Director/Office Administrator

Lynette Confer

Ms. Lynette has been with Rising Stars Preschool since December 2017. A La Pine resident since September 2001, Ms. Lynette has three children, one of which was in the second preschool class to ever attend Rising Stars Preschool. A Texas A&M graduate with a degree in Journalism and minor in Wildlife Fisheries Sciences, Ms. Lynette has worked with nonprofits in La Pine for many years, is a writer, a former newspaper editor,and is a long time Deschutes County 4-H leader. She enjoys working the the Rising Stars Preschool teachers, families and is passionate about the youth in the La Pine community.

Head Teacher

Anne Barrett

Ms. Anne graduated from OSU with a B.S. degree in Health and Physical Education. In 1992, she got her teacher’s certificate for Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education from Seattle Pacific University. Anne has since kept this license current for Oregon by taking tests for this state’s Teacher Standards and Practices Commission, as well as taking graduate level classes from OSU Cascades campus.

“When I first started working at Rising Stars Preschool seven years ago, I never realized how fulfilling it would be for me to create a classroom where children can develop socially, emotionally, intellectually and physically. Our hands-on preschool program allows children to learn through experimentation. It is my philosophy that children learn about themselves and the world around them through play,” says Anne.

Assistant Teacher

Ann Tomanelli

Ms. T has worked at Rising Stars as an assistant teacher for four years. However, Ms. T began her 20+ year career in the Bay Area working with children who had special needs. By the time she was ready to leave Alameda California for beautiful LaPine Oregon, she was working closely with teachers and students as the Behavior Specialist for the elementary site of what is now known as the Laura Phillips Academy, a school that specialized in ABA, applied behavior analysis.