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.
Ali Davis - Lead Teacher & Teaching Assistant
I am so excited to be part of the Creekside family! I have three daughters who all attended CJA. While they were there, I was lucky enough to be a classroom volunteer and loved every minute of it. I loved watching all the growth that happens in each child every year and have missed the preschool environment so much since my girls moved on to elementary school. Now I am back with my own class and as an assistant teacher in two other classes. I grew up and attended school in St. Helens. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, crafting and going to the beach. I'm looking forward to a great year!
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.