Little Forest Playschool

Explore! Play! Learn!

Executive Director  -  April Wade 


Assistant Director  - Tiffany Fuerte 

I have been in the Early Childhood Field for 13 years, 12 of those years I have been a lead teacher and have recently transitioned into learning the administration side of the field. 

I bring a passion for continued learning to Little Forest. I will always do what is best for the students. Children are our future, it is our job to foster that.


Toddler Teacher - Barbara Cruz

I am Barbara Cruz and this is my twenty- third year teaching at Little Forest Playschool with the toddlers.
My credentials include The Child Development Associate Certificate (CDA), Early Childhood Development Certificate (ECD) and the New Mexico Child Development Certificate (CDC) and currently continuing my early childhood education at the Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) and currently working towards a New Mexico Infant Family Studies Certificate (IFS)

I'm from Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo. I enjoy spending time with my family and my dog Bella bug, listening & dancing to country music, love reading, enjoy going to the movies and trying new foods. (Favorites dark chocolate & coffee)

I love teaching in the toddler class because every day is new adventure. I like the community feeling that exists here at LFPS and the way the parents and teachers work together, allowing us to witness their growth within each child during the school year. I look forward to continued success and new discoveries with an amazing team of teachers at Little Forest Playschool.

Preschool Teacher - Tina Platte

My name is Miss Tina Platte. I am 49 years young! This is my 18th year of working professionally with young children. I have worked in a variety of capacities…..Aide, Teacher, Director, Nanny and most recently Educational Assistant at Roots and Wings in Questa. I am excited to join the family here at Little Forest and I am even more excited to be working with your child.

I grew up in Southern

California, but visited my father frequently in New Mexico as a child. I fell in love with the Land of Enchantment at a young age and I think I always knew it was destined to be my “home”! I am the proud mother of 4 awesome young adults….Cody 25, Char 24, Matt 22 and Chris 20. I am also the proud parent of 5 fur babies….Nala, Moe, and Leo our pups/ Indie and Jaspar our kitties.I love nature and being outdoors is my passion…I enjoy hiking, camping, reading, yoga, running, cooking healthy foods, reading, and spending time with my family.


Pre K Teacher - Maria Saunders 

This is my 5th year teaching at LFPS,  and my 10th year teaching Pre-K. I love playing, exploring, learning, and having fun in the classroom. 

I have my CDA and my CDC. I am currently in school to get my AA in Early Childhood. I was a teacher at San Ildefonso Head Start for 5 years. I was also a student of LFP when I was young. I am a single mother of two amazing daughters, Kira and Seneca.

Infant/Toddler Teacher - Nichol Lewis

Infant Teacher - Leigha Oliver

My name is Miss Leigha and I am  28 years old. This is my sixth year working with children in a professional setting. I am currently working toward my bachelor's degree in Early Child Education.

 I am full of love, coffee and laughter. My world is my wonderful family, my daughter Lennon (4, LFPS student). In my spare time, I enjoy reading, hiking, and scrolling through mindless articles online. I hope to bring as much love and laughter to your child's life as they bring to mine. 

Assistant Teacher -  Ursula Curran

 I am  from San Juan/Santa Clara Pueblos, New Mexico born and raised, currently I have been working at Little Forest Playschool for 7 years! What initially drew me to Little Forest was the children and the families that attend Little Forest, and it's everlasting stability in Los Alamos! Also I love how family oriented Little Forest and the relationship it strives to maintain with the families! I am a single mother of three, a son in kindergarten a daughter who is a current student at Little Forest, and my oldest son is currently a Junior in high school, at Cleveland High in Rio Rancho!

I enjoy teaching self-help skills and independence to the students in my classroom. I love using singing and musical tactics to further self-regulation skills.

Assitstant Teacher - Mr. Drew
My full first name is Andrew, though I haven’t gone by that name since kindergarten. Mostly, my hobbies are gaming and writing. I have lived in Los Alamos ever since I was five years old, and have been a member of the LFP staff for nine years now. Being a part of this team has been an amazing experience for me and I look forward to what future years have in store. One of the things I enjoy most about LFP is the ability to be a part of each child/family’s growth. To see the little ones grow and learn, and to know that I helped even in the smallest way possible, is one of the reasons I do what I do. In my opinion, there is no higher honor or privilege, than to be a mentor for a younger generation.

Assistant Teacher - Channa Romero 

 I have worked in early childhood centers for over 12 years. I enjoy working with children of all ages, but I have really enjoyed working with the 4 and 5 year-olds. 

I love being with my family. We are very close and we do a lot of family adventures together such as camping in the summer, sledding and fishing and anything that is outdoor fun. We have family night once a week which includes a movie, pizza and some family games.I live in Espanola with my boyfriend and our 2 children Shaun and Lisa.  We also have another daughter Jasmine. She recently moved to Albuquerque.. We have a family dog her name is khalessi.

Assistant Teacher - Megan Hollowell 

Floater - Cody Richers 

 We are excited to have him share his musical skills with us. 

Floater - Branden De La Cruz