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Katie Abbott

Lead Teacher - Four-year-olds, Chapelwood School

Katie Abbott

Lead Teacher - Four-year-olds, Chapelwood School

Something on my “bucket list”

I would like to go back to the Grand Canyon. As a little girl, my sister and I were taken on lots of adventurous vacations. A typical spring break was spent in a national park or in the mountains of Colorado hiking, fishing, and camping in my grandpa's camper. When I was too young to remember my parents and grandparents took us to the Grand Canyon and I was so young I barely remember it. I greatly appreciate God's beauty across our world and plan to raise my son loving, respecting, and appreciating the outdoors, as I was taught to do. I know we will go to many of the places I did as a child, the Grand Canyon, included.

My favorite summer activity

I love going to the beach. I used to work in Galveston, my husband and I spent our honeymoon on Sanibel Island in Florida, and my sister lived in Corpus Christi for years, so during the summer I spent lots of time at the beach.

My favorite cartoon character

Curious George, partly because my son loves him, but also because he is always curious and exploring and when he makes a mistake he tries to fix it. There are so many new cartoons with lots of action and fancy accessories, but I’m pretty amused by a little busy monkey.

My favorite hobbies

I enjoy going to the gym. I like to take a variety of classes including yoga, Pilates, weight lifting, ballet barre, spinning, hip hop dancing, and even Thai Chi. I like to mix it up to keep it interesting. I also do lots of gardening at my house and spend lots of time working on my water garden, which also has a couple of pond goldfish in it.

I think children are happiest when . . . 

They are outside exploring. My students love to be out on the playground digging and building in the sandbox and my son loves to simply be outside exploring nature. He loves to pick up sticks and rocks, help me pull weeds in the garden, touch different plants and trees, squish his fingers and toes in mud and splash in any puddles he can find. Luckily, I’m all right with doing a lot of laundry.

When I drive, I like to listen to . . .

My son laughing in the back seat. We might be singing songs or sneaking in a quick game of peek-a-boo during a stop or he has a pair of sunglasses he is trying to figure out how to put on and he is laughing away. Whatever makes it happen, it is what I want to hear when I am sitting in traffic or just driving a few blocks.

My favorite children’s book

As an adult, my favorite children’s book is The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, but, one of my son’s favorite books is Caps For Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina, I’m pretty sure it’s because of the monkeys, and it has quickly become one of my new favorites.

The best part of my job

The kids! I love to sit with them at lunch and have conversations with them. They say the funniest things. Also, the kids' kindness. Even when I am having a bad day, the classroom is my favorite place to be. Their smiling faces always cheer me up and if they are having a rough day I love to be able to cheer them up.

Shirley Aguilar

Teacher Assistant - Infants, Chapelwood School

Shirley Aguilar

Teacher Assistant - Infants, Chapelwood School

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Arsineh Allahverdian

Teacher Assistant - Toddlers, Chapelwood School

Arsineh Allahverdian

Teacher Assistant - Toddlers, Chapelwood School

I am a teacher assistant and I help out the lead teacher in any way I can. I clean the tables and the mats every single day. I monitor the kids when they are playing together. I also change diapers and help them wash their hands. My job allows me to be involved in the kids’ daily routine.

My favorite cartoon characters

Mickey and Minnie Mouse, because they are classic and wholesome.

If I could go anywhere in the world for two weeks, it would be . . .

Armenia because it is my homeland and I would love to see my family.

As a child, I wanted to grow up to be a . . .

Nurse or police officer

I think children are happiest when . . .

They are allowed to be themselves and play together.

When I drive, I listen to . . .

Sunny 99.1 on the radio

My favorite childhood memory

Going to the beach with my family every summer.

My favorite food

Hamburger

The best part of my job

Working with children, seeing them grow up, and being a part of their developmental stages.

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Martha Arce

Lead Teacher - 3-year-olds, Chapelwood School

Martha Arce

Lead Teacher - 3-year-olds, Chapelwood School

As a lead teacher, my job is to implement meaningful lessons that cover a curriculum rich in experiences that nurture the whole child, and to ensure physical and emotional safety.

My favorite thing to do during summer

My kids and I get to go to Mexico City where we were born, and where my family lives; we get to immerse in our culture and be pampered by all our relatives. 

My favorite cartoon character

Has always been the Pink Panther because of the different kinds of trouble he would get into, and because as a young spectator I had to pay more attention to the story and the actions, rather than the spoken language.

If I could go anywhere in the world for two weeks, I would go to . . .

Greece, because I have always been amazed by what the Greek philosophers accomplished just by using knowledge and observation. 

I think children are happiest when

They PLAY, PLAY, PLAY. 

If I could trade lives with anyone for a day, I would be . . .

One of my three kids, because I think being “in their shoes” would give me a better perspective and understanding of how they see life and its many challenges.

When I drive, I like to listen to . . .

A variety of music, such as classical, 80’s pop, 90’s rock, Latin jazz, among others.

My favorite food

Any kind, what matters to me is the company.

The best part of my job

That I get to spend part of my day building a very important relationship with each and every one of my students, by coaching them, listening to them, helping them be proud of all the good things they can do, and helping them work on those big and small challenges that are part of being at school and making friends. Being a Preschool teacher makes me feel more, way more important than any CEO, because I get to nurture little kids’ minds - to me, no other job can be more important than that!

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Bonnie Arnold

Teacher Assistant - 3.5-year-olds, Chapelwood School

Bonnie Arnold

Teacher Assistant - 3.5-year-olds, Chapelwood School

 My favorite subject in school

Texas History and European History. We learn from the past.

I think children are happiest when . . .

They are loved unconditionally; given boundaries; taught respect, control and independence.

 If I were famous for fifteen minutes, I would . . .

Visit a children’s hospital and cheer up the boys and girls as time permitted. 

My favorite movie quote:

It’s from the movie Fried Green Tomatoes.  The actress, Kathy Bates, plays Evelyn, an unhappy housewife with low self-esteem who is learning to be more assertive.  One day in the parking lot of a grocery store, some mean teenage girls rush in and steal her parking space.  When she confronts them, they laugh at her and say,” Face it lady, we’re younger and faster,” so Evelyn crashes her car into their car and says with a big smile, “Face it girls, I’m older and have more insurance.”

If I couldn’t be a teacher, I would probably be . . .

A psychologist.  Both my father and brother were psychiatrists and I love to figure out people’s problems.

My favorite scripture:

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13. This is something I tell myself a lot, and it really helps.

If I could trade lives with anyone for a day, it would be . . .

Princess Kate of England because I would be able to be with Prince George who I think is the most adorable child in the whole world!

The best part of my job

As an assistant teacher of three and a half and four year olds at Chapelwood School, it is interacting with and nurturing the children on a daily basis.  It is also earning their love and watching them learn and grow.

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Nomik Assatouri

Teacher, 3.5-year-olds, Chapelwood School

Nomik Assatouri

Teacher, 3.5-year-olds, Chapelwood School

My name is Nomik Assatouri. I have been in the United States for 29 years and I have been working at Chapelwood for 17 years.

If I could go anywhere in the world for two weeks, it would be . . .

I would like to go to France and Germany to visit my brother and sister.

My favorite hobbies

Walking and cooking

When I was young, I wanted to be a . . .

Teacher

My favorite music

Christian music

My favorite food is . . .

I love Mediterranean food.

The best part of my job

Being around the children and teaching them. 

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Lori Beck

Lead Teacher - 4-year-olds, Chapelwood School

Lori Beck

Lead Teacher - 4-year-olds, Chapelwood School

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Joanne Buchwald

Director, Camp Chapelwood

Joanne Buchwald

Director, Camp Chapelwood

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When I wear my Sensory Motor Teacher Hat, I challenge children with motor activities that provide experiences that help their bodies develop while sharpening their perception skills and maturing their neurological systems.  Some of the life skills learned in motor class are listening skills, thinking skills, self-control and social growth.

My favorite summer activity

Working at Camp Chapelwood.  As Director this requires me to create and implement programs for elementary age students to learn new skills, develop new interests and develop spiritual awareness.  The best part of this position is that we have a reunion with former students.

My favorite hobbies

Gardening, cooking and reading.

I think children are the happiest when . . .

They are allowed to be active. They learn best when they are doing!

If I could be anyone for a day, I would be . . .

My granddog Bella. She gets to eat, sleep, swim in the lake and play ball all day and have people loving her hourly.

My worst place to be stuck

In a snowstorm in Colorado.  I backed out of a driveway and could not see the dam that was made by a snowplow. I was not even able to open my car door.

My favorite childhood memory

I was an only child so my favorite childhood memories were when I went to friends’ houses and we played board games.

My favorite children’s book

The Little Engine that Could.

The best part of my job

Watching children grow from the seeds planted in preschool, elementary, high school and sometimes college to responsible young adults.

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Maria Carter

Teacher Assistant - Toddlers, Chapelwood School

Maria Carter

Teacher Assistant - Toddlers, Chapelwood School

My job duties include assisting the lead teacher, making copies, and having the classroom ready.    

My favorite summer activities

I love to spend time with my family, my daughters and my grandchildren.  I also love yoga, walking and meditation. 

If I could go anywhere in the world for two weeks, it would be . . .

The Holy Land of Israel. I would like to learn more about the places there. I would like to visit the temple, the sorrow place, and the place where Jesus was baptized. 

When I was a child, I wanted to grow up to be . . .

I always wanted to be a doctor because I love to take care of and help people.

When I drive, I like to listen to . . .

Classical music and Gregorian Choirs. The music makes me feel very relaxed and cautious when I drive, ready to go work.

My favorite childhood memory

Sitting at a big table for dinner with my mother, father and ten siblings. We would talk, laugh and spend time together.

My favorite scriptures

St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, Psalms 23, 55 and 91.

My favorite food

I love international food, but my favorites are Mexican food, salmon, and fish.

 

The best part of my job

The best part of my job is interacting, educating and taking care of the children at school.  I love being with them every day. 

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Mayra Cordova

Lead Teacher - Toddlers, Chapelwood School

Mayra Cordova

Lead Teacher - Toddlers, Chapelwood School

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Lauren Cropper

Lead Teacher - 2-year-olds, Chapelwood School

Lauren Cropper

Lead Teacher - 2-year-olds, Chapelwood School

I am the Lead Teacher in the 2-year-old classroom. I love teaching them and watching them grow and develop as they learn new skills. I am honored that I have the pleasure of teaching them and helping them to master new skills.

Something on my “bucket list”

I love to travel and hope to one day go to Africa.

My favorite summer activity

I love spending time at the beach with my family 

As a child, I wanted to grow up to be . . .

A pediatrician

The worst place I could get stuck

A room full of spiders

My favorite scripture

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." – Jeremiah 29:11 

My favorite children’s book

I love the Eloise books.

My favorite food

I love sushi

The best part of my job

When I see the excitement and pride in the children after they accomplish a new skill that I have taught them.

 

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Maryanna Cuevas

Teacher Assistant - 2-year-olds, Chapelwood School

Maryanna Cuevas

Teacher Assistant - 2-year-olds, Chapelwood School

My favorite summer activity

Going swimming

My favorite cartoon character

Eep Crood from The Croods. The reason is because she is very adventurous and curious. She is not afraid to explore new things.

My favorite subject in school

Language Arts in eighth grade. The reason was my teacher, Mr. Mieres. He introduced me to great books like Tiger Eyes and Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret, by Judy Blume, which are some of the best books I've ever read.

When I was a child I always wanted to be . . . 

A nurse, because I've always wanted to help people in need.

My favorite childhood memory

The summer that I went bike riding with my best friend and her older brother. That day we rode all through Memorial Park and Spring Branch, which was very fun.

My favorite scripture

“Treat others as you want to be treated.” If everybody did that every day all day long I think this world would be a better place.

Something that makes me laugh

A person – my younger sister Melissa. She’s very funny and charismatic.

The best thing about my job

Working with children. Every day what I am teaching them will help them in the future.

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Krista Drury

Communications Coordinator, Chapelwood School

Krista Drury

Communications Coordinator, Chapelwood School

I am a teacher assistant in the young 3's class. 

Something on my “bucket list”

My husband and I would love to go on one of those "Around the World" cruises one day when the kids go off to college and we both retire. Our kids are 5 and 4, so we have some time before it happens! 

My favorite subject in school

I love science! Anatomy and Physiology was my favorite subject. I still love to read and learn about the human body. God's masterpiece! 

I think children are happiest when . . .

They are surrounded by love and acceptance.

If I could trade lives with anyone for a day, it would be

My kids! I would love to spend the day playing and exploring without a care in the world! 

If I couldn’t be a teacher, I would probably be

The owner of a pet adoption/rescue resort.

My favorite children’s book

Right now, my favorite children's book is Go Away Big Green Monster! It's a bright, colorful book that is interactive and the kids never get tired of hearing it over and over! It's a playful happy book young toddlers seem to really enjoy which makes it fun to read!

My favorite food

Vietnamese food!  I could it every day!! 

The best part of my job

The children! I love the imagination and minds of our 3 year olds! They are so full of happiness and laughter and I enjoy being surrounded by it each day at work!

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Margaret Dvoracek

Lead Teacher - 3-year-olds, Chapelwood School

Margaret Dvoracek

Lead Teacher - 3-year-olds, Chapelwood School

My primary job responsibility is teaching young three-year-olds in Chapelwood’s School for Young Children.

My favorite summer activity

Spending time with my dogs hiking in cooler places and volunteering for various animal welfare organizations.

If I could go anywhere in the world for two weeks it would be . . .

Floating down the Amazon River in the middle of the jungle with an extremely knowledgable guide. 

If I could trade lives with anyone for a day it would be with . . .

Any of the children in my class so I could continually strive to be the teacher they wished they had.

I think children are happiest when . . .

They’re allowed to be children and explore their world freely. 

My favorite movie quote

“There’s always tomorrow for dreams to come true,” from Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer.  I often sing this to the children in my class when they don’t get to finish something they were working on before they have to leave for the day.

If I couldn’t be a teacher, I would be

A veterinarian, so I could give free care to those who need it most. 

My favorite children’s book

Dragons Love Tacos, because it usually leads to a classroom taco party that the children have the opportunity to plan from start to finish. That being said, my favorite food is of course, tacos!       

The best part of my job

I’m surrounded by the love of young children all day long and I’m constantly inspired by all the love they have to share with others. 

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Susan Edwards

Lead Teacher - 3.5-year-olds, Chapelwood School

Susan Edwards

Lead Teacher - 3.5-year-olds, Chapelwood School

I am a five days a week lead teacher working with 3½ year old children. We do have formal study units each week, and work on letter and number recognition, but our main focus is on teaching the children how to work and play together successfully.

My favorite cartoon character

Jessica Rabbit from, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? When Jessica was asked what she saw in Roger, she said, “He makes me laugh.” Now that’s a cartoon character that understands relationships and what makes them last!

My favorite subject in school

My favorite subject in school was always art. The creativity, the materials and the endless possibilities are very exciting to me. That is one of the things that I love so much about my job, every study unit includes art projects - so fun! 

My favorite movie quote

My favorite movie quote comes from The Martian. I just love it when Mark Watney says; “When you find yourself in a situation, don’t give up. Do the math. Solve the problem, then move on and solve the next one.” So my favorite movie quote is, “Do the math.” Of course, my daughter Mallory is an Applied Mathematics major at Texas A&M, so the quote speaks to me from a mother’s point of view. I’ve been saying that to her for years.

My favorite hobbies

I have two favorite hobbies, cooking and tennis. Both of these activities include my husband and my daughter. My husband, Don, is my mixed doubles partner and we love to play against our daughter, Mallory who is a champ rated player. We play California Doubles and she always beats us, but we have a great time together. We also spend a lot of time cooking together. Don is a grill master and Mallory and I love to whip up gourmet meals together to feed family and friends.

My favorite scripture

“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance,” - James 1:2-3.If you can look at the joy, as well as the pain you have in your life as things that help to shape your Christian character, then I believe you are following Jesus’ example.

What makes me laugh

I just generally laugh a lot, but children probably make me laugh the most. They are so entertaining in their perspectives. The way children look at things can make you wonder why adults have so often locked out other possibilities. It is just delightful to see the world through a child’s eyes.

My favorite childhood memory

I have so many happy memories from my childhood, but one of my favorite ones would have to be family vacations every summer. We all love to go to the lake house at Possum Kingdom. My entire family would water ski, go fishing and ride around the lake on the barge. Growing up in Midland, Texas, it was a real treat for me to go to the lake.

The best part of my job

The best part of my job actually has two parts. First, being able to work with children, right at the age where their curiosity and thirst for knowledge collide into a remarkable opportunity for a teacher to have a huge impact on their love of learning is amazing. The second part would have to be being able to teach in a faith-based school. After years of working in public schools, the comparison on the surface may seem small, but in fact, is huge. Both the staff members and our school families embrace Christian values and encourage sharing Jesus’ teachings equally with teaching social skills and academics. It doesn’t get any better than that!

 

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Trina Favor

Lead Teacher - 3.5-year-olds, Chapelwood School

Trina Favor

Lead Teacher - 3.5-year-olds, Chapelwood School

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Virginia Fernandez

Lead Teacher - Toddlers, Chapelwood School

Virginia Fernandez

Lead Teacher - Toddlers, Chapelwood School

My favorite hobbies

My hobbies include listening to different kinds of music, reading self-help books, novels, and solving sodukos.

If I could trade lives with anyone for a day, it would be . . .

I would trade lives with myself from the future to see how all my hard work and dedication pays off in the future.

When I drive, I listen to . . .

Music in Spanish

What makes me laugh

Life makes me laugh.

My favorite childhood memory

When we used to go to my grandpas house to celebrate birthdays and holidays, because the whole family would get together at their place and we were more than 50 people!

My favorite scripture

Psalms 28-7: The Lord is my strength and my breastplate, my heart had faith in him and I am helped; for this cause my heart is full of rapture, and i will give him praise in my song.

My favorite children’s book

The Little Engine That Could by Watly Piper

The best part of my job

Interacting with children, parents, and my coworkers every day. I love and enjoy being around young children.

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Laura Gall

Teacher Assistant - Toddlers, Chapelwood School

Laura Gall

Teacher Assistant - Toddlers, Chapelwood School

I assist in implementing the curriculum, carrying out various duties and ensuring safety guidelines are met.

My favorite cartoon characters

Charlie Brown and Snoopy because they problem solve together.

My favorite hobby

Photography

What makes me laugh

Me and Saturday Night Live

My favorite childhood memory

My Grandma

My favorite scripture

Luke 6:31 - Do to others as you would have them do to you.

My favorite childhood book

Nancy Drew

My favorite summer activity

Going to Chicago to relax on my Dad’s boat

The best part of my job

The kids!

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Melizant Havakian

Teacher Assistant - 2-year-olds, Chapelwood School

Melizant Havakian

Teacher Assistant - 2-year-olds, Chapelwood School

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Caren Hoffpauir

Teacher Assistant - 4-year-olds, Chapelwood School

Caren Hoffpauir

Teacher Assistant - 4-year-olds, Chapelwood School

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Kristen Hoh

Teacher Assistant - 3-year-olds, Chapelwood School

Kristen Hoh

Teacher Assistant - 3-year-olds, Chapelwood School

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Rachel Jimenez

Teacher Assistant - 4-year-olds, Chapelwood School

Rachel Jimenez

Teacher Assistant - 4-year-olds, Chapelwood School

I am a Pre-K teaching assistant. As an assistant, I help the lead teacher with child-centered art projects, maintain a clean classroom environment, and help the children with academic tasks they are working on in class.

When I was a child I wanted to be . . .

A veterinarian or a teacher.  Both professions are always a challenge.  I enjoy working with animals and children. Now I am able to teach the children I work with about nature and science, which hopefully instills a love of animals.

Something on my “bucket list”

Going to the beach on Bora Bora.

My favorite hobby

Horseback riding.  I love to ride as much as possible which is relaxing and a great stress reliever. I learned about how to saddle a horse and how to ride. I’ve met new friends and maybe someday I will own my own horse!

My favorite childhood memories

Listening to bedtime stories my Dad told me and playing outside all day with friends.  Growing up I was so blessed to have caring parents, a sister and many friends. I always felt safe and loved.

If I could go anywhere in the world for two weeks, it would be . . .

Tahiti or Bora Bora.  I love the beach and it would be incredible to stay on the sparkling blue water. I would also like to visit Italy or Germany (or any other European country!) for two weeks.  I think that would be enough time to sightsee and stay at a chateau somewhere in the countryside.  Since I’m getting married soon that may be a possibility!

What makes me laugh

Working with children lifts my spirits and makes me laugh.  I love to be silly and have fun. I’m grateful I get the opportunity to be a kid again every day.

My favorite subject in school

Science. I enjoy doing science experiments with the class such as growing plants and learning about animals and their habitats. Also, I love to find new ways to create art projects.  The children do projects using materials such as plastic bottles, cardboard and bottle caps. I have even learned how make a robot out of recycled materials.

The best part of my job

Being able to spend time with children. Every day I learn something new and the children teach me as well.

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Tammy Karnoski

Teacher Assistant - 4-year-olds, Chapelwood School

Tammy Karnoski

Teacher Assistant - 4-year-olds, Chapelwood School

Jamie Kelley

Gardening and Science, Chapelwood School

Jamie Kelley

Gardening and Science, Chapelwood School

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Kattya Lagrange

Teacher Assistant - 2.5-year-olds, Chapelwood School

Kattya Lagrange

Teacher Assistant - 2.5-year-olds, Chapelwood School

I am the teacher assistant in the 2 1/2 year old class. My job responsibility is to keep the children safe and happy and assist the teacher in the class. 

My favorite summer activity

Traveling to places that I have never been.

My favorite cartoon character

Winnie the Pooh, because he is a very tender bear.

My favorite subject in school

Music, because I like music and dance.

If I could go anywhere in the world for two weeks it would be . . .

Anywhere in Europe, because anywhere you go it’s beautiful.

When I drive I like to listen to

The news, because I like to know what is going in my city, country and everywhere in the world (APR Station).

My favorite childhood memory

When I played with all my cousins when we got together.

My favorite food

Italian

The best part of my job

I enjoy listening to the kids when they talk to me.

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Patty Lewis

Teacher Assistant - 3-year-olds, Chapelwood School

Patty Lewis

Teacher Assistant - 3-year-olds, Chapelwood School

I assist implementing the daily curriculum and management of the classroom. We work cooperatively and treat all children with respect and kindness.

 

My favorite summer activity

Relax, relax, relax and read.

If I could go anywhere for two weeks, it would be . . .

St. Barts.  Beautiful water, weather, and outdoor fun.

 

I think children are happiest when ….

They develop independence, problem solving skills and positive self esteem.

 

What makes me laugh

I laugh at all the clever and innocent things the kids say

 

When I drive, I listen to . . .

Adele, Taylor Swift, Zac Brown Band and Ed Sheehan

 

Favorite scripture

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  Philippians 4:13

 

Favorite foods

Shrimp and Linguini 

 

The best part of my job

Loving the children in my class and watching them thrive.

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Qing Liu

Lead Teacher - 4-year-olds, Chapelwood School

Qing Liu

Lead Teacher - 4-year-olds, Chapelwood School

My favorite subject in school

Geometry. It was a subject which can be so concrete you see it everywhere around you, yet can be so abstract it becomes invisible when you try hard to "see" it. 

My favorite hobbies

I love to play with puzzles. My daughter gives me a puzzle for Christmas and another one for my birthday, every year. She knows what I love.

As a child, I wanted to grow up to be . . .

I wanted to be a teacher... look where I am now!

If I couldn’t be a teacher, I would probably be . . .

A detective! I am always fascinated by Forensic Files, CSI, Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie...

My favorite childhood memory

When I was probably seven, my parents took me for a picnic, which was a true treat. I remember running around in the warm sun. I remember the taste of the orange my mom gave me and I can still smell the grass today!

​My favorite children’s book

My all-time favorite book is The Wizard of Oz. Still haven't watched the movie yet. I believe the version in my imagination is the best one. 

My favorite food

Japanese food although I rarely feel full while leaving a Japanese restaurant. A bowl of hot noodle soup means heaven to me on a cold winter day. 

The best part of my job

When I see a child who cried so hard on the first day of school is actually laughing so proudly at the graduation.

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Katie Manning

Lead Teacher - Toddlers and 2-year-olds, Chapelwood School

Katie Manning

Lead Teacher - Toddlers and 2-year-olds, Chapelwood School

I am the lead teacher for a young toddlers class. I have the best job ever because I get to love on little ones, showing them God's love, telling them about God and Jesus, and just being able to influence and watch children as they grow and learn.

My favorite subject in school

In high school I loved English. We had to write a lot, which allowed me to escape into the joys of writing about new worlds and experiences. In college I loved all my psychology classes because I learned so much on how people think and feel. 

My favorite hobbies

Reading, singing, and dancing. I am part of the choir at my church. I also dance ballet, tap, jazz, soft shoe Irish, and hard shoe Irish at the same dance studio as my girls.

When I was a child I wanted to grow up to be . . .  

A homeschool mom and have kids of my own as well as adopt lots of children from other countries.

I think children are happiest when . . .

They feel loved and know someone is there for them, to show things that bring them joy and excitement as well as to comfort them when they’re hurt or sad.

If I could trade lives with anyone it would be . . .

Any one of my three children so I could have a glimpse into their lives

When I drive, I like to listen to . . .

KSBJ and Air1 (Christian radio stations)

My favorite scripture

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him may not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16

The best part of my job

The big hugs, the smiles and laughter, as well as watching their joy and wonder when we play with sensory items like bubbles, shaving cream, rice, sand, paint, etc.

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Juanita Martinez

Teacher Assistant - Infants, Chapelwood School

Juanita Martinez

Teacher Assistant - Infants, Chapelwood School

My favorite cartoon character

Dora the Explorer, because she teaches kids different things around the world.

My favorite subject in school

Art, because I love to draw and paint.

I think children are happiest when . . .

They like what they're doing. 

If I couldn't be a teacher, I would be

An accountant.

When I drive, I listen to . . .

Tejano and country music

My favorite children’s book

Horton Hatches an Egg.

My favorite foods

Fajitas, enchiladas, chiles relleños, and barbeque sliced beef sandwiches. 

The best part of my job

Working with infants. I love working with them.

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Kim McCoy

Lead Teacher - 3.5-year-olds, Chapelwood School

Kim McCoy

Lead Teacher - 3.5-year-olds, Chapelwood School

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Lauren McGee

Lead Teacher - 4-year-olds, Chapelwood School

Lauren McGee

Lead Teacher - 4-year-olds, Chapelwood School

 I am a Pre-k teacher and some of my job duties include lesson plans, the safety of 15 children and the responsibility of enriching their lives every day.

Something on my “bucket list”

There are a lot of crazy things on my bucket list, including sky diving. I would love to do this before I die at least once!

If you could go anywhere in the world for two weeks, it would be . . .

Disney World. This is my favorite place to go in the world! I mean, it IS the happiest place on Earth.

As a child, I wanted to grow up to be . . .

Either a teacher or a mom.  Well, I am a teacher now and someday in the future will become a mom too.

The worst place I could get stuck

Between a rock and a hard place.

What makes me laugh

My husband!! He is the funniest person I know and can make me laugh in any situation.

My favorite children’s book

The Very Little Girl, by Phyllis Krasilovsky. My mom used to read this book to me every night before bed.

My favorite food

I LOVE Mexican food. I could eat fajitas all day, every day!

The best part of my job

Seeing where the children start the year and the progress they make throughout the year.

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Alma Menn

Spanish Teacher, Chapelwood School

Alma Menn

Spanish Teacher, Chapelwood School

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Anto Mkrtchyan

Lead Teacher - Infants, Chapelwood School

Anto Mkrtchyan

Lead Teacher - Infants, Chapelwood School

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Holly Molina

Lead Teacher - 4-year-olds, Chapelwood School

Holly Molina

Lead Teacher - 4-year-olds, Chapelwood School

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Bahareh Oromchi

Teacher Assistant - 4-year-olds, Chapelwood School

Bahareh Oromchi

Teacher Assistant - 4-year-olds, Chapelwood School

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Nilda Paredes

Teacher Assistant - 2.5-year-olds, Chapelwood School

Nilda Paredes

Teacher Assistant - 2.5-year-olds, Chapelwood School

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Tamara Payne

Lead Teacher - 2.5-year-olds, Chapelwood School

Tamara Payne

Lead Teacher - 2.5-year-olds, Chapelwood School

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Laura Remkes

Accounting Manager, Chapelwood School for Young Children

Laura Remkes

Accounting Manager, Chapelwood School for Young Children

P: (713) 465-4657

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Sabrina Rena

Lead Teacher - 2-year-olds, Chapelwood School

Sabrina Rena

Lead Teacher - 2-year-olds, Chapelwood School

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Anna Rodriguez

Teacher Assistant - 2.5-year-olds, Chapelwood School

Anna Rodriguez

Teacher Assistant - 2.5-year-olds, Chapelwood School

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Gayle Schlief

Teacher Assistant - 3.5-year-olds, Chapelwood School

Gayle Schlief

Teacher Assistant - 3.5-year-olds, Chapelwood School

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Donna Scully

Teacher Assistant - 4-year-olds, Chapelwood School

Donna Scully

Teacher Assistant - 4-year-olds, Chapelwood School

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Ailin Shamirean

Teacher Assistant - Lead Teacher, 3-year-olds, Chapelwood School

Ailin Shamirean

Teacher Assistant - Lead Teacher, 3-year-olds, Chapelwood School

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Marian Shelton

Lead Teacher - Toddlers, Chapelwood School

Marian Shelton

Lead Teacher - Toddlers, Chapelwood School

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Martha Soliz

Teacher Assistant - Toddlers and 2-year-olds, Chapelwood School

Martha Soliz

Teacher Assistant - Toddlers and 2-year-olds, Chapelwood School

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Bev Staten

Lead Teacher - 3.5-year-olds, Chapelwood School

Bev Staten

Lead Teacher - 3.5-year-olds, Chapelwood School

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Nancy Stout

Ministry Assistant, Chapelwood School for Young Children

Nancy Stout

Ministry Assistant, Chapelwood School for Young Children

P: (713) 465-3467 Ext. 121

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Shevonne Talbert

Lead Teacher - Infants, Chapelwood School

Shevonne Talbert

Lead Teacher - Infants, Chapelwood School

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Ashley Tellkamp

Lead Teacher - 3-year-olds, Chapelwood School

Ashley Tellkamp

Lead Teacher - 3-year-olds, Chapelwood School

Amanda Terrell

Associate Director, Children's Ministry, Nursery - PreK

Amanda Terrell

Associate Director, Children's Ministry, Nursery - PreK

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Shannon Turton

Lead Teacher - Toddlers, Chapelwood School

Shannon Turton

Lead Teacher - Toddlers, Chapelwood School

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Abi Von Feldt

Nurse, Chapelwood School for Young Children

Abi Von Feldt

Nurse, Chapelwood School for Young Children

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David Walker

Director, Chapelwood School for Young Children

David Walker

Director, Chapelwood School for Young Children

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Anahid Zadouri

Teacher Assistant - 2-year-olds, Chapelwood School

Anahid Zadouri

Teacher Assistant - 2-year-olds, Chapelwood School

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Erica Zelenak

Lead Teacher - 2.5-year-olds, Chapelwood School

Erica Zelenak

Lead Teacher - 2.5-year-olds, Chapelwood School

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