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Our Team

Where the Passion Begins

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Lia D. Johnson

Founder, Director, Lead Educator

Lia originally hails from the beautiful country of Argentina, where she learned to appreciate nature and care for the environment from a young age. She studied Fine Arts and Political Science at the university level for three years, and in 1989 she left Argentina to travel the world with her husband George.


During her travels, she studied Fine Arts and Early Childhood Education in Germany, at Central Texas College, and the Delaware College of Art and Design (which was part of the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC). She also raised three wonderful children of her own during this time who now help her at Little Tree Huggers today.

With a combined
twenty-six years of training* in fine arts and early childhood education, Lia has settled in Leesburg, Virginia where she founded and directs Little Tree Huggers Preschool and continues to devote herself to early childhood education. She is passionate about the arts, embracing all cultures, and taking care of our planet.​

*Click the link for more about Lia's credentials!

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Glenda Guzman


A fluent Spanish speaker, originally from El Salvador. Glenda studied Vocational Technical Accounting but also has three years of Child Care experience. After working with children she discovered a passion in healthcare and wants to become a pediatrician. She believes in helping children realize their potential and finding joy in life. She loves playing sports with her family, traveling, listening to music, and reading. ​


Lia Marie Johnson


Lia Marie discovered her love for nature, music, and the performing arts while still in her mother’s belly! She is a natural performer and staunch advocate for animal and human rights as well as sustainability and conservation. Helping Little Tree Huggers with music and as an assistant teacher ever since 2015, she too is fluent in Spanish and has become an integral part of our team!  She's been working full time with LTH since 2020 and enjoys contributing to the children's emotional and educational enrichment.

Not only has Lia Marie written and composed the Little Tree Huggers theme song, she has written and composed a complete album with her Band, Alaska and Aurora, while she was finishing Loudoun County High School a year early!  Please follow the link below and read about and listen to this spectacular local band!!!!!  You'll be glad you did.

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