Our teachers

Carissa Smith

My name is Carissa and I am so excited to be the director for New Horizon Little Learners. I am married to my high school sweetheart and together we have two kids. In 2013, I completed my degree in Early Childhood Education and became a preschool teacher for a big corporation. I taught a ones class for two and a half years and decided I wanted the next step. I became an Assistant Director for another big corporation for more than two years and decided I would love to be a director of a Preschool, where each child is loved and is part of my family. I have been the director for Little Learners for more than two and a half years and I love my job. My team and I are making a difference in children’s lives, which is what it’s about. “History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children” (Nelson Mandela). Let us be the difference you need in your child’s life.

Danet Carey
Assistant Director

Teaching and shaping the lives of the younger generation has been a passion of mine since the sixth grade. As a mother of two, I treat all the children at Little Learners as if they were my own.

In 2014, I received an AA degree in Early Elementary Education. I have numerous years in experience with varies age groups from infants to children in the second grade. I have worked at Little Learners for three years. I stared in the one's room as a co-lead and continued to move up to the Assistant Director position. Now, I have the joy of helping all our age groups.


Kelly Walters
Two's Lead Teacher

Hello, I can't wait for your little one to jump into the two's class with us. In this stage, this is where their personalities come out. I'm excited to have your little one grow and learn with us.

I have been working in childcare for 11 years. Seven years in the infants and two years in the 1's and 2's room.

Megan Montemayor
Three's Lead Teacher

Hello! I look forward to this journey of growth with you and your child. I encourage independency through learning and playing in a safe environment.

Before working at Little Learners, I was a camp coordinator for ages 5 - 12. I have also worked with infants through Pre-K.

Hannah Cota
Pre-K Teacher

Hello parents! I'm so happy I get to teach your kiddos and help them get one step closer to kindergarten!

Lacey Kindermann
Lead Teacher

Hi guys! I can't wait to learn and grow with your child.

Before working at Little learners, I worked as a nanny for a family of six. I took care of four children, and provided habilitation and respite care for one of them. I have also worked with children who have special needs.  

Miranda Martinez
Lead Teacher

Hello everyone! I look forward to creating a fun and safe learning environment for your little ones. I love making a difference in other peoples' lives.

Before Little Learners, I was a swim instructor and taught children (2-10) life skills while maintaining their safety in and out of the water. 

Alex Perez
Teacher's Assistant

I am so excited to grow within Little Learners and help every kiddo learn to move forward.

I have been involved with childcare since the age of 15. I am currently working on receiving a degree in early childhood education.


Sariah Tuia
Assistant Teacher

I'm very excited to work with you and all the little learners here. I hope to bring you all happiness and ensure they will be safe/happy with me.