Meet Our Staff
Chief Operating Officer
Myself, my husband Paul and my father George Farmer started our first venture into early childhood education in 2001. LeafSpring School at Sonterra has been operating in the Stone Oak area for more than 16 years and is nationally accredited through NAEYC, COGNIA (formerly AdvancED) and TX Rising Star. With the help of our extremely talented staff and loyal families, we have grown LeafSpring School San Antonio into the premier preschool in North San Antonio. LeafSpring School is the model to which the local colleges and universities refer their early childhood students for observations and internships.
My background as a special education teacher gives me insight into early childhood education and as both a teacher and a mother, it has been my intention to provide quality care to other parents in San Antonio. With the addition LeafSpring School at Cibolo Canyons Canyons in 2013, we are able to provide an incredible education and school-age recreation program to even more families! I am so excited with success of both programs and the relationships we have created at both schools. On a personal level, I have three fantastic kids, Kyle (23), Kennedy (18)and Collin (16) who have all grown up at LeafSpring School and I couldn’t be more proud of them and their accomplishments. I love to travel with my family, reading and relaxing with friends.(210) 495-5222
Director of Operations
My name is Heather Mattingly and I have been with LeafSpring Schools for over 10 years. I began as a Lead Teacher in Red Room and worked my way up to Site Director. In February of 2013, my journey with LeafSpring School continued as I opened our new location on Marshall Road. I have my degree in Early Childhood Education and have spent most of my life working with young children. I enjoy the freedom of play and learning that is associated with the little ones. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 26 years and we have two children, ages 22 and 25, and three pound pups. We moved from Wichita, KS to San Antonio over 16 years ago and have enjoyed every minute of it – well, except the heat. I enjoy going to the movies and being creative, whether it be painting, crafts, sewing or cooking.
“A person’s a person, no matter how small” – Dr. Seuss.(210) 314-1125 Email
Director of Preschool Programs
My name is Erin and I was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. I attended and graduated from Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Soon after graduation, I began working with the North East Independent School District as a Special Education Assistant. In August of 2003, I started as a full time lead teacher in Green Room. Then in May of 2004, I was promoted to Preschool Assistant Director. Since my time with LeafSpring School, I have played an important part in their NAEYC, COGNIA (formerly AdvancED) and TX Rising Star accreditations, the hiring and training of quality staff with a low turnover rate, and the development of creative curriculum implementation.(210) 495-5222 Email
Village Program Director
My name is Julie Ford and I have lived in San Antonio for 19+ years. I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri with 2 brothers, so of course I am an avid Cardinals fan! I graduated from Missouri State University with a degree in Physical Education and a minor in Health Education. I have 22+ years of experience working with kiddos of all ages and 17 of them as an administrator at LeafSpring School. In my spare time, I play flag football, volleyball and soccer as well as travel as much as I can.(210) 495-5222 Email
Director of Marketing
I am a graduate of St. Mary’s University San Antonio with a Bachelor of Arts in English Communication Arts. I have been in the field of Early Childhood Education for more than 10 years serving in various roles from lead teacher to administration. I am a mother of one and a born and raised San Antonio native.
-Dorothy Hemphill(210) 495-5222 Email