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 

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 

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.

Adriana Fuentes
Pre-K Teacher

Favorite Thing about Teaching Young Children:
I enjoy being around children and love being a part of their developmental journey. I enjoy their different personalities and love their innocent smiles. I enjoy helping them grow and improve in different skills.

Favorite Bible Verse:
1 Corinthians 13:13 – “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love”

Kendy Garcia
Pre-k Teacher Assistant

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.”

Laura Head
Pre-school Teacher

Favorite Thing about Teaching Young Children:
I enjoy being around little kids. My favorite moments are when you teach them something for the first time and get to see their eyes light up.

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

Becca Valleskey
Pre-school Teacher Assistant

Favorite Thing about Teaching Young Children:
I feel privileged to share the story and love of Jesus with them. I adore seeing them grow as they learn new skills.

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
Toddler Department Head

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
Older Toddler Teacher

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.”

Elissa Capeling
Substitute Teacher

Favorite Thing about Teaching Young Children:
I love working with kids and being able to share with them the love of our Heavenly Father. I adore seeing that ‘a-ha!’ moment when something makes sense for the first time.

Favorite Bible Verse:
Romans 8:37 – “Know in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”