Little Mountain Preschool began in 2019 when Noah and Jen Hill dreamed of creating a preschool for their own two children and the community. They wanted a place for children to play, explore the outdoors, garden, and care for animals. Over the past few years, they have been able to serve nearly twenty families with their indoor classroom, nine chickens, expansive garden, and large outdoor play space.
Director & Lead Teacher
Jen Hill has been in the field of education for over twenty years. She began her career as a program leader with Multnomah County’s Outdoor School, which developed her inspiration for the learning found in nature. She soon went on to earn a Masters of Arts in Education from Lewis & Clark College and teaching credentials in both Oregon and California. She taught grades K-6 in public schools for 15 years before opening Little Mountain Preschool when her own children reached preschool age. She has since been transformed by her love for preschool and the magic of early childhood. She understands that the early years are critical for developing a love of learning and strong social-emotional skills, which are key components for resilient and successful children. Jen also holds an SEL Foundations Certificate from Breathe for Change, which allows her to share social-emotional learning strategies and mindful movement practices with parents and the community. She is also a Wonderled Certified educator.
My name is Sydney Hilton-Siegel, and I am a student at the University of Oregon. I am studying Family and Human Services with a minor in special education. I am also getting my outdoor leadership certificate through the outdoor pursuits program. I have been working with children for years, ranging from teaching swim lessons, working with neurodiverse children, and working as a camp counselor on the Oregon Coast! I am very passionate about outdoor education, especially when it comes to getting little ones into nature!