LITTLE SPROUTS STAFF

Our staff consists of trained and qualified teachers who have knowledge and experience in the field of Early Childhood Education. 

They value diversity and accept each child as the unique individual that God created. 

Our teachers focus on mirroring the teachings and attitude of Christ in all their job responsibilities.

  • Cindy Conlin

    Director


    I am a wife and mother to two boys. I share my work time as Director of Children’s Ministries at Faith Covenant Church and Director of Little Sprouts Christian Preschool. I have a BA in Psychology with an emphasis in child development and received a Certificate in Early Childhood Education after graduation. My experience in teaching and directing preschool for over 15 years has helped to provide a program that is safe, developmentally appropriate and Christ-centered. I look forward to getting to know you!

  • Martie Hooper

    Lead Teacher


    I am very happy to be on staff at Little Sprouts Preschool. I have taught kindergarten and preschool for a combined 20 years. I love children, especially the little ones. When I am not working, I love to be with my family. My son Taylor lives in Portland. I cherish my time with him, and I visit whenever I can. I live in Sumner with my yellow lab, Bella. I enjoy going on walks with her, reading, playing golf, and watching football. Go Hawks! I am looking forward to an exciting year working with your precious children. 

  • Rena Cosand

    Lead Teacher


    I am a wife, mother and grandmother. I have attended Rainier Christian Fellowship for over 17 years and have taught Sunday School and volunteered as a leader at Vacation Bible School. I love music and I play guitar on the worship team. I've had many years of experience working with children of all ages, especially preschool through elementary age. I began my career working in the Highline school district for three years and then again at White River School District for another three years. I then took a teaching assistant position at Rainier Hills Christian Preschool in 2005 and taught until the close of the school in 2013. I'm excited to be at Little Sprouts, and I look forward to each day working with the children and all we can learn from each other and the experiences we can share!  

  • Karyn Tustison

    Lead Teacher


    I am thrilled to be a part of the Little Sprouts team! My husband and I have three kids, Brenner, Kensley, and Kambryn, who keep us on our toes. I have a Teaching Certificate for Elementary Education, as well as a BA in Psychology with an emphasis in child development, and a MA in Reading and Literacy. I have taught first, second, and fourth grades for nearly ten years. I love working with kids of all ages, but I have a special place in my heart for the little ones. I am so excited for a year full of learning and fun!


  • Michelle Wood

    Teaching Assistant


    I joined Little Sprouts in 2015 as an assistant to our PreK class and also serve as Faith Covenant's Nursery Coordinator. When I'm not at the church, you can find me enjoying time with my husband, Rick and our two children, Mallory & Rune. 


  • Cari Burdette

    Teaching Assistant


    I am a wife and mother to my son Aiden who attended Little Sprouts where I volunteered in Miss Martie’s classroom once a week as the Handwriting assistant. I was so impressed with the quality of education he received that I knew I had to be a part of this wonderful team. I have a BS in Youth Leadership and a MA in Education. I spent a year teaching English to children in Moscow, Russia, and was also was a Kindergarten Teacher’s Assistant for one year at a private elementary school. After receiving my master’s degree, I spent 14 years in teaching and administration at the college level. I live in Sumner with my husband and son and feel so blessed to be a part of Little Sprouts.


  • Mary Snyder

    Teaching Assistant


    I was born and raised in Southern California, moving to Bonney Lake in 1998 with my husband, Jon, and two boys, Jake & Josh.  We now live in Orting, close to our boys and their families (we have 6 grandchildren!) I have worked as a Paraeducator for the Sumner School District for over 12 years in their Special Needs Program, as well as teaching Sunday School for almost 15 years. I have recently taught the 4-year old class at Lake Tapps Christian Preschool and assisted the Director of Children’s Ministries. My favorite things are enjoying a cup of tea and cooking and baking with my grandchildren.


  • Ashley Flansburg

    Teaching Assistant


    I have my AA degree in early childhood education from Penn Foster College and have worked with children, for the past 8 years, both volunteering and as an assistant in various preschools. I have also nannied for a few families. I have been planning and getting ready to get married in November 2019 and in my free time I enjoy paddle boarding and spending time on the water. I also enjoy listening to music, riding horses and spending time with my family and friends. I am excited to be a part of the Little Sprouts team!

  • Lawrence Williams

    Custodial & Facilities Management


    You will always find Lawrence with a smile on his face and a dance in his step! Lawrence is a devoted family man to his wife & children. He often takes time out of his day to play with the preschoolers in the gym, and the kids love to see how many baskets he can make with a basketball.