Qualifications and Training
Quality and continuity of staff are important parts of the St. Luke’s Day School early childhood program. Lead and support teachers receive ongoing continuing education in the form of training seminars, staff development meetings, and memberships in early childhood professional associations. Additionally, all are certified in Infant/Child First Aid and CPR.
Lead teachers meet the following qualifications:
- Experience in early childhood education
- Hold, or be currently pursuing, a Bachelor’s Degree in early childhood education or a related field and/or Child Development Associate Certification
- Ability to enjoy and appreciate children
Low ratios provide a high degree of individual attention.
|Kangaroos (6-11 mos)||1:4|
|Bears & Ponies (12-23 mos)||1:5|
Julie Ellerbrock, Director of Children’s Ministries for St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
Debbie Weymouth, St. Luke’s Day School Director, is an early childhood specialist whose love and advocacy for young children has kept her active as an early childhood program administrator for thirty years! She received her degree and teaching certification from Texas’ own, Stephen F. Austin University. Her roots are in the Kindergarten classroom where she taught for ten years before she was called to begin her journey in United Methodist preschools and faith-based programming. In addition to consulting, speaking, and teaching the Child Development Associate course, Mrs. Weymouth has served on the Early Childhood Methodist Conference committee in various capacities over the years and was a 2016 Keynote Speaker. She’d be the first to tell you how much she loves this work, and as she continues to grow, also wants to help others be the best teachers, administrators, and parents they can be!
Pam Jones, brings years of experience and knowledge to her position of Assistant Director and Program Coordinator for Threes, PreK, and Kindergarten. Ms. Jones joined the Day School Administrative Team in June 2006. A familiar face, she has worked at the Day School since 1992. She holds a Bachelors in Business Education as well as a Child Development Associate certificate. She is a graduate of the School Literacy and Culture Project at Rice University, a year long literacy training for teachers of young children, and has also presented workshops for early childhood educators. Ms. Jones started her career at St. Luke’s teaching Twos and later Threes where, in addition to teaching a five day class, she was an age-level team leader. She also taught 3-day PreK and was our PreK and Kindergarten science teacher. Scientist Jones opened many young eyes to the scientific method of questioning and the excitement of scientific discovery. Ms. Jones is a dynamic and enthusiastic member of the Day School staff!
Anna Williamson, serves as both the Infant/Toddler Program Coordinator, and uniquely, the Assessment Coordinator for all Day School students. A native Houstonian and former St. Luke’s Day School student, she returned to the Lone Star state in 2013 after ten years living in Washington, DC. In DC, Ms. Williamson worked in education and education reform, most recently as an Associate Director at the CityBridge Foundation. Prior to moving to Houston Ms. Williamson completed her M.A. in Early Childhood Special Education and Human Development at The George Washington University, with a concentration on assessing and teaching children ages birth through five. Before joining St. Luke’s Day School’s administrative team in the summer of 2014, she taught Pre-Kindergarten at our school. Ms. Williamson has experience working directly with typically developing infants and young children, as well as infants and young children with developmental delays or special needs, their parents, teachers, and therapists. Our SLDS Assessment Coordinator is a passionate advocate for children with special needs and can be found throughout the community working on their behalf!
All program administrators are members of the Early Childhood Methodist Conference, the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children (TXAEYC), and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).