About Us
Tree of Life Montessori

Ariel Cohn

is the owner and Lead Guide at Tree of Life Montessori. After working in various capacities as an educator in Portland's Jewish community, she saw a need for an inclusive Jewish preschool on Portland's Eastside. She obtained an AMI Montessori Primary certificate in May 2011, and earned her M.Ed in Montessori education in January 2012. In 2014 the opportunity to open Tree of Life Montessori presented itself and we opened our doors one year later!

Ariel finds the work of teaching young children in a Montessori environment endlessly fascinating and rewarding; she is committed to continuing to learn along with the children in her care and following each child's unique path.

When she isn't in the classroom, Ariel enjoys creating in the ceramics studio at Portland Community College, tending her vegetable garden, and enjoying the natural world with her husband and 6-year-old son.



Angela Alberto

is our morning assistant and afternoon exploratory teacher

Angela hails from the East and has happily settled in the West. What led her to the Montessori path was her love of working with kids and helping them become strong,independent individuals. In her spare time you can find Angela riding horses, walking her dog Louis, making jewelry,baking, dancing,hiking, reading books and hanging out with her partner and friends. Her favorite color is turquoise.


Cyndi Friedson

is our lunch and afternoon assistant, Jewish studies teacher, and runs our aftercare program.

"I have enjoyed living in Portland for the past 5 years. I moved to Oregon from right outside Philadelphia, Pa. I love working with children of all ages and have been a preschool teacher for the past 13 years. I enjoy spending time with with my fiancŽe and my cats. I love being outdoors, exploring the Oregon coast, and going for hikes in and around Portland."

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