Emma Yeung opened Little Leaf Playgarden in 2016 after graduating from the LifeWays early childhood program.
Emma is a native to Britain but relocated to Oklahoma in 2011 to start a family after meeting her husband abroad. They now have three wonderful children and reside in Oklahoma City.
Emma worked with preschool aged children in England whilst in College and has always felt drawn to protecting and advocating the importance of early childhood education. Prior to opening Little Leaf, Emma hosted monthly Nature Play events for the community and founded Nature Explorers OKC, a thriving home school co-op. She understands the value of unstructured play, the importance of sleep and the benefits of healthy food for preventative care. She believes in slowing down and living intentionally, and implements that within her school and life. Emma Yeung is a nurturing caregiver who encourages children to believe in themselves and to overcome challenges. She guides the children through gardening, baking, sewing and finger knitting. Emma loves to read and sing to the children and is often at the center of the children's mud kitchen play.
In her spare time Emma loves to craft, cook, garden, travel and ride her bike, and is excited to live in a fast growing city, where she hopes to get more children outside enjoying nature.
Emma's qualifications include:
BA (hons) International Business and Management
LifeWays early childhood graduate
Project Learning Tree certified
Certificate in Urban farming
First Aid and CPR
Oklahoma Conservation Leadership Academy 2019
Emma is currently pursuing her Child Development Associate with plans to get her Masters in Early Childhood Education with a focus on nature play
Aneta was born and grew up in a small farming community in Poland before moving to Oklahoma at the age of thirteen. She is now a mom to two young children, Klara and Tom, and lives in Oklahoma City with her husband, two cats, a bulldog, and a recent addition of a dozen chickens.
Before joining Little Leaf, Aneta taught English as a second language to young children and spent several years working in early childhood programs. Following the birth of her daughter she discovered her love for play-based learning, natural parenting, and the value of slowing down to truly connect with children. She strives to create an environment which is beautiful, inspiring, and nurturing, where children’s development is fostered by their natural surroundings and rhythms are woven into the cycle of the year. Aneta holds an MA in English with a focus on Literature and Traditional Studies and certifications in Early Childhood and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. In her free time, she loves to read, garden, bake, take pictures and explore nature with her family.
Kara Sanders taught full-day kindergarten for six years in the Mid-Del School District. Her teaching credentials include Oklahoma State Certifications in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Oklahoma.
In 2011, Kara took a leave of absence from teaching to raise two daughters, Reese & Avery. In addition to being a mom, Kara is an active Girl Scout leader and, during the last two years, has served in various pre-school positions at Christ the King Church & School.
In her spare time, Kara enjoys any good excuse to be outdoors, whether it’s taking her girls to the playground or zoo or pursuing personal fitness through bicycling and walking her neighborhood. She also enjoys travel, reading for pleasure, listening to music, and seeing as many movies as possible, in particular, well-made documentaries and each year’s short list of Academy Award nominated films for “Best Picture.”
Attending graduate school will be a new pursuit for Kara this Fall, as she begins working toward a Masters in Reading at the University of Central Oklahoma. Upon graduation, Kara plans to become certified as a Reading Specialist.
Kara & Emma met at a Gymboree class attended by their oldest children in 2011 & have remained friends. They share many of the same values, including the importance play, creativity, health, and kindness on early childhood development.
Kara is excited to join the staff of the Little Leaf Playgarden & looks forward to working with all the school’s wonderful children & families!
Kara’s Qualifications Include:
B.S. in Early Childhood Education
Holds a current Oklahoma Teaching Certification in both Early Childhood & Elementary Education
First Aid & CPR certified