Meet Our Teachers

We believe a teacher is a person who inspires, nurtures, and educates during all circumstances. All of our teachers undergo background checks, receive ongoing, up to date training, and are CPR certified. We look for energetic, friendly, and attentive individuals who have a passion for children and a love for learning. Scroll through and meet our staff.

Amy Horne

Amy Horne

Hi! I’m Amy Horne, director of The Oaks Preschool! Growing up, I was a part of an amazing MDO program right where our preschool is at White Oak Church. Eventually it ended and then began the dream I had to make a thriving preschool for our neighborhood. I have a degree in Early Childhood Education from Houston Baptist University and worked several years as a teacher for both Oak Forest Elementary and Parker Elementary as well as spending my entire teenage to early adulthood watching children in every form. Children are a deep passion of mine and I am so excited that this once dream is actually happening!

Emily McKenzie

Emily McKenzie

Hey there! My name is Emily McKenzie and I am a floater teacher and admin support for The Oaks Preschool. I get to go into all of the classes, wherever the need is! I am a wife, mother of two, and a family portrait photographer. I am passionate about getting down on a kid’s level and simply playing with them. I think the most important thing a child could learn is that they are loved deeply by Jesus and have a unique purpose with their life.

Brenda Trahan

Brenda Trahan

Hi! My name is Brenda Trahan and I am the PreK teacher for The Oaks Preschool. I love my dog, baking, history, and running around outside with my kids! As a former nanny for many years, I love getting to teach children new things and watch the excitement in their face as they learn. More than anything, I want children to learn how to love others the way Jesus loves them!

Amy Garner

Amy Garner

Hi there! My name is Amy Garner and I am the toddler 2 teacher at The Oaks Preschool. I love my handsome husband Joe and my sweet mother Coty. I have a certificate in early childhood education and an associates degree in Applied Sciences in Childhood Development and am a member of the NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children). My favorite thing about working with children and getting to love them and be loved in return by them.

Ellie Horne

Ellie Horne

Hi! I am Ellie Horne and I am the toddler 1 teacher for The Oaks Preschool. I come from a family with fives siblings, four step-siblings, and three in-laws; twelve siblings total! I love singing, dancing, acting, writing, and reading – all of which I get to do when working with kids! My favorite thing about working with children is letting them be the free spirits they are and allowing them to be totally themselves. I believe the most important thing they should learn is to have respect other children, adults, and themselves!

Marisol Galarza

Marisol Galarza

Hi! My name is Marisol Galarza and I am the infant teacher at The Oaks Preschool. I love my family, art, baking, and binge watching shows with my dog, Remy. My favorite thing about working with kids is watching them sprout into independent intelligent individuals and discovering new qualities about them. I think the most important thing a child should learn is to love and care for one another.

Jessica Drobnick

Jessica Drobnick

Hi! I’m Jessica Drobnick and I am a toddler 1 teacher for The Oaks Preschool. I come from a big family which includes my parents, two brothers, a sister, two sister in laws, two nephews and my dog! A quote that I live by is, “No matter how you feel, get up, get dressed, show up, and never give up!” My favorite thing about working with children is how innocent they are and how much they love and depend on you. I believe the most important thing a child should learn is that they are loved, supported, and respected.

Kaitlynn Stone

Kaitlynn Stone

Hi! I’m Kaitlynn Stone and I am an infant teacher for The Oaks Preschool. I love coming from a big family which includes 4 sisters, 2 brothers, and two dogs! Some of my hobbies are trying out different pizza places, coloring/drawing, and collecting coffee mugs! My favorite thing about working with children is watching them grow, hearing them laugh, and the cuddling of course! More than anything I want children to learn about the love Jesus has for them and to be prepared to grow into loving responsible adults.

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Elizabeth Mindiola

Hey there! My name is Elizabeth Mindiola and I am an extended care teacher for The Oaks Preschool. Aside from babysitting growing up this will be my 10th year working with children. I have taught everything from 2 years old to 8th grade and absolutely love teaching along with coffee, playing guitar, singing and digital design! My favorite thing about working with kids is how simply they love Jesus and end up teaching me as often as I teach them. I believe the most important thing a child can learn is to reflect the love of God in every way they act and speak.

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Kirsten Stone

Hi! My name is Kirsten Stone and I am an infant teacher for The Oaks Preschool. I come from a big family and am the oldest of 6 siblings so I have been caring for children for as long as I can remember! I am very involved in my church and have helped out in children ministry for a long long time. I love singing, coloring, food, Jesus, music, TV, my family and babies! I believe the most important thing children should learn is that the Lord Jesus Christ died for them and loves them!

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Cadie Krivoniak

Hey there! My name is Cadie Krivoniak and I am a two year old teacher for The Oaks Preschool. Growing up, I was the second oldest of 6 children and now my family has more than doubled with step-siblings and in-laws so needless to say I love people! My favorite age group to teach are 2 and 3 year old because you get to see their personalities really start to take shape. I believe the most important thing a child should learn is how to respect themselves and others. It is my goal to provide a nurturing, exciting, environment where children can feel secure and have fun learning.

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Susan Perez

Hi there! My name is Susan Perez and I am a one year old teacher for The Oaks Preschool. I have a beautiful two year old daughter, Sofia, with my boyfriend Mario and love watching Netflix and spending time with my little family.  My favorite thing about working with children is getting to play with them and be a part of their little every day moments. I believe that faith in God is most important thing a child should learn and look forward to introducing them to this simple truth.

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Lauren Edwards

Hi! My name is Lauren Edwards and I am a two year old teacher for The Oaks Preschool. I am a proud aunt to two wonderful nephews and love helping to raise and care for them. I love doing anything outdoors, singing (even though I’m definitely not the best singer out there ha!), Crossfit, and spending time with my friends and family. I think the most important thing a child can learn is how to be an honest and good person. I believe that as teachers we set them up in the direction they need to maintain a positive future.

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Kristen Sanchez

Hi! My name is Kristen Sanchez and I am a twos teacher for The Oaks Preschool. I love my beautifully blended family and getting to grill and hang out together with them! I have been involved in childcare for over 12 years and love pouring into little ones. My favorite thing about working with kids is watching their individual personalities shine through and getting to sing and dance with them and make them laugh! I believe the most important thing a child should learn is that Jesus loves them and for them to know that someone believes in them and truly thinks they are special and one of a kind!

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Anilu Miranda

Hi there! My name is Anilu Miranda and I am an infant teacher for The Oaks Preschool. My family consists of my husband, my two beautiful kids, my sister, my two brothers, and my parents. I love spending time with them! My favorite thing about working with kids is that I get to show them that they are loved when their parents aren’t around and to teach them that family is really important. I believe the most important thing a child should learn is to love and respect everyone around them!