Bend Immersion Preschool Staff

Meet the teachers and administrators for Bend Immersion Preschool.

Tracy Howard Bend Immersion Preschool
Tracy Howard Bend Immersion Preschool

Tracy Howard - Owner and Founder of BIP (Bend Immersion Preschool)

I have been in the professional childcare career for 33 years. I started out as a babysitter then a professional nanny for one family, love it so much! I had so many families wanting me to be their nanny too but I couldn't help them all and that's when I decided to start my own daycare out of my home so I can help all of those families that needed me. That has brought me joy to help all those families for the past 33 years! I retired 2014 but families and friends have been asking me to open again after seeing a lot of preschools aren't available for them, My heart goes out to those families who are looking for preschool for their child(ren) so here I am again, back on the wagon. I am excited to be here again, meeting new families, loving your child(ren), and helping them grow to be wonderful and independent individuals.
Families(in their words) finds me very trustworthy, reliable and very loving.
I have been married for 33 years and have 17 year old son. We love to travel, camping, quilting, antique and farm collector, go to church, hang out with families,friends and our kittens!

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Tammi Campos - Teacher

I’m Miss. Tammi, currently the 4-5 year old teacher here at Bend Immersion Preschool. I started working at BIP in July of 2020 but have been in and out of the childcare industry for the last 20 years. It’s kinda hard to believe, sometimes it feels like yesterday I just started my journey as a preschool teacher.
So here’s a little bit about me, I’m a true Oregonian born and raised. Originally from the valley, my family and I moved to Central Oregon in 1998 where I graduated from Redmond High School a few years later, also it’s where I began my journey working with children in a learning environment. My Junior and Senior year, I was able to work in the on campus preschool while taking Child/Human Development classes. Along with working with children, I have expanded my horizon with working with the elderly, mentally handicap and the disabled. I’ve also been a part time live-in nanny for a few families, one lasting for a little over 8 years. I have also worked in the retail and service industry as well. I’ve been called the lady of many talents that wears many hats.
Some of my hobbies and a few fun things about me. I enjoy painting and being crafty, road trips, and hanging out at the beach.I enjoy being in nature rather it’s with a fishing pole, my camera or camping. I also enjoy a Saturday night at the dirt track. My family has been involved with racing for over 40 years now, a family tradition that keeps on going.
I’m looking forward to getting to know your child as well as teaching them new and exciting things. Let’s go on an adventure and learn and grow together!!!
“Teachers encourage minds to think, hands to create and hearts to love.” See you soon!

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Amanda Wirtz - Teacher

Hi there,
My name is Amanda, I am the twos and threes provider at Bend Immersion Preschool (BIP) and I also assist Ms. Tracy with various duties. I have worked in childcare facilities throughout Central Oregon for about 9 years now. I have worked with all age groups from infants to school-age. It is my passion to help children grow in the early stages of learning through curriculum and play. I am fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) which is a big part of what we implement at BIP! I have my CPR/first aid, and food handler cards as well as training certificates I have taken throughout the course of my career.
A little bit about my personal life, I recently married my wonderful husband, and we live together with our cat, Porter. We enjoy all the summer activities Central Oregon has to offer. Mainly, camping, fishing, and hiking. In my free time I also enjoy baking, karaoke, and BBQing, and hanging out with my family and friends.
Thank you for taking the time to read my bio! -Ms. Amanda

Address

61396 Blakely Rd
Bend, OR 97702

Bend Preschool on 61396 Blakely Rd
The cute red schoolhouse in the back is us!

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