Meet the Teachers

Our Staff

The teaching staff at Woodlands Tree House is comprised of professional educators with knowledge and experience in teaching young children. All employees meet the licensing requirements to teach in a licensed facility in the State of Texas, including background checks, and FBI fingerprints.

We strive to hire dedicated and nurturing teachers with a passion for teaching young children. We are committed to building on that enthusiasm by supporting their professional training and continuing education. In order to work at Woodlands Tree House Preschool, all teachers and teacher assistants must receive 24 hours of in-service training every year in addition to training in CPR and First Aid.

Meet Our Teachers

Cecilia Sanchez | Director

I was born in Mexico City and grew up as a bilingual child. I am a mother of 3 bilingual children and have been living in The Woodlands since 2005. I have a B.A. in Bilingual Education, a Masters Degree from Columbia University in Early Childhood Education and am also a certified Montessori Guide. I worked for 15 years as an English Teacher at the American School Foundation and the ETON School in Mexico City before moving to the USA. My dream was to open my own bilingual preschool which came true with Woodlands Tree House Preschool. My passion is to educate children in an environment where they can learn through play, discovery and while having fun. My door is always open to parents, children and past Tree House families.

Patti Miller | Office Manager

I have a degree in Business Law but have been in the education field for over 25 years as a kindergarten teacher, university registrar, state testing facilitator and grade level assistant. I welcomed the opportunity in 2012 to open Woodlands Tree House Preschool with Cecilia and be a part of making her dream a reality. I am married to a Marine and have 3 children and 5 grandchildren.

Norma Velasco | Curriculum Coordinator & English Teacher 4-year-olds

I was born in Mexico and because of my family’s heritage was raised bilingual and bicultural. I have degrees in Pedagogy and Preschool Education and a Masters in Education. I’ve had the opportunity of teaching children from 6 months to 10 years old for over 20 years but mostly enjoy working with the preschool age. I am certified as an American Sign Language instructor for babies, knowledge which I apply to all age groups as a tool for enhancing their learning experience. I’ve been married for 20 years and have 2 children. My family and I have lived in The Woodlands for 5 years and I am very excited to be a part of the Woodlands Tree House team as a teacher and curriculum coordinator.

Gloria Eppinette I Private Kindergarten Teacher

I was born in Mexico and raised in Chicago, Illinois. I’ve always enjoyed teaching and I have taught every age from preschool through adults. I received my BA of Psychology from DePaul University and a M.ED in Reading and Language Arts at Sam Houston State University. I am certified in Bilingual, Gifted and Early Childhood through 4th Grade Education. I am married and have five children. I’m very fond of teaching little ones and embarking them on their path to reading, writing, independent thinking and lifelong learning. My heart’s desire is that my service to your children will inspire them to exceed expectations in all that they do!

Julie Blount | English Teacher 4-Year-Olds

I am originally from England but Texas is now my home. I live in the Woodlands with my husband and two children. I worked for many years as a Preschool Teacher in England. I have a Preschool Diploma and also hold many certificates in related fields. Most importantly, I really enjoy working with preschool children. I am pleased to be working at the Woodlands Tree House Preschool and very much look forward to working with and getting to know both the children and their families.

Maru Elizondo I Spanish Teacher 4-Year-Olds

Originally from Mexico, I have lived in The Woodlands for 16 years and have been teaching preschool for 9 years. I have a Bachelor’s Degree and enjoy reading, playing tennis and spending time with my family. I am extremely caring, nurturing and demonstrate a very patient approach in the classroom. I am excited to be working at the WTHP with your children.

Laura Coello | Spanish Teacher 4-Year-Olds

I am from Mexico. I’ve been married for 22 years and have 2 children. I love yoga and spending time with friends and family. I studied education and worked as a counselor for many years before moving to The Woodlands. I am happy to be at the Woodlands Tree House Preschool with your children each day.

Laura Tomas | Spanish Teacher 4-Year-Olds

I am originally from Spain, but lived in Dubai for 5years before moving to The Woodlands one year ago to continue my teaching career. I consider myself to be a professional that is always looking for new challenges. I have a degree in Education and a Masters in special education needs. My passion is to find each and every child’s potential through hands on activities. I truly enjoy teaching them teamwork and social-emotional skills. I’ve been married for 13 years and have 2 children.

Jodi Boland | English Teacher 3-Year-Olds

I am from Grand Forks, North Dakota originally, and then moved to Lincoln, Nebraska. I went to the University of Lincoln for elementary education. I have been married for 25 years, and have three boys. I have lived in The Woodlands for 13 years and am happy to be a part of the team at Woodlands Tree House Preschool and look forward to working with your children.

Kristy Mathoslah | English Teacher 3-Year-Olds

I am a native Texan with a B.S. in Communication Studies and M.Ed in Teacher Leadership. I taught Kindergarten for 6 years before staying home with my children. I am very excited to be back in the classroom and I really enjoy teaching music & movement and out three day threes!

Liz P. Mitre | Spanish Teacher 3-Year-Olds

I was born in Mexico and started teaching when I was in college while getting my degree. I worked as an ESL teacher in an after school program for 9 years until I moved to The Woodlands where I was invited to join the team at Woodlands Tree House Preschool. It a joy to be working with your children.

Claudia Herrera | Spanish Teacher 3-Year-Olds

I was born and raised in Mexico. My husband and I moved to the States 22 years ago where we had our two children. We’ve been living in The Woodlands since 2001. I have a BA in Chemistry and Biology. I started working with preschool children 13 years ago. I really enjoy working with young children and stimulating their curiosity in learning through discovery, exploration and play.

Seny Lozano | Lead Teacher 2-Year-Olds

I was born in Brownsville and raised in Houston. Thanks to my heritage I command both English and Spanish. My 3 children were raised bilingual in Monterrey, Mexico. I hold a degree in  Education (certified Pre k – 12 grade) and have been a school teacher for more than 30 years. My family and I have lived in The Woodlands area for many years. My call in life is teaching little people and I am happy to be part of the Woodlands Tree House Preschool children’s lives.

Andrea Etcharren | Teacher 2-Year-Olds

I have been living in The Woodlands for 21 years after doing my studies in Mexico City. I have been educating children for 17 years and I am very happy to be working at the Woodlands Tree House Preschool.

Nicole Gimenez | Lead Teacher 2-Year-Olds

I was born in Mexico City. My mother is American so I grew up 100% bilingual. After getting my Law Degree, I realized I had a passion for children  and decided to pursue a teaching career. I have been working with children for over 20 years including the creation of an after-school English Program for young children. My desire is to provide your children with a strong educational foundation and develop happy and confident children who love learning!

Susi Fenske I Teacher 18-Month-Olds

I was born and raised in Germany where I earned my degree in Early Childhood Education. Before moving to the US, I worked for four years as a preschool teacher in a Red Cross facility. I am happy to be a part of the team at Woodlands Tree House and I am looking forward to a fun and exciting year with your children.

Isela Yilmaz | Gardening Teacher

I was born and raised in Lima, Peru. I have a degree in agricultural engineering and have taught science and math for over 20 years. I have two boys and love to teach them about nature and where their food comes from. I am excited about the opportunity to introduce your children to nature, gardening and nutrition.