The Center for Life Beyond Reed

Division of Student Services

Tiffany Cook

Class year: 2009
Major: Biology
Company/organization: Corbett Grade School
Job title: Lead Preschool Teacher
Email: tcook@corbett.k12.or.us

I would love to connect with students. In addition or instead of attending the Schmooze, I am available for one:one meetings during the weekend. Drop me an email and we'll arrange a time to meet. I arrive on Thursday.

How did you get where you are? (e.g., education, brief work history, mentors)

Hi all! I got my Masters in teaching shortly after graduating from Reed, and began my teaching career with a part time job in a brand new preschool classroom. I'm never leaving preschool! It is the most rewarding and at times the most challenging. I love how creative I get to be on a day to day basis.

My current job is in a small school district near Multnomah Falls. We're a prek-12th grade school, so I'd love to answer any other questions you might have about grades or professions beyond 5 year olds. I also work closely with a team of therapists (occupational, communication/speech, and behavioral) to help provide the best learning environment for all of my students.

What lessons have you learned along the way that you'd like to pass on to current Reed students?

First and foremost, do what you love.

Also, pay attention to your thesis formatting. I use that thesis Word template knowledge every day while writing lessons, or getting paid extra to make other people's documents look "fancy and official."

In what ways you think you can help Reed students?

I can tell you all about life as a teacher, and would love for anyone interested to come visit our district for a day. Corbett has some pretty interesting things going for it, like multi-age classrooms, required AP classes, and a district wide place-based educational model. Oh, and we only have school four days a week!

What else should students know about you? (e.g., volunteer engagement, avocations, interests)

I'm incredibly passionate about child-centered learning, and can talk for days about theories of education in preschool learning environments. I'm also a certified Community Trainer, meaning I conduct workshops for current educators. And I knit and spin obsessively with my limited free time.