Board of Directors & staff

Board of Directors

& Staff

In Loving Memory
Elizabeth M. Martinez
March 29, 1956 to
July 31, 2018
Psalm 22:6
Start Children off in the way that they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. 

 

Founder

Elizabeth "Betty” Martinez (March 1956 -July 2018)founded Little Steps of Faith Preschool in 2012, after retiring from a 25 year career at LAUSD and surviving her first diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Her love for children and serving God led her to open a place where God's children would have access to a fun and safe place to play, learn and grow spiritually.  Her legacy and dream live on through the board of directors, staff and community leaders. 

 

Meet the Board of Directors

Fernando Martinez
Chairman of the Board
 

 Fernando is a small business owner and active community member in the San Fernando Valley. He is also a member of Light and Life Christain Church where he is a Deacon and member of the Free Methodist Conference.

JENNY VARGAS
Member of the Board 

 Jenny  is tenured school teacher for Los Angeles Unified School District. She has a B.S.  in Liberal Studies from California State University, Northridge and M.A. in teaching. 

 

MAY WOOD
  Member of the Board

May Wood is tenured school teacher for Los Angeles Unified School District. She has a B.S.  in Liberal Studies from California State University, Northridge and M.A. in teaching. 

 

JIM 
Member of the Board
ROSA ACOSTA 

                  Member of the Board

Rosa is a retired LAUSD School Teacher and an amazing artist

 

Suzette Valladares
CEO and Executive Director

Suzette was appointed to the board  of Little Steps of Faith 501 (c) (3) in September 2018. She is an accomplished Public Affairs professional with a background in nonprofit management. She has degrees from College of the Canyons and California State University Northridge.

Meet our staff

Cheryl Pyle 
PRESCHOOL TEACHER

 

Ms. Cheryl has been a preschool teacher for over 30 years. She is a founding member of Little Steps of Faith Preschool and has an A.A. in Child Development. Her expertise is teaching Christian based curriculum.

Christina is lead teacher for our Early Preschool program.  Her education  background is in community care,  She loves working with children , especially in Christian education.

 

 

 Christina Magana 
Early PreschooL
Teacher
 Angelica Barraza   after school Teacher
 Sara Alvarez  TEACHER ASSISTANT
Bianca Martinez 
CONTROLLER

Bianca has professional background in business and legal contracts. She holds an A.A. in Political Science and is currently pursing a B.A. in Business at California State University, Northridge.