positivity, flexibility and way of being with the kids is admirable! It’s clear that she is right where she’d like to be. Candice studied business at University of Oregon for two years prior to deciding to earn her Associates of Arts in Early Childhood Education from Central Oregon Community College. Candice has lived in Central Oregon for 28 years and has worked as a teacher for nearly 10 years and also worked at Sisters Organization for Activities and Recreation. Candice has been trained in Darkness to Light and Handwriting Without Tears and is often seeking out training opportunities for herself and the team. Candice nanny’s for two families and enjoys travel, reading, camping and boating in her spare time.


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Brighton Fowler, BA

– Teacher

We like joke that we recruited Brighton Fowler to join the School of Enrichment team for over a year before she was able to take on a position with our program. Born in a small-town in Springfield, Vermont Brighton was raised on home-grown veggies and fresh tapped maple syrup. Brighton's family made the big cross country move to Sisters, Oregon when she was in elementary school. Brighton later attended college at her Mom's alma mater Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin where she graduated with a dual degree in Psychology and History. Feeding her passions for the outdoors and working with young people Brighton was an instructor for Outward Bound for three years, where she lead trips in the Boundary Waters in northern Minnesota and right here in the Oregon Cascades. Brighton grew up ski racing and has been a children's ski instructor at Mt. Bachelor for five years, where she solely teaches multi-week programs. During her stint as a full-time ski instructor in 2011 working with the Mountain Rippers (ages 2-5) she discovered how much she loved teaching the this age group. She has been working in Bend preschools since then and is in the midst of a Masters in Teaching program with a focus in Elementary Education at OSU Cascades. A life-long lover of yoga, skiing, music, and the outdoors, Bend is her ideal home and a community she wants to continue to contribute to, through her work with children. Brighton is a pleasure to spend time with and her energy is like a ray of sunshine. Her good nature, easy going approach to life and work is the perfect fit for School of Enrichment.


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