The Big and Tiny Family

We strongly believe in the idea that it takes a village to raise a child. We have cultivated a supportive community of teachers, staff, and fellow families, where sharing knowledge, creativity, experience, and guidance is welcome and encouraged.

Our team is the core of Big and Tiny and the most valuable part of our program. Teachers have a wide experience and education in early childhood development. They have a deep understanding of child development and teaching methods, but above all, a passion for their jobs and kids. 

Our team of educators is trained to follow our philosophy and share a common commitment to help each child develop fully- physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively. In addition, all teachers are CPR and first aid certified and well versed in separation anxiety strategies to make the transition as seamless as possible.

Partners in learning and play

At Big and Tiny, we encourage learning and pretending by learning and pretending alongside our little ones every day. Rooted in empathy and communication, we endeavor to remember what it was like to be a child and we let that inform the way we interact with and teach our young children. We talk with our children, we really listen, and we share in their sense of wonder.

Role models of self-expression 
and global citizenship

Although our little ones often crave and need independence, they look to their trusted grown-ups for help in understanding the world and their own complex inner feelings. As Big and Tiny teachers, we model healthy and appropriate ways of expressing feelings along with ways of interacting with the world with a spirit of curiosity and wonder. We strive to model behavior, attitudes, and coping skills that our children can emulate and carry for the rest of their lives.

Pillars of Safety and Dependability

Above all, we at Big and Tiny know that the hard and sacred work of parenting is never ever done alone. We take the role we play in your child’s community very seriously. When your child is at Big and Tiny, they receive the attention, safety, and love they rightfully deserve—from teachers they will trust and enjoy having around.

Meet our Santa Monica Team

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Jessica Stromberg

SANTA MONICA STUDIO DIRECTOR

Jessica is a passionate about early childhood education and caring for children. She has over 15 years of experience  working with kids as an educator. Jessica holds a a Bachelor’s Degree is in Early Childhood Development and has studied different family dynamics, gaining information on how to best foster children’s growth. Jessica respects and values children’s thoughts, feelings and creativity. Her ultimate goal is to provide a fun-learning environment while keeping children safe and comfortable. 

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Xavier Escobar

business development/finance

Xavier’s passion lies at the intersection of early childhood education and economics. He received a BA in Economics from Harvard College with an emphasis on educational opportunity. He lends his statistical and financial acuity to help manage the company’s growth. Xavier is passionate about early childhood development and hopes to pursue a Master’s Degree in the field in the future.

Enjoli Littleton

educator

Enjoli discovered her passion for working with children after her first year of college. She has 5 years of preschool teaching experience at a local private school and at a Head Start program. Currently completing her AA degree in Child Development with the goal of completing her Master’s, Enjoli is committed to making childcare education a lifelong career.In her spare time, she enjoys going to different sporting events, especially basketball…GO CLIPPERS!

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Tressa Nakhleh

educator

During her ten year career within early childhood education and completion of Human Development and Family Studies degree at American Public University, Tressa has guided many young children while offering support to families during the extremely important stages of development. Tressa is honored to be apart of the early childhood education process and always strives to build trust and strong relationships with her students. Her continual focus is to provide high-quality and developmentally appropriate activities in order to create a rich learning environment where children engage through play. Tressa’s passion is to teach young children and support them through the journey and joy of learning. 

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Natalie Diaz

educator

Natalie is passionate about early childhood education and her role in laying the foundation of future learning for the next generation. She has been an early childhood educator for 6 years and every day is blessed to have a career where she is able to share in the fun,  exploration and growth of each individual child. Natalie is currently earning her AA degree and California State Credential in Early Childhood Education.

Meet our New York Team

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Lizelle Canque

EDUCATIONAL DIRECTOR

Lizelle Canque is a native New Yorker. She received her B.A. from CUNY’s Hunter College and completed her M.A. in Early Childhood Education and Special Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She recently completed her Montessori Training through the West Side Montessori School Teacher Education Program and received a Montessori Credential specializing in Early Childhood Education from the American Montessori Society. In her free time she loves discovering new things in the many museums New York has to offer and cooking at home. She became a teacher because she loves to learn alongside her students and wants to nurture a foundation for learning that is fueled by curiosity and excitement.

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Adam Kritzer

arts integration director

Adam Kritzer is an artist and educator.  His films have won awards, screened at festivals worldwide and been released theatrically and on-demand.  He is also a published writer and exhibiting multi-media artist.  In 2016, Adam founded the Art Detectives to bring together his passions for education, neurodiversity and the arts.  He has worked with hundreds of students of all ages and abilities, helping them develop academic, social and emotional skills while at the same time become better artists.  Adam is currently getting his master’s in education at the University of Pennsylvania.  He lives in Manhattan with his partner and their standard schnauzer, Upton Sinclair.   

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Matt Steiner

master artist teacher

Matt Steiner is an actor, clown, filmmaker and educator based in New York City. As an actor, Matt has been on two national tours, has performed Off-Broadway, and in film & television. As a clown, Matt trained with master clown teacher Pierre Byland in Ticino, Switzerland, with Jane Nichols and Chris Bayes in New York, and performs regularly with the clown troupe Logic Limited, Ltd. As an educator, Matt has 15+ years of experience designing arts-based curriculum and facilitating inquiry-based lessons at organizations such as Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Classic Stage Company, The Acting Company, Manhattan Youth, Marquis Studios, The Art Detectives, and more. Matt earned his BFA in Acting from California Institute of the Arts. 

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