Our Staff

Sara Mintz


Sara serves as the founder and director of the Growing Garden schools which includes the Growing Garden Academy and the Growing Garden Preschool, the premier preschool in the South Bay.

Sara is a native Southern Californian. Her dedication to education took her across the globe to Melbourne, Australia and then to New York, studying and teaching preschool and elementary school levels. After moving back to Southern California with her husband, Sara continued following her passion by furthering her study in her chosen field at UCLA, keeping abreast of the most current Early Childhood approaches.

Sara is applying her leadership and unparalleled success at the Growing Garden Preschool in leading the development of the Growing Garden Academy.

Alta Gordon

Director of Development

Alta was born in New York and raised in Toronto. After continuing her education in a teaching seminary in Israel, Alta returned to North America to put her skills to work in the classroom while studying child development at UCLA.
With more than a dozen years experience as a teacher at both elementary school and preschool teaching, Alta joins the Growing Garden Academy as the director of development and Judaic studies teacher.
As a dedicated wife and mother of five, Alta believes that every child is an entire world with their own unique needs and gifts.

Tracy Larson

Kindergarten Teacher

Tracy has taught at the Growing Garden Preschool since 2006. Starting 2009 Tracy has been our lead Kindergarten teacher at the Growing Garden and loves every minute. She continues to grow our Kindergarten curriculum to meet the needs of each child. Tracy inspires her students to explore and discover using their multiple intelligences. After graduating from UCLA she spent a year abroad teaching English in Japan.
This allowed her to appreciate how children have many similarities yet each has his/her unique learning style. Along with following sports with an emphasis on the Dodgers and fantasy football, she loves to read, travel and dine!

Danielle Blake

First Grade Teacher

Danielle Blake has taught in both public and private schools for over 14 years. After majoring in primary education at the University of Windsor and receiving her teaching credentials, Danielle taught for the Toronto District School Board with training in special education before moving to New York City. In New York, Danielle served as director on Manhattan Youth after school program, building it into one of the most successful after-school programs in the city, serving over 400 students daily. She also served as the Director of Operations for mini-Preneur, a startup where she taught elementary students about entrepreneurship by assisting them in creating their own businesses as well as a trainer and coach for teachers at Rampo for children.

In 2016, Danielle moved west to join the Growing Garden Academy as its first grade teacher where she takes pride in nurturing and guiding her students to develop a love for learning that enhances their ability to become contributing citizens in their community.

Amy Lambuth

Transitional Kindergarten Teacher

Amy was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. After graduating from San Francisco State University with a BA in Spanish, Amy continued her education at Chapman University where she received her Multiple Subject Credential with CLAD. With over 15 years of experience as an educator, she has taught Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and Dual-Immersion Kindergarten. Amy also worked for Easter Seals as a Child Development Specialist, where she created and implemented plans for skill development in children ages birth through three years. Amy loves teaching through music, play, exploration, acting, and movement. She has dedicated her life to empowering students and helping them discover and become their best selves.
Amy, her husband, and their two children love to ride bikes, go to the beach, and explore Southern California!

We are currently working with consultants to recruit additional qualified teachers and staff for the Growing Garden Academy 2016-2017 school year.