Lee Bennett is the Assistant Director at St. Peter’s Early Childhood Development Center in Katy. An LSU graduate, she has a BA in Psychology and an MA plus further graduate hours in English. She has 30 years experience in the field of Education, including 23 years in Early Childhood Education. She has been at St. Peter’s ECDC for 15 years and has served on the ECMC committee for five years. Lee and her husband live in Fulshear. They have two sons, two lovely daughters-in-law, and three highly exceptional grandchildren.
Teacher Mentor and Resource Support, St. Luke’s Day School
Anne Baranay McIntyre is an Administrator at St. Luke’s Day School serving as a Teacher Mentor and Resource Support. She also is Program Administrator for the Child Development Associate course offered by the Ella Hawes Institute. She has been an ECMC presenter and this is her fifth year serving as Speaker Coordinator.
CDC Director at St. Mark's Children's Development Center
I am the CDC Director at St. Mark’s Children’s Development Center in the Heights. I have been administering programs for children in a community setting for close to twenty years and this is my second year at St. Mark’s CDC. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Texas in Austin and I am currently pursuing my Master of Education degree in Counseling. In my personal life, I am a crunchy mom who practices attachment parenting with my supportive husband and amazing four year old son. At our school, the children co-create learning opportunities with the adults and utilize Reggio-inspired elements. I love working with this age group because children have the rest of their lives to become obsessed with the correct answers in life. I feel privileged to work with these amazing young people. We get to explore the possibilities of all the “wrong” answers and watch them learn about the world for the first time.
Director of Westminster Weekday Schools
Kellie Dietert has been the Director of Westminster Weekday Schools for 10 years. She is a California native and gr Kellie practiced as a Child Life Specialist for fifteen years, prior to teaching early childhood, and focused on meeting the developmental and emotional needs of hospitalized children. Kellie is a member of NAEYC and the Child Life Council.
Chairman of the Ella Hawes Scholarship and the Sharing Room
Debbie Durkin is the Chairman of the Ella Hawes Scholarship and the Sharing Room. The Ella Hawes Scholarship was established in memory of Ella Hawes, who was a pioneer in Developmentally appropriate early childhood programs. The Sharing Room is a great way to network with other preschools by sharing various ideas during the ECMC conference. This is her second year on the committee and she says that she thoroughly enjoys working with the ECMC team. She says it is a great way to get involved and stay informed on changing policies in the Early Childhood field.
Director, Holy Covenant Child Development Center
Jodi Carroll has been on staff with us for 26 years, and a Director for 16 years.
She has now served on the ECMC board for 7 years. She is married and a mother of 3 children, with 2 grandchildren.
Amy Jurica Hinnant
Preschool Director at Chapelwood UMC School for Young Children
Amy Jurica Hinnant has been on the ECMC Planning Committee for 3 years. This is her second year at Speaker Coordinator. She is the Preschool Director at Chapelwood UMC School for Young Children in the Memorial area of Houston. Amy received her undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University and began her teaching career in Cy-Fair ISD working at Matzke and Ault Elementary Schools. After her daughter was born, Amy began working in early childhood at Little Lamb’s Mother’s Day Out and then at Chapelwood School. At Chapelwood, Amy has worn many hats including parent, teacher assistant, lead teacher, administrative assistant, and preschool director. Amy earned her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of St. Thomas in Houston. Outside of work and school, Amy loves German Shepherd dogs, running, Texas history and collecting vintage Pyrex.
Communications Chair, ECMC Committee
Josette Horaist has been employed at Klein Weekday for four years. During this time she has provided the school with technical and digital graphic support along with helping in other administrative roles. For Josette, coming into Klein Weekday each day is enjoyable and rewarding. 2016 marks Josette’s first year on the ECMC Committee where she is serving as Communications Chair. Josette and her husband Chris have been married 29 years and have three wonderful children – one daughter and two sons. Education is a top priority in the Horaist’s household. So having the opportunity to work in the educational environment at Klein Weekday and serve on the ECMC Committee is an honor.
Host Church Liaison for Cypress
Geralyn Klotz is the Host Church Liaison for the Cypress UMC location. She has been on the ECMC committee since 2012. She is currently the Assistant Director at Wee Wuns Weekday Ministries in Cypress. She has been in early childhood education and at Wee Wuns since 1992.
Sara has been a part of the administrative staff of the School for Little Children in Sugar Land for 30 years, serving as Administrative Coordinator, Director and Financial Advisor. She has served as Treasurer of ECMC for 10 years. She holds a BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and is a CPA. Sara and her husband Gary have been married for 40 years. They have 3 children, 2 daughters and a son. Two live in the Houston area and one in College Station. They have 6 grandsons. For fun Sara enjoys being with family, reading and knitting.
Director of Chapelwood Preschool Ministries Lake Jackson
I have been the Director of Chapelwood Preschool Ministries Lake Jackson for the past 8 years. I have been on ECMC for 3 years and love working and fellow shipping with all members of the committee. I have three grown children and 1 grandson. I moved here from Michigan many years ago, and call Texas my home. I will be getting married May 2017 and look forward to a wonderful life with my best friend. God has blessed me in many ways. One of my new favorite things to do is spending time at our ranch and enjoying the beauty that surrounds us.
Pam Jones serves on the ECMC Committee as Secretary, and assists in coordinating the Director’s Track Forum. She has been an early childhood educator for 24 years. She is currently the Assistant Director at St. Luke’s Day School.
Director of Klein Weekday Ministries For Children
I have been with Klein Weekday Ministries for 13 years. I am married 28 years with 1 daughter. We enjoy traveling and exploring new places. I have been on the ECMC committee for 3 years and I am so grateful for the opportunity to have fellowship and enrichment through ECMC.
Kate Lilly, M. Ed.
Kate Lilly has been on the Committee since 2010. She spent three years as a Speaker Coordinator then moved to Brochures and Publishing. Her relationship with United Methodist PreSchools began when she was a student at Bethany United Methodist Weekday School many years ago. Her experiences at Bethany (both as a student and a teacher) helped to shape her career as an early childhood educator. Kate teaches Kindergarten and 1st grade at The Joy School, an independent school for children with learning differences. When she’s not teaching, Kate enjoys traveling, doting on her pup Ezra, and hanging out with family and friends.