My name is Anthony Ares and I am the iCREATE school-age coordinator here at Little iLEADers! I have been working with iLEAD for five fabulous years! I have an AS in early childhood education and an AS in liberal arts and sciences. I am currently finishing my teaching credential and bachelor’s degree at Grand Canyon University. In my free time, I love to eat, sleep, and go on adventures! Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
I’m a facilitator for iCREATE here at Little iLEADers. I’ve been working for iCREATE since 2019. I have three units of Early Childhood Education. I am attending College of the Canyons to receive my associate’s degree in ECE. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family.
I am so happy you’ve taken some time out of your day to learn more about Little iLEADers! I am the program director here, and I can tell you this is the best school I’ve worked for, hands-down, and the philosophy is so appropriate for young children! There are numerous studies showing how play-based learning is the way in which children are inspired to become lifelong learners.
I have been working in early childhood education for 20 years, and I’ve had the pleasure of serving families as both a teacher and administrator. I have my BA in psychology from California State University, Northridge, and my MS in child development. My favorite part of the job of director is both mentoring staff as well as partnering with families to provide education and care specific to their child’s needs. I also really enjoy hosting special events around the school: Grandparents Day, summer picnics, and the Holiday Open House, just to name a few.
I was raised mostly in Santa Clarita Valley, and being part of the small town of Castaic means a lot to my family and me. My husband, Roy, and I are high school sweethearts, and we have two children, Mariah and Cruz. Aside from being passionate about the child development field, I value most my role as a mom and I will always put my family first. In our family free time we’re always out at the lake soaking up the sun and enjoying water sports! Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. My email address is email@example.com. Have a fantastic day!
I have been a preschool facilitator for little iLEADers for a little over 3 months. I have worked in child care since 2001. I’ve lived almost my entire life in the Santa Clarita Valley. I now live in Frazier Park with my fiance Tom who’s a plumber and our 2 kids Elijah & Alex. On the weekends we go on family hikes and visit the local skate park. Our number one love is going camping.
I grew up in Castaic in a very large family. My husband, Matthew, and I have two children, Mackenzie and Jace, ages seven and four. We love to travel. We live in Elizabeth Lake. We have two German shepherds and two cats. I am obsessed with crafting, home decorating, and being with my family. I started working with children my junior year of high school through a work-study program, then immediately attended college, where I completed 33 early childhood education units. I also am certified in first aid and CPR. I now have more than 10 years of experience and have been a part of the Little iLEADers family since February 2018. I am so happy to say that I found my tribe!
I’m Hayley, the lead facilitator for iCREATE at Little iLEADers. I’ve been in the field of early childhood education since 2014. I received my AA from College of the Canyons in 2017. I love spending time with my family and many furbabies. I also enjoy cooking, traveling, and arts and crafts.
I have been a facilitator at Little iLEADers since June 2019. I received an associate of arts in psychology and a certificate of liberal arts from College of the Canyons. I have completed a total of 24 units in early childhood education, and I am in the process of transferring to Cal State Northridge next fall to work on obtaining a BA in psychology.
I was born and raised in Sinaloa, Mexico. I grew up with my two younger sisters and my parents. I have lived in Santa Clarita for about six years now. I graduated from Hart High School in 2016 and started college right away. My fiancé and I are planning our wedding, set for December 6, 2020. My goal is to work as an academic counselor or child psychologist. I love supporting children to promote their education and health, especially in the early years of life.
Hello! I’m Jennifer! I was raised in the Ventura area and moved to Santa Clarita Valley to start my family. In 2015 I began working with young children in preschool programs, specifically in infant/toddler programs, where I developed a passion for facilitating for our youngest learners! I have 12 units in early childhood education and am CPR certified. I am the proud mommy of two children who’ve also attended Little iLEADers and SCVi! When I have family time, we enjoy beach trips, birthday parties, and child-centered activities available to us in SCV!
I am a facilitator who has been working with children for over five years. I’ve worked with K-6th for three years, and this is my second year with preschool. I received my AA degree in early childhood education in the winter of 2019. I have earned my school-age, preschool, infant/toddler, and supervision certificates from College of the Canyons. I’ve now begun working toward my bachelor’s degree for organizational management.
I moved to the SCV in 2004, and I am very grateful to be in an environment where I feel safe and secure to grow. I have always been the type of person to see the brighter side in any situation. I believe in human acceptance and spreading kindness to all humans who live on the same Earth as us. It is an honor to support upcoming generations with kindness, the key for human growth.
I was raised in the Santa Clarita Valley along with my older brother. I received my bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from California State University, Northridge. While attending College of the Canyons for my early childhood education units, I found my passion for teaching preschool. Prior to joining Little iLEADers, I was SCVi’s After-School Program Coordinator for four years, working with children in grades TK-8. In my spare time, I enjoy going to the movies and theme parks, reading, photography, and especially spending time with my family and friends.
I completed my associate’s in early childhood education in May of 2019 from College of the Canyons and shortly after got hired here at Little iLEADers! This is my first job in this field, and I plan to continue my education in child development. I’m dedicated to providing a safe and loving environment for children to grow and am passionate about making a difference in their lives. I grew up in Lake Elizabeth, which has been my home for about 20 years. I love my family, my dog (Ryli), and my friends with all my heart.
My name is Paige and I am an infant facilitator at Little iLeaders! I was born and raised in Los Angeles and come from a very large family. I grew up looking after many of my younger cousins and you can say that is where my passion for working with children first began! I have received my AS in Early Childhood Education and my AA in Liberal Arts from College of the Canyons. I previously worked in a toddler program and found that I truly love working with the younger ones! I enjoy being able to create a safe and loving environment for children to grow and flourish! In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and three dogs, cooking, watching movies, and being outdoors! I feel so fortunate to be a part of a wonderful team of teachers and to facilitate growth and learning in your children!
I grew up in Saugus (and was even born at Henry Mayo!) and moved to Orlando, FL, with my husband five years ago. We welcomed our daughter, Reese (two), while living there. I previously worked with older toddlers and infants and have 21 units in early childhood education. I also have a bachelor’s degree in communications studies. In Orlando, I had a career in HR as a talent development trainer, where I facilitated onboarding and safety classes. Returning to early childhood education has been greatly rewarding!
In my free time, I love being outdoors, and you can often find me at the beach, park, or lake or in the mountains. Having worked at a major theme park, I’m completely immersed in that world as well!
I am a facilitator here in the Blue Room at Little iLEADers. I have 18 units in early childhood education, psychology, and CPI training. I also, have training and experience as an Applied Behavioral Therapist working with children with disabilities.
I moved to Santa Clarita from the San Francisco area when I was seven years old. I grew up here in Santa Clarita with my older sister, Elizabeth. I started playing softball when I was 12 years old, played on travel teams and then went on to play for Hart High School. From Hart, I went to College of the Canyons, where I studied psychology and early childhood education. I enjoy spending my weekends with family, friends my boyfriend (Curtis) and my dog (Bentley). I have worked at Little iLEADers since May 31, 2018. I have three nieces who go to SCVi. I have been working in the field for 10 years.
My name is Ticha Cushing, and I am a lead infant facilitator here at Little iLEADers. My professional experience is working and volunteering in the field of early childhood education since 2013. During that time, I received my AS in early childhood education from College of the Canyons and a BA in educational studies from the University of La Verne. I am a lifelong learner who is always looking for opportunities for improvement as a facilitator, a mother, and for myself. My family and I have been residents of Santa Clarita Valley since 2008. As a family, we enjoy being outdoors (hiking, bicycling and camping) and our Friday game nights (board and video games). I look forward to meeting you in person and answering any questions you may have!
My name is Wendy Ruiz. I am honored to be a part of the Little iLEADers family!
I have lived in Santa Clarita Valley since 1995 with my husband, Robert, and three boys, Ryan, Riley, and Ramsey. We are proud to say that we are one of the founding families of SCVi.
My professional experience spans from working directly with children ages 12 weeks through 5 years, working as a program coordinator and curriculum specialist, to training staff and programs in the areas of open-ended curriculum, natural play spaces, and infant/toddler development, to name a few. I was the Director of Infant/Toddler Programs for College of the Canyons Center for ECE, Lab School for 11 years, and am currently a full-time faculty member, specializing in Infant/Toddler Development and Supervision of Early Childhood Programs. In addition, I am an Infant/Toddler Specialist for PITC (Program for Infants, Toddlers and Caregivers) and the Department of West Ed, as well as Director Mentor and Mentor Selection Committee Member for the California Mentor Teacher Program. I sit as Week of the Young Play Day Chair for the board of the Southern California Valley Association for the Education of Young Children (SCVAEYC) and have organized the WYOC Play Day for over 10 years.
I received my BA in Child Development from California State University, Northridge, and my MS in Child Development/Child Life from the University of La Verne.
Thank you for taking a few minutes to get to know me. I look forward to getting to know you, too! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.