Nicole Manzanares

Nicole Manzanares

I am originally from Sacramento, California but have been residing in Boise, Idaho for almost 11 years. As a teacher the thrill of children getting excited because they finally accomplished a goal that they have been working on for so long is a rewarding experience. Education is an important part of growing up and giving children the opportunity to grow and thrive in the most important stages of development is where my heart lies. I am not in the classrooms as much, but my passion for teaching resides in positively empowering and encouraging my staff members to be the best educators they can be. We are all here for a reason and that is building a better future for the newer generation.

I first got involved with Giraffe Laugh back in 2005 where I was a toddler teacher at the Giraffe Laugh 2 location. I left in 2008 and went back to school to further my education and I began working for the YMCA in their preschool/school age program part time. During that time I still always found my way back to Giraffe Laugh in volunteer situations, such as Hyde Park Street Fair, so I guess you can say I could never leave Giraffe Laugh and knew at some point I would be back. Here I am 10 years later and working for Giraffe Laugh once again as their new site director for their 4th location. I love the mission and the advocacy that Giraffe Laugh has built in the community and I want to contribute my time and energy to the cause for a better future.

“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you” B.B. King