Our Teachers


Colleen Strohm has a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education from Antioch University, a BA in anthropology, and AMS Montessori certification. She has been working with young children for 35 years. Colleen has taught education classes at community college, mentored many home care providers and continues to learn from the children in her care.

After working as the director of a large center, Colleen founded Chrysalis in her home in order to offer the more nurturing experience of a small group.

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Joan Liberman has a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from Mills College.

Joan has taught young children in preschools, child care centers, and laboratory schools and has taught education classes at the community college level. This is Joan's 15th year at Chrysalis!

Her undergraduate degree is in Music and Dance and she brings her love of these art forms to Chrysalis through weekly creative movement classes and daily singing and guitar playing.


Lily Lowell grew up at Chrysalis. (She is the founder's daughter.) She has a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from Portland State University and has been working with children for over ten years.  

Lily also has a Bachelors degree in acting and performs long-form improv around Portland. She founded Quirk, a children's theater camp in Los Angeles and has taught classes at Oregon Children's Theater. She brings acting into the classroom in the form of Drama Games with the children.

Every Teacher at Chrysalis is first aid and CPR certified, holds a food handlers card and attends classes in early childhood education each year.


At Chrysalis, we have a wonderful parent community that spends time together at parenting meetings, field trips and special events.



Chrysalis is licensed by the state of Oregon.  Each year we are visited multiple times by a state licensing specialist and someone from the Multnomah County Health Department to ensure that our environment is safe and a positive place for children to spend their days.

Chrysalis has a radon abatement system as many homes in Portland have problems with radon.  Our drinking water has been tested and is well in the safe range.

Our backyard is a certified Wildlife Habitat. The children love feeding the birds and watching squirrels and hummingbirds!

While we don't require vaccinations, we recommend them and our families have a high percentage of compliance with the state guidelines.

Chrysalis is endorsed by the Eco Healthy Child Care initiative. We use only non-toxic materials both inside and out.