Welcome! I am Ali Maanum and I opened Little Sprouts in May of 2013. My husband Matt and I are both teachers at Little Sprouts and love what we do. We are passionate about teaching, and making a difference in every family that we meet. My past experience working with children includes teaching in a licensed accredited daycare program, assisting & teaching children on the autism spectrum, and leading small preschool classrooms. I received my Early Childhood Administrative Credential in 2016, and we continue working towards bettering our program. Matt quickly became a favorite teacher amongst the children at Little Sprouts due to his energy and charisma! He continues to bring education and fun to a new level.
When I'm not teaching, I'm learning new cooking techniques/recipes and stretching my skills in art, and soap making. Matt and I both love to travel and have spent a lot of time in Central America, Europe, and Vietnam. We love to camp, and stay active; Matt is a strong long distance runner and even completed his first 100 mile race!
We welcomed our first child Theo into the world in August 2017, and our second, Arwen in March of 2021!
Hi! My name is Ceara and I am a teaching assistant with Ali! I've been working at Little Sprouts for over a year and have loved every minute of it. I love watching our kiddos grow and learning about all the little things that make them unique. I love to read and bring in some of my books to read to everyone. Outside of teaching I spend my time practicing and learning new knitting techniques. My favorite things to knit are hats and sweaters.
I have completed my early childhood education classes, plus my CPR, First Aid, Shaken Baby Syndrome, and SIDS certificates. I also have a degree in Anthropology, English Literature, and a Minor in Chinese.