Meet Our Teachers
My name is Bri and I am the Director/Curriculum Coordinator for Grandma’s Place Rose Quarter location. I have been with Grandma’s Place since January 2016. I grew up and graduated high school in a very small town named Dufur Oregon, near The Dalles Oregon. This is a very close knit community that everyone looked after everyone in. Any time someone goes to Dufur there is a hometown feel to it and is always welcoming. This is the practice that I like to continue as an educator and why I take pride in close relationships among staff, students and families.
I did my secondary schooling at Western Oregon University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with focuses in Special Education/Education and Humanities. White attending Western, I was able to take many courses in American Sign Language and this caught my interest to continue with it. I am now considered semi-fluent in American Sign Language and I loved to learn and be submerged in a new variety of people that communicated differently from my everyday life. I strongly believe that communication is a key point in making any situation a positive one and to be able to have a diversity of ways to communicate is a good feeling as well. Western Oregon University was a great campus to do my schooling at and to get the beginning of my experience in Education. I have had nine years of experience working with children ranging from infants to fifth graders and I look forward to continuing this at Grandma’s Place.
Outside of work I enjoy photography, hiking with my dog and exploring new areas; I love to take adventures and learn about new places. I am always very enthusiastic about learning something new that I can gain person experience with.
My name is Sajo, but everyone call me Mr. Safet. I am married. I've been working with the children when I was 18. I helped so many deaf and hard of hearing students. I started working here since last October. When I started working here, I love working with the kids because I can have opportunity to become a teacher. So far, I love to teach my students sign language because I want encourage them to speak and sign for their education. I speak four languages, Bosnian, English, ASL and Spanish.
I have taken advantage of going to Community College in order to get my degree and certificate and help me as a better educator for my students. I am committed for my knowledge, skills, and training to help encourage and support the children and families.
In my free time, I enjoy playing basketball, hanging out with my families, and going to the mall with my wife. I love spending time with my family and friends.
I have worked for Grandma’s Place off and on since October 2015. However, I have been working with children for 20 years. I have experience working as a preschool teacher and as an infant teacher and I enjoy each age group for their uniqueness. As a preschool teacher, I can prepare them for their primary schooling and as an infant teacher I can be a stepping stone for development as a child. Each age group is great to work with an I enjoy them both very much.
I have a son who is extremely smart and has a smile that will brighten anyone’s day; he is my world. He is also very active, always on the move and keeping me on my toes.
I went to PCC for my business degree and I have nannied for numerous families. Outside of work I like to spend time with my family and son, Gabriel.
My name is Jaycen and I am the preschool teacher for Grandma’s Place Rose Quarter location. I started working at Grandma’s Place in June of 2016. I have been working in childcare for 6 years, primarily with preschoolers and school age children. I love to help children expand their learning and discover new ways of learning material.
When I am not working with children, I like to practice my photography, go roller blading, marathon tv shoes and attempt to unicycle. I look forward to meeting you all!