A quality early childhood program ensures that teaching staff members are equipped with tools for success. Reflective teachers use observations and teachable moments to make learning meaningful. In addition to meeting the state’s child care licensing requirements, our employees are thoroughly interviewed and selected based on their commitment to young children and their passion of nurturing and providing instruction that will be engaging and inspire individual accomplishments.
Our caregivers, who include the administrative and teaching staff, introduce educational concepts with an inclination toward good conduct. Learning while playing is one theme highly emphasized at Great Little Minds Academy. Our staff helps our children prepare for the next class they’ll attend, including Kindergarten. From playing, solving problems, and questioning, to discovering and experimenting, we are here to guide them. Instructional techniques will also be given to help children develop to their fullest potential. We keep all of the children engaged in creative activities, such as dance, music, and art.
During summer, our students enjoy a weekly themed summer camp, which provides them with various activities for their fun, exploration, enjoyment, and leisure.
Our staff will have continuous professional development through in-house training, local conferences, orientation videos, and workshops provided by other certified professionals in the education field. All the members of our staff are trained in Pediatric First Aid and CPR. All staff members are fingerprinted and screened following a thorough background check. We take great pride and responsibility to keep safe, educate and nurture the children within our care.
Miss GaudysInfant Teacher
Gaudys Contreras is originally from Mérida, Venezuela. She is happily married and has three children of her own. Having an insurance broker degree from the Instituto Universitario Tecnológico de Venezuela, she has developed her career by working with a plethora of insurance companies. For the last ten years of her career she was able to open and operate her own insurance company. This big step allowed her to become an independent insurance provider. Although she had to leave this career behind when moving to the United States, Miss Gaudys feels she has found her true calling working with children.
A message from Ms. Gaudys:
I moved to the United States in 2016 and have been working with children since I arrived. Working with the little ones has been an extremely rewarding experience for me. I have always been very passionate about children’s care and education. Their smile and innocence fills my spirit in a way I have no words to describe. Please allow me to help your child pronounce their first Spanish words, have their first meal and take their first steps.
Miss VilleInfant Teacher
Message to Parents:
Dear parents, I was born in Mexico but grew up in the Houston Heights area. I graduated from Waltrip High School and studied Early Childhood Development at North West HCC. I have two handsome sons, Leonardo, age 6, and Joe, age 13.
Children’s first five years are crucial to their health, well-being and to the rest of their lives in general. During these early years children build characteristics that could last them a lifetime and it is an honor for me to be a part of that process. I understand how important having a caring place where your child is not only safe, but also loved and educated is.
Thank you for your trust and I can assure you I will treat your child as my own.
~ Miss Ville
Miss SoniaSubstitute Teacher
My name is Sonia Verde, and I am from Peru. I have been blessed with a 16-year-old son, and we both moved to the United States 15 years ago. I have a Nurse Assistant degree from the Superior Technological Institute Daniel Alcides Carrión and worked as an assistant nurse for the Peruvian Institute of Social Safety for many years before moving to the United States. Before working for Great Little Minds Academy, I worked for the Aldine School District in the cafeteria.
Message to Parents:
I love to work with children and to give them my best, it just fills me up with joy to witness their first steps and words and to see them grow up and learn. The well-being of every baby and child is very important to me. I enjoy working for Great Little Minds Academy, which I consider my second home. Parents, thank you so much for your love, support and trust.
~ Miss Sonia
Miss LilyPreschool Lead Teacher
Miss Lily was born in El Salvador, where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at the Francisco Gavidia University in San Salvador. It was also in El Salvador where Miss Lily worked as a preschool teacher for 8 years. In March of this year she moved with her husband to the United States and is not only grateful but also excited to be able to fulfill her passion for teaching Early Childhood at Great Little Minds Academy.
In her free time Miss Lily likes to cook, to read, to go for long walks and to get to know new places.
Message to Parents:
Dear parents, it is a great honor to be part of the family of Great Minds Academy and to be your children’s new preschool teacher. My main goal is to develop physical and intellectual skills in each one of them and to contribute in this way to heir comprehensive development, to prepare them for Kindergarten, to give them tools they could use and apply in their daily life and above all, to provide them a loving and holistic education.
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