Teachers & Staff

Sand Tots Preschool Teachers and Director

Sand Tots is staffed by fully qualified, enthusiastic and caring professionals who have been trained and have extensive experience in the field of Early Childhood Education.  Each staff member is CPR/First Aid certified and participates in ongoing educational opportunities and professional workshops to build on their existing knowledge and experience.


Louisa Cushman joined Sand Tots Staff in 2017 as the Assistant Teacher of the 2/3-year-old Ladybugs Class.  Louisa has four Sand Tots’ graduates, with her youngest being an alumnus of the Class of 2010.

Dolphins & Drama Enrichment

Jaime is a former Sand Tots parent who returned as a staff member in 2017.  She is the Assistant Teacher of the 4/5-year-old Dolphins Class and also assists in the Drama Enrichment Program.  Jaime’s daughter, Reese graduated Sand Tots in 2015.

Brown Bears

Karyn joined Sand Tots for the summer camp program of 2017 and is the Assistant Teacher in the Brown Bears Class.  Karyn previously taught both preschool and elementary grades in the Redondo Beach school district, and also has a Special Education Credential.

Penguins & Drama Enrichment

Lisa joined the Sand Tots’ Staff in 2014 and is the 3/4-year-old, Penguins Assistant as well as assisting in the Drama Enrichment Program.  Lisa also began as a parent with her two children who graduated Sand Tots in 2012 and 2013.


Dylan joined Sand Tots’ staff in 2016.  She is the Assistant Teacher in the 4/5-year-old, Whales Class and also the Red Shirts Lunch Assistant.  Dylan is also a Sand Tots Alumni from the graduating class of 1994.

Red Shirts

A former TK and Kindergarten Teacher in Redondo Beach, Carolyn has been on staff since 2014.  She is the Assistant Teacher in the 3/4-year-old, Sea Turtles Class and also the Co-Lead Teacher of the Red Shirts Transitional Kindergarten Class.

Frogs & Ladybugs, Bumblebee, Spanish Enrichment

Adriana (AKA Teacher “Anna”) joined Sand Tots’ Staff in 2006.  She is the 2/3-year-old Frogs Class Teacher and Co-Teacher of the 2/3-year-old, Bumblebees Class.  Teacher “Anna” is also the Red Shirts Co-Teacher and creator our Spanish Enrichment and summer programs.

Sea Turtles & Spanish Enrichment

Ursula joined Sand Tots in the summer of 2011 and is the lead teacher of the 3/4-year-old Sea Turtles Class.  Teacher Ursula also co-teaches the Spanish Enrichment Program as well as Assists in Drama Enrichment. Also co-teaches Spanish Enrichment.


Michelle joined the Sand Tots’ Staff in 1997.  She has been teaching the 4/5-year-old Whales Class since 2001. Michelle’s son, Aaron is also a Sand Tots alumni from the class of 2006.

Brown Bears & Red Shirts

Kathi started teaching at Sand Tots in the spring of 1984 and has been the 4/5-year-olds, Brown Bears Teacher ever since.  She also co-teaches our Red Shirts Transitional Kindergarten Class.  Kathi’s daughter, Aimee graduated Sand Tots in 1986 and is now back as a Sand Tots legacy parent.

Dolphins & Extended Day

Gail began her Sand Tots experience in 2004 with the first of her 4 children.  She served as membership chair on the board and helped in many other ways.  Gail rejoined Sand Tots in 2015 as a staff member and is the Lead Teacher of the 3/4-year-old, Starfish Class and also the Assistant Teacher of the 4/5-year-old, Dolphin Class.


Gretchen has been the lead teacher of the 4/5-year-old, Dolphins Class since 2015.  She also runs our fabulous SUMMER CAMP and assists with numerous administrative tasks.  Gretchen’s daughter, Logan graduated Sand Tots in 2011.


Sandra has been the Director of Sand Tots since 1995.  Sandra, whose own children attended Sand Tots, has experience in a variety of capacities at the school, having previously served as a teacher, board member, and room rep.  Sandra received her Early Childhood Education training through the UCLA Extension Program where she completed both the Basic and Advanced Core Certificate Programs.