Our Staff

SCHOOL IN THE PINES
  • Meet Our Staff

    With education and experience in early childhood care
  • Our staff consists of three administrators and teachers with experience in early childhood care.

  • We provide year-round full and part-time education for infants and children starting at 18 months of age. Our secure environments and low teacher-to-child ratios allow us to get to know your child’s interests and abilities to help maximize their potential.

    • Amanda Maisonneuve
      Owner/Director

      Amanda Maisonneuve

      Owner/Director

      Amanda received her bachelors degree in business administration from Texas A&M. She has been employed at the school since the age of 14, when her mom opened the center. She helped design preschool classrooms, put up the original alphabet train, assisted in summer camp programs, and helped paint all the original home living furniture. Amanda has extensive experience teaching all ages of preschool, and working with school-age children during holidays and summer camp. Amanda continues her early childhood education through ongoing online courses and in-school staff trainings.

      Amanda and Joe have four children. Their two school-age (Lemm and Schindewolf) daughters were adopted from Haiti. They also have a son at Klein Collins HS and another son at UT Austin. The family are active members of Faithbridge Church. In their free time, they enjoy traveling together, swimming, riding bikes, and playing games.

    • Joe Maisonneuve
      Owner/Administrator

      Joe Maisonneuve

      Owner/Administrator

      Joe Maisonneuve has worked at School in the Pines since 1996, when he joined his wife Amanda in the family business. Joe was born in Oklahoma, then lived in Texas and California. Joe graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a business degree. Joe’s background in business and finance helps him keep track of the payroll and bookkeeping at school. Joe is also our go-to guy for technical assistance whether a computer problem, a broken XBOX, or a clogged toilet.

      In his free time, Joe enjoys volunteering at Faithbridge church, swimming and playing outside with his children, reading, and playing video games.

    • Katie Atkinson
      Teacher, PreK Owls

      Katie Atkinson

      Teacher, PreK Owls

      Katie Atkinson is a loving and energetic teacher for all our children at School in the Pines. Katie has worked with every age group over the last several years, and looks forward to teaching preK this year.

      Katie is an alumni of Schindewolf and Klein Collins and will graduate from Sam Houston with a degree in elementary education.

      Born and raised in Spring, Texas, Katie has one older brother and a cat named Teddy, and values time with her family by enjoying the great outdoors.

      The children at SITP brighten Katie’s day and she relishes watching them grow and learn!

    • Kathy Baxter
      Preschool

      Kathy Baxter

      Preschool

      Mrs. Kathy Baxter has been a part of School in the Pines since 2007. She has worked with almost every age group. She helps open in the morning and help with the younger preschool. After teaching pre-K and Kindergarten in Aldine ISD for twenty years, she retired. But not for long, as she decided she missed working in the school environment and came to work here at SITP.

      Mrs. Kathy has been married to her husband Tom for over forty years and has two grown children as well as three adorable grandchildren, who she loves spending time with. In her free time, Kathy volunteers in the children’s ministry at her church, Living Water Church of Spring.

      Kathy is a native Texan, and has also lived in San Antonio and El Paso (where she taught 5th and 6th graders for seven years). Mrs. Kathy attended Austin Highschool (in Houston) and University of Houston, where she earned her degree in Elementary Education.

      Kathy enjoys caring for the wonderful children here, and ensuring they have a positive and happy early learning experience.

       

    • Jessica Martinez
      Teacher, Busy Bunnies

      Jessica Martinez

      Teacher, Busy Bunnies

      Jessica Martinez is an enthusiastic and patient teacher for our youngest students at School in the Pines. Jessica has worked with our toddlers and two year olds since she started at SITP!

      The oldest of five children, Jessica lived in Louisiana for six years then moved to Spring, Texas. After graduating from Klein Collins, she attended San Jacinto College and earned her associates degree in early childhood and her teaching certification. She enjoys spending time with her family on the weekends.

      She delights in watching her Busy Bunnies grow together and learn new things. Jessica values the bond she has with the children and staff at School in the Pines.

    • Hunter Glenn
      Helper, Preschool

      Hunter Glenn

      Helper, Preschool

      Hunter Glenn is a bright and energetic teacher for our afternoon preschool class! She is a great new addition to our School in the Pines staff.

      Hunter has lived in Spring all her life and attends Klein Collins High School. She values family time by sitting down with her family each evening for dinner and attending church together on Sunday mornings. She enjoys working out during her free time.

      Hunter likes interacting with her students and seeing them learn new things.

    • Brooke Hines
      Helper, Preschool

      Brooke Hines

      Helper, Preschool

      Brooke is an energetic and amazing addition to our School in the Pines staff! Brooke currently is the helper teacher in the Caterpillar’s classroom in the morning, helps with nap, and is the afternoon teacher to 2nd-4th graders!

      Brooke graduated from Klein Collins High School in 2014 and is furthering her education at Lone Star College. She is studying her basics at Lone Star before transferring to University of Houston!

      Brooke is a Godmother to a little boy named Cole, that she absolutely adores. Her interests are working out, sand volleyball, and basketball! She was also born and raised in Houston.

      Brooke really enjoys interacting with all the different age groups daily. She loves watching them grow and flourish before her.

       

    • Ashland York
      Helper, Preschool

      Ashland York

      Helper, Preschool

      Ashland is a kind hearted and enthusiastic teacher here at School in the Pines! She has always enjoyed being with our younger students. She has worked splash during the summer and now works in the afternoon with our Prek owls!

      Ashland will be graduating from Klein Collins High School in 2019. She plans to further her education after graduation in hopes to becoming a nurse! Between keeping good grades and cheerleading at Klein Collins, Ashland enjoys dancing and attending church. She has lived here in Spring, her entire life!

      Ashland always has a fun time at School in the Pines! She said there is never a day when the kids don’t make her laugh!

       

    • Mandi Midcap
      Substitute

      Mandi Midcap

      Substitute

      Amanda “Mandi” Midcap is a fun and creative teacher for our preschoolers. She has worked at School in the Pines for two summers and is currently a substitute teacher for our preschoolers and after schoolers.

      Mandi went to Sam Houston State University and graduated in 2016. She majored in Kinesiology and minored in Health. She is currently studying to take her Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) exam this fall. Mandi works on a ranch in “the middle of nowhere” Texas. She has lived in Denver and in Austin. In her free time, she enjoys working out and modeling. She also enjoys traveling and nature.

      Mandi really love getting to work with so many different personalities with the many different age groups. She also loves getting to do all the fun crafts and activities with the children. She loves to watch them light up with she teaches them something new.

       

    • Christie Greenan
      Teacher, Curious Caterpillars

      Christie Greenan

      Teacher, Curious Caterpillars

      Christie Greenan is a patient, kind, and cheerful teacher for our students at School in the Pines. Christie has been teaching our Curious Caterpillars for three years, and has worked at School in the Pines for six!

      Happily married with two college-age daughters, Christie values family time by traveling to her girls’ sporting events.   A lifetime Spring resident, Christie graduated from Klein High School and attended college in Houston.

    • Annette Ulrich
      Teacher, PreK Owls

      Annette Ulrich

      Teacher, PreK Owls

      Annette Ullrich, a dedicated and hard-working member of our preschool staff, has been teaching preschool for over 20 years! Annette’s style of teaching engages each child in exciting and enjoyable activities.

      Annette has been married for many years and has one daughter who lives with her husband, a marine sergeant, in Camp Pendleton.  Annette was born and raised in Texas, and attended Austin High School in Houston. She earned her CDA (Child Development Associate degree) in 2006. Annette regularly participates in classes, workshops, and training to meet her continuing education requirements as part of her CDA. Annette loves scrap booking, camping, and traveling to Germany to visit relatives.

      Annette delights in teaching our PreK students, watching them learn new things, and grow and learn together as a class.

    • Katie Atkinson
      Teacher, PreK Owls

      Katie Atkinson

      Teacher, PreK Owls

      Katie Atkinson is a loving and energetic teacher for all our children at School in the Pines. Katie has worked with every age group over the last several years, and looks forward to teaching preK this year.

      Katie is an alumni of Schindewolf and Klein Collins and will graduate from Sam Houston with a degree in elementary education.

      Born and raised in Spring, Texas, Katie has one older brother and a cat named Teddy, and values time with her family by enjoying the great outdoors.

      The children at SITP brighten Katie’s day and she relishes watching them grow and learn!

    • Ashland York
      Helper, Preschool

      Ashland York

      Helper, Preschool

      Ashland is a kind hearted and enthusiastic teacher here at School in the Pines! She has always enjoyed being with our younger students. She has worked splash during the summer and now works in the afternoon with our Prek owls!

      Ashland will be graduating from Klein Collins High School in 2019. She plans to further her education after graduation in hopes to becoming a nurse! Between keeping good grades and cheerleading at Klein Collins, Ashland enjoys dancing and attending church. She has lived here in Spring, her entire life!

      Ashland always has a fun time at School in the Pines! She said there is never a day when the kids don’t make her laugh!

       

    • Austin Lee
      School Age, 2nd - 4th graders

      Austin Lee

      School Age, 2nd - 4th graders

      Austin Lee is an energetic and enthusiastic teacher for our schoolers here at School in the Pines! Austin has worked with our preschoolers over the summer and now works with our schoolers in the afternoon.

      Austin attends Lonestar Community College and is majoring in Kinesiology. He plans to transfer to Texas A&M to further his education. Austin attended Roth Elementary, Schindewolf Intermediate, and Klein Collins High School. Austin played basketball in high school but unfortunately had to quit because of a head injury. He also participated in the Klein Collin’s drumline.

      Austin enjoys hanging out and being able to play with the schoolers in the afternoon outside. He likes to run around and play sports with them. Austin enjoys seeing his class every afternoon and looks forward to spending time with them.

    • Brooke Hines
      School Age, 2nd - 4th graders

      Brooke Hines

      School Age, 2nd - 4th graders

      Brooke is an energetic and amazing addition to our School in the Pines staff! Brooke currently is the helper teacher in the Caterpillar’s classroom in the morning, helps with nap, and is the afternoon teacher to 2nd-4th graders!

      Brooke graduated from Klein Collins High School in 2014 and is furthering her education at Lone Star College. She is studying her basics at Lone Star before transferring to University of Houston!

      Brooke is a Godmother to a little boy named Cole, that she absolutely adores. Her interests are working out, sand volleyball, and basketball! She was also born and raised in Houston.

      Brooke really enjoys interacting with all the different age groups daily. She loves watching them grow and flourish before her.

       

    • Hunter Glenn
      Helper, Preschool

      Hunter Glenn

      Helper, Preschool

      Hunter Glenn is a bright and energetic teacher for our afternoon preschool class! She is a great new addition to our School in the Pines staff.

      Hunter has lived in Spring all her life and attends Klein Collins High School. She values family time by sitting down with her family each evening for dinner and attending church together on Sunday mornings. She enjoys working out during her free time.

      Hunter likes interacting with her students and seeing them learn new things.

    • Brooke Hines
      Helper, Preschool

      Brooke Hines

      Helper, Preschool

      Brooke is an energetic and amazing addition to our School in the Pines staff! Brooke currently is the helper teacher in the Caterpillar’s classroom in the morning, helps with nap, and is the afternoon teacher to 2nd-4th graders!

      Brooke graduated from Klein Collins High School in 2014 and is furthering her education at Lone Star College. She is studying her basics at Lone Star before transferring to University of Houston!

      Brooke is a Godmother to a little boy named Cole, that she absolutely adores. Her interests are working out, sand volleyball, and basketball! She was also born and raised in Houston.

      Brooke really enjoys interacting with all the different age groups daily. She loves watching them grow and flourish before her.

       

    • Makayla Bettis
      School Age, Kinder & 1st graders

      Makayla Bettis

      School Age, Kinder & 1st graders

      Makayla Bettis is a fun and energetic member of our School in the Pines staff. She is our kindergarten and first grade afterschool teacher and a helper teacher in the morning!

      Makayla graduated from Klein Collins last year and now attends Lone Star Montgomery. She plans to transfer to Sam Houston State University next year to continue her education. Makayla hopes to live in Greece one day.

      Makayla loves working and watching the kids at School in the Pines grow and learn. She is looking forward to a great year here at School in the Pines