Director of Klein Weekday Ministries For ChildrenI 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.
Assistant DirectorLee 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 SchoolAnne 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 CenterI 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.
Chairman of the Ella Hawes Scholarship and the Sharing RoomDebbie 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.
Communications Chair, ECMC CommitteeJosette 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.
Director of Westminster Weekday SchoolsKellie 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.
Host Church Liaison for CypressGeralyn 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.
Director of Chapelwood Preschool Ministries Lake JacksonI 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.
Kate Lilly, M. Ed.
Learning SpecialistKate 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.
Director of St. Luke's Day School
Debbie Weymouth, Director, St. Luke’s Day School, Houston, is an early childhood specialist whose love and advocacy for young children has kept her active as an early childhood program administrator for nearly thirty years! She received her degree and teaching certification from Texas’ own, Stephen F. Austin University. Her roots are in the Kindergarten classroom where she taught for ten years before she was called to begin her journey in United Methodist preschools and faith-based programming. In addition to consulting, speaking, and teaching the Child Development Associate course, Mrs. Weymouth has served on the ECMC committee in various capacities over the years and was one of our 2016 keynote speakers. She’d be the first to tell you how much she loves this work, and as she continues to grow, also wants to help others be the best teachers and administrators they can be!
Director of St. Paul's SchoolThis is Debra Fischer’s tenth year as the Director of St. Paul’s School. She is grateful for every new day of working with young families and smart professional teachers. She has been in the early childhood field since 1993. She has grown as a director through her relationships with other school administrators on the ECMC committee.