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 Infant/Toddlers. 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!
Nicole Smith, serves as both the Threes and Up Program Coordinator, and uniquely, the Assessment Coordinator for all Day School students. As the newest member of the administration team, Nicole has a great deal of experience that she brings to the table. A graduate from the University of Houston in 2005 with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, Nicole has always known teaching was her calling. The idea of creating “life-long learners” has been somewhat of a motto to her. Working at SLDS for 12 years, Nicole has classroom experience with 3s, PreK, and Kindergarten. Nicole is now enrolled at Texas Tech online to receive her masters in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Personalized Learning. Her hope is to continue her training and grow as an educator. Nicole also has a 3 year old boy, Matthew, who attends SLDS and resides with her husband Chris in Cypress, Texas.
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).