Little Forest Playschool

Explore! Play! Learn!

The Office Staff

Leading the crew

April Wade

Executive Director
April has been with LFPS for 7 years.

Tiffany Fuerte

Assistant Director

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 am excited to be completing my BA in Early Childhood Development this year, it's something that I placed on hold for several years and am proud to be finishing. I was born  and raised in Farmington, NM and have called Santa Fe home for the last 5 years. In my free time I love to read, hike, bake and do Crossfit.

I bring a passion for learning to Little Forest. I will always do what is best for the students. I thoroughly love watching children discover the world. I believe kids are capable and able to accomplish a lot. I believe the work we do is the most important in the world. Children are our future, it is our job to foster that.

Claire Ayraud

Business Manager
Claire has been the LFPS business manager for 4 years. 

April-Dawn Pease

Fundraiser/Marketing Coordinator
"Pease" has been with LFPS for almost 3 years.


Teaching the leaders of tomorrow. 

Barbra Cruz

Room 3's Lead Teacher
I am Barbara Cruz and this is my twenty- third year teaching at Little Forest Playschool with the toddlers. I feel blessed to be a part of Little Forest Playschool for so many years and to have the opportunity to work in a nurturing, loving environment where children can learn and experience new challenges that will help build their physical, cognitive, and Social- Emotional development while they explore through play.

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.

Truly, excited to learn and explore with your child this year!

Tina Platte

Room 1's Lead Teacher

My name is Miss Tina Platte. I am 49 years young! I am honored to be the newest addition to LFP and to be your child's teacher starting on Feb. 6, 2017. 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 am in a loving relationship with my soul mate Bryan and we are in awe of the abundant blessings that New Mexico has to offer! 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.


Maria Saunder

Room 4's Lead Teacher

This is my 5th year teaching at LFPS, but 10th year teaching Pre-K.I love playing, exploring, learning, and 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.

Summer Staff

Playing all summer!!!


Summer Student

My name is Logan and I attended Little Forest as a child. I love being outside, ultimate frisbee, football, mountain biking, and hiking. I am always energetic and ready to run around. I also play the banjo. I enjoy working with kids and am excited to spend my summer at LFP.  


Summer Student
Hello! My name is Stephanie Kuzmack, I am 18 years old, and will be attending Texas Tech University in the fall. I enjoy a variety of activities in my free time, including photography, hiking, and softball. I volunteer at a variety of places including Teen Court and Rotary Interact. I enjoy working with children and look forward to working with yous. I am excited to be a part of each child's learning process. My experience includes babysitting for my younger brother and cousins. My approach to child care is to treat children with the respect and kindness you want them to reciprocate, and of course, to have fun everyday!


Summer Student

I will be attending to the University of Kanas in the fall and I will be studying theater design and something in a STEM or medicine field. I enjoy sewing, painting and reading in free time. I love working with kids and I am super excited to spend my summer at Little Forest. 



My name is Nichol, I am from Chimayo, NM. I have worked with children ages birth-5 years for over 7 years. I completed my AA in Early Childhood Education and I am currently working towards my BA. I enjoy working with children and I look forward to getting to know the families here. In my free time I love to fish, camp, hunt and anything outdoors.

Teacher Assistants

Supporting our teachers in creating a  learning environment of exploration and fun!

Ursula Curran

Room 3's Assistant

HELLO!!! I am Ursula Curran, 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, Two of my children Jacob and Chevelle are current students at Little Forest! 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.

Drew Wyman

Room 1's Assistant

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 steam 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.

Leigha Oliver

LFPS Floater
My name is Miss Leigha and I am about 28 years old. I am excited to be a new member of LFPS community. If I haven't had a chance to meet you yet, please come introduce yourself to me. 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 partner in crime Jeremiah, son Quinn (13) and 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. Thank you for welcoming me into this part of your child's life. 

Channa Romero

Room 4's Assistant

Hello, my name is 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 work with Maria Saunders in room 4. I am her assistant.

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.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.

Cody Riechers

LFPS Floater
Cody is our newest member of the LFP staff!! We are excited to have him share his musical skills with us.