Our Teacher

We are very proud of our wonderful teacher here at Lee Owen Stone. Maggie Lewis, who our kids all call “Teacher Maggie”, brings to our classroom an imaginative teaching style, an expansive heart and a remarkable array of experience, both educational and from her life, of which she shares a bit here.
I was born in the small town of Soap Lake, Washington. I am the youngest of five kids. We lived on a farm. My dad was the town doctor, and my mom was the community activist and social worker. My dad would barter for tonsillectomies and baby deliveries. My first pets were some bum lambs from such a transaction. They would take walks with me and the dog, Freckles, all over the farm and up in the sage lands. My childhood was very free, full of the outdoors, secret hiding places, imaginary playmates, moonlit swims in the pond and conversations with the critters on the farm. When I think of the difference between that little person and the urban person that I am now, it is hard to believe that we are one in the same.

I began teaching at Lee Owen Stone Preschool at the beginning of the 2000/2001 school year. How I came here has been a long road, and I think I am only in the middle of my journey. I completed my Bachelor’s degree at Evergreen State College with an emphasis on cultural anthropology. I have two Master’s Degrees, one from University of Oregon in Educational Media and Curriculum design, and the other from Portland State University in Special Education.
I have taught in the private sector as well as in the public school system for several years. I have had students that were 60 years old and some that were 24 months old. My work in early intervention was very rewarding and exciting. I worked in preschool classrooms and as an Early Childhood Education liaison. I worked with professionals and parents to get their infants walking, talking, eating, socializing and ready for preschool.

Then I had my own family to take care of. I am married to Reed. He is an architect who designs wineries, among other things. We have a daughter in college. Her interests are in music and finearts. She will be spending the next few years figuring out how to incorporate those interests into a career while still feeding her muse. She plays multiple instruments and her room is covered with clip art and collage.We also have a son in high school, Evan. He has many interests, but engineering and building contraptions is his forte. Evan is also active in theater. He is a happy young man with lots of friends.

I have always worked as a volunteer in the schools that my children attended. I was the volunteer coordinator for one year at my children’s grade school. I got back into teaching, after having been out of the loop when I had babies at home. I no longer have an Oregon teaching certificate, but wanted to get back into a classroom; be able to work with families; work with young or very young children; and, still have the time to spend with my own kids and their schools. This job fits that bill. It is the easiest teaching job I have ever encountered. The degree of family support that I get in the classroom is phenomenal. I depend on the talents and interests of parents to augment the curriculum. I believe that preschool should be an extension of the young child’s home and neighborhood.

Since preschool is a place of transition, I try to get children ready for Kindergarten. That means: feeling secure about being with their peers; being able to self direct; being able to play cooperatively with a group; take turns; take directions from an adult other than their parent; and being able to communicate what they know in a variety of ways. I hope that I offer many opportunities for kids to experience all of these in my classroom.

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