Our Team

Abiding Word Early Education teachers were hired based upon their understanding of and ability to demonstrate the timeless biblical truths that are taught in the classroom. All lead teachers are members of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS), or non-members approved by our Pastors. All teachers and assistants model Christian morals, values, and ethics in their interaction with the children.

All teachers and assistants have work experience or they are gaining experience by co-teaching with someone who has. All teachers and assistants are CPR and first aid certified and receive a minimum of 24 hours of training per year as required by the State of Texas. Teachers are required to have a negative TB test before working with the children.

Jennifer Hahn
Director/ PreK-4 Teacher 

Education:
Bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology
Certified in special education K-12th
Texas Child-care Director’s Certificate

Experience:
13 years teaching experience
5 years Early Childhood Director

Favorite Thing about Teaching Young Children:
Their smiles and laughter! They are so fun and enjoy learning new things all the time.

Favorite Bible Verse:
Romans 8:28 – “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Rebecca Velasco
Assistant Director / Before care school age teacher

Experience:
15 years at Harris County Sheriff’s office
3 years teaching experience
2 years Assistant Director

Favorite Thing about Teaching Young Children:
I work with young children and love to watch them develop. I chose this profession after my daughter was diagnosed with autism. I love to see the children come alive and start their educational process.

Favorite Bible Verse:
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

Candice Learman 
PreK-3 Teacher 

Education:
Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education

Experience:
2 years Early Childhood Director
6 years teaching experience

Favorite Thing About Teaching Young Children-:
I love having the opportunity to teach children about their Savior everyday! It also brings me joy to watch their faces light up when they learn or try something for the first time!
 
Favorite Verse:
Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

 

Kendy Garcia
Teacher Assistant

Education:
Associate Degree of Science

Experience:
4 years teaching experience with toddlers
4 years at Abiding Word Early Childhood

Favorite Thing about Teaching Young Children:
I like to see the faces of children when they learn something new. Also, if you teach young children the love of learning, they will become better people for the future

Favorite Bible Verse:
John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

Lizbeth Nazario
Older Toddler Teachers

Education:
College hours toward Early Childhood Degree

Experience:
4 years of teaching experience with toddlers
4 years at Abiding Word Early Childhood

Favorite Thing about Teaching Young Children:
I love seeing how I can make a difference in a little ones life and seeing their smiles full of joy when they learn something new.

Favorite Bible Verse:
1 Corinthians 16:14 “Let all that you do be done with love.”

Maria Marquez
Young Toddler Teacher

Education:
Healthcare Professional certificate

Experience:
13 years in Healthcare profession
1 year teaching experience with toddlers

Favorite Thing about Teaching Young Children:
I love kids and watching them learn from me as I teach them.

Favorite Bible Verse:
Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”