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.
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!
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 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 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.