Our Family - Nurturing, Educated, and Dedicated
Suzie Johnson, Director
Suzie has been involved in Early Childhood Education for over three decades. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and Psychology from California State University, Northridge and Administration units from the University of California, Los Angeles. Suzie has been an active member of the La Canada community since 1988. She was a PTA board member at Paradise Canyon Elementary School, a member of the La Cañada Junior’s Women’s Organization and has been actively involved in fundraising events in the community for several years. She also is the advisor for the MissLCF Program through the Chamber of Commerce.
Suzie’s vision for the school is to provide a learning and loving atmosphere for the children of our future. She wants to create a program that not only provides the necessary tools that our young children need to do well in their academic careers but also in life. It is important to her to have a supportive and flexible program that suits the needs of busy families while creating a school environment that feels like an extension of the home.
Suzie has been married to her husband Jack since 1991. Together, they have two children, Madison and Luke. Both children are alumni of Lighted Window Preschool, where Suzie began as the PTO President in 1998. She continued as President until 2003 when she stepped in as Director.
Lara Stewart, Assistant Director
Lara has been working the field of Early Childhood Education since 1991. She began teaching at Lighted Window Preschool in 2003. In 2006 Lara became the Site Supervisor and moved into the Assistant Director position in 2007. Lara has an Associates of Arts degree in Child Development and Administrative units from College of the Canyons. Lara is married to her husband Shane and lives in Castaic with their two children, Aleea and Dane. Both children are alumni of Lighted Window Preschool. In her free time, Lara loves to go camping, boating, and motorcycle riding with her family.
Shannon Heberger, Office Manager
Shannon Heberger is the Office Manager of Lighted Window Preschool. Shannon has been working in the field of education since 1997. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and Master’s degree in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College. Shannon was the PTO President of Lighted Window Preschool from 2005 to 2007. In 2007, she took on the role of office manager. Shannon lives in La Canada with her three boys, all of whom graduated from LWP. The boys attend Mountain Avenue Elementary and Rosemont Middle School and she spends her time driving them around!
Annaliese Lewis, Enrichment Program Coordinator
Annaliese has over 29 years’ experience in early childhood education and holds her certificate and Associate's of Science Degree in Early Childhood Development and Administrative units from UCLA Extensions. She has worked at Lighted Window Preschool for a collective of 9 years. She continues to educate herself with workshops and trainings on behaviors and special needs. She enjoys nurturing and supporting family to school connections and is a great resource for families.
Annaliese has a wonderful, special 15-year-old son who inspires her every day. She pushes herself to embrace her creativity and her career as an Early Childhood Educator/Supervisor more everyday. Her family is very important to her and she feels truly blessed to have such a great one!
Our Teaching Staff
Our staff is a group of caring, educated individuals who have a pure love for children. They help provide a nurturing and age-appropriate environment that helps children achieve their optimum development. Their goal is to promote an early educational experience that will teach them about sharing, caring, respect, morals and honesty as well as give them an academically appropriate curriculum that will start the children off in the right direction for life.
At LWP, we care about supporting our teaching staff, both personally and professionally. We offer our staff flexible schedules, full benefits, and provide three paid professional development days every year. First aid and CPR training is also refreshed every year.