Educators

Stephanie Raleigh

Owner / Director

Stephanie Raleigh, M.A. is a Child Development Specialist who has worked with children for the past 15 years. She obtained a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology with an emphasis on Early Childhood Education from California State University, Northridge. In addition, she earned her Bachelor ‘s Degree in Child and Adolescent Development Summa Cum Laude – also from California State University, Northridge. After a fulfilling career in publishing in Germany, Stephanie moved to Cape Town, South Africa where she became involved in a charitable organization helping families and children – setting up preschools and daycare centers for abandoned children and helping women establishing an income source through arts and crafts. This ignited a passion for young children and their families and led to the opening of her own preschool in Los Angeles, CA in 2012. Since then, Stephanie continuously strives to improve the field of Early Childhood Education and has become an advocate for young children. Stephanie and her husband moved to Tennessee in December of last year to be closer to their family. Now she is opening a preschool in beautiful Spring Hill. Stephanie is an outdoor enthusiast and dog lover, spending most of her weekends hiking, cycling, rock climbing or fly fishing.

Stephanie Raleigh

Owner / Director

Stephanie Raleigh, M.A. is a Child Development Specialist who has worked with children for the past 15 years. She obtained a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology with an emphasis on Early Childhood Education from California State University, Northridge. In addition, she earned her Bachelor ‘s Degree in Child and Adolescent Development Summa Cum Laude – also from California State University, Northridge. After a fulfilling career in publishing in Germany, Stephanie moved to Cape Town, South Africa where she became involved in a charitable organization helping families and children – setting up preschools and daycare centers for abandoned children and helping women establishing an income source through arts and crafts. This ignited a passion for young children and their families and led to the opening of her own preschool in Los Angeles, CA in 2012. Since then, Stephanie continuously strives to improve the field of Early Childhood Education and has become an advocate for young children. Stephanie and her husband moved to Tennessee in December of last year to be closer to their family. Now she is opening a preschool in beautiful Spring Hill. Stephanie is an outdoor enthusiast and dog lover, spending most of her weekends hiking, cycling, rock climbing or fly fishing.

Danielle Johnson

English Teacher

Danielle Johnson

Danielle Johnson volunteered in her church nursery as a child while growing up in Panorama City, California. She earned her Early Childhood Education certificate in 2011. In 2020, she and her family moved to Spring Hill, TN, where she volunteers at Central Christian Church. She is a proud mother of two boys, Brayden, and Liam. It is her joy to teach young children (including her own son Liam) at Lilac - Little Learning Academy.

Daphne Gonzalez

Spanish Teacher

Daphne Gonzalez

Daphne was raised by her Mexican immigrants in LA County. She has a deep love of family and children. Her church's children's director encouraged her to study early childhood education at Cerro Coso College. Daphne has experience teaching children of all ages. As a person who has experienced trauma and grief, she is passionate about helping children and families. Sadly, she lost her first husband. This Gold Star family attended a TAPS Peer Mentor class in 2019 and learned how to support and assist other Gold Star families. She is excited to share her creativity and positivity with students at Lilac - Little Learning Academy.

Elizabeth Clark

English Teacher

Elizabeth Clark

Elizabeth Clark was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, but moved to Tennessee when she was three years old. Elizabeth has always had a passion working with children. She earned her ECE Certificate from the state of Tennessee and has worked with children for the last ten years. She gained more hands-on and in-depth knowledge of Early Childhood Education in the past four years while working in a large Childcare centers with age groups ranging from 6 weeks to 5 years. 
Elizabeth loves teaching children and is so glad she found lilac - little learning academy where she can continue working with and educating children.
Elizabeth and her family relocated to Spring Hill, TN in January 2019 for her husband’s job. She has a four-year-old daughter (Alayna) who loves attending lilac.