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.

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.

Mr.  Drew Wyman- Lead Floater

            This will be my 11th year at Little Forest. I work in every classroom with every teacher and enjoy spending time with every child. My favorite part of the day is seeing the kids’ faces as they enter the classroom in the morning and welcoming them with a hug. I love watching the children grow physically through play, emotionally through relationships and mentally through new concepts. It is so enjoyable to see the community of parents and staff at Little Forest come together as a big family that helps each child feel loved. On my spare time I enjoy playing video games with my friends, writing creative stories and spending quality time with my family.

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. .I live in Espanola with my boyfriend and our 3 children.