Meet our Staff

Our Little Mud Puddles Staff


Top left: Miss Amy, Miss Amber, Miss Lisa, Miss Anne, Miss Bexi, Miss Darlene, Miss Kaur,
Middle Row: Mr Wally, Miss Carla.
Bottom left: Miss Gloria, Miss Tanya, Miss Elizabeth, Miss Nikki, Miss Berenice, Miss Yuner, Miss Gayle J.L. and Miss Gayle M.

The Little Mud Puddles Learning Center has a diversified staff trained in Early Childhood Development through education and experience. All of our teachers have either earned a Child Development Teacher Permit, AA degree or BA degree in Child Development and have the appropriate Early Childhood Development units required by State Licensing to teach preschool. Our staff’s professional experience in the classroom ranges from 4 years to 36 years. In addition, all staff attend educational workshops throughout the year and maintain current Pediatric CPR/First Aid certificates.

We believe the teacher is the key to a child’s learning and we emphasize love and care in the teacher-child relationship. The teachers are also trained to gear their curriculum according to the children’s interest and learning abilities.

We have a very low turnover rate. In fact, some of our staff have been with us since The Little Mud Puddles Learning Center was founded in 1986.

If you are interested in a career with Little Mud Puddles, please send your resume to: littlemudpuddles@aol.com

Darlene Johnston


Founder & Director

Darlene Johnston is the President, Founder and Director of The Little Mud Puddles Learning Center. She lives in Fremont, California, has 2 grown children and is a proud Grandmother of a beautiful granddaughter and grandson. Darlene has an AA Degree in Early Childhood Education Development as well as a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Humanities. Also, she has earned a Child Development Program Director Permit issued by the State of California. Darlene has been in child care since 1982. The Little Mud Puddles Learning Center has been in existence since 1986. She is part of the Alameda County Quality Counts Advisory Committee.

Elizabeth Motwani and Carla Prouty


Assistant Director

Elizabeth Motwani is the Assistant Director of The Little Mud Puddles Learning Center. She lives in Fremont with her husband and has two grown children and is a proud Grandmother of a beautiful granddaughter. Elizabeth has an AA degree in Early Childhood Education as well as a Child Development Site Supervisor Permit. She has worked with children since 1995.

Teacher Mentor and Curriculum Specialist 

Carla Prouty is the Teacher Mentor and Curriculum Specialist at The Little Mud Puddles Learning Center. She lives in Fremont and has been part of The Little Mud Puddles family since 2004. Carla has a AA degree in Early Childhood Education as well as a Child Development Master Teacher Permit