About Us


Little Learners Team

Little Learners was developed out of the need for a high quality child care center that caters to working families, with a year round program and flexible enrollment schedules. We recognize that the families and children we serve, are our core strength and we aim to bridge the gap between the center and home. We believe in hiring highly qualified teachers to facilitate our enriching program in meeting the needs of our children and families.

Owners Backgrounds


Owner/Director/Founder: Shannon Dawson

Shannon holds a Bachelor's degree in Child Development from Humboldt State University. Shannon is the founder of Little Learners. She has worked in a toddler, preschool, and school age programs. She has been working with children for the past 15 years. Shannon was the former 2008 Economic Fuel competition winner and opened Little Learners Preschool in 2008. Shannon has three children of her, Brittany age 16, Hailey age 15 and Gavin age 2. Shannon understands the needs for high quality childcare programs in Humboldt County and enjoys supporting families in our community. Shannon enjoys being a part of the community and is involved in many local organizations. When Shannon isn't at work, she can be found at local children sporting events with her children or volunteering her time on local boards. Shannon loves supporting children’s growth and development. Shannon loves spending her time at Little Learners!

Site Supervisors Backgrounds


Site Supervisor at 11th & M st. - Krystal Arnot

Krystal holds a bachelors degree from Pacific Oaks College in Human Development with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education. She also has her associates degree from College of the Redwoods in Early Childhood Education. Krystal began working at Little Learners in May 2013 in the Toddler Room. In May 2014, she transferred to the 11th & M site where she has been ever since. Krystal is passionate about working with children and their families. Krystal enjoys staying active in the local ECE community through various conferences, workshops, and trainings. She is an advocate for high quality child care and supporting children in their most important stages of life through age-appropraite outlets. In Krystal's classroom, she loves to learn while having fun and laughing. She also loves to support the children in their social and emotional growth. She strives to make each opportunity a learning opportunity for the children and herself. When Krystal is not at Little Learners, she enjoys hiking with her husband and dog, Kobi, playing her ukulele, taking road trips, reading a good book, and making various craft projects.

Site Supervisor at Valley East Site - Cila Hall

Cila has her associates degree from College of the Redwoods in Early Childhood Education. Cila began working at Little Learners in November of 2011 in the preschool, toddler, pre-k room. And now she works as a head teacher in the preschool room at our Guintoli site. Cila enjoys working, interacting, communicating with the children and their families daily. When Cila is in her classroom she loves to sing, dance, teach, laugh, and help support growth of each child individually. Cila enjoys learning more to create a learning and interactive classroom by going to ECE trainings, conferences and reading books and articles. When Cila isn't at Little Learners, she likes to craft, read, sing, babysit, and learn new hobbies!

Site Supervisor at Eureka - Johanna Pick

Johanna received her Associates of Science in Early Childhood Education from Shasta College. After attending Shasta College she transferred to Humboldt State University and received her Bachelor of Art in Child Development with a Minor in Family Studies/Social Work. Johanna has worked in the Child Care field for the last four years. During this time she has worked as a teacher in preschool, toddler, and infant classrooms. Johanna started working for Little Learners Eureka in May of 2016 in the preschool classroom. In October of 2016 she transitioned into the Director/Teacher position. Throughout the week you may find Johanna in any of the three classroom at LLE.

Johanna finds working with children of all ages and their families to be very rewarding! Getting to know each child and family individually is very important to her. She believes that they all have something positive to add to the whole classroom experience. She appreciates learning from children just as they learn from her. Johanna enjoys photography, crafting, being active, and spending time in the outdoors with her husband, family, and friends.

Site Supervisor at Eureka - Ariana Moses

Ariana has been a part of the Little Learners team since 2011. She started out in the preschool room and is now the site supervisor at the Eureka site. She is originally from Eugene, Oregon and moved here in 2010. Prior to moving to Humboldt, she spent 4 years in San Diego studying Child Development and working at a Montessori Preschool. She and her husband Mike moved up here to escape the busy city and they are very happy to raise their 2 children in such a great place. Their daughter Isla attends the preschool room. Baby boy Asher was born in July and is currently Ariana's adorable office helper before he moves to the infant room. When not at work you can find Ariana and her family enjoying many local hikes, camping spots, swimming holes, and breweries or hanging out at home with their dogs, chickens, and bunny rabbit! Ariana loves working with children and families and truly appreciate all the joy that this job brings!

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