Our Teacher

The teacher is, of course, an artist, but being an artist does not mean that he or she can make the profile, can shape the students. What the educator does in teaching is to make it possible for the students to become themselves.

— Paulo Freire

Amanthus Lunn

Play-based learning is the cornerstone of Teacher Amanthus’ educational approach at Multnomah Playschool. Serving as the Director and Head Teacher, Amanthus brings a deep understanding of early childhood development and emphasizes its manifestation through play, fostering individual strengths. Her commitment to emotional-social learning as the foundation for growth is evident in her collaborative community approach, respecting diverse cultural perspectives and values for transformative impact.

Amanthus’s educational journey, beginning at Portland Community College and continuing at Goddard College, reflects a focus on early childhood development and the creation of culturally centered curricula. Her role as Director and Head Teacher at MPS since 2019 follows a dedicated tenure, starting as a parent and evolving through various teaching positions.

Hailing from Missouri, Amanthus integrates her love for nature into the classroom, emphasizing outdoor activities as a regulatory force. Her belief in the transformative power of nature fosters children’s respect and care for the Earth. Explore the impactful educational philosophy and leadership of Amanthus Lunn at Multnomah Playschool.


“The best part of my day? Hearing children’s laughter.  I just love that. As grown-ups, we should protect that.  Never should a child lose their laughter, their joy”