Hello I am Mariah, and I am very excited to be teaching here at CPS. I have been working with kids doing nanny work since I was 15. I have always felt at ease understanding and interacting with children, often times more than with adults! While attending South Eugene High School I took child development classes and worked in their preschool for all four years. This really confirmed my love for young children and inspired me to learn as much as I can about how they develop.

Later at the University of Oregon I finished my undergrad in Early Childhood Foundations. During these four years I worked at Moss Street Children’s Center, where I gained so many skills, experiences and really learned how to develop deep relationships with kids and their families. After college I stayed at Moss street for three and a half more years, with some travels to Europe and Peru in between. 

 I am so excited for this new chapter at CPS! Feel free to reach out and get to know me, ask questions, or just spend time chatting about your lovely children.

Mariah Stevens
3s Teacher


Hello families! My name is Rachel and I am very excited to be a part of the team at Congregational Preschool! I started my professional teaching career about 13 years ago with a two year contract with AmeriCorps. It was there that my love of being around children grew into a desire to teach as an occupation. Since then I have had the privilege of teaching in various environments and fine tuning my approach as well as continuing my own learning and growth. I have been lucky enough to work with children at every age, from infancy to age twelve. These experiences truly helped me to connect with each stage of development. I learned so much!

In addition to my role here at CPS, I also work at Willamalane Parks and Recreation. I oversee the middle school programs; including the after school program, teaching classes, creating youth programming and special events.

Outside of teaching I enjoy time at home with my husband Michael, my two step kids and two dogs. I am looking forward to another year at CPS and feel very grateful to be here.

Rachel Hartford