Meet Our Staff

Tina Allen is currently the head preschool teacher at SHINE Christian Preschool as well as a Children’s Dance and Drama instructor at SALT/KAD Performing Arts Center in Gresham Oregon. Tina has worked professionally with children for 20 years, beginning as an intern for the Children’s Service Division while earning her BS in Psychology with an emphasis in Child Development.

She later became the director of a local preschool for some years until she became a mother herself. While raising her own children she co-owned and was the program director for a children’s enrichment company, as well as taught dance and drama to young children. She has been very involved in children’s events around the local area for many years and loves to be a “stepping stone” to a great future for the children that she is blessed to work with.

Born and raised in the Midwest, Mandi has pursued many opportunities to help local youth in her community through various art formats. She has participated in an Improvisational Acting Troupe which focused on helping children learn about cultural awareness and tolerance, as well as conflict resolution. She has volunteered with a non-profit organization helping the children of refugee families acclimate to life in the United States. Language was often a barrier, but she soon realized that music and dance could breach that and allow a common ground to be found across cultures and ages.
Currently, Mandi has been enjoying her time as a stay-at-home mom for the last seven years. In addition to her “mom” duties, she has worked as a nanny for a local family, volunteered as the Head Coach and Vice President for the Corbett Cheer Club (grades K-8), helped in her children’s classrooms’ in the Corbett School District, organized a playgroup with a local library, as well as volunteered in the nursery and with the children’s ministry of her family’s church. Education and a deep love for Christ have always been an important part of her life, and that of her family’s. Mandi realizes that the curiosity and sense of discovery for the preschool age child, in a setting like SHINE, fosters growth, compassion, and a love for Christ above all else. She feels blessed to be able to collaborate with Teacher Tina, and is excited to see how Christ weaves His way into our hearts!