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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 were adopted. Ms. Janie began her 30-year career with the Head Start Program before coming to join the St. Catherine’s team at its inception, 18 years ago.

In addition to the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential held by her and the majority of the staff at St. Catherine’s, Ms. Janie is also certified as an Administrator by the Texas Teacher Academy, L.L.C, and received a certificate in Child Development/Early Childhood Administration from Alvin Community College where she is pursuing her Associate. 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. Sandra Lewis

“Bears” – 2 year olds

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Ms. Sandra has been in childcare for 25 years.  She is a certified preschool  teacher and had previously taught at St. Catherine’s for 4 years.  Ms. Sandra is excited to return to St. Catherine’s and to be part of the Bears.  She looks forward to offering a nurturing heart to children as they begin to venture out of their homes and begin sharing life with other children in a structured environment.

Ms. Dulce

“Bears” – 2 year olds 


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Dulce Regino is starting her 4th year with St. Catherine’s. During this time, she has been a substitute teacher and participates in the Extended Day Program. She is excited to start this year with the Bear’s class. She believes, “Educating the Mind without Educating the Heart is no education at All” -Aristotle.

Ms. Dulce is originally from Mexico. She has her Degree in Accounting and her Master’s in Industrial Relations. She currently has her CDA certificate in Early Childhood.

She is a mother to Miranda, who attends 8th grade at Baines Middle School and Pedro Eduardo a junior at Rice University. She has been married for 22 years to her husband Pedro. She and her family have been residents of Sienna Plantation for 15 years.



Ms. Paula

“Butterflies” – 3 year olds


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Paula Mercado, “Ms. Paula”, is a native Houstonian, married to her husband Rick for twenty years and the mother of Megan, 14, and Dylan, age 19. Because of her husband’s work, Ms. Paula and her family have had the experience of living in many places, from Houma, Louisiana and Hurricane, West Virginia to the far north of Newfoundland, Canada, where her daughter was 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 currently pursuing her associate in Early Childhood Education and has already received her CDA. 

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. She has been married for 20 years and has a daughter named Dalena who is 13 years old and is a 7th grader at Baines Middle School.


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 Seven 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 sixteen years, Ms. Sandy enjoys being a resident of Sienna Plantation.

Ms. Liz



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Elizabeth Gonzalez, Ms. Liz, has been with St. Catherine’s as an Explorers’ teacher for seven years. She holds her CDA Certification along with additional training, currently pursuing in a Childhood Development/ Early Childhood teacher certificate. Ms. Liz 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




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Berta Bastida or Ms. Bertha has 19 years’ experience; she has been at St. Catherine for 9 years. She has worked for Fort Bend ISD as extended day teacher, Religious Educator at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church.

Ms. Berta has CDA certification and is currently pursuing in a Childhood Development/ Early Childhood teacher certificate. Ms. Berta has a passion for teaching and children.


Ms. Mary

“After School”