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Meet Our Creative Minds Team

Teachers make a difference to our program. Our teachers offer their own unique creative touches to their classrooms and our environments. They help plan the art program, have a generous budget for educational and art supplies and are committed to keeping our program innovative. They are all certified with the State of Oregon, and hold a degree in Early Childhood Education and/or have years of experience working with children, have passed a criminal background check and are required to hold a Love and Logic Certification, Food Handler's, First Aid and CPR cards at our company. We require a professional dress code with a uniform so you can easily identify a member of our staff at any time. We provide our teachers with competitive wages and benefits and offer growth opportunities for a long term career with CMLC! We love our teachers!

Every Quarter we like to feature Teachers & their Classrooms, from each of the schools. Click "Featured" links below to view their stories.


Teachers who make a difference

DirectorsBroadwayGatewayHappy ValleySellwoodTualatinWestmorelandWoodstockChefs & Maintenance

CMLC Administration

Brittany

CMLC's Chief Executive Officer

Brittany is CMLC's Chief Executive Officer. She began her career with Creative Minds Learning Center in 2007 as a pre-K Teacher. She left to obtain her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education at Oregon State University and returned to CMLC as the Director of our Woodstock campus. Brittany quickly showed her strengths as a leader and was promoted to the Regional Director. Brittany has grown in her career with CMLC and is now the Chief Operating Officer for Creative Minds. She maintains support to each school's Site Director, Area Directors, teachers, children and families, ensuring a quality consistent program. Brittany is proud to work for CMLC because of its reputable academic program, collaborative work environment, and commitment to families. Brittany's teaching philosophy is to build personal relationships with each child and encourage independence in their learning. "I love coming to work! This community is so special to me, as if it were my second family!" Brittany has a passion for the development of children, education, and community relationships.

Megan

CMLC's Regional Director

Megan is our Regional Director. She began her career with CMLC in 2011, working at the Sellwood School as the Preschool Teacher and Assistant Director. She has her Masters in the Art of Teaching, as well as Bachelor's Degree in Human Development and Family Sciences. She has worked with a variety of ages, from infants to sixth grade - "I learn something new from the children each day! I love the supporting and welcoming environment that CMLC creates for its kids, families, and staff!"

Kayla

Area Director

Kayla is the Area Director for our schools. She has been a part of the CMLC team since June 2009, after graduating with her BA in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. Kayla chose to join the CMLC family for several reasons, some of which include: the positive and fun environment, the Reggio art program, daily enrichment classes, and the healthy menu options. Creative Minds also aligns with Kayla's philosophy that children learn best when provided with many hands on experiences and opportunities to explore through all of their senses. Kayla enjoys how honest children are. "It's the simple things that amaze them. They are always saying silly things, and I love watching them grasp new concepts. It's amazing the growth that you see in such a short amount of time," she explains. Kayla is looking forward to many more years with Creative Minds, creating lasting relationships and helping to provide the best possible atmosphere for young children to grow and develop!

Bri

Tualatin Site Director

Hello everyone, I am Teacher Bri! I am the Tualatin Schools Director. I moved to Oregon last year from my hometown in Missouri. Back in Missouri, I worked as a preschool teacher for the Child Development Center on Missouri State University campus while working toward my masters in Counseling. I am finishing my masters here in Oregon. I love to be outside camping, fishing, playing softball, tennis, and exercising when I can. I love teaching, exploring, playing, and learning with young children. I am very excited to start a new chapter in my life here in Oregon and with all of you and your children.

Emily

Gateway
Site Director

Emily is Gateway school's director. She started with CMLC in Fall of 2010. Emily is originally from Michigan and has a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education. Emily chose CMLC because of the philosophy to foster creativity and imagination. As a Teacher, she hopes to motivate the students in finding their inner strengths and abilities and discovering what truly inspires them. Emily strongly believes that integrating the arts into curriculum greatly improves students knowledge and enjoyment of the topics we are learning. She loves seeing the children blossom throughout the year. Their positive attitudes and silly stories always keeps her smiling!

Alana

Sellwood Site Director

Teacher Alana is our Sellwood School Director. Alana grew up in Portland, attended Seattle Pacific University, and recently moved back to Portland. She has over five years experience working in certified centers with all age groups, primarily in the Toddler-Preschool age range. She also has a little one, Amaya, at home. Alana has always enjoyed working with children and watching them grow, learn, and even teach her things on a daily basis. In her spare time Alana likes to watch/play sports (she is a basketball fanatic), go for walks, take zoo trips and trips to the beach, and cook. We are so thankful to have Alana, with her confident classroom presence and natural ability to bond with her kiddos and their families, at the Sellwood school!

Cynthia

Happy Valley Site Director

Hello! My name is Cynthia and I am the Director at our Happy Valley school. My CMLC journey began in July of 2011 where I started as a floater. I was lucky enough to join the Gateway team full-time as their Pre-K teacher and Assistant Director which led to a great opportunity to transfer to our Woodstock Campus as their Director! It has been an amazing experience being apart of the CMLC team, and I'm just getting started. I love seeing the kiddos here every day, watching them grow, learn, and express themselves. I've always known that helping children thrive was my aspiration, and I'm thrilled to be apart of this community. In my spare time you can find me enjoying life with my love and our wonderful girls.

Kim

Westmoreland Site
Director

Kim is the Westmoreland Director and has been a part of the CMLC team since 2010.She has a CDA in Pre- Kindergarten and Preschool and over 18 years experience teaching Infants - School Age children.
I am married and have a son, daughter - in -law and a daughter in High School.As a family we love going to the beach, camping, doing things with our church and checking out new foodie places to eat!
I love living in the neighborhood and watching the children grow up all around me! "I love working with children and their families! Seeing their faces light up when they learn something new , walking into the room and getting tons of hugs and kisses or even kissing a "boo boo" when they scrape their knee. Where else can you get these kind of benefits! In my role as Director I enjoy supporting my Families and Staff in new and various ways. I love making Westmoreland CMLC a fun, happy and healthy school for my staff, families and children to come each day!"

Eileen

Billing Specialist

Hello, my name is Eileen and I am the bookkeeper for Creative Minds 7 locations.  I started as the bookkeeper in 2010 as an independent contractor and came on full time as an employee in June of 2015.  I enjoy working with the fabulous team of directors on a daily basis.  I love working with numbers and providing financial reports to the CEO and owners.  I am sometimes lucky enough to go to the schools and help with the children.  I just love helping in the classroom when they need extra help.  My husband and I raised two boys and it is great to have fun with the little ones which bring back fond memories of my boys when they were young.  My husband, Mark is a retired Fire Chief from the City of Portland, my son Jackson is a CPA in Portland, and my son Nate is a firefighter in Tacoma.  I am very proud of my family and very proud to be part of the CMLC team.

 

Emily

Marketing/HR Specialist

Hello! My name is Emily and I am the admin, marketing, HR support staff for the CMLC team! I work with our Regional Director, CEO, and the rest of the Leadership Team to help support the schools and meet the staffing and enrollment needs. I joined the Creative Minds team in July 2016 and came on board full time in early 2017. Born and raised in inner south east Portland, I am very familiar with many of the neighborhoods around the schools! I feel lucky to be part of such a wonderful and supportive organization and am looking forward to developing my role here as we continue to flourish!

Broadway School Teachers

Holly

Broadway Lead Pre-K Teacher

Hi I am Teacher Holly. I was a stay-at-home mom for several years with my two lovely daughters. During that time I provided childcare for friends and family and earned my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Mt. Hood Community College. I love working with toddlers and enjoy watching them discover the world around them through play and exploration.

Erika

Broadway Preschool Teacher

Hello, I'm Erika, a Co-Teacher in the Alder Classroom at the Broadway site. I studied Educational Foundations and Sociology at the University of Oregon and have always loved working with children. Before finding a home at Creative Minds, I previously worked in preschool and daycare settings, and provided child-care services for a women's recovery meeting for many years. What I love most about preschoolers is their unending curiosity and creativity. Being able to work in an environment that encourages children to develop academic and interpersonal skills through artistic expression resonates with my teaching approach. I believe that when children feel safe and valued, their potential for growth is limitless.

Jessie

Broadway Toddler Teacher

Hey there, I am Teacher Jessie!
I’ve been working for CMLC for almost three years. I am a toddler
teacher in the Juniper classroom and love working with children. I
enjoy teaching them new things, being bilingual in Spanish and
teaching the basics. My mission is to make learning fun and enjoyable
for my students to learn and grow.
Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. My
hobbies are classic cars, dancing, and I love playing music with my
band. I love exploring new places and food also.

Ren

Broadway Toddler Teacher

Hi! My name is Teacher Ren, and I am the Toddler Teacher at Broadway! I love working with kids, especially babies. I've been working as a preschool teacher for almost three years and love my job. I'm the oldest of 8 kids, my youngest sister being only 2 years old. I love nature, hiking, and reading books. I like all things ocean, including mermaids! I'm super family oriented in my free time and hope someday to have a masters in teaching.

Cristal

Broadway Assistant Director & Jr. Toddler Teacher

Hi my name is Cristal and I am the Co-Teacher in Broadway's Willow class. I really enjoy music and playing in my family's band. I love being around kids and making them happy! I have worked in childcare for a few years now and joining CMLC's team has been an excellent decision for me!

Kathy

Broadway Jr. Toddler Co-Teacher

Hello! I'm Teacher Kathy, and I'm the Co-Teacher in the Willow class at Broadway. I started as a floater/substitute in February of 2012, and am very excited to now be able to dedicate myself to the Jr. Toddler class full time! I have a Bachelors degree in Music Education from Arizona State University and continuing education in Early Childhood. I've worked with kids of all ages since I was one myself. I love working with children because they're so honest, fun-loving and do and say the most outrageous things! I find myself laughing a lot when I'm with them. I love to see them learn and grow as they discover and experience the world around them.

Elizabeth

Broadway Toddler Co-Teacher

Hello my name is Elizabeth and I am the Co-Teacher in Broadway’s toddler class. I really enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I have worked in childcare for a couple years and I love it. I love working with the toddler age group. I love being around kids and seeing how they grow and discover new things. I will soon go back to school to get my Associates in Early Education and Family Studies. I plan to continue working with kids as a social worker. I am happy to be part of CMLC’s team.

Jessica

Broadway Toddler Co-Teacher

Hello, I am Teacher Jessica! I am the Co-Teacher in the Aspen toddler class. This is my first year at Creative Minds and already I'm delighted to be part of such a positive and caring team. The school's strong values radiate throughout. Every day is different in my role and it is never boring! I love leading my children to be the best they can be. I feel very fortunate to be spending my days teaching such enthusiastic and fun young people, and am thankful every day that I love my job. CMLC is a happy place to be and I am extremely proud to be part of the team.

Katharina

Broadway Toddler
Aide

Hello, I am Katharina. I am the co-teacher in the Juniper Toddler class. I joined Creative Minds Broadway mid August 2017 and really enjoy the fun, caring atmosphere at our school! I have worked with kids for over four and a half years professionally and really love it! Helping children develop new skills and discover new aspects of themselves is very rewarding. My other main passion besides childcare is farming. I spent one and a half years interning on farms across the country and hope one day to create an educational farm program for kids.
Dirk

Broadway Floating Teacher

Hi! My name is Lisa and I am a Floating Teacher at the Broadway school! I started with Creative Minds in September of 2016 and am loving my time here. I was born and raised in Portland, OR. My passion is taking care of kiddos and I love what I do every day! In my free time I enjoy spending time outside and going horse back riding. I really like the community that CMLC provides and I enjoy the people I work with! 

Gateway School Teachers

Taylor

Gateway Assistant Director and Pre-K Teacher

Teacher Taylor is Gateway School's Assistant Director and Pre-K Teacher. Taylor has been with Creative Minds since 2010, working predominately with our Toddler and Preschool age groups. Taylor enjoys working with kiddos of all ages, saying that she "can't get enough of all the cute things that they say!" When Taylor is not at school, she loves spending time with her family and scrapbooking!

Lydia

Gateway Toddler Teacher

Teacher Lydia is our Head Toddler Teacher of the Gateway school and has been with Creative Minds since 2004. She is devoted and offers a genuine love for the community of toddler and is committed to their exploration of new concepts.

Lydia

Gateway Preschool Teacher

Hello! My Name is Priscilla. I'm so excited to join the Gateway team as the Preschool teacher this year October 2015. I moved to Oregon last year from Northern California. I fell in love with the trees the air and the people. I am so happy to a part of such a wonderful team of teachers here at Gateway. I have enjoyed children all my life I have two of my own: a son and daughter so I am able to enjoy both sides of personalities. I ran an in home daycare for over six years, which I loved.

So when I came to Gateway it fit like a glove. My philosophy is that all children need to be heard. CMLC gives every child that walks through their doors that opportunity and more. I love the positive upbeat vibe the school shows to all the parents and staff. In my spare time I love to cook, love yard sales and journaling. I know I can never get enough of teaching and learning from our little ones. It is amazing what their little minds can absorb so easily so I must keep up too; I'm working on my CDA. I am so excited and looking forward to growing with CMLC and watching the kids, seeing their happy faces as they experience the world around them. I'm so thrilled to be part of this extraordinary operation here in Oregon.

Gateway Toddler Aide

Hello, I am Jill and the co-teacher in Gateway's Poppy classroom! I started with CMLC in August 2017 and am very happy to be a part of the Gateway team. I have always loved working with children, and love what I do here each day. I started working with children during high school child care classes and just wanted to keep working with kids from then on! Outside of Creative Minds I am married and have 2 children, a boy and girl. Our family loves going to the beach, rivers, parks as well as playing with our RC cars. We also do some rock collecting from our adventures as a family. I am very fortunate to be a part of the CMLC team and excited to grow here and to one day become a lead teacher!

Happy Valley School Teachers

Autumn

Happy Valley
Assistant Director and
Infant Teacher

Hi! My name is Autumn. I am the assistant director and infant teacher at the CMLC Happy Valley location. I have experience nannying, babysitting and have also previously worked as a teacher at Creative Minds Learning Center. I'm so excited to be a part of the amazing team of teachers here at CMLC once again! Working with children has been my passion for as long as I remember, but my heart is especially with the infants. I love to watch them grow and help them become the amazing human beings that I know they are and will be in the future. The fact that I have the opportunity to the touch the lives of these children with positivity and love makes me so proud to be a teacher. I am extremely excited to be working here at Creative Minds Learning Center!

Katie

Happy Valley Toddler Teacher

Katie is a Jr. Toddler Teacher in the Toddler room at the Happy Valley school. She has been teaching in an early childhood center for the last two years as well as babysitting for multiple families. Her patience, experience, and genuine passion for teaching are an asset to her classroom and our school!

Ana

Happy Valley Toddler Teacher

Teacher Ana was born and raised in the beautiful Bay Area. She has been working at Creative Minds since October and recently joined the energetic Lavender room as a toddler teacher. She has been working with children of all ages since she was 15 and has worked in childcare centers for over 3 years now. Her favorite things about coming to work is the energy and vibe of all the kiddos filling her days with laughter and learning!

Vibhuti

Happy Valley Floating Teacher

My name is Vibhuti and I am happy to be a part of the CMLC Happy Valley family. I have two beautiful daughters of my own, nine and five years old with very unique personalities. They keep our lives filed with joy and excitement. I love working with kids of all ages and seeing them develop and grow. I am looking forward to building lasting relations with all the students and parents.

Michelle

Happy Valley
Older Infant Teacher

Hi, my name is Michelle, I have been teaching Preschool for eight years and I love it! I have always loved working with children because they are so willing to learn new things and have fun while doing it! My passion began after taking Child Development classes in High School and has continued ever since!

Michelle

Happy Valley
Junior Infant Teacher

My name is Michelle.  I have been working with children since 2004. I decided to get a degree in Early Child Hood Development and graduated in 2013 at Clackamas Community College. I have been working at Happy Valley CMLC since October 2015 a floating teacher and am now a teacher. I have three kids, ages 17-21 and a dog.

Maria

Happy Valley
Floating Teacher

My name is Maria and I am part of a wonderful team at Happy Valley. I started out as a part-time aide May 2015 and now currently a full-time co-teacher of the toddler class , Lavender. I feel privileged to be  part of each and every child's learning experience . I am excited to see what the future holds for me here at CMLC.

Kelli

Happy Valley
Pre-K Teacher

Hi! My name is Kelli and I am the pre-k teacher at the Happy Valley location. I graduated in 2015 from Oregon State University--Go Beavs! In my spare time I enjoy volunteering, traveling, and being outdoors. I started working with kids while I was in high-school by babysitting for a local family with several foster children. I continued providing childcare as a nanny throughout college while I earned my degree in Human Development and Family Science. The most rewarding part about teaching is being there to witness the progress of the kids as they grow into their own unique people. I am super excited to be a part of each kiddo's story here at Creative Minds.

Marisa

Happy Valley
Preschool Teacher

My name is Marisa. I received a Bachelors Degree from Eastern Oregon University, majoring in Multidisciplinary Studies and Minoring in Elementary Education. I have been a substitute teacher for the past seven years with grades Kindergarten through 8th. I have worked with children of many ages and now I am ready fro Preschool!

Kristy

Happy Valley
Kindergarten Teacher

My name is Kristy. I graduated from Mt. Hood Community College with an Associates degree in Early Childhood Education and Child development. I have worked in HeadStart, childcare centers, and I have been a Nanny and babysitter. I am a dog person, I have a large dog named Winnie. I love scrapbooking and DIY projects. I don't have any children of my own, but I would love to someday.

Carrie

Happy Valley
Toddler Teacher

Hi, my name is Carrie, and I am very excited to be a part of the team at Happy Valley! I've been working with children since my very first job in high school and have about eight years of experience in childcare centers, working with children of many age groups. I earned my bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Central Washington University in 2003. I have worked in other fields too, but my heart has always been with teaching, It's amazing to see young children learn and grow, and I love getting to be a part of that. It's great to be back!

Sellwood School Teachers

Alex

Sellwood Assistant Director & Infant Teacher

Alex has lived in the Clackamas area her entire life, and attends Clackamas Community College working toward her Associates Degree and Drug Counseling Certification — while also attending as many child development classes as possible. She's worked with children in daycare and preschool settings since the age of 18, and has been working with Creative Minds Learning Center since September of 2014. Being able to work with infants and to watch them grow and learn about the world around them is what Alex loves most about her experience with Creative Minds. Each child has their own personality and milestones, and she's very excited to be a part of each one of them.

Jazmin

Sellwood Preschool
Teacher

Hi, I'm Teacher Jazmin. I started working at Creative Minds at the beginning of 2014. I am an Early Childhood and Mental Health major at Mt. Hood Community College, and will graduate in June 2014. I have some great experience working with young children, including my volunteer time at Head Start and an internship at a Montessori school. Being part of children's young lives and creating a special bond while watching them accomplish each of their milestones is what I love about being a teacher!

Danielle

Sellwood Toddler
Teacher

Teacher Danielle joined our Sellwood team as a toddler teacher in March 2016. She came to us with several years of experience nannying and babysitting kiddos ages 1 to 5. She also has three daughters of her own named Kora, Lasanti, and Brooklyn. Danielle loves working with children because, "Every day is different and exciting! There is always lots of laughter. Even though there are times that can be tough, seeing what you can teach the little ones makes it worth it." In her free time, Danielle enjoys swimming and playing soccer with her family. She also is an avid concert goer and hits the beach any time she can!

Allison

Sellwood Jr. Toddler Teacher

Hi, my name is Allison and I was the Cook at the Sellwood School, and now I am the Toddler Teacher! I studied culinary arts at the Western Culinary Institute and have many years of experience working with children in both a school setting as well as coaching youth sports. I love to work with kids and enjoy cooking! Working at Creative Minds has given me the opportunity to do both!

Angela

Sellwood Preschool
Teacher

Hi! I'm Angela, I have been working with Creative Minds Learning Centers since the Sellwood school opened in July, 2011. Orignally working as an afternoon Aide, and now as a Preschool Teacher. I have always wanted to be a teacher but I never really explored my interests until I was introduced to Creative Minds. Working with the children in the amazing environment CMLC provides has encouraged me to further my education in Early Childhood Education. From their loving smiles to the moments when you know they have learned something new, the children inspire me to also use my passion in art to creatively educate and move my way up with the CMLC Family.

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Sellwood Preschool
Teacher

Hi! I am teacher Alyssa and I am in Sequoia, our preschool room! I joined CMLC in January 2015 and worked as a toddler teacher before going to a part time floaters and then back full time at CMLC because the kiddos and staff are amazing and the Sellwood neighborhood is my home. I moved to Oregon from Phoenix, Arizona in 2014 to be somewhere green! And not so hot all the time! I graduated with my bachelors in English from Arizona State University and I hope to be teaching the rest of my life. Perhaps one day high school English! I love laughing, goofing and teaching with the kiddos and love that they teach me new things everyday
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Sellwood Kindergarten
Teacher

Teacher Mike - bio coming soon
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Sellwood Jr. Toddler
Teacher

Teacher Kathryn - bio coming soon

Tualatin School Teachers

Katy

Tualatin Lead Infant Teacher

Katy is our Lead Infant Teacher here at Tualatin! Katy started working with children in 2000 at a certified child care center in the infant and toddler classrooms. In 2013 Katy began working in a two year old class and enjoyed the new and fun experiences the Toddlers brought! Katy began with CMLC in August 2015 and has made a huge impact on the development of our infant program here in Tualatin!

Courtney

Tualatin Kindergarten
Teacher

Courtney is our Kindergarten Teacher at the Tualatin School. She joined CMLC earlier in 2015 and is so excited to be part of the Tualatin team! Courtney has her Associates in Early Childhood Education and certificate in Family Studies from Clackamas Community College. Teaching is not Courtney’s only passion, as she is a Zumba instructor! She has her certification to instruct Zumba for adults and kids. Courtney looks forward to learning and growing with your children!

Tualatin Preschool Teacher

I am Teacher Stacy! I have been working in child care for 29 years, and am still loving what I do. I have very fond memories of superfine times over the years. I started with  Creative Minds in the Spring of 2016. I have worked at both the Happy Valley and Tualatin location, where I am currently teaching in the Preschool Fish and Falls room. I like to hike an go bowling in my spare time!

Katey

Tualatin
Floating Teacher

Teacher Katey graduated from Tualatin High School and has volunteered and worked in Childcare for four years and has a love for children! Recently, Teacher Katey went to Guatemala on a mission trip for six weeks to work as an intern for Eagles Nest, an Orphanage and she was able to work with children with special needs. Currently attending Portland Community College, Katey is studying to get her Associates in Early Childhood and Family Studies!

Madi

Tualatin Pre-K
Teacher

Hi my name is Madi! I just recently joined CMLC in June and am having so much fun. Growing up with younger siblings and other family members helped me realize how much I love working with kids. I worked another child care center and have babysat for many families. I love all ages and cannot wait to see each child grow and learn!

Graciela

Tualatin Jr. Toddler
Teacher

Teacher Kenzi is a Jr. Toddler teacher at the Tualatin location. She has worked with children for over five years and has studied child development, which is the major that she will earn her bachelor’s degree in. Having been born and raised in Tualatin, the community and the people here are very important to her. She enjoys interacting with the parents and children and making people smile throughout the day. From early on Kenzi knew that she wanted to work with children and she is very excited to be working with the children and babies here at Creative Minds!

Brittany

Tualatin Jr. Toddler Teacher

Hi, my name is Brittany and I am currently a Jr. Toddler Teacher at Creative Minds Tualatin. I have experience nannying, babysiting and now working in a child care center! I love working with children of all ages and watching them learn new things and continue to grow physically and mentally every day. I am excited to be at Tualatin and look forward to my future here with my wonderful co workers!

Brittiany

Tualatin
Older Infant Teacher

I'm Brittiany from Arlington, WA! I am married and a mother to one precious little girl, Averie Jaed, who is my whole world! I love to go to the beach, anything Disney, and to bake goodies to share with my loved ones and friends! My passion is helping others and photography! I love working with kids because it is so rewarding! The smiles, the giggles, and the accomplishments the kids share with me is worth every moment! I'm always good at catching Kodak moments and doing fun crafts with the kiddos!

Linsey

Tualatin
Jr. Toddler Teacher

I'm Linsey. I help teach the Jr. Toddler kiddos. I was born and raised in Oregon. It's where I met my husband, it's where I started my family, and it's where I want to raise my family. My husband and I have a baby girl named Henley and she is my best everything!

I love what I do! I love helping the kids learn life lessons and I learn from them everyday also!!

Melissa

Tualatin Jr. Toddler
Aide

Melissa - bio coming soon

Jennifer

Tualatin Toddler
Teacher

Hi, I’m Teacher Jennifer! I'm the lead teacher in the Lagoon toddler class. I have been working in preschools for 20 years. I started working for Creative Minds in April of 2017, and I love the community and the kiddos in my class. I have two kids of my own, a 7 year old daughter and a 10 month old son who I get to take to work with me!

Tualatin Toddler
Aide

Taylor - bio coming soon

Tualatin Younger Infant
Aide

Skylar - bio coming soon

Tualatin Infant
Aide

Hi, I’m Katrina! I started working with Creative Minds in August of 2017, and I am the Teacher’s Aide in the Wanderlust classroom! I have always loved working with children. In my free time I am usually found in a corner with my nose in a book, or out enjoying the day with friends and family! I am very excited to be part of the CMLC team. 

Tualatin Teacher's
Aide

Hello, My name is Hillary and I am so happy to be part of the Creative Minds Tualatin Center team! I graduated from Tigard High School in June of 2016, and I'm currently attending PCC for a transfer degree to an University and major in early childhood education. I've been working with children since a young age and began babysitting at the age of 15. Working with children has always been my passion and I look forward to keep seeing them grow and learn. 

Tualatin Floating Teacher

Hi I'm Teacher Tabitha. I moved from upstate New York in September. I'm very excited to begin teaching full time after spending the last few years working at the largest traveling youth theatre in New York. When I'm not enjoying my days working with your children I spend my time gardening and playing with my pup, Frederick

Tualatin Breaks Teacher

Hello, my name is Adam! I started with Creative Minds in November, 2017. I graduated with Portland State University with a Masters in Special Education with additional certificates in Early Childhood Education and Autism Studies in 2015. Previously, I was a caregiver for an individual with Cerebral Palsy, and I worked with him and various technology daily to help him be able to work, speak, and play video games together! In my free time I enjoy tinkering with video game technology, especially to help individuals with disabilities. My wife and I collect video games and books in our free time.

Westmoreland School Teachers

Jessica Johnson

Westmoreland Young Infant Teacher

Hi.. I'm Jessica. I grew up in the great northwest. I have two brothers and a younger sister we've always been close. I grew up being homeschooled. I've always loved learning and helping others learn. My favorite things are art. Drawing. Sports. Hanging out with my dog. Traveling. I've been teaching kids of all ages for almost ten years. Its my privilege and joy to teach and watch kids learn and there curiousity about the world and learning new things brings happiness to my life. I am honored to be working with your children.

Kelsi

Westmoreland Toddler Teacher

My name is Kelsi and I am a Toddler Teacher here at CMLC Westmoreland! I am originally from Salt Lake City, Utah and have recently become a Washington resident! I received my Bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Utah before coming to the beautiful Northwest. I have always had a huge soft spot in my heart for children and dogs, so I feel very grateful to have been given this amazing opportunity to not only watch your children grow, but to learn new things with them every day. Also I'm honored to be privileged enough to be a part of the development process as they grow into unique and wonderful individuals. I look forward to working and learning with your children and I hope I can be a positive influence throughout their time here at CMLC.

Lauren

Westmoreland Jr. Toddler Teacher

Hi! My name is Lauren, I'm new to Portland, but I am loving it so far! I grew up in Florida, and moved to a small town in Alaska when I was 12. I attended the University of Alaska Anchorage where I obtained a BA in Early Childhood education. I have loved children for as long as I can remember, even when I was a little girl, I always wanted to be a teacher when I grew up. In my spare time I enjoy playing video games, cooking, and singing. I am loving being part of the Creative Minds team! Their loving, gentle approach to childcare and warm, welcoming team have made me feel right at home.

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Westmoreland Pre-K Teacher

Hello, my name is Teacher Tara and I have been teaching for 8 years. I enjoy teaching Pre-K because I love being a part of watching them grow and learn. I also enjoy helping your children prepare for Kindergarten. I love spending my free time with my 3 kids and my husband.

Kate

Westmoreland Young Infants

Hi my name is Kate and I was born and raised in the Westmoreland neighborhood. I've had a passion for infant care for my entire life and being able to turn my passion into a career is a dream come true. Currently I'm in school pursing a Bachelor is Science in Nursing so I can because a neonatal nurse. When I'm not at work or in class I enjoy hiking and reading on my porch swing with my mum.

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Westmoreland Pre-K Teacher

Angela P. - bio coming soon
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Westmoreland Toddler Aide

Filsha - bio coming soon
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Westmoreland Older Infant Teacher

Jessica F. - bio coming soon
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Westmoreland Preschool Aide

Angela S. - bio coming soon
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Westmoreland Younger Infant Aide

Shelby - bio coming soon

Woodstock School Teachers

Estera

Woodstock Jr. Toddler Teacher

My name is Estera I was born and raised in a family of ten sisters and three brothers. Growing up in a large family I have learned to respect, love and care for others. When I was younger I remember how much I loved playing teacher with my siblings. I knew from a young age that I wanted to become a preschool teacher. My dream became a reality when I went to high school. There I had the opportunity to volunteer at the Reynolds Preschool. I was dedicated and motivated to learn about children and their development. So I decided to volunteer at that preschool for 2 and a half years. Once I finally graduated high school with a major in Early Childhood Education. I was off to college to gain even more knowledge. I started to volunteer in Head Start at Mt. Hood Community College. In 2013 I graduated from Mt. Hood with an Associates of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education. On September 13th, 2013 I was hired at Creative Minds Learning Center. It's such a blessing to be here and work with our Woodstock families. I've enjoyed every minute of it. I thank you! Teaching is a passion of mine, I don't see myself doing anything else. I believe that every teacher needs to be nurturing, respectful and a life long learner. These are all characteristics that I acquire and will continue to put into action.

Norma

Woodstock
Preschool/Pre-K Teacher

Hi, my name is Norma. I have over five years experience working with children, and after going to college to be a medical assistant, I realized my passion is to work with children. I am pursuing my dreams now by gaining some experience while working in the toddler class. And in the near future would like to go back to school to get my associates degree in Early Childhood Education. I have three boys of my own and on the days I'm off we go to the movies, birthday parties, and church functions. Iʼm very excited and blessed to be a part of cmlc. Thank you for allowing me to be apart of your kidsʼ life.

Kaulana

Woodstock
Preschool/Pre-K Teacher

Hi my name is Teacher Kaulana I am a preschool teacher at Woodstock:) I love working at CMLC, this is my first year here and I plan on staying here throughout my schooling. I worked in elementary and middle schools with my mom teaching Hawaiian dance and history for 5 years. She taught me so much about interacting with kids and making things fun for them while keeping a class under control. Playing with, teaching and watching your kids grow is truly an amazing experience that I'm blessed to be apart of! Thank you!!

Nicole

Woodstock
Teacher Aide

Teacher Nicole joined our Woodstock team in Fall 2017. She loves working with the little ones at the Woodstock school, and has her own little one, Emily Rose. During her time with CMLC, Nicole has gained a new-found passion for photography and crafts. Nicole loves spending her days with the kiddos at CMLC Woodstock, watching them grow and learn every day!

CMLC School Chefs

Khoi

Broadway Cook

Khoi is our Cook here at the Broadway location and has been with us since September of 2009. Previous to her time here at Creative Minds, Khoi worked as a resturaunt cook and was a teacher in Vietnam for 12 years. Khoi then relocated and moved here to the United States in 2003. Khoi has four children of her own, 2 boys and 2 girls. She loves cooking and loves the teachers that work here. Coming in to work is so enjoyable for her because she feels "peaceful" here and loves her job.

Trinh

Happy Valley Cook

Trinh is our Cook at the Happy Valley Location! Trinh began with CMLC in January 2013 and has done a wonderful job of getting to know the kiddos and provide yummy meals! Trinh is always eager to lend a helping hand and comes to school with a smile on her face each day!

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Tualatin Cook

Hello, my name is Leah and I am the Cook for the CMLC Tualatin location. I have a BA in Psychology / Gender Studies from Illinois College and nearly 6 years of experience in child welfare, social services, and the medical field. I plan to continue my education and earn my Master's degree in School Psychology. I have experience working with children and teens of all ages (0-22), particularly teaching life skills such as empathetic reasoning, emotional regulation, and of course, good nutrition. Cooking has always been something I enjoyed doing with the youth I have serviced and I am excited to be sharing that skill with the children at Creative Minds!
Thuan

Woodstock Cook

Hi, I'm Thuan. I cook at the Woodstock School. I grew up and went to school in Vietnam. I moved to the Oregon in 1999. I have been a cook since I was a small girl working in a restaurant with my family. I like to cook for kids because they always appreciate it. I Have two children of my own one boy and one girl. I love the kids and the teachers at this school.

CMLC School Maintenance Team

Cody

Maintenance Team

Hi! My name is Cody. I am a maintenance tech for Creative Minds Learning Centers.  I started working with CMLC in July of 2015, and love this job more than anywhere I have worked before. I really enjoy the atmosphere it has to offer, and interacting with the families and teachers alike is always pleasant. I also have a good grasp of my job having worked at home depot before and I am still learning new things each day. In my free time, I enjoy video games, tennis, karaoke, my cats and hanging out with my friends. I hope to see some of you around and make the school a safer and nicer place for everyone.


We want to thank all of our teachers and aides who are committed to the development of our schools and encouragement to the children. We hand pick the very best people to make a team which delivers the company's philosophy of "listening to childrens hearts with understanding and a true commitment to an artistic, organic and healthy setting". Each teacher puts together a biography, giving you a peek at who they are which is displayed throughout the centers.

If you are interested in becoming a part of Creative Minds Learning Center's team, either by joining our Parent's Organization Board or applying to be a teacher or aide, please visit the Contact Us page and email us your information.

Provider classes & training resources are available at http://metroccrr.org/trainings.html

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For Assistance with scheduling a Meet and Greet (or general questions), please call 503-252-0004 ext. 0.

We look forward to meeting your family.