Our Staff


Dedicated to Spanish immersion.


Aydé Manzano de York



I was born in Mexico city. I came to Oregon as an exchange student who wanted to learn English. I fell in love and married an Oregonian in 1970.


I created Amiguitos! Preschool in the year 2000 with one goal in mind: to provide my grandchildren with the opportunity to be immersed in the Spanish language and culture. Since then many families have joined our program to give their children the same gift I gave my grandchildren. It has been very rewarding to help children discover the joy of bilingualism. I look forward to serving your family.



  • Bachelor of Arts Foreign Languages: Spanish (with Honors)

  • Certificate in ESL (Teacher of English as a Second Language)

  • Master of Education

Amiguitos Eastside


Fernanda Manzano


Years in Amiguitos: 10


  • Bachelor of Arts                            Business Administration: Management and Leadership

  • CDA Preschool Bilingual

Laura Manzano

Lead Teacher: Grupo Azul

Years in Amiguitos: 20

Esmeralda Avellaneda

Lead Teacher: Grupo Morado 

Years in Amiguitos: 4

Teresa Deniz de Ayala

Assistant Teacher: Grupo Morado 

Years in Amiguitos: 4

Maura Chavez

Lead Teacher: Grupo Verde

Years in Amiguitos: 8

Mercedes Reyes

Lead Teacher: Grupo Rojo

Years in Amiguitos: 2.5

Aimee Maya

Assistant Teacher: Grupo Verde

Years in Amiguitos: 3

Mabel Smith 

Office Assistant

Years in Amiguitos: 7

Amiguitos Westside


Lexi York


Angela Duran

Alejandra Ponce De Leon

Gerlyn Bermudez

Arlet Carreon

Claudia Uribe

Rosa Calzadillas

Eastside Contact: 503.653.4081 or email us   |   Westside Contact: 503.596.2661 or email us

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