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 Austin Community College 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.

    • Ayana Dukes
      Desk/Teacher Aid

      Ayana Dukes

      Desk/Teacher Aid
    • 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.

       

    • Barbara Stewart
      Teacher, Bumble Bees

      Barbara Stewart

      Teacher, Bumble Bees

      Barbara is a calm, caring and nurturing teacher who works with our youngest students in the Baby Bumble Bees Class! She worked for Klein ISD for 13 years and nannied for 3 families. Barbara was born and raised in Atlanta, GA, where she attended college at Georgia Southern College in Statesboro. She moved to Texas 29 years ago. Barbara enjoys volunteering at her church, quilting, reading, and working in her garden. She has been married for 38 years and has 2 children and 2 grandchildren, both who attended School in the Pines! Barbara’s favorite thing about working here is getting to know the children and being a part of their developing years.

    • Laura Vargas
      Teacher, Bumble Bees

      Laura Vargas

      Teacher, Bumble Bees

      Laura has worked with all age groups and is a creative, fun teacher here at School in the Pines! She is our Bumble Bees teacher and enjoys watching the little ones. Laura is happily married with 2 teenagers. She has a home cake business and loves to be creative with everything she does!

      Laura moved to Spring, Tx a year ago right before Hurricane Harvey hit. She likes to say Harvey welcomed her to the neighborhood! Laura’s favorite thing about working here is seeing all our wonderful kids grow and learn every day. She would like to thank everyone for allowing her to be apart in your children’s lives!

    • Ayana Dukes
      Desk/Teacher Aid

      Ayana Dukes

      Desk/Teacher Aid
    • 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.

    • Brooke Hines
      Butterflies Teacher, Preschool

      Brooke Hines

      Butterflies Teacher, 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.

       

    • 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.

    • Austin Lee
      School Age, 4th - 5th graders

      Austin Lee

      School Age, 4th - 5th 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.

    • Barbara Stewart
      Teacher, Bumble Bees

      Barbara Stewart

      Teacher, Bumble Bees

      Barbara is a calm, caring and nurturing teacher who works with our youngest students in the Baby Bumble Bees Class! She worked for Klein ISD for 13 years and nannied for 3 families. Barbara was born and raised in Atlanta, GA, where she attended college at Georgia Southern College in Statesboro. She moved to Texas 29 years ago. Barbara enjoys volunteering at her church, quilting, reading, and working in her garden. She has been married for 38 years and has 2 children and 2 grandchildren, both who attended School in the Pines! Barbara’s favorite thing about working here is getting to know the children and being a part of their developing years.

    • Ayana Dukes
      Desk/Teacher Aid

      Ayana Dukes

      Desk/Teacher Aid