Meet Our Teachers And Staff

One of Alphabet Academy's best traits is it's the longevity of staff and teachers. This also speaks highly of our company and organization as usually, the childcare industry is a high turnover field of employment. It also lets parents know that our staff and teachers have years of experience in the childcare field. Our teachers are required to have yearly education as well as criminal clearances and FBI background checks. Most teachers and staff have years of experience working with children as well as implementing the academic curriculum that our school uses daily. Meet some of our staff below.

Meet the team

  1. Elizabeth Skelly Owner/Director
    Managing Director
    Miss Lizzy is the owner and director of Alphabet Academy Eastside in beautiful Bend Oregon and is a native to this community as well. She has worked in education for over 20 years and is also a proud mother of her own children and fur babies! Elizabeth graduated with a human development degree from Portland in early education and family studies and has been putting into practice teaching preschool and kindergarten for the past 15 years, along with directing for the past decade. Elizabeth has a passion for teaching children and loves growing new relationships with children and their families that will last for many years to come.
  2. Maddison Brown Assistant Director/Teacher
    Managing Director
    Miss Maddison began her career in education as a teacher’s aide in her junior year of high school. Five years later she is now the assistant director and head teacher of the preschool class. She has a passion for early learning, especially enriching young minds through play and mindful experiences. When she’s not in the classroom Maddison spends her time enjoying beautiful Central Oregon with her dogs and fiancé!
  1. Madison Hood Teacher
    Managing Director
    Miss Maddie is a local Bendite with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Sciences from OSU. Maddie studied with an emphasis in child development and utilizes her education every day! Maddie’s hobbies include riding horses, hiking, camping, volunteering, spending time with family and friends, and enjoying the rewards of working with children.
  2. Ashley Shatka Teacher
    Managing Director
    Miss Ashley is a head teacher at AAE and has passionately taught preschool for over 5 years. She is rooted in Central Oregon coming from a family of native Oregonians. Ashley is a loving mother to her daughter Taylee and is expecting her second child with her husband Kurtis in December 2019! Ashley has a natural ability when it comes to teaching children and is a valuable asset to the Alphabet Academy team.
  1. Kelly Bailey Teacher
    Managing Director
    Miss Kelly is not only an energetic, patient teacher, but is also an amazing mom to three of her own children and a loving wife to her husband Chris. Kelly enjoys the active Bend lifestyle an no matter the day, you can always find her hiking the butte, doing yoga in the park, or floating the river. We are lucky to have the enthusiasm Miss Kelly brings to her class and a smile that is sure to brighten any room!
  2. Emily Woodbeck Teacher
    Managing Director
    Miss Emily was born and raised in Chico CA., has been an Oregonian since 2015, and joined the Alphabet Academy family in the fall of 2018. Emily is a free spirited, creative, and loving person. She dedicated 3 years to the ACE-LIFE Academy; a hands-on educational program in human services and child development and has a passion for working with kids. For Emily it comes naturally to love and care for children. She’s passionate about the idea that children are our future and she is helping to sculpt a happier and healthier tomorrow.
  1. Samantha Johnson Teacher
    Managing Director
    Miss Sam is our Pre-k teacher and has been with Alphabet Academy Eastside for 3.5 years. She has 8 years of experience teaching in the preschool/childcare industry, is a Step 10 in the Oregon registry, is a loving wife and mother, and has a passion for teaching. She has taught ages ranging from infancy through Pre-K. Before beginning her career in Bend, Oregon in 2011, Miss Sam lived in Bakersfield, CA. She graduated from Bakersfield Community College with an AA in History and then went on to California State University Bakersfield to graduate with her BA in Liberal Studies. Miss Sam aims to build a lasting love of learning with her students and believes in being flexible with her teaching style so the individual educational needs of each child are met, and no child gets bored. She believes in lots of hugs, lots of encouragement, and that each child learns at his or her own pace.

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61537 SE 15th Street, Bend Oregon 97702, United States of America


Q: How much is the registration fee to sign up at your school?
A: At Alphabet Academy, there is a one-time registration fee of $ 60.00.

Q: What if I can't afford to pay a whole month in advance?
A: AAE attempts to cater to everyone including offering a bi-weekly and monthly payment plan.

Q: What are the ages of students that go to Alphabet Academy?
A: We accept students from age 2 1/2 to 12 years.

Q: Do school-age kids attend Alphabet Academy all year?
A: Yes, students in K-5th grade come to our before and after school program and during school closures we are available for full-time care.

Q: Is DHS state payments accepted at Alphabet Academy?
A: Yes we do accept DHS state payments at our school.

Q: Do we have to pay full rate for vacations that our family takes?
A: No, at Alphabet Academy we only charge parents 1/2 rate with a 2-week notice.

Q: What days are you closed?
A: At Alphabet Academy, we pride ourselves on being dependable and only close the 6 main holidays of the year.

Q. Is Alphabet Academy Eastside a Certified Center?
A. Yes, AAE is Certified through the Oregon Dept. of Education #CC503421

Q. What are your days and hours of operation?
A. We are open Monday-Friday 6:30am-6:00 pm

Q. Is lunch provided?
A. Yes, at AAE we provide a healthy and USDA approved lunch for all children in attendance.