Jen Morse - Director, Lead Teacher
Hi, my name is Jennifer Morse, AKA, "Teacher Jen." I am the owner and pre-kindergarten teacher at CJA. I moved to Columbia County in 2004 and opened Creekside Junior Academy in 2005. I hold a Masters Degree in Elementary Education and an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Human Services. Prior to receiving my teaching degree, I worked as a substance abuse counselor for 3.5 years leading therapy group sessions and writing curriculum. I come from a long line of teachers and although I am qualified to work with much older children, early childhood is my passion. I love everything about my job. Preschool is such a fun and rewarding age. Kids at this age have such a natural curiosity and insatiable desire to learn. I enjoy spending time with them, exploring, discovering, doing hands-on projects, and getting downright messy! One of my passions is teaching children to read. In my free time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, attending concerts, working on our small hobby farm, horseback riding and kayaking! I am also a horse 4H leader for preteen and teenage equestrians.
Jessica Whitney- Lead Teacher
I am excited to be a part of the Creekside Junior Academy family. I grew up in Forest Grove. While in forest grove I worked as a special education assistant for about 8 years. I worked 16 years at the Forest Grove Aquatic Center lifeguarding, teaching children and adult lessons. In my time at Creekside, I have been a classroom volunteer, taught the Junior Explorers and Preschool Prep classes, have been a substitute teacher and now have two classes of my own. I have been a Columbia County resident since my husband and I got married in 2010 . We have two children, Harrison and Luca, who both attended Creekside. Things I like to do on my spare time, hahaha, are going to the beach, eating good food, crafting, painting, puzzles, baking, spending time with family. That being said I can’t wait to sing, play and learn with your kiddos.
Cara Luke - Teaching Assistant
Hi, my name is Cara and I am so beyond excited to be a part of the Creekside junior academy family! I was a classroom volunteer at Creekside for 5 years while all 3 of my littles attended CJA. I am so happy that I get to continue on with Creekside while they are moving on to elementary school. I am super excited for this upcoming year and I can’t wait to see how much your littles progress, learn, and explore. My hobbies are spending time with my family, painting, embroidery, crafting, working out, fishing and going to the beach.
Tamisha Radkey - Lead Teacher
Hi my name is Tamisha Radkey,
I’ve always enjoyed working with kids and have over 10 years experience in childcare.
Working at CJA, as a teaching assistant, has shown me just how much I love teaching preschool!
A little about me: My husband and I have 2 adult children and 1 teenager.
We enjoy reading, going to the movies, and impromptu beach trips.
I’m beyond excited to be a lead teacher this fall.