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Wanda Burkett

Director

Welcome to St. John's School for Little Children. My family- Dan, my husband- our daughters, Laura and Amanda, and I moved to Richmond in 1995. We joined St. John's United Methodist Church shortly thereafter, and remain active members. In 1996 I started teaching a 3's class here at St. John's. I moved to the 4's classes and taught there until taking the director's position in August of 2001. My prior teaching experience includes: a toddler's class, substituting in a preschool, elementary classes (4th & 5th grade), and teaching classes for children with learning disabilities, ages K-9th.I earned my master's degree from Southern Illinois Univ. and my bachelor's from Eastern Illinois Univ.I grew up on a farm in the Midwest, and still have a country girl heart.


Jennifer Juarez

Office Administrator

Hello and welcome to St. John's Methodist Little School. My name is Jennifer Juarez or as my dance students like to call me "Mrs. J". Born in Houston and raised in Rosenberg I am married and have two children; my son Christian and daughter, Jasmin. Having a true passion for working with children; I have worked with all ages since the age of 15. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, drawing, writing, reading and playing with my 3 dogs. I also enjoy singing, dancing, music, riding horses and learning new things.


Desiree Simon

Teacher - 2 1/2s and Child Care

I have worked in child care for 12 years. I have always enjoyed teaching and learning something new in the process. I graduated from Jublilee Medical Academy as a certified Nursing Assistant in 2011 and worked in rehabilitation for 2 years.It is an honor and privilege to be part of the St. John's School staff.I have been blessed with a handsome son (who will always be my baby). My family resides here in Richmond. We love to see and visit new places, but there's no place like home.


Kim Roy

Teacher - 3s

What a joy and privilege it is to work at St. John's! I have enjoyed teaching children of all ages for many years now. I received my B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies in 1995 from the University of Houston and taught elementary in both Galena Park ISD and LCISD. I am also ESL qualified. Attending Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Richmond, I have taught Faith Formation classes from pre-K to fourth grade and directed Preschool VBS for many years. I am co-director of a program at Sacred Heart call All Things Girl Camp, a summer program for fifth grade-eighth grade girls.My husband, Carl, and I moved to Richmond in 2011. We have two beautiful children (both attended St. John's). My hobbies include scrapbooking, gardening, and spending time with my family.I look forward to spending the year with your child. Watching them grow and learn is an inspiring process and an absolute blessing to me.


Dayna Kelley

3's Assistant

I was born and raised in Richmond. In spring of 2016, I graduated from Stephen F. Austin with a communications degree. Although I loved that area of study, children have always been my true passion. After graduation, I decided to put my trust in the Lord, and go back to school and gain my teaching certification! My hobbies include watching rodeos, going to the lake, and being with my family. I am a third generation to attend St. John's Methodist Church, and to attend St. John;s Methodist School. It is an absolute privilege to be part of your child's academic success!

"No dreamer is ever too small; no dream is ever too bit". - Anonymous


Rosie Barnhardt

3's Teacher

I am very excited about becoming a part of the St. John's School family. I have been teaching Early Childhood Education for 30 years. I earned my Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Wharton County Junior College. I have worked as lead teacher with the Head Start program for the past 20 years. My husband and I raised our two daughters in Rosenberg. I am a proud grandmother of 2 grandchildren. I enjoy sewing and doing arts and crafts. I love spending time with my grandchildren. I am looking forward to a wonderful year!


Mylene Flores

Teacher - 4s

My name is Mylene Flores and I have been teaching since 1992. I joined the staff at St.John's School for Little Children in 2006. I graduated from Louisiana State University where I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. After realizing that my true passion is working with children, I returned to college and attained teaching certification. Currently, I am a resident of Richmond. My husband and I have five children, four boys and one girl. My teaching philosophies are: teach with patience and understanding, teach each child as an unique individual with his or her own learning styles, potential and abilities, provide a creative classroom environment with engaging activities, and apply discipline fairly and consistently. Have fun!


April Sosoo

Teacher's Assistant - 4s

I have worked in child care for over ten years, and I have loved every minute of my experience. I especially enjoy singing and dancing with the children. I have been blessed to be a teacher. My teaching experiences have helped me to engage both of my children in the academic process. Being a teacher has really enhanced my life.


Gina Galvan

Teacher - 4s

Hello. My name is Gina Galvan. My family and I reside in Needville. I have been with St. John's School for Little Children since 2006. From a very young age, the Lord planted a "deep love" in my heart for children! He has given me the awesome opportunity to love and nurture the hearts, minds, and souls of children. I am also able to help inspire good character and inner strength. Over the years, I have truly been blessed spiritually and personally by my relationships with children.


Stephanie Thielemann

Teacher's Assistant - 4s

Hi, my name is Stephanie Thielemann. I love working with the children, they are a joy to work with. I feel they are a blessing from God.I have two children myself, Lauren and Stewart. My husband is a teacher at Foster High School.May God bless your child and family this school year.


Tammy Hasty

Teacher - Music and Motor/Afternoon Child Care

Hi! My name is Tammy Hasty. My husband, Randy and I live in Pecan Bend and are members of the Brazos Bend Baptist Church. We have two married sons, James (Stefanie) and Steven (Krista). I came to St.John's School for Little Children in 2001, working with the 3-year-olds and the afternoon child care. In 2008, I became the music/motor teacher. I absolutely love my job of teaching and having a good time with your children. God has definitely blessed me!


Kathy Psencik

Afternoon Child Care

I work with the Child Care program here at St. John's School for Little Children. Occasionally I work in the classrooms during the mornings when a substitute is needed.Working with the children keeps me going and definitely "on my toes." Each child is unique, with their own personality and charm.I have been employed at St. John's School for Little Children since 2002.I grew up in Rosenberg, attended Lamar C.I.S.D. schools, and graduated in 1972. I am a member of St. John's United Methodist Church and of the Sojourners Sunday School Class.


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