One Year Old Room

Age 1 (by October 15th)

Our youngest toddler program slowly and gently introduces children moving from the individual nature of infancy, to the joys of being part of a group.  Our young toddler classroom has a maximum group size of ten children with three teachers. The curriculum in this classroom is designed to support young toddlers as they learn to master both expressive and receptive language, to play cooperatively with peers, and practice making their way in a world where they long for independence yet still require support from a loving, affectionate and trusted adult.  Each child is allowed the space, support and time to develop newly acquired skills at their own pace with support and guidance from their teachers.

One Year Old Room Teachers Email  |  One Year Old Room Daily Schedule

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Lauren Kropp

Lauren lives in Cumberland with her husband and youngest daughter.  She has a B.A. in Psychology and a M.A. in Speech Language Pathology.  She has spent much of her time as a preschool teacher, a speech-language pathologist, a volunteer, and a mom to her three children- all JCA graduates!  She is excited to be a teacher in the one year old room and to witness all aspects of early childhood development. She considers herself lucky to be a part of such a wonderful teaching community.

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Megan Tetrault

Megan has lived in the greater Portland area her whole life. She received her Bachelor's Degree from St. Joseph's College in 2005. Megan worked as a nanny for the few years after college, and she has been working at the JCA for the past 7 years. She finds each day of teaching young children to be a unique and exciting experience. When not at the JCA, Megan enjoys enjoy spending time with her 5 year old son Geno. Together they have fun playing sports outdoors and walking their dog Brady.


Exa Steinbreder

Exa is originally from the New England area, but is new to Portland. She graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston with a Bachelor in Fine Arts and loves incorporating her art background into the classroom. Exa has taught in museums, an elementary school, and a Jewish preschool prior to coming to the Goldman Family Preschool. When not teaching she loves baking, reading, and hanging out with her puppy.