Our Staff

“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.”  -BB King

The staff at the Pendleton Presbyterian Preschool is passionate about their dedication to children. It is our belief that a positive preschool experience will help create a firm foundation and a love of learning to last throughout life.  Your child will be presented with many opportunities to learn and grow in social, emotional, fine motor, and large motor skills.  We have a loving, supportive, fun, and safe classroom for your child's first preschool experience! 
Janice Wilks
Educational Assistant

This is Mrs. Wilks fourth year at the Pendleton Presbyterian Preschool as an Educational Assistant.  She works with both the Early Learners and the Pre-Kindergarten classes in the Red Room.  Along with working at the Preschool, she is currently working toward her Early Childhood Education Associate's Degree.  She is originally from La Grande, OR, but now calls Pendleton home.  Mrs. Wilks loves working with children and looks forward to new challenges and activities with the students.  When she is not at school, she enjoys outside activities like taking walks and hunting and fishing with her husband and two daughters.
 

Deborah Bridgman
Teacher

Ms. Bridgman has been at the Pendleton Presbyterian Preschool since 2015.  She is the Red Room teacher for both the Early Learners and Pre-Kindergarten programs.  Ms. Bridgman has a degree in Elementary Education and has lived in Pendleton for eight years.  She enjoys music and plays the guitar and the flute.  She also shares her love of music with the students, teaching music and movement.  When she isn't working at the preschool, she enjoys spending time reading, going to the park, playing music, and family time with her son and  two daughters.  
 

Lori Albright
Director/Teacher

Mrs. Albright is in her second year as the Director and Teacher at the Pendleton Presbyterian Preschool.  She teaches in the Blue Room for both the Early Learners and Pre-Kindergarten students.  She previously taught Spanish and French at Pendleton High School for over 20 years.  After retiring from teaching high school, Mrs. Albright was ready for a new challenge and joined the staff at the Preschool.  She is thrilled to share her love of learning with her preschool students.  Mrs. Albright enjoys helping her students grow, learn, and reach their preschool goals.  In her spare time she loves to read, garden, watch t.v., and spend time with her grandchildren. ​

Rachel Bird
Educational Assistant

Mrs. Bird is our newest member of the Preschool staff.  This is her first year working as the Educational Assistant in the Blue Room with both the Early Learners and the Pre-Kindergarten classes.  Mrs. Bird has previously worked as a child care provider and is excited to continue to help children grow and learn.  When she isn't working at the Preschool, she enjoys watching her boys play sports, cooking, and camping and hunting with her husband and two sons. 

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