Why Manna Exists
Manna Preschool blossomed from a vision to cultivate compassionate, bilingual leaders. We exist to nurture Christian values, promote cultural diversity, and foster global responsibility, while delivering an enriching Spanish immersion education.
Manna Preschool envisions a world where education, rooted in bilingualism and Christian values, transcends borders. We inspire students to embrace cultural diversity and become compassionate leaders fluent in Spanish and English, committed to making a difference globally.
Glenda Quezada, originally from Guatemala, migrated to Oregon seeking a better life. Witnessing poverty and an unreliable public education system, she dreamt of a preschool that would support a tuition-free school in Guatemala. Her educational journey began at Portland Community College, leading to a Bachelor's in Social and Behavioral Studies from George Fox University. Glenda's recently participated in a Women Of Color Leadership Program at Harvard Business School, adding another accolade to her already impressive resume. She has also earned certifications as a breastfeeding peer counselor, a community health worker and supervisor, a doula, and a childbirth educator. Glenda's community engagement extends to serving on the Albina Head Start board and the Oregon Inter-Tribal Breastfeeding Coalition. Nationally, she's a Breastfeeding Latina Leader and a member of the National Association of Professional and Peer Lactation Support. Additionally, she contributes to the Central of Social Inclusion, promoting equitable outcomes for all. She stays connected to her Guatemalan roots, cherishing family time in Oregon's wilderness, the coast, or in Guatemala. Glenda Quezada, moving from a child witnessing inequality to an advocate for education and social equity, exemplifies the transformative power of education and the human spirit's potential to create positive change.