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


    I am a wife and mother to two adult boys. I share my work time as Director of Connections at Faith Covenant Church and Director of Little Sprouts Christian Preschool. I have a bachelor’s degree 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 30 years has helped to provide a program that is safe, developmentally appropriate, and Christ-centered. In my free time, I enjoy watercolor painting, hiking and spending time near the water and in the sun (I tell the kids I’m solar-powered Sun). I am looking forward to getting to know you this year!

    cari burdette

    PRE K

    I am a wife and mother to my son Aiden who attended Little Sprouts where I volunteered in his 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 bachelor’s degree in Youth Leadership and a master’s degree in Education. I spent a year teaching English to children in Moscow, Russia, and 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.

    michelle wood

    3's/4's & pre k

    Michelle joined Little Sprouts in 2015 as an assistant to our PreK class and has since joined our 3- & 4-year old class as well. Michelle also serves in the nursery at Faith Covenant Church. Lead Attendant in the Nursery. When she is not at the church, you can find her enjoying time with her Husband, Rick and their two children, Mallory & Rune. Michelle’s sweet spirit and calm manner make her a wonderful addition to our Little Sprouts team.

    sarah heath


    I am a mother of two elementary aged boys, Mark and Christian, and wife to my hard-working husband, Ian. I am currently enrolled in the Teachers College with Western Governors University earning my bachelor’s degree with a dual licensure in special education and elementary education. I have worked with children in some capacity since 2006. I started in pediatric dentistry and once I became pregnant with my oldest, I started nannying for friends and their coworkers. Once my oldest was enrolled in Little Sprouts, I got a job with Faith Covenant Church working in the nursery and that’s where I’ve been since 2016. I love children and I love that spark they get when something just clicks, and they learn something new. I am very excited for this new chapter and working with your kiddos in the classroom!

    martie copeland

    pre k

    I am a mother to my adult son, Taylor, and have just added Nikki, my beautiful daughter-in-law to our family. I have been an educator for over 30 years, and have been with Little Sprouts since 2016. I love children and feel honored to be a part of their lives. My family is very close and I am lucky because we get to see each other often. Animals are a big part of my life and I enjoy spending time with mine and others.

    ashley Wright

    3's/4's & Kinderstart

    I am a wife to my husband Josh and we have a German shepherd/lab mix who we love. I have been working with children since 2010 and have recently graduated with my bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. I love working with preschool age children because they are a fun age, and I have a passion for being a teacher. I am so excited to meet every child, and every family member this school year.

    laurie tormanen

    office administrator

    Miss Laurie is the face of Faith Covenant Church! Extremely knowledgeable about all things Faith Covenant and Little Sprouts, she is your go-to gal in the church office. We are blessed by her previous experience in Children’s Ministry and as the Director of a successful preschool in our community.