Meet our Team

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Jessica Stromberg

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. ” I respect and value children’s thoughts, feelings and creativity” My ultimate goal, is to provide a fun-learning environment, while keeping children safe and comfortable. 
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Antonia Malim

HEAD OF MEMBERSHIPS/strategic partnerships

Antonia started her career in Hong Kong where she was part of the opening team of Boujis, a London based club. After two years, she moved back to London to head up memberships and marketing for  the South Kensington Club, a wellness and social club and other hospitality brands. She now lives in LA with her husband, son and dog and she is proud to be a part of Big and Tiny and the exciting developments ahead. 
 

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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Hannah Miller

PEAPOD UX DESIGNER

Hannah is a UCSB graduate who brings 5 years of design experience to the Big and Tiny team. Her professional background is at the intersection of technology and education, both as a designer for several educational technology companies and as an online ESL teacher. She is currently working on a Big and Tiny side project called Peapod, a pod marketplace software designed to help parents create and manage learning pods. 

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Monica Haynesworth

educator

Monica’s objective as an educator is not only to promote a nurturing and healthy environment for children to learn and thrive, but to help students instill a sense of accomplishment and confidence within themselves. She is fully committed to providing children with the best health, educational, and social opportunities possible, and strives to make a measurable difference in the lives of the children and families that she serves. She has extensive experience working with children ages 2-17 with autism, visual impairment, hearing impairment, developmental delays, mobility difficulties, and/or intellectual disabilities within clinical and academic settings over the past 4 years. Monica is a graduate of Boston University’s College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, with a Bachelor of Science in Behavior and Health. She plans to obtain a Masters in pediatric occupational therapy. She was born and raised in Los Angeles and enjoys traveling, bike riding, and spending time at the beach.
 
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Xavier Escobar

business development/finance

Xavier’s passion lies at the intersection of early childhood education and economics. Xavier has a BA in Economics from Harvard College with an emphasis on educational opportunity. Xavier 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. 

 
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Diane Akutagawa

educator

Diane earned her BA in Child Development and has over 20 years of experience in childcare and education possessing the role of teacher, nanny, after school aide, and tutor within her long and varied career. She has served as Lead Teacher at local Preschools where she was responsible for upwards of 24 students’ ages two to five years old.  She has extensive experience working with a Preschool and TK curriculum that included facilitating weekly lesson plans, fun art projects, and active educational games and movement. When it comes to working with children, she feels fortunate to be introduced to the world from a child’s perspective and approaching each day as a fresh beginning.

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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.

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Franne Cumpas

educator

Franne received her Bachelor’s degree in Child and Adolescent Development from California State University, Northridge, a Master’s degree in Child Life from Azusa Pacific University, and is a Certified Child Life Specialist.  Over the past eight years she’s worked with children and families in a wide variety of settings including early intervention centers, therapeutic centers, childcare centers, churches, and hospitals. Franne is passionate about creating environments and learning experiences that encourage children to grow in their uniqueness.  In her spare time she enjoys reading, hiking, learning new languages, and singing and dancing in the privacy of her car during traffic.

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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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