Heart in Hand Teachers

Lots of hands for your little hearts

Yvonne de Maat

Heart in Hand Preschool founder and head teacher

Yvonne de Maat is originally from the Netherlands. She completed her Waldorf Teacher training in Spring Valley, NY and was Waldorf Kindergarten teacher from 1995 to 2002 before establishing Heart in Hand Preschool.

Ms Yvonne enjoys leading the children through the seasons with natural crafts, gardening and puppetry. Most of the tools and toys in school are handmade or of natural materials.

Ms Yvonne also brings folks tales and felt puppet play to neighborhood bookstores and parks.

Ms Yvonne is a Simplicity Parenting group leader and children’s yoga instructor.

Dana Burrell

Heart in Hand Preschool assistant teacher

Dana Burrell has a bachelors in French from Portland State University and a massage degree from EastWest College. However, her real education is in motherhood from her own children, who attend a Waldorf public charter school.  

Ms Dana loves the beautiful puppet plays and the sweet songs sung throughout the morning while the children play at Heart in Hand.  

When she is not at Heart in Hand, Ms. Dana loves to sew clothes and gifts for her family, volunteer at her children’s school, run, and cook.

“Observing Heart in Hand children learn and grow through the rhythm of the changing seasons is a privilege.”



Heart in Hand Preaschool is supported by weekly teachers and parent assistants, who bring additional enrichment to each child’s experience. 


  • Ms Mira teaches Spanish.
  • Ms Ivett teaches yoga.
  • Ms Annette and Ms Lisa assist with crafts and arts.
  • Ms Jennifer and Ms T assist with cooking and baking.

Parent assistants also do with gardening with the children.

Heart in Hand Preschool

5405 NE 30th Ave

Portland, Oregon 97211

(503) 287-4465


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