Sunny Crandell


Sunny has been the director and parent-educator at the Oaks Parent-Child Workshop since 2010. She has been adjunct faculty in the Antioch Nature-based Early Childhood Education Program; is a regular presenter at the local In-Bloom in Santa Barbara: Promising Practices is Nature-based Early Childhood Education; has presented at the Seattle Nature Start Alliance Conference, and Children Learning with Nature Conferences, in Santa Cruz; and, she is a member of the local Leave No Child Inside Coalition. When not teaching, Sunny enjoys traveling, gardening and hiking.

andrea Howell

Assistant Director

Andrea is originally from Kansas and moved to California thirteen years ago. Soon after arriving, she found a home teaching preschool at Wagon Wheel School in Los Angeles. Her expertise and love of teaching served her well; she was instrumental in opening Wagon Wheel's sister school in Malibu. Andrea now lives in Goleta with her partner Drew.


On the weekends, Andrea loves camping with Drew in their 1990 VW Vanagon Westfalia, playing beach volleyball, rock climbing, cycling and hiking.

Thamara Fleming

Afternoon Program Head Teacher

Tamara is originally from Brazil and has been living in Santa Barbara for the last 13 years. She fully realized her passion for Early Childhood education after completing the ECE program at Santa Barbara City College. 

During her 10 years experience working with children she had the incredible opportunity to work at Lou Grant Parent Child Workshop and Story Teller Children’s Center where she worked with at risk and homeless children.  Her last 5 years were spent at the Learningden Preschool where she was able to fully engage and provide learning opportunities for toddlers and preschoolers. In addition to this, she had the opportunity to develop a strong relationship within the community.


In her free time she dedicates herself to studying to achieve her Holistic Nutrition Certification.  Her dream is to write a book on how nutrition can impact children's development.  she also loves being outdoors, running hiking, traveling, learning new cultures, cooking and developing healthy meals.  

She's delighted to be part of the Oaks community and run the afternoon program. She's looking forward for a great year with all of you! 

Sara Escarcega

Afternoon Program Assistant Teacher

Sara was born and raised in Santa Barbara and some of her fondest early childhood memories are of The Oaks Parent-Child Workshop.  Sara attended The Oaks as a preschooler with her parents. And, in 2015 Sara enrolled as a parent with her two sons. Sara was elected to the parent governing board, participated in the annual auctions and in a number of leadership roles at The Oaks.


While participating at The Oak, Sara discovered her passion for working with children and decided to continue her education at Santa Barbara City College. She currently is attending classes and working towards her AA in Early Childhood Education.  In 2018, Sara began teaching in the Oaks Nature-Based Summer Program. In the fall of 2019, she joined the teaching staff of the Afternoon Program.

In Sara’s free time she enjoys cooking, baking, and spending time outdoors with her family. She is excited to continue her journey at The Oaks as the Afternoon Program Assistant Teacher. She can't wait for another great year with all of you!

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