Santa Cruz

3205 Salisbury Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95065

About Santa Cruz

Opening Date: August 2020

Click the “Subscribe” button and our Center Director will reach out to you to schedule a tour.

For Enrollment Request please click here.

L’Academy Preschools is where we uncover children’s cognitive potential through language immersion. Our ultimate goal is to develop each child mindfully with love and compassion through a language-rich curriculum! Come and see our classrooms, meet the site staff and get all of your questions answered. Children are welcome!

Center offers Spanish Immersion.

Director Name: Amber Stoddard

Licence Number: 444416435

Licence Number: 444416436

Closures for Holidays & Teacher In-Service Days:

●  2 Teacher-in-Service Days

●  Labor Day

●  Veterans Day

●  Thanksgiving Day

●  Day after Thanksgiving

●  Winter Break (From Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day)

●  Martin Luther King Jr. Day

●  President’s Day

●  Memorial Day

●  Independence Day

●  2 Parent Teacher Conference Days

If a holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the holiday will be observed the Friday before or the Monday after. Please refer to the school calendar for specific closure dates. Note that tuition will be due in full every month irrespective of school closures or holidays.*

Click here to schedule a tour with Amber Stoddard, our Santa Cruz director.

*We are making an exception for tuition payments during COVID-19 related closures. All tuition already paid for the period of closure due to COVID-19 will be credited towards future tuition payments.

Programs offered

Preschool Program
Infant Program

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday | 8:00am-5:00pm


12m* - 6 Years, Spanish Immersion

3205 Salisbury Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95065


Meet our Staff

Director: Amber Stoddard

Ms. Amber grew up in the small town of Mendocino. She moved to Santa Cruz in 1998 to attend college. She has been working with children for the past 24 years and has two daughters aged 15 & 8 years old. Starting out as a preschool aide, Amber has continued her Early Childhood Education and worked her way up becoming a teacher to current director's position. She is passionate about creating an environment where each child can feel supported and safe. Amber is also a professional photographer, who specializes in newborn photography. On the weekends, she enjoys skateboarding, baking and playing scrabble.

Teacher: Andrea Rocha

Mrs. Andrea received her associates degree from Cabrillo College and has been working with preschool children since 2007. She is married and has a ten year old daughter and twin six year olds! Andrea is a very creative & happy person who brings her positive attitude to our school every day!

Her favorite part of working with children is to be able to see their individual growth and development. She likes to implement creative activities, stimulating their cognitive, social emotional, and physical development.

She looks forward to meeting your child and wants you to know that this year is going to be the best year ever!

Teacher: Kaitlin Tannyhill

Miss. Kaitlin (Kaitie) is starting her second year of teaching preschoolers and infants. She is an animal lover and yogi with a Bachelor's in Business Management Economics. She is a vegetarian who loves food and cooking. In her spare time she enjoys writing, singing, and playing songs on her ukulele. Miss Kaitie possess a true passion for working with children and showing them support so they can grow and enjoy learning through play.

Teacher: Tammy Silva

Ms. Tammy is very excited to start working in our Pre-k age classroom. She has 16 years experience working in the education field. She began working as an aide in 2005. Since then she continues to grow as a teacher and one of her goals is to become a preschool director. Tammy has completed her Associate degree and continues working towards obtaining her bachelors degree. She is very passionate about working in education, specifically with preschool age children and their families.

Teacher: Cassidy Barros

Miss Cassidy has been working with children for years. She is happy that her son Judah currently attends L'Academy! Cassidy loves introducing children to different topics surrounding nature, and encouraging them to keep an open mind while exploring the world. When not at work, she enjoys hiking and dancing around with her own son.

Aide: Alisha Stanley

Ms. Alisha has been a preschool aide since 2019 and has previous years of childcare experience. For 5 years she worked for a kinder and summer program as a rational leader. She continues her Early Childhood Education locally at Cabrillo College. Miss Alisha also studied Marine Biology. She is a mother of 3 boys and in her spare time she loves to craft and hangout with family.