Guided by a vision to inspire children and create community, we provide individualized attention to each child, encouraging their own interests and abilities to blossom in a supportive environment.


We are a play-based, child-centered, Reggio Emilia-inspired program where all children’s ideas are respected and learning styles honored. We believe that through play, all learning transpires. Our teachers consider children as protagonists, communicators, and collaborators, and believe that they develop best in a safe & inviting environment.

School readiness begins with social readiness. Spring Hill is an anti-bias, inclusionary program where we cultivate strong senses of self, family pride, and appreciation for diversity. We believe that building children’s senses of justice and helping them acquire confident voices are the foundations which create solid bonds, and a close, kind community of friends.

In everything that we do at Spring Hill preschool, it is our mission to foster each child’s innate sense of wonderment and to cultivate positive perceptions, both of self and of others. Happy, inspired children are happy, inspired learners.

Our Teachers


Karyn SchmidT

I love early childhood! I enjoy spending time with children, listening to them, watching and engaging with them. I really enjoy sharing stories, creating art, discovering science, problem solving and figuring out how to build a community of friends together. I believe children learn all these things through “play.”  I look forward to working with families as partners in their child’s educational journey as this is enriching and rewarding.

Some of my strengths, as a professional, are my patience and my objective ability to work with parents and children. I also find strength in collaborating with families and colleagues to enrich the child’s learning environment. I have achieved specialty certificates in Anti-Bias Education, Working with Culturally Diverse Families, and Curriculum Planning. I enjoy using this experience to enrich our program with literacy, science, math, the arts and family communities.

When I am not teaching, I love to spend time with my family and friends. I love the ocean, the beaches and the mountains (pretty much anywhere in nature!).  I love to collect beach glass and make jewelry, and I have my own business, “Once Upon the Sand.” I love to garden, and I especially love dahlias.


Allie Maffei

I moved to the coast about eight years ago from the Central Valley. I found my passion for working with children through numerous child development courses at Monterey Peninsula College, where I received my AA degree. Then I decided to make it my career and went on to get my Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Brandman University. I have been teaching for 5 years in Monterey and Santa Cruz and am thrilled to be teaching at Spring Hill.

My personal philosophy is to help children learn through exploration and creativity. I enjoy making learning fun for my students, and I especially love exploring music and movement with them. I am also passionate about teaching literacy and creative writing. I am trained in Handwriting Without Tears and have a great love for children’s literature. I value family and teacher partnership, and believe in having a strong connection between home and school. My goal is to help children develop a sense of belonging and self-respect, as well as respect and compassion for others.

When I am not enjoying my time with children, I love to surround myself with family and friends. I spend a lot of time outdoors, whether it’s going to the beach, playing basketball, or riding my bike.