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Kayla Neill, Director
Kayla Neill, Director

I started my career with Creative Minds in June 2009 after graduating from Cascade College/Oklahoma Christian University with my BS in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education. I love being surrounded by young, fresh, and inspiring little minds and personalities each day. To be able to help create an environment that truly encourages growth and development in these little ones is an honor.

My husband, Ross, and I have three kiddos of our own: Clay, Rorik, and Aubree. They are our biggest blessings and grey hair accelerators! In my spare time (haha), I enjoy reading a good book, shopping, and crafting.

I look forward to partnering with our amazing families to create many more great memories at Creative Minds Learning Centers!

Janae Merritt, Assistant Director
Janae Merritt, Assistant Director

My career in early childhood education started off at Portland Parks and Recreation as a Swim Instructor when I was 15 years old. I quickly worked my way up to a Lead Swim Instructor and ran the Swim Lesson Program for Mt. Scott. After working there I realized I wanted to jump into teaching with no better way to start than at a Preschool. I started in the Preschool classroom and shortly after worked my way to the Floater Teacher and than the Assistant Director. I have been working in early childhood education for over 8 years now but working with children for almost 15 years. Watching a child work so hard to achieve a certain goal, and than seeing their face when they finally achieve that goal, makes what I do worth every minute. I love teaching children to be a good, positive part in our society.

I am a mom of two beautiful little girls: Crislynn and Madalynn, and wife to a very hard working and loving husband, Steven. I am currently going to school to finish my degree in Early Childhood Education. I started here at Creative Minds Broadway in January 2019. I am so excited to see what the future has in store!



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8340 NE Broadway
Portland, OR 97220



Monday - Friday
7am - 6pm
Recognized as a Cadence Education 
School of Excellence

Recognized as a Cadence Education School of Excellence