Alexandra L. Spitz
Founder and Parent Educator
• Certified Parent Educator
• Certified Infant Care Specialist
• Certified Happiest Baby Educator
• Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator
• Mom of two!
After having my first son in early 2011, I instantly became obsessed with everything baby! I joined a Mommy and Me group in Los Angeles where I met 11 other amazing women whose babies were born within weeks of my son. I had no idea the positive impact this group would have on all of us nor did I ever think that the women would become some of my best friends. I didn’t know it at the time, but this group would change my life.
I was born and raised in Los Angeles where I received a BA in Psychology from California State University, Northridge. I went on to be the Director of Operations of a real estate law firm and real estate development company in Los Angeles for over 10 years. After my son was born, I pursued my passion in child development and became a Certified Parent Educator and a Certified Newborn/Infant Care Specialist. As he entered the “terrible two’s” I found myself drawn to the Positive Discipline curriculum and have since become a Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator through the Positive Discipline Association. I am now mom to two beautiful boys who enrich my life and have made me a better person and educator.
In early 2012, my husband was relocated to Orange County for work. The move happened suddenly which gave me the unexpected opportunity to move on to the next chapter in my life. Though I wasn’t sure what would come next, I was excited to experience the new journey. While searching for groups to join with my son during our transitional period, I researched and discovered many groups which offered activities for children, but wasn’t able to find supportive and educational groups for the moms, similar to the one I had belonged to. So it became clear what my next chapter would be. I combined my passion of bringing people together with my love of being a mom to create this program so that other moms could have the same life-changing experience that I had. And so I “gave birth” to a labor of love…
OC Mommy and Me
In 2016 after 4 years of classes and meeting over 1,000 of the most wonderful new moms and babies, we decided that we had become much more than your average mommy and me program. Our team had expanded tremendously and the topics in our classes now included such a variety of important and crucial information for new moms today. I decided that we needed a new name to describe what we really had become...a school for new moms. And so, a new chapter began as The New Mom School. I am so glad you are here and considering us to be a part of your journey. We would be honored to accompany you along the way!
Katrina is a mom to one fun little girl! Though she and her family relocated to the Pacific Northwest in 2016, she is a Southern California girl at heart with the best things in her life having happened in Orange County. She graduated from Cal State Fullerton with two BAs in Anthropology and Women's Studies. She worked as a preschool teacher's assistant, an executive assistant, a marketing account manager, and worn many hats in the nonprofit world. She clearly thrives on organization, community, connection, and a deep purpose. The New Mom School has not only played an integral part in her own journey through first-time motherhood since late 2014, it has allowed her to put her skills and strengths to good use! She hopes every mom gets the love and appreciation they deserve, as well as the opportunity to be surrounded by the supportive mommy tribe at The New Mom School.
Early Childhood Development Expert
Nicole Hollins is a New Mom School alum and one of our group facilitators. Nicole’s experience in early childhood development started at a very young age. She spent the majority of her teenage years and early 20’s working with her mother at her developmental preschool on the East Coast. She graduated from Baylor University with a BA in Business, but spent a majority of her time studying as a Family and Consumer Science major. She has experience in child development, family theories and meal management to name a few. She also has extensive experience as a nanny for several different families with children of various ages. She enjoys getting to know new moms and sharing her experiences and knowledge. She lives in Irvine with her husband, Steven and daughters, Charlotte and Olivia.
Childbirth & Parent Educator
Britton Lunde, B.A., CCE, CPE, is one of our amazing group facilitators. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Social Science with an emphasis in Child Development from UC Irvine. She received her Childbirth Educator Certification and Postnatal Educator Certification through International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) and is a certified Kindersign Instructor. She has 12 years experience teaching Early Childhood, Kindergarten, Childbirth, Parenting and Postnatal classes. Her passion is to reach out to all new mothers and families and empower them to be the best parents they can be. She continues to support mothers and families with her fun, informative and helpful classes/workshops throughout Orange County. Britton is a proud mother of three daughters and can relate to all of the challenges that motherhood brings.
MFT, BCBA & Certified Sleep Expert
Joanna Martindale is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Maternity and Child Sleep Coach. Joanna began working with children with Autism while studying at the Claremont Colleges, where she learned how to implement Applied Behavior Analysis with children with Autism. She continued working in this field while obtaining her MA in Clinical Psychology (MFT) from Pepperdine University and eventually became a Supervisor in her field. Joanna has now founded her own company, Baby Sleep Concierge, to pursue her passion for helping families get a full night’s sleep and practice positive behavior strategies during their parenting journey. Joanna does not conform to any one method of sleep or behavioral training, but rather meets with families to determine what strategies will work best for them. In addition to all of the above, Joanna is a Certified Happiest Baby on the Block Educator and is CPR Certified. Joanna is mom to two girls.
Danielle Gauss, IBCLC
Leader, Breastfeeding Support Group
Shira Kfir, LCSW
Leader, Postpartum Depression and Anxiety Support Group
Instructor, Sensory Class
MS, OTR/L, SWC
Liz has always had a passion for working with children and her caring personality helps to make a meaningful and effective therapeutic relationship. As the director of Pure Pediatric Therapy, Liz feels that the family and the child’s overall outcomes play an important role in therapy, and Liz strives to include them both in daily treatment. Liz is especially passionate about working with children who have oral motor and feeding concerns, and has worked with infants and children of all ages in a variety of settings, including the neonatal intensive care unit, outpatient pediatrics, sensory integration clinics, and school systems.
Bachelors of Science, Therapeutic Studies, Boston University
Masters of Science, Occupational Therapy, Boston University
Advanced Practice Certification in Feeding and Swallowing (SWC)
Liz has experience in treating children and infants of all ages with multiple diagnoses. She has had extensive training and certification in oral motor feeding and swallowing assessment, evaluation, and intervention for infants and children. Liz has a vast understanding of infant and child development and strives to help each child and family reach their fullest potential through fun and individualized occupational therapy treatment. In addition, Liz provides each family with a comprehensive home program complete with activities that are engaging and easily implemented into a daily routine for maximum carryover and skill development.
In her free time, Liz enjoys spending time with her husband and her two children, going to the movies, and traveling.