Hi, my name is Amy Clouse, I am the Executive Director of Grandma’s Place Child Development Centers and the on-site director of Clark Family Center. My parents and I opened Grandma’s Place in 1997 with the mission of offering affordable, flexible and quality child care to Portland Families.
My wonderful husband of 20 years has been a great support throughout my business venture. In addition to his love and support, my three children have also supported me as they grew up in our centers.
I have been working in the child development field for 20 years. I started out as an infant teacher for the first 5 years, and then I have spent the rest of my time working with all age groups.
I look forward to getting to know each and every family. It’s our goal to create a loving warm environment for the children to grow. We strive to meet the children’s individual needs while supporting the whole family. I am excited to part of your child’s life!
My name is Jennifer and I am the teacher in the infant room here at Grandma's Place. I have been working in childcare for over 18 years. While most of my work experience has been with school-age children, I have worked with all ages at some point in my career. I have a college degree from Portland State University. I have obtained community training hours that have aided in my skill base and increased my abilities as a teacher. My college education and trainings have paved the way for me to achieve the state of Oregon's School-Age Credential and the state's Director Credential. Professional development and continuing education are a passion of mine so I am looking forward to the opportunity to obtain the Infant Credential offered by the state.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending as much time with my family as possible. My son Terrien turned 7 in January this year and is in the first grade. He is active in Cub Scouts, baseball and swimming lessons. I have also raised 4 chickens and two cats as well as tending a native garden and maintaining my early 20th century home. My son and I enjoy spending as much time outside as possible and discovered Geocaching. From the game we have had an innumerable amount of experiences and met new people including my beloved partner Tracy. As a family we go out camping, hiking, snowshoeing, kayaking and so much more. We are always looking for new geocaches wherever we might find ourselves.
My name is Beth and I am a teacher in the infant room. I have been working with children for many years, including teaching piano lessons, special education, volunteer work, and 14 years in child care. Throughout that time I have had the opportunity to work with all ages: infant through high school. I have a degree from Northwest University and am looking forward to continuing my education.
In my free time I enjoy spending time with my husband of almost 25 years and our three children. We like to camp, spend time at the beach, play musical instruments, play board games, and get together with friends and family.
My name is Lindsay and I am a teacher in the mobile infant class. I have been at Grandma’s Place for over three years. I left for a while to take time off to be with my family and now I’m back! I have been working with children for over seven years (ages 3 months – 12 years) and I love it! I have two children of my own; 6 and 9 years old. I love seeing the progress children make in my classroom as we play and learn together!
Hi! My name is Kee’Shawna. I am one of the teachers in the mobile infant rooms. I’ve been working in the mobile infant room for half a year and have learned so much during that time! I enjoy working with kids; I like being a part of their development from infant to toddler. I know sign language and took classes for it in high school for 2 years. It’s a great way to teach communication to my students as they learn to talk!
My name is Elizabeth, the kids call me Liz for short. I’ve been working with children since I was 12 years old. I started out babysitting and volunteering in the nursery at my church. Once I turned 18 I started my first job at a child development center working with infants and toddlers. I’ve also had the opportunity to be a nanny for 5 years for a family that had 3 children.
I started at Grandma’s Place in 2010. Since I’ve been employed here, I have taken advantage of countless hours of training in order to help me grow as an educator. I am committed to furthering my knowledge, training, and skills to help encourage and support the children and families in my care. The highlight of working in the early education field is watching the children learn and grow as infants and then watching them go off to Kindergarten.
In my spare time, I enjoy going to the movies, the zoo, and going to garage sales with my daughter and my boyfriend. I love spending time with my family and friends. My boyfriend and I like to host bar-b-ques at our house during the summer months to get family and friends together.
Ms. Christian- Bio coming soon
My name is Haley O’Connor I was born on September 29th, 1997, and I have worked with children since I was old enough to start babysitting. My childcare experience and knowledge has expanded enormously over the years. My first job was at Chuck-e-Cheese as a party hostess. It was so much fun! While I was still working there, I got my first job at a child care center as a teacher’s aide; now I am a certified teacher! Over these past few years I’ve worked at several centers and Grandma’s Place feels like home. I am so happy here and can’t wait to see what the future holds.
I LOVE CHILDREN, and I am going to college to major in early childhood education to become a kindergarten teacher. I have two brothers who are 10 and 12 years older than me. I have a doggy named Macaroo. When I’m not at work spending time with all your lovely children I am usually somewhere outdoors! I love camping, boating, fishing, and riding quads.
“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”
― Margaret Mead
My name is Oksana and I am originally from Eastern Europe (Ukraine). My family and I moved to Portland in 2013. I have two children. My son is a professional musician. He plays the clarinet, saxophone, and the piano. My daughter studies music as well and is currently involved in taekwondo. In my free time I love spending time with my family and being outdoors. I enjoy cooking and baking. I love cats and dogs and as strange as it may sound I collect mushrooms.
I have been working with children for 10 years. I received my bachelor’s and master’s degree from South National Pedagogical University. I have had numerous hours of training and will continue to seek opportunities to help me grow in the field. I speak Ukrainian and Russian and I am currently studying English at PCC.
I have been at Grandma’s Place since 2013 and I love the work that I do. I take pride in the individuality of every child and love them equally. My goal is to help children grow and learn. I feel it’s important to create a learning environment that will support their needs. I want children to be happy not only physically but psychologically too. Children are our future!
My name is Lashelle White and I am a teacher in the toddler room. I am from Portland and have four amazing kids. I have been working in childcare for three years. I have worked with a variety of ages from 1 month through 13 years old. I love working with children! I believe that all kids can learn with a teacher providing a strong learning environment. That includes exploration, hands-on support, and play. I love being a part of each child’s learning experience and look forward to each new school year!
My name is Asha. I am a teacher in the Toddler Blue classroom. I am originally from Trinidad and Tobago. As a child I moved to Boston and many years later I got married and had two wonderful children. When my children were small we moved to Florida to be closer to family. After being there for almost 20 years, my children and I moved to Oregon so they could attend college. I love Oregon. The state is beautiful and has so much to offer.
I have been in the childcare field for 37 years and worked with children between the ages of 2 months to 12 years old. I have my national CDA (Childcare Development Associate) and have taken many classes in early childhood development in my 37 years as a provider. I absolutely love working with children. I believe that children learn through playing and exploring and it is up to us as teachers to provide them with the environment where they can be successful. I am honored to be a part of their learning experience and feel enriched each day as I continue my passion of working with children.
Outside of Grandma’s Place I am usually exploring Oregon, shopping, or taking long walks. I also enjoy reading, listening to music, spending time with my children, and going to art museums.
Hello, my name is Zawadi Baderha. In 2010 I came to the United States from Bakavu. I am one of six children and I have nine children of my own. I speak English, Swahili, and French. My formal education for high school and teaching was in Bakavu.
I was a school teacher for eight years teaching all ages from infant to high school. After arriving in Portland, OR, I worked for IRCO (Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization) in the child care center with all ages. I am excited to have a permanent position here at Grandma’s Place.
In my spare time I like to cook traditional foods from Bakavu and experiment with American food. I love to knit and enjoy making baby sweaters, baby shoes, hats, and mittens. I give these as gifts to many friends and family.
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Hi, My name is Breona shavers or Bre for short. I’ve been working at Grandma’s Place since summer 2016, I started working here at Grandma’s Place right out of high school. I currently work with all of the children, from infants to preschool. I really enjoy working with all the different ages of children because they all teach you something different.
I’ve been babysitting and watching children since I was 12 years of age. I baby sat for numerous family members and family friends growing up. I spend a lot of time helping tend to my nephews, nieces and god sisters who are all between the age of 6 months to 15 years old.
Outside of work I enjoy family time, catching a movie and attending volleyball and basketball games for both my god sister and nephews. I also love going hiking and swimming in the summer time. I’m a big fan of family time, we’re all pretty close and enjoy doing a lot of things together.
Khadija Salah- Bio coming soon
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