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 Director 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!


David Siegel, Enrichment Program Coordinator & PM Supervisor

David has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from UCSD and has experience working with children in academic, clinical, and educational settings. He has worked in a childhood anxiety research lab (CASRC – Rady’s Children Hospital), as a behavior therapist (Inclusive Education Community Partners), and as a Pre-K teacher (Lighted Window Preschool). He is interested in Psychology, mindfulness and yoga, social and emotional development, and play-based learning.

Working as an administrator at Lighted Window Preschool, David plans on bringing exciting new learning opportunities to the Enrichment Program. So far at LWP, he has created a number of fun classes including a Mindfulness and Self-Awareness class (Super Hero Training), a team-building and social/emotional learning class (Adventure Club), and an advanced hands-on Filmmaking course. David plans to continue his education and incorporate new knowledge and skills into building a childcare center where children can grow up without loosing their boundless love and enthusiasm for life.

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.