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Cheryl Evans

Owner and Director 

She has an American Montessori Society Certificate, a M.Ed. in Elementary Education and a M.Ed in Early Childhood Education. The Little Red Barn began in September of 1995. Previously, Cheryl directed and/or owned three preschools for 10+ years in the Bay Area of California. Cheryl has taught early childhood courses for Rogue Community College (RCC).

She is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the International Montessori Association.

Renee Dorris

Administrator and Head Preschool Teacher

She has a strong educational background in addition to 13 years of teaching in Montessori schools.

She grew up in Southern Oregon and graduated from Southern Oregon University in 2003 with a B.A. in Business Administration.  In 2005, Renee was working as a substitute teacher and assistant at a Montessori school and really appreciated the Montessori method of education.  After another year of study, she received a full AMS teaching credential in Early Childhood Education from the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies in Boulder, Colorado. She has been teaching in Montessori schools ever since. 

Michelle Helmer

Head Kindergarten Teacher

She has over 12 years of preschool teaching experience.

She fell in love with the Montessori Method at her first assistant teacher job in a preschool.  She took the Montessori Training and received her Montessori Certificate while there. She was a co-teacher and then head teacher at a few other Montessori preschools in the Santa Cruz area as well as a few years in Hawaii!

Her goal is to “provide a safe and loving environment along with helping guide each child to their unique and truest potential socially, emotionally, and cognitively.


Lisa Black

Preschool Teacher

Lisa earned an AAS in Early Childhood Education plus an Early Childhood Education Certificate from Rogue Community College.

She has 6 years of teaching experience at preschools here in the Rogue Valley. She has worked with young children ranging in age from 6 months to 6 years old and appreciates her current work with the children who are 3-5 years old. She has a knack for creating a safe nurturing environment for the child to grow and develop while having a good time.

Jane Prine

 Assistant Preschool Teacher

 Jane is pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education at Southern Oregon University.

 She has work experience with preschool aged children at the Rogue Valley YMCA preschool and childcare programs. Her volunteering includes a few of the other Preschool and Kindergarten programs in our area.

She loves the opportunities help children explore, expand and improve their interests, abilities and skills. Her commitment is to positively support children during their early educational experience.