Meet our Staff

Our staff is committed to the opportunity to serve and teach each unique child and family with grace and love. 

 

Our staff consists of loving individuals who have a passion for Early Childhood Education and serving young children and families. Every staff member meets California State Community Care Licensing requirements for their position including Early Childhood Education as well as CPR and First Aid certifications. LifeSpring staff is committed to the opportunity to serve and teach each unique child and family with grace and love. 

 
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Heather Hite - Executive Director

As LifeSpring's Founder, Heather has been a part of the preschool since the beginning in 2001.

Before LifeSpring, Heather put her passion for children and quality childcare to work as a preschool teacher and director for 10 years. When it came time to take her passion to the next level, she gathered an amazing team and launched LifeSpring Preschool. Heather is now LifeSpring’s Executive Director and assists the behinds the seances side of running a thriving school for families in Santa Cruz County.


Destiny Malone - Director

Destiny has been a part of LifeSpring Preschool since 2006. 

As our Site Director, Destiny is committed to overseeing a quality preschool program. Destiny is a Santa Cruz native. She has a passion for Early Childhood Education, and enjoys working with and serving children and families in the community including preschool age and foster youth. Professionally Destiny enjoys continuing knowledge in Early Childhood Education, attending workshops, foster youth and family advocacy and Director and Teacher trainings. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and son!


Teacher Kristie - Head Teacher

Teacher Kristie has been a part of LifeSpring Preschool since 2007. 

As our Head Teacher, Kristie helps oversee the daily operation of schedule for our staff and children.

She enjoys floating to every classroom and the opportunity of getting to know all the children and families in every class! In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and two children!


Teacher Ana - Starfish Class (6 mo - 2 yrs)

Teacher Ana has been a part of LifeSpring since 2016. 

As on of our lead Infant toddler teacher Ana has a comforting and nurturing approach to our youngest children. Ana has several years of experience working with children and has raised three children of her own including twins!  Ana is one of our bilingual Spanish/English speaking teachers. She has an extensive background in Early Childhood Education and a passion for working with young children. In her free time, she enjoys reading, gardening and sewing!


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Teacher Karina - Starfish Class (6 mo - 2 yrs)

Teacher Karina has been a part of LifeSpring since April 2018.

Karina came to us from the Cabrillo College Children’s Center. Karina has a passion for working with young children and families and specifically toddlers. Karina really enjoys incorporating exploration through art in her daily curriculum. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her sister and dog!


Teacher Tracy - Angelfish Class (2 yrs - 2.5 yrs)

Teacher Tracy joined our team at LifeSpring 2018!

As the Angelfish Teacher, Tracy works with our 2 year olds!. Our Angelfish class is designed as a comfortable transitional room for our little friends who often are up moving from the infant program to the preschool program. With a more intimate class size, Teacher Tracy helps support and make this transition as comfortable as possible for each child.  Tracy studied early childhood education at Bakersfield college and has over 30 units of Early Childhood Education, as well as a MA in elementary education.  Tracy has over 20 years of experience working with preschool and school aged children. In her free time Tracy enjoys traveling hiking and spending time with her family.


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Teacher Paige - Dolphin Class (2.5 yrs - 3 yrs)

Teacher Paige has been a part of LifeSpring since July 2014.

As the Dolphin Teacher Paige works with our older toddlers ranging from ages 2 and a half to 3. Paige came to us after studying Early Childhood Education at Cabrillo and has worked with children in many different capacities. Paige has found her passion in teaching Preschool, and working with families. In her free time Paige enjoys spending time with her daughter and on her family’s ranch.


Teacher Michelle - Sea Turtle Class (3 yrs - 4 yrs)

Teacher Michelle joined our team in 2018!

Michelle studied Early Childhood Education at Cabrillo,  and obtained a degree in liberal arts. She continued her studies in psychology through San Jose State.  Michelle has over 25 years working with young children and their families. Michelle has worked in variety of environments such as, after school care, kids with special needs, as well as church and preschool. Michelle enjoys watching children’s excitement through the learning process and watching them blossom over time. She especially enjoys incorporating nature gardening and science in her curriculum activities. In her free time Michelle loves being outdoors, beach glass hunting and spending time with her two children.


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Teacher Susie - Jellyfish Class (4 yrs - Pre K)

Teacher Susie has been a part of LifeSpring since 2013!

Susie studied Early Childhood Education at Cabrillo College, and has over thirty years in the Childcare field.  she has worked with all age ranges in a variety of childcare capacities such as Preschool, Summer Camps, and after school care. Susie has a love for teaching, and says watching a child grow, learn and feel success in their classroom environment is the greatest reward. In her free time Susie enjoys traveling, gardening, reading and most of all spending time with her family!


Teacher Linda - Seahorse Class (Pre K)

Teacher Linda has been a part of LifeSpring Preschool since the beginning in 2001.

As our Seahorse Pre K Teacher, Linda has the opportunity to prepare pre-kindergartners for a successful first year of Kindergarten. Teacher Linda has over 30 years of experience teaching Pre-Kindergarten in the Santa Cruz community and a big heart for children and families. In her free time she enjoys sewing, crafting, animals, and spending time with her family and grandkids.


 

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