Lulu zhou, Co-Founder & Executive Director
Lulu is the co-founder and Executive Director of Worldtots and is responsible for its day-to-day operation. She has over 10 years of experience in educational institutions and prior to that, Lulu worked at the Monitor Group and Gap Inc. as a management consultant and corporate strategist.
Lulu attended both Hunter and Stuyvesant for high school and holds a Bachelor's degree from Columbia University in New York, and a MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Erica Stevenson, Education Director
Erica taught as an elementary school teacher for 10 years and was most recently a successful Education Director where she grew a Brooklyn preschool from five children to full capacity. She built the foundations for the day-to-day operation and ensured a supportive learning environment for all children.
Erica graduated from Fordham University in 2001 with her B.S. in Psychology and then went on to continue her studies at Columbia University Teachers’ College. She graduated in 2003 with her M.A. in Elementary Education and has a permanent NYS Teaching Certification.
Valerie Mahase, Curriculum specialist
Valerie started her career as an early childhood educator in diverse communities such as Brooklyn. She advised on strategies that effectively engage students of varying learning modalities for the Department of Education. Her long-standing career (19 years in the Department of Education) has helped students who range from extremely academically talented to those with special needs.
Valerie holds a Master’s degree in Special Education and a post Master’s program focused in Gifted and Talented education.