Our Location

Garden Home Recreation Center

7475 SW Oleson Road

Portland, OR 97223

Phone: (503) 388 - 2266

Our Hours

 Preschool Younger Classes

Age 3 by September 1st

Tues - Thur

9:00  - 12:00

Preschool Older Classes

Age 4 by September 1st

M - W - F

9:00 - 12:00 

Meet our Staff

Lisa Sickler, Director & Teacher, Room F

"I came to Small Friends in 2003, when my husband and I were looking for a preschool for our son. Prior to starting a family, I had been an elementary school teacher for 10 years, working with children in grades 1–3. I was thrilled to find a preschool where the staff  were so knowledgeable about child development and the environment was inviting and engaging. Two years later, I joined the staff as a preschool teacher and the following year I became the Director. I love the relationshiups that develop between families and teachers as they work together in the classrooms. It is a privilege to share this part of children's early childhood journeys and to explore, create, laugh and play with them every day!"

Sheri Simpson, Teacher, Room F

"I am delighted to be part of the Small Friends teaching staff!  I graduated from Western Oregon University and live in Southwest Portland with my husband and two daughters.  Both of my children attended Small Friends and absolutely loved it, making it a very special place to our family.  I believe children flourish when they are exploring and learning through play.  I enjoy supporting the incredible social and emotional development that takes place at this age and facilitating academic growth through activities, stories, music, and art.  I consider it a privilege to be providing a warm and caring environment in which our community of children will thrive!"

Meghan Tust, Teacher, Room B

"I am thrilled to be joining the Small Friends community. Prior to my start at Small Friends, I taught at a local cooperative preschool from 2013-2016.  I was also a Special Education Teacher in Colorado and Oregon for five years before that. My husband and I live in SW Portland and have two awesome kids and a large drooling Newfoundland. Both of my children attended a cooperative preschool and I really value the community and partnership between parents and teachers that a cooperative setting creates. I find teaching preschool magical. The amount of growth and development that occurs during the preschool years is amazing! I feel so lucky to be able to join children on this incredible journey of learning and exploration."


Susie Erdahl, Teacher, Room B

"My first experience at Small Friends was in 2011 when I enrolled my youngest daughter in the 3's class. I loved the friendly teachers who had a passion to create an amazing environment for my daughter to explore and learn through purposeful play. I am thrilled to return to the Small Friends Community as a teacher! I am excited to partner with families and support your children during the preschool years. My educational background includes a BA in Psychology/Sociology with an emphasis on child development. I have been teaching preschool since 2014 and provided in-home child care prior to that. In my free time, I enjoy camping and hiking with my husband and three daughters."


Rebecca Hicks, Registrar

"Before becoming the mom of two girls, I managed special events for health non-profits in Chicago and then in Portland.  I came to Small Friends with my older daughter in 2007, followed by her younger sister in 2010.  Both girls loved their years at Small Friends; a time full of learning experiences, beautiful art creations, friendships and loving teachers.  Small Friends became part of our family.  In the spring of 2011, I jumped at the chance to join the Small Friends staff as the Registrar.”