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.

    • 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.

    • 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

      I love giving children opportunities to make discoveries about their world by providing them with the time and space to explore.

    • 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!

    • 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.