SCES Staff

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Ms Janie
School Director


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School Director Ms. Janie, whose full name is San Juanita Hernandez, is also a mother of 6 children, 4 of whom that were adopted.  Ms. Janie began her 27-year career with the Head Start Program before coming to join the St. Catherine’s team at its inception, 15 years ago.

In addition to the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential held by he majority of the staff at St. Catherine’s, Ms. Janie is also certified as an Administrator the Texas Teacher Academy, L.L.C.  Ms. Janie also helps with the church’s nursery program on Sunday mornings. 

Ms. Janie believes that love and laughter are essential ingredients to a child’s growth and she brings both of those in great measure to her role as School Director at St. Catherine’s.

Ms. Mary
“Bears” – 2 year olds Mary

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Ms. Mary has been in child development and education for 20 years and is beginning her 8th year with St. Catherine’s working with “Bears”. Ms. Mary feels particularly blessed with this group and with this place because it offers her the chance to do what she does best, offer a nurturing heart to children when they first begin to venture out of their homes and begin sharing life with other kids in a structured environment.  Ms. Mary also works in the Extended Day Program at St. Catherine’s. When she is not in the St. Catherine’s classroom, you will also find Mary offering herself for Sunday service nursery time and on special occasions when the church needs extra care for children.  Ms. Mary is also mother to two sons of her own.  Beyond her nurturing heart, Ms. Mary has continued to build on her professional skills with these certifications: CDA;Helping Children Manage Fear;SIDS;Foundations For Your Preschooler and Safeguarding God’s Children. Ms. Mary sums up her experience with St. Catherine’s and the children in a single word.  “Happy”

Ms. Debby
“Bears” – 2 year olds  Debby

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Ms. Debby is also beginning her 8th year with St. Catherine’s working with the “Bears” and, like her partner, Ms. Mary, brings a genuine care for this important transitional time in the life of those children charged to her care.  Ms. Debby also brings a host of professional certifications and training to her work: CDA; CPR Training;SIDS;Safeguarding God’s Children; Helping Children Manage Fear; Foundations For Your Preschooler and certification through the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.  Ms. Debby also works in the Extended Day program.  Prior to joining St. Catherine’s, Ms. Debby educated children from ages 3 to 13 using home-schooling curricula and taught Vacation Bible School for five years.  Ms. Debby served as a deaconess for her own church and has raised one daughter who recently returned from college as a Summa Cum Laude graduate, the highest honors.  Ms. Debby has also served as vice-president of a family business and is a co-sponsor of the Bay Area Volkswagen Club. She is an active member of the CCA and enjoys working with children, including those who are differently-abled,  via organized “Kidsfish” events.


Ms. Paula
“Butterflies” – 3 year olds


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Paula Mercado, “Ms. Paula”, is a native Houstonian, married to her husban Rick for twenty years and the mother of Megan, 10, a 5th-grader at Scanlan Oaks and Dylan, age 16, a junior at Ridge Point High School. Because of her husband’s work, Ms. Paul and her family have had the experience of living every from Houma, Louisiana and Hurrican, West Virginia to the far north of Newfoundland, Canada, where her daughter as born. After returning to the Houston area and settling in Sienna Plantation, Ms. Paula found her second calling in working with the “Butterflies”, a calling that allows her to continue to offer the kind of nurturing her now-older children need perhaps a bit less.  She is pursuing her CDA and is looking forward to continuing on with St. Catherine’s.


Ms. Maggy
“Butterflies” – 3 year olds


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Magdalena Locklear, Ms. Maggy, brings a great deal of experience and cultural enrichment to her work with the Butterflies at St. Catherine’s.  Originally from Mexico, Ms. Maggy did her degree work in Social Studies and taught in Mexican Middle Schools for fifteen years. She has worked at the First Colony Montessori and served as a Spanish Teacher for “The Spanish Lessons Company”, most recently sent to work in the weekly program at St. Laurence Catholic School.  Ms. Maggy is also a resident of Sienna Plantation and has a daughter of 9 years, Dalena, who attends Scanlan Oaks.  Ms. Maggy is now pursuing her CDA and looks forward to a long relationship with St. Catherine’s and the “Butterflies.”


Ms. Linda
“Mustangs” – 4 year olds


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Linda Penrice, Ms. Linda, saw early on that children, including her own daughter of four years, needed to see reassurance and care were available even outside the circle of protection they found with their parents and families at home. Preparing children to live safely and lovingly in the world has been a passion for Ms. Linda and she has done so for 42 years. She now has two grandchildren, ages 8 and 11. 

Ms. Linda is a native Houstonian, the child of Eddie and Cleo Davis from whom she learned what she holds as the anchor for being effective in this work:  “It’s not about how much you know. It’s about how much you care.”  Ms. Linda cares a great deal – and it shows.


Ms. Sandy
“Mustangs” – 4 year olds


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Sandy Martinez has spent five years with St. Catherine’s and is proud to call herself a “Mustang.”  She takes great pride in watching the children grow more proficient and productive during their time at the school.  Like many of the staff, Ms. Sandy also holds her CDA credential, also holding memberships in NAEYC (the National Association for Educating Young Children and the SECA (Southern Early Childhood Association). She continues to grow in the field of early childhood education through these associations and also through additional workshops, training and conferences.

Sandy was born and raised in Mexico and, after earning her Degree in Business Administration with a focus on Industrial Relations, she began working with the state government to assist people who were preparing to enter or re-enter the workforce. That experience, coupled with her own years as a mother of two children, Alex and Natalia, helps reinforce her belief in sound early education and a strong ethic towards preparing children to be successful in all of their life paths.  Ms. Sandy appreciates (and lives by) these words from Benjamin Franklin:

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn.”

Along with her children and Ricardo, her husband of thirteen years, Ms. Sandy enjoys being a resident of Sienna Plantation.


Ms. Liz
“Explorers” – Bridge


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Elizabeth Gonzalez, Ms. Liz, has been with St. Catherine’s as a Bridge teacher for four years. She holds her CDA Certification along with additional training that continues to refine her skills and comfort level in working with the children who come through St. Catherine’s.  Ms. Liz has held a passion for working with kids that has lasted over 20 years and shows no sign of changing. When she is not actively being mom to her own 3 children or working with the kids at St. Catherine’s, Ms. Liz enjoys focusing her free time on baseball and photography.

Ms. Bertha
“Explorers” – Bridge



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Joining Ms. Liz in the Explorers’ Bridge Class, Ms. Bertha also holds her CDA certification and has 19 years experience in child development, six of which she has spent at St. Catherine’s working with all of the age groups.