All teachers and aides are registered and fingerprinted with the California Department of Social Services.  Our staff is encouraged to advance their levels of Teacher Certification through classes and workshops.  Classes at the Appleseeds Academy do not include religious instruction/worship.

Staff Members

Leigh-Ellen Yarbrough – School Administrator


I have been working in Education for over 20 years in various positions. I started as a Spanish tutor at Lake Tahoe Community college where my passion for teaching began. I then went on to teach Spanish at the public schools and then back to LTCC as an Instructor. In early 2000, I started teaching preschool Spanish and that’s where I found my love for the preschool age children. I have own Academy of Language and Arts that held classes at Sierra House Elementary and South Tahoe Recreation Center 2008-2016.

I have an AA and BA in Spanish along with a MAED in Educational Leadership. My goal is to continue my education in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. My hobbies include ice skating, skiing, roller blading and bike riding.