Team Exploration


Victoria was raised in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado.  She received her BA in Visual Arts, with an emphasis in Documentary Photography, and a minor in Geography and Environmental Studies.  She has spent the past decade farming, teaching, and working with children.  She is the mother to a vivacious youngster, Maya, a TLS alum, as well as Ian, who also attends TLS.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends and family, gardening, drinking tea, taking photos, teaching her old dog new tricks, reading, live music, running, climbing, skateboarding, and mountain biking!




Courtney is a martial arts expert and spent many years as a stunt woman for TV and film. She has taught children’s martial arts for over 20 years. She found TLS by happenstance and applied in 2015. She lives with her 2 dogs; Buck and Misha, and three cats; Moose, Willow and Buddy, She also raises and trains horses, and has runs classes from a dojo at her home. She has a big family with lots of brothers and sisters. She likes traveling the world and painting pictures.



Leslie has experience working with kids of all ages, from infants to teens, and is excited to spend more time learning and exploring with young children at the Little School. Leslie grew up exploring and engaging with nature in the wilderness of Southern California, and they love that natural play is so important to TLS. Leslie brings their gardening skills to TLS and has been farming and gardening for over 9 years, most recently teaching teens and school age children at SEEDS in Durham. Leslie is excited to help the Little School garden team expand the gardens and make them accessible and beautiful spaces for learning and exploration for the all children at TLS


Mr. Cole was dropped off by unicorn storks in Hickory, NC. He learned to frolic at an early age and never stopped. Mr. Cole graduated from Rainbow Dash Wizard School with Magnum Lum Unicorn honors. He began working with children almost twelve years ago as a coach for youth sports. Cole joined The Little School back in 2007 as a professional frolicker. Together with his students, they have hiked and mapped the surrounding woods, discovering “the magic mountains”, “wonderland”, and countless other delights. Cole can find magic anywhere, and TLS is forever grateful for his humor, energy and joy. In his spare time, Mr. Cole likes to frolic between hither & yon, i.e. playing basketball, enjoying multiple brunches, running, and paddling down the Eno river with his best dog friend, Dover.



Kelly discovered TLS in August of 2010. After working as a substitute for a short time, Kelly knew TLS was where she wanted to be. She fell in love with the gentle nature of TLS’s environment and admired the center’s philosophy. Kelly has worked with children from infant to school age for many years. Her experience ranges from assisting in the public school environment to teaching preschool in various settings, to directing her own in-home childcare program. In addition to working with children, Kelly’s family was inspired to become a foster home for Orange County and she experienced many rewards and has many cherished memories from that experience. Kelly earned her Early Childhood Educators Credentials and is actively pursuing her degree in Early Childhood Education. She is blessed with three beautiful children and in her free time, she loves scrapbooking, photography, and trips to the beach with her husband and kids!

Amanda C 

Amanda joined The Little School in 2013. Since then she has been married and given birth to their daughter, Charlie. In between working and being a Mother, Amanda has attended Alamance Community College, earning her Associate’s degree in Animal Care Management. She dreams of one day working with the exotic animals at the zoo or large mammal rehabilitation center. Together with small groups of children, Amanda cares for our beloved school pig, Norman Pickles. Her passion for animals has brought C.L.A.W.S. to our school, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to helping wild and exotic animals.