In the heart of the central east side, this location is blocks from Buckman School. In operation in this location since 2010. Serving children ages 6 months to 5 years of age.
Take a Peek at Our Space
Infant and Toddler
6 months at the start of the school session
Ratio 3 children to 1 adult
16 months at the start of the school session
Ratio 4 children to 1 adult
One nap a day
24 months at the start of the school session
Actively learning preschool skills
Beginning to work on toileting skills
Starting to put on shoes/pants/coats independently
Using words to communicate
Building relationships, social skills and larger group (community) skills.
Ratio 5 children to 1 adult
Preschool and Kindergarten
30 months at the start of the school session
Ratio 5 children to 1 adult (group size 10)
This group is actively working on:
*Actively practicing self dressing skills (put on shoes/pants/coats independently)
*Using words to communicate and express feelings
*Building relationships, social skills and larger group (community) skills.
36 months at the start of the school session
Ratio 10 children to 1 adult
All must have mastered preschool skills
Diaper free and confident with toileting skills
Using words to communicate
Actively participant in larger group (community) activities
48 months at the start of the school session
Pre-k student to teacher ratio is 10 students to 1 teacher.
All of our programs are located at 1111 SE Pine Street!
We offer half day (8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) and full day programs (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
Our Southeast Teachers
I am excited to work at Escuela Viva and get to know everyone here! I was raised and born here in Portland Oregon. I am 24 years old and have 4 doggies. I’ve recently purchased my first home and I am very excited to have my very own place to call my own. Six years ago I graduated High School. I didn’t know what career path to take but I knew I wanted to help families as best as I could. One year after being in college I was introduced to the Early Childhood Program. After taking one course I knew it was my passion. I graduated from Mt. Hood Community College with an Associates in Applied Science. My major was Child Development and Early Childhood Education. I have a few years of experience working with young toddlers and infants. I have worked as an assistant teacher, toddler teacher, Head Teacher/ Provider for an in-home child care center, and have been HR/Management for a few months. I have always enjoyed learning more and expanding my knowledge of early childhood education and development. I believe in treating children with respect and letting them be as independent as they can. On my time off I enjoy spending time with my family and dogs/cat. I love going to the beach and finding new places to explore with friends.
Gloria was born in Mexico and raised her two daughters here in Portland. She is currently obtaining her Child Development Associate degree and aligns her crafts, provocations, and teaching style with the Reggio Emilia philosophy. She brings lots of joy and energy to the class and is eager to get to know your little ones.
I grew up on the edge of a redwood forest in Santa Cruz, CA. I have a passion for nature, and enjoy backpacking, trail running, and exploring different natural landscapes. I have a degree in ceramic sculpture and I maintain an art practice in my personal studio in the industrial district of Northwest Portland. I have been working in child care facilities for the last 9 years ranging through a variety of educational approaches. After several extended trips to South America with a dear friend from Colombia, I have developed a love for both the language and many cultures spanning the continent. While I am still learning the language, I have built a foundation in Spanish to jump off of and engage further with the children. I enjoy helping children to find their passions and explore the world with a touch of creativity and curiosity. I am excited to teach with Escuela Viva and also learn along with a new group of children.
Teacher Em has been working in education since 2014. She grew up in California and moved to Portland in 2018. English is her first language and she is eager to continue her Spanish involvement. She has worked as a lead teacher, preschool teacher, site director, behavior specialist, and admin assistant. Emily looks forward to bringing her passion for education into a new environment to make this classroom as engaging and fulfilling as possible for each child and getting to know your family.
Hola, my name is Maria Ramirez. I am 23 years old and a native Spanish speaker. I am the oldest of 6. I also have a daughter named Naydyn. She’ll be 8, Dec. 23rd. I’ve been a sub for Escuela Viva for the last 6 months. I’ve also subbed at In A Child’s Path/ Wild Lilac. I’m really excited to be a part of such a close community. When I’m not at Escuela Viva, you’ll find me at home with Naydyn helping her with homework or watching a film. Naydyn and I often travel to Mexico. Most of our family lives in a state called Puebla. We also enjoy camping. (fun fact: Both Naydyn and I were born at the OHSU hospital in Portland). We love the rain, so going for walks in the rain is our thing. Overall I can be very silly when it comes to hanging out with children. I really do enjoy being around them. I always leave Escuela Viva with the biggest smile on my face.
Hello! My name is Mayah and I am a substitute here at Escuela Viva. I have been volunteering at Escuela Viva since I was 14 years old and attended here as a child. I have been surrounded by Spanish since I was a baby, Escuela Viva was a large part of that. I took Spanish beginning in middle school and high school. I just graduated from Lincoln high school last year but have been babysitting infants, toddlers, and older children since I was 13 years old for numerous families, some from Escuela Viva! In high school, I also worked with 4th- 8th graders as a softball camp counselor and worked several weeks as a counselor for Oregon’s Outdoor School program. During those weeks, I was able to experience and appreciate the wonders that an outdoor and hands-on learning environment can do for a child’s development. I was able to experience the other side of learning outdoors as a student last summer when I participated in a three-month backpacking adventure where I learned about living harmoniously with the natural world. Being able to learn and teach outdoors is very special to me and held a pivotal role in molding me into who I am today.
Creativity is another feature of education that I greatly value. I love everything that has to do with the arts and expression, and even though I might not be talented in all aspects of it, I like to practice many of its different forms. Drawing, sewing, and embroidery playing the guitar, writing, and painting are all forms of art that I enjoy doing and sharing with others. Being able to express oneself can be difficult for some, and for me, art is an important part of reflecting and being able to move about the world in a kind and loving manner. I am very excited to be working here at the school as I have a deep appreciation of early learning and childcare programs. I believe early education is critical in advancing children in the world, as it provides them with skills to communicate, problem-solve, and act with compassion and love. I am looking forward to sharing my wonderment of nature and creativity with the children of the Escuela Viva community.
My name is Tiffeni and I am from the Portland area. I have been working in Early Childhood Education for about seven years. During the past four years, I carried that interest abroad, working with young learners in Japan, Cambodia, and Australia. Though I'm not fluent, In the past I have studied Khmer, Mandarin, and Spanish. I'm excited to join the Escuela Viva Team and to build upon my Spanish language skills. As a teacher, I focus on promoting independence and social-emotional growth. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy outdoor pursuits, traveling, and spending time with the people I care about.
I started in the early educational world 18 years ago. Working as a registered and certified home child care provider through the State of Oregon, I provided child care for migrant families. After that, I studied English as a second language and got into college classes, where I earned an associate degree in early childhood and education. I am passionate about learning, and I believe that a professional teacher is a life long learning process. For this reason, I will continue my studies in higher education. I love teaching, I enjoy sharing learning spaces and I am always open to learn from others. I understand education as a shared system of learning between students, professors, and families. My philosophy on childcare is building healthy relationships, building skills through play, and facilitating a space that is guided by children’s interests.
My favorite hobbies have always included learning, reading, and sharing moments with my family. I love creativity and creating things with my hands. I love to spend time around nature, and learning to play an instrument is one of my dreams.
Hello everyone! My name is Marisol Paredes-Torres and I am excited to join the Escuela Viva Community! I look forward to working with the children in the Cachorros/Sapitos classroom and getting to know everyone at Escuela Viva. I was born and raised here in Portland, Oregon. My parents are from Guanajuato, Mexico and they have taught me so much about my culture and the beautiful Spanish language. I realized that working with children is my passion when my little sister was born and I was able to care for her while my parents worked full time. SInce then I knew what I wanted to go to college for and the career I wanted to pursue. I graduated from Mount Hood Community College in 2017 with an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. I have several years of experience working with children as young as 3 months and as old as 12 years. I’ve been an Infant/Toddler Teacher, an Elementary Educational Assistant, and an Assistant Director for an in home daycare.
When working with children I love to sing in Spanish and be active. I enjoy being able to share my native language with children and my culture as well. I believe that all children deserve respect and should be given various opportunities to explore in a safe and engaging environment. I enjoy setting up developmentally and age appropriate activities for children to express themselves and to help them learn more about their world. During my free time I enjoy shopping, watching movies, cooking, and going on dates with my husband.
I’m Bash (They/Them), I’m ecstatic to be joining the Escuela Viva community and am looking forward to meeting and getting to know you all. My parents are from El Salvador and they immigrated to the states in the ’80s and raised us in San Francisco, California. I am the oldest of three so naturally, I became the default babysitter when my abuelita wasn’t around, but that is also when my love of working with children started. I went to San Francisco State University for my BA in English Education while also working in a Spanish immersion after-school program. I’ve worked with children in a variety of settings since 2014, but it was until my spouse and I moved to Portland in the summer of 2018 that I had the opportunity to start working as a preschool teacher. Growing up in a Spanish-speaking household, one of the many things my parents instilled in me was the love of language and culture and that is something I want to do similarly with the children that I work with. I want children to be proud of who they are, of where they come from, and for them to have caring and empathy for those around them; To be able to embrace differences and recognize that those differences are what make each of us unique and special.
Erica Ryan started acquiring Spanish skills at the age of 5 when she first started visiting Mexico. She ended up moving to Mexico for 16 years. Since moving back to Oregon she has worked at Spanish immersion preschools for the last 4 years (Nov. 2020). She also is pursuing her Associates's degree in Early Childhood Education at P.C.C.
As a child, Erica had a somewhat negative experience in school and struggled. She aspires to be "the teacher she needed" to her students. Her motto is no child left behind and she believes that children should be able to be children. She was taught the Reggio Emilia approach and she tries to use the ideals of that as her teaching style. Trust in the child - Teacher as a facilitator - Environment as the third teacher.
Irma is a recent Portland transport, having grown up in Chicago. Her first job was at a bookstore, where she specialized in the children’s section. She worked as a teacher’s aide for a year and a half, then went on to alternate between the nonprofit sector and private childcare. The three main families she nannied for employed her for 5-7 years each, and she still exchanges Christmas cards with them. Her home has been shared with almost 300 foster cats and dogs, including some special needs animals. Currently, she is pursuing her Bachelors, double majoring in Psychology and Child, Youth, and Family Studies and hopes to become a Certified Family Life Educator. She is a big believer in high quality early education, NAEYC, and Reggio Emilia. She is excited to join the Escuela Viva community, work with young children and their families again, and to practice her Spanish daily.
Irma’s two musically gifted step-sons keep her and her partner busy outside of work and school. The family enjoys volunteering with Friends of Trees and the YWCA when they get a free Saturday. Their cat prefers when they stay home so he can sleep in someone’s lap.
My name is Marisol Pichardo Barrales. I'm originally from Oaxaca, Mexico and Spanish was my first language. I am a pastry chef at heart and I love activities related to art, creativity and culture. Thanks to this skill, I was invited by the Albina Early Head Start and Jason Lee Early Head Start schools to share recipes and do baking projects with the children. I have been a volunteer at Sacajawea Early Head start while one of my children attended that program. It was very fun and exciting interacting with the children that I decided to work as a preschool teacher.
I started the adventure of working in early childhood in April 2015 until now in Escuela Viva performing different roles. I am currently taking child development classes and training at Mount Hood Community College to continuously improve my job performance. As a teacher, I think that theory and experience are good tools to support our children, but imagination is the pencil with which the child paints their best adventures.
Hello, Families and Friends of Escuela Viva!
I would like to begin by extending a welcoming greeting and introducing myself to the Escuela Viva Learning Community. I have spent the last 10 years working in a variety of early childhood education settings where I obtained a Child Development Associate Credential and currently working on my certificate in trauma-informed. As a parent, educator, and administrator, I have the pleasure to teach a diverse group of students and families from ( birth to six) including those challenged by autism, non-compliant behavior, speech impairment, as well as children who functioned on and above grade level. I have been involved in the Doernbecher children’s hospital cancer forum. This is very close to home as my son Cole spent the first several years going through cancer treatment.
Education philosophy: I encourage children’s learning by incorporating invitation learning centers, hands-on activities, and incorporating Spanish vocabulary words into music, movement, and games. These methods prove to stimulate students' social, emotional, physical, and academic growth. In addition, I utilize the strategies to introduce new concepts, establish a connection between the classroom in everyday life, Foster and exciting engaging atmospheres, and teach fundamental skills.
In my personal life, my hobbies include cooking, road trips to the beach with family and friends, creative art projects with my 11-year-old son Cole. My favorite children’s books are Island Born written by Junot Diaz. This book is a personal one for me because of my family immigrant from Honduras. Island-born is creative, diverse, and connects to families. My second children's book is the magical treehouse. This is my favorite one to read with my son and students. Children can explore endless topics and interests and I love following their lead.
Angie Garcia, MSW
Multi-Site Director and Owner
Hola, my name is Angie Garcia and I am the owner and multi-site director of Escuela Viva. I was born and raised in Oregon and I am the proud granddaughter of migrant workers from Fabens Texas. They instilled in all of us the value of hardwork and the importance of getting an education, which is how I landed here. I began my educational journey after graduating from Portland State University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts and in 1997 with a Masters of Social Work. I worked in the field of Domestic Violence as a social worker. In all of my work I have had the honor of working with an array of vulnerable populations, children, domestic violence survivors, the aging, and those in recovery. I have worked for Multnomah County managing Child Abuse Prevention contracts, and the State of Oregon as a permancy worker. When I had my first child and could not find the early childhood program I wanted for her, I started Escuela Viva in the basement of my home. We opened our doors to the first group of children in July of 2004.
Using my life to be of service to others, is at the heart of all I do. With this in at the forefront, I created Escuela Viva's purpose statement:
To create a highly respected revolutionary early childhood program/model that directly enhances the lives of the whole school community and contributes to the betterment of our community at large.
Our school community works tirelessly to this end.
When I am not working, I am living the life of a single mama. I have two amazing children, Mayah and Eddie.
We live in Portland, where we hike, meditate, cook and bake, garden and share a lot of love and laughter with our community of family and friends.