Children of Joy! Preschool takes pride in having the best teachers available. Many of our staff members have been here for several years, having experienced our program first hand with their own children. In addition to their high school or college education, Texas Department of Childcare Licensing requires each staff member to receive 24 hours of continuing education each year. Our teachers accomplish this task by taking workshops and attending conferences on a variety of topics throughout the school year. This material helps them to stay up-to-date on the most current child development information available.
To ensure our program continues to grow and improve, we offer a CDA (Child Development Associate) program on an annual basis to all of our teachers who may be interested. This 6 month program gives them to opportunity to study how children develop and how to use this information to better their classrooms and their teaching experiences. At the conclusion of this program, the teachers will receive their Child Development Associate Credential. The CDA program is partially funded by our Preschool Team and requires each participant to sign a one year contract, ensuring our program will benefit from their professional growth.
Finally, as safety is a primary concern, each staff member is required to have CPR/ First Aid training and a complete background check every two years.
Kimberly Sheffer is the Children of Joy! Preschool Director and lives in The Woodlands with her family. She has worked with children for almost 30 years and joined the staff at Children of Joy in July 2011. Kimberly is active in her church children's choir as well as the adult choir. [Read more...]
I have a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from Oklahoma State University, go Pokes! I moved to The Woodlands in 2004 although, I am originally from Oklahoma. I have two daughters and one son. When I am not at COJ!, I am a full time dance and cheer mom. I also enjoy baking, crafting, shopping and working out. My youngest daughter began at Children of Joy! Preschool in the fall of 2004 in the Ladybug Toddler classroom. She went all the way through our program to the Butterflies. I began working at COJ! in the spring of 2007 as the Financial Director. I have seen many COJ! families come through the program and witnessed many changes. I have thoroughly enjoyed my years here! [Read more...]
I began working at Children of Joy! in 2012. Before moving to Houston in 2011, I lived in Pittsburgh, PA and taught First Grade. I graduated from Clarion University with a dual degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education and then received my Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Gannon University. My husband and I live in Magnolia with our three children, two of which attended Children of Joy!. I love baking and spending time with my family traveling to the beach, riding bikes and swimming! I believe all children have different learning styles and I help teachers incorporate them into their classrooms. My goal at COJ! is to continue to assist the teachers in giving the children the best possible learning experiences possible to help them develop skills for Kindergarten and life. [Read more...]
My name is Yvonne Avocato and I am licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. My husband and I are both from New Orleans but we have lived in The Woodlands since 2006 after he got out of the Navy. We have two boys who attend school in the area. I graduated from the University of New Orleans with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and earned a Master’s in Communication Disorders from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. I have worked and treated pediatric patients since 2003 in a variety of settings (private practice, school system, and home health). My passion is helping toddler/preschool age children to make gains towards age-level speech, language, and social communication. When I am not at work, I love spending time with my boys and my husband. I also love reading, listening to live music, participating in our church’s marriage ministry, and cooking. [Read more...]
I am originally from the UK where I worked for the City Council in both the Equality & Diversity team and the Policy, Improvement & Performance team within the Chief Executive Directorate. My husband is Steve and together we have 4 boys, Lochlan, Dalton and the twins Mitchell & Chase. We moved to Texas in 2012 and I have been fortunate since to be able to stay home with my boys. This allowed me to be an active volunteer in their schools the last 7 years whilst simultaneously running my yoga business. I'm currently a member of the PTO at Bush Elementary. Our family moved to The Woodlands in 2018 where my youngest son attended Pre-k in the Owls class at COJ. We quickly fell in love with the preschool and I started the 2019 school year working in a shadow position for an adorable little girl in the turtles. In my spare time I enjoy travelling, yoga, and my favorite thing to do is grow vegetables and tend to my garden. [Read more...]
Growing up my family moved every 2-3 years because my father flew in the U.S. Air Force. I lived in Korea, Germany, England and all over the USA. That experience gave me a zest for adventure and travel. I studied abroad for a semester in London, England and received a BBA from Texas Tech University. I worked in Marketing for several years and met my husband, Graham, while I was working for an oil company. I was fortunate to be able to stay at home with my two precious children, Catarina and Kylan for 8 years. I started at COJ in 2016 as a "shadow" to an adorable little boy in the Ladybugs class. [Read more...]
I started at COJ in 2020. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Art History from the University of Houston and earned my teaching certificate for Early Childhood Development through sixth grade from Texas Teachers. I spent the past four years teaching first and second grade at Ponderosa Elementary School in SISD. My daughter Beatrix attended COJ in the Owls class, and my son spent three years here; from the Turtles to the Owls class. I fell in love with this school as I watched both of my children grow and blossom through early childhood programs offered here. I jumped at the opportunity to become part of the COJ team! My family and I live in the Woodlands/Conroe area and both of my kids attend Bush Elementary School. When I’m not at school, I love spending time with my family and practicing yoga. [Read more...]
I was born in Lima, Peru. Since I was a teenager, I knew I wanted to work with young children. It has always been a passion of mine to teach young age groups. I majored in Early Childhood Education in Peru. Once I graduated, my family decided to move to the United States in 1989. I met my husband in Los Angeles, California and have been married for over 25 years. We now have 3 wonderful children, Jacqueline, Aaron, and Esteban. Throughout the years, I had the opportunity to teach homeschoolers, worked in school districts, daycares, and volunteer in my church. I taught Spanish, Reading and Writing. I have been a preschool teacher at COJ since 2015! I obtained my Child Development Associates (CDA) in 2016. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to teach your child and see them progress socially and academically. [Read more...]
I am from Venezuela and I moved to Texas 20 years ago. I have been working in the pre-school field for over 15 years. I started working at Children of Joy as a substitute teacher for the past two years. I am so excited to work Ms. Stephanie this school year. I feel so blessed to be part of this school. [Read more...]
I began teaching at COJ in 2014, and have been teaching Pre-K in the Owls since 2016. I am from Scotland and have a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. I taught for many years in Scotland, mainly working in a 2nd grade classroom. I live in The Woodlands with my husband and two daughters, both of who are at college. In my free time, I love to garden and watch Rugby. [Read more...]
I was born in Quito, Ecuador. After graduating from Law School in Quito, I moved to the US to live with my husband. I then worked as a paralegal until I had my son. I have been working as an Assistant since 2016. I love seeing kids learn new things and seeing their faces as a new concept “clicks.” That’s my favorite part of the job. I am fully bilingual in English and Spanish. I believe learning another language is really important, especially in today’s world. [Read more...]
I grew up in a small, southeast town in Missouri called Poplar Bluff. I attended Arkansas State University and graduated in '95 with an Early Childhood Education Degree. I then married my husband, Brian Collins, and started teaching 6th grade. Within the next 2 years, we moved to Texas and had our first daughter. I decided to stay home with her but still had a passion to teach so I taught Sunday School for 7 years. I have been teaching at Children of Joy since 2012. I have 3 beautiful children, and a husband of 20 years. I am blessed beyond measure and so incredibly thankful for everything God has given to me. [Read more...]
I started at COJ in the fall of 2020. I graduated Summa cum laude from Houston Baptist University with a degree in Mathematics and earned my teaching certificate through Texas Teachers. I taught in CISD for 3 years before ‘retiring’ to have my oldest son. I started working in the preschool environment in 2017. My sons have helped me to find a true joy and passion for working with preschool aged children. I live in The Woodlands with my two sons and husband. I enjoy playing sports and spending time with my family. [Read more...]
I began teaching at Children of Joy in 2016 in the 3’s and since 2017 in Pre-K, after being a stay-at-home mom for ten years. I studied Foreign Languages at university in France, and hold a diploma in Early Childhood Teaching from the London Montessori Centre in the UK. I worked in the UK teaching a class of 3-6 years and then taught a 6-9 years’ class in a Montessori school in Paris, France. I am originally from France and have been living in The Woodlands for the past 13 years with my husband and my two children. In my spare time, I like swimming, gardening, going to the movies and reading. I am looking forward to working here at Children of Joy and watching children learn how to become independent, to grow at their own pace and to learn new skills in a welcoming environment. [Read more...]
I am so excited to be working with preschool children at Children of Joy! I graduated from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana with a degree in Elementary Education and moved to Houston from Indiana to be a 5th grade math and science teacher. After teaching a few years, I was a missionary to college students in Paris, France for 2 years before moving back to minister to college students at Rice University. We moved to The Woodlands in 2002. For the last 15 years I have homeschooled my 2 sons and provided a home daycare caring for infants through school-aged children. I have one son at Texas A&M and 1 who is a junior in high school. Along with my husband, we love traveling together and watching lots of sports. Getting to work with preschool children brings me such joy as I get to watch them discover how God uniquely created each of them and the world around them. [Read more...]
My husband Dwayne and I have two children, Riley and Landon. In my free time my kids keep me very busy! I enjoy just staying home and spending time with my family. I have been a teacher at COJ! since 2014. I have always wanted to work with children and feel truly blessed to be a member of the staff at COJ! [Read more...]
I began working at Children of Joy as a Pre-K teacher in 2001; I did this for three years. After moving overseas, I came back to COJ in 2012, taught Pre-K for one year, and then moved to the Transition class. I have been in this position since 2013. I first began working in the preschool setting when I lived in Louisiana in 1996. We were transferred around quite a bit, so I worked off and on as a teacher. I graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch with a bachelor’s degree in Health Care Information. I obtained my CDA in 2002. I went back to school and received my teaching certificate and ESL certificate in 2008. I have been in the teaching field for over 20 years. I have two grown children that live far away. I love to travel and see new places, but especially love to visit my children. I believe that it is our job as teachers to create a nurturing environment and help children develop a love of learning as we prepare them for Kindergarten. [Read more...]
Preschool is my jam! I am a native Texan and have been with COJ! since 2005. I taught (too many to count) years in the Turtle class before becoming the Chapel Teacher. I founded my non-profit, FUN FIT, in 2014 and implemented a before school gross motor program here at COJ! I am a certified DRUMS ALIVE instructor. I am currently teaching the MWF Butterflies. I absolutely LOVE nurturing children. My husband, Chad, and I live in Magnolia (Go Dogs!) with our two amazing kids, Zak and Taylor and our crazy dog, Scout. I love sweet tea, baseball, soccer and the Michigan Wolverines. Go Blue! [Read more...]
I am thrilled to be teaching Spanish at COJ! I received my B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from North Carolina State University in 2008. I am very passionate about languages, and excited to be back in the classroom as my youngest enters elementary school. Originally from North Carolina, my husband and I spent 5 years abroad in Canada where our two sons were born. Our experience with COJ! began in 2015 upon our return to Texas. Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to serve on the COJ! Preschool Board as Fundraiser Chair, as well as substitute teach at the preschool. As the Spanish teacher, my goal is to introduce the concept of Spanish foreign language by engaging the children with stories, music and art to teach basic, everyday Spanish vocabulary. Above all else, I want to make it fun! When I’m not at work, I play a lot of tennis, and enjoy spending time with my family both in the area and through our travels. [Read more...]
My name is Kerrie and I am originally from England, UK. We moved to the USA in 2006 for my husband’s work. I originally started out my working career in the Insurance Industry but after 17 years, I learned a new profession and ran my own business as a beauty therapist until we moved here and I became a mom. My husband Richard and I have one daughter, Mia whom we adopted right here in the USA along with 2 cats and a dog. I love all things active, creative and love to get my hands messy. My daughter is a COJ Alumni and she loved her time here. When she started Elementary, I found I had too much time on my hands and came back to COJ as a sub. In 2017, I started as a 2-day Floater. I assist teachers and staff with a variety of duties. Over the years, I have spent lots of time in each classroom and love watching the little ones develop through the school year. [Read more...]