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.

    • Allison Barge
      Schooler Teacher & Front Desk

      Allison Barge

      Schooler Teacher & Front Desk

      Allison Barge is an energetic and enthusiastic teacher for all our students. Allison is a co-teacher in the morning, helps with the grade school kids in the afternoon, and helps at the desk.

      Allison attends Lone Star College. She will graduate with her Associates of Art in December 2017. After, she will be transferring to the University of Oregon and double majoring in British Literature and English Literature with a long-term goal of teaching British Literature at a high school/international school. She took her first world travel to Germany, Fall 2016, and now has a strong love to travel the world.

      Allison has three sisters, two older and one younger. She also has three nieces, and a nephew, all of whom she adores. Allison has attended Spring Baptist Church her entire life, and spent much of her childhood playing softball. Allison moved to Spring in fifth grade. Since, she has moved around the area eight times. She is a Lemm, Schindewolf, and Klein Collins alumni. Her favorite things in the world are cats and pickles.

      Allison loves working with all the different age groups at School in the Pines. She enjoys the bond she has with all the children. She also appreciates the warm and welcoming environment of School in the Pines.

    • 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.

    • Ashland York
      Helper, Preschool

      Ashland York

      Helper, Preschool
    • 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.

       

    • Rachel Lechmann
      Teacher, Forest Friends

      Rachel Lechmann

      Teacher, Forest Friends

      Rachel Lechmann, one of three teachers in our Forest Friends class, is an energetic, ambitious, and enthusiastic teacher at School in the Pines.

      Graduating from the Sam Houston Honors College in May, she will earn a degree in elementary education, emphasizing EC-6th grade, special ed, and ESL. Experienced with many age groups, Rachel worked as a YMCA counselor and camp director, Sunday school teacher, sewing instructor, and nanny. Rachel values family time with her large family of four sisters and a twin brother, and delights in spending time with her many nieces and nephews!. An avid musician, Rachel plays the guitar and sings, and relishes spending time in Haiti with Coreluv International.

      Rachel cherishes the opportunity to invest in the lives of young children and share with them her passion for learning!

    • Shelbie Patino
      Teacher, Forest Friends

      Shelbie Patino

      Teacher, Forest Friends

      Shelbie Patino, one of three teachers for our Forest Friends class, is  a kind, caring and enthusiastic teacher at School in the Pines.

      Graduating in May from Sam Houston State University, she is majoring in English and Sociology, with a long-term goal of teaching English in Haiti, through Coreluv International. Shelbie actively participates in the youth ministry at Founders Baptist, and has enjoyed spending time with children for as long as she can remember! A life-long Texan, Shelbie loves rock climbing, running, playing piano, and spending time with her very large family.

      Shelbie cherishes the opportunity to influence children as their teacher and especially values time spent getting to know each child individually

    • 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.

    • Debra Thompson
      Teacher, Forest Friends

      Debra Thompson

      Teacher, Forest Friends

      Mrs. Debra Thompson joined our staff in 2012, after retiring from years of teaching middle school science, and even winning teacher of the year at Wood Middle School in San Antonio.  Mrs. Debra also spent several years developing and teaching an after-school enrichment program for Austin Parks and Recreation.

      Mrs. Debra values her family, spending time with her lovely son and the world’s best daughter-in-law who live and thrive in the heart of Houston. 

      She received her Bachelor of Science in secondary education from the University of Texas at Austin and is passionate about all things science, including Sea Camp, Astronomy for Teachers, Texas Operation Physics, and more! 

      Mrs. Debra loves working with our preschool students, and incorporates her love of science and the outdoors into many of her innovative classroom ideas.

    • 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
    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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

    • Allison Barge
      Schooler Teacher & Front Desk

      Allison Barge

      Schooler Teacher & Front Desk

      Allison Barge is an energetic and enthusiastic teacher for all our students. Allison is a co-teacher in the morning, helps with the grade school kids in the afternoon, and helps at the desk.

      Allison attends Lone Star College. She will graduate with her Associates of Art in December 2017. After, she will be transferring to the University of Oregon and double majoring in British Literature and English Literature with a long-term goal of teaching British Literature at a high school/international school. She took her first world travel to Germany, Fall 2016, and now has a strong love to travel the world.

      Allison has three sisters, two older and one younger. She also has three nieces, and a nephew, all of whom she adores. Allison has attended Spring Baptist Church her entire life, and spent much of her childhood playing softball. Allison moved to Spring in fifth grade. Since, she has moved around the area eight times. She is a Lemm, Schindewolf, and Klein Collins alumni. Her favorite things in the world are cats and pickles.

      Allison loves working with all the different age groups at School in the Pines. She enjoys the bond she has with all the children. She also appreciates the warm and welcoming environment of School in the Pines.

    • Raime Doyle
      Teacher, 4th & 5th grade

      Raime Doyle

      Teacher, 4th & 5th grade

      I love the curiosity and excitement that young children have.