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 6 grandchildren.

Julie Blount | Private Kindergarten Teacher

I am originally from England but Texas has been my home since 2005.  I am married with two grown-up children, one grandson and live in The Woodlands.  I worked for many years as head teacher at two preschools in England.  I have a Diploma in Preschool Education earned in the UK and hold numerous certifications in related fields. Above all I am passionate about working with children. I have worked at Woodlands Treehouse Preschool for 7 years and I am very happy to be part of the “Treehouse Family”. As each school year comes along I look forward to working with and getting to know both the children and their families. My goal is to provide a safe and happy learning environment whereby children are excited to come through my classroom door each day.  I believe if you can achieve this a child will naturally flourish.

Carmen Sanchez | Spanish Teacher Kinder & 3-Year-Olds

I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I have a Bachelor Degree in Psychopedagogy (Psychology in Education) from El Salvador University, Argentina. I have a degree in Spanish as a Second Language Teacher, and a Masters in Learning Disabilities from Vic University, Spain.I have moved several times (following my husband’s job) and  worked in schools in different cities and countries. I know the importance of being bilingual today and  love to teach Spanish and see how the kids have fun learning.

Maria Robles Gil | English Teacher 4-year-olds

I was born in Mexico City and when I was 9, my family moved to the U.S., I grew up speaking Spanish and English.  I am an AMI (America Montessori International) Teacher and have worked (on and off) with children ages 3-6 yrs since 1994.  I’m passionate about teaching four-year-olds and my mission is to inspire my students to love learning through structured yet fun activities.  I have been married for 23 years and have two daughters.  I’m very excited to work with your children.

Maru Elizondo | Spanish Teacher 4-Year-Olds

Originally from Mexico, I have been living  in The Woodlands since 2001 and began teaching preschool in 2007. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Finance 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.

Cynthia Spayth | English Teacher 3-Year-Olds

I was born in Seoul, South Korea and after living all over the world, I settled in Texas 6 years ago. I am a mom of 4 including a set of triplets. I have been in the education field for over 15 years, many of which involved working with children who were at risk involving social and emotional circumstances which made me passionate about children and teaching. I am excited to join the WTHP and working with your children.

Andrea Etcharren | Spanish Teacher 3-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.
Claudia Herrera | Lead Teacher 2-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.
Fadia Zavala | Lead Teacher 2-Year-Olds

I was born in Mexico City and moved to the USA when I was 10 which is where I became fully bilingual. I’ve been living in The Woodlands for 6 years.I have an associate of arts in education and currently finishing my EC-6 bilingual degree.  I enjoy working with children, spending quality time with my family and traveling. I’ve been working at WTHP for 4 years and looking forward to another successful year with your children.

Carmen Robles | Lead Teacher 18-Month-Olds

I was born in Mexico City. I am a psychologist with a master’s degree in psychopedagogy.  I have been working with preschool children since 2015 and love it because everyday they surprise me with something new. In my free time, I enjoy being with my family and friends. I am very excited to move to The Woodlands and be a part of the “Treehouse Family”.

Nikki Bird | Lead Teacher 2-Year-Olds

Originally from the U.K., I moved to The Woodlands with my husband and 2 daughters in 2012. I have a U.K. post Grad in Human Resource Management. Prior to moving to The Woodlands, I was President of our village playgroup, managing the running of the group, including legal compliance, and actively assisting in the sessions with the pre-school children. I started initially as a substitute at the Treehouse in February 2019, before taking on more regular roles. I aim to provide a happy, positive environment where the children can learn through play. I am looking forward to guiding and supporting the children through these important early years.

Merrie Decker | Gardening Teacher
Ana Gabriela Ramirez | Music Teacher

I was born in Boston but was raised in Mexico. I have lived in The Woodlands since 2014 and am a graduate of The Woodlands High School. I have a degree in marketing and a minor in education from the University of St. Thomas. I have always loved being around children and I am very excited to be able to work with all the children at WTHP this year.