Hope Kremer

Preschool Teacher

How many years have you worked at Oak Grove?

Since 2018.

Why do you work at Oak Grove?

I view early childhood as the “sweet spot” where children learn through their exploration of the world and through the countless ways that they share their discoveries with adults and with each other. I am dedicated to making visible the ways children think, imagine, design, invent, and create with intelligent materials and tools.

A quote that inspires your approach to your job.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
– Margaret Mead

Where is your special spot on campus?

Picnic-adventures with my students at the pomegranate orchard.

Coffee or Tea?

Tea.

What makes an Oak Grove education unique?

At Oak Grove, students, teachers and parents work together to construct knowledge, experiences, deep relationships, and to make meaning in and about the world we share.

How do we prepare students for their life ahead?

My approach to teaching is one that supports a powerful, evolving, and reciprocal journey of learning and open-ended exploration.

What outdoor experience has been most impactful for you?

I grew up in the woods of New England where I played freely with my siblings making mud pies on creek banks, running through fields, and picking wild berries. These early experiences instilled in me a sense of wonder and love for the natural world.

The best live music performance/concert you ever attended is …

Tina Turner!

Which teacher in your life affected you greatly? How?

My third grade teacher infused our classroom with love, humor, and a sense of wonder. She instilled a love of learning and a willingness to take risks and ask questions.

Name something that nobody knows about you.

I am a twin.

Person (dead or alive, famous or not) that you’d most like to share a meal with.

Alice Waters.

Name a place you’ve always wanted to visit, but haven’t yet.

Butan.

What is your most bizarre OGS experience?

I watched Lucky the hawk swoop down and nearly graze the head of a sweet kindergarten student – everyone was a bit shocked!

Favorite Oak Grove expression?

“What’s the plan?”