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Samantha Medore
Director

I am so thankful and excited to be a part of the New Life community.  I began at NLCCS in 2020 as an Assistant Director and fell in love with the families, students, and staff.  As director, I am dedicated to ensuring that New Life Community Christian School is a safe environment filled with Christ-centered learning and heart-felt joy.
 

My husband, Derek, and I have three children: Caitlyn, Max, and Hadley.  We enjoy board games, thrift-shopping, and quality time with our extended family. If I’m not at school I am most likely at one of my children’s sporting events. We have been members of New Life church for the past 7 years, and I am a Children’s Ministry volunteer.   

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Alyssa Hernandez
Assistant Director

I have been working with kids since I was 17, starting with babysitting to now being a Two’s Lead Teacher here at New Life! I graduated from Klein Oak High School, and I am also bilingual so I love tying Spanish into our curriculum and class activities.  I am super excited to be on this academic journey with your child and to teach them the Word of God!

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Marisa Cedano
Infant Lead Teacher

Hello parents! I'm Ms. Marisa, I am the lead teacher in the nursery, and I'm very excited to be working, exploring, and learning with your children! I graduated from Carl Wunsche Sr. High school in 2022, and since then I have been teaching here at NLCCS! Fun fact, I was previously a student here at the preschool many years ago! I am currently the Children's Ministry Director here at New Life Church! I would love to see you and your little one at church!

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Kristina Van GentInfant Assistant Teacher

I'm originally from Southern California and move to Texas in 2022. I've been married for 12 years to my husband, Douglas.  We have 3 wonderful boys: Hunter (11), Jacob (8), and Nolan (4).  I enjoy crafting, photography, and going to Disneyland with my family.​

I have worked with children in many capacities for the past five years.  After subbing at New Life for a couple of days, I fell in love with the children and the Christ-centered environment.  I look forward to watching my students grow and having the opportunity to build relationships with families.

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Brenna Fricks
Infant and Aftercare Teacher

I have lived in the Houston area all my life. In my spare time I like to craft and spend time with my family.​I started taking care of children at age 16 and nannied for a year before I started working at NLCCS. My favorite thing about childcare is watching children grow and seeing their personalities develop.

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Romell Denning
Toddlers Teacher

 I am so blessed to be a part of the New Life team as the toddler teacher. I enjoy seeing our precious little friends learn new things. My husband John and I have 4 children, 11 grandchildren and four dogs. We enjoy going for walks and serving in the community of spring.

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Leslie Branscum
2s Teacher

I am originally from Arizona and moved to Houston in 1988. I am blessed to have 3 awesome children.  Ashlyn (24), Ty (20), and my caboose, Maci (13). We have 1 dog named Dexter and he is the 5th member of the family. I attended Stephan F. Austin and received my bachelors. I have over 10 years of experience in early childcare. ​I give my free time to a ministry called The Balm of The Branch which seeks to help those with sickness/disease freedom through spiritual healing. Serving children is also something I love. My goal is to help your child be the best version of themselves while helping them succeed.

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Mallory Feigenbaum
2s Assistant Teacher

Hello my name is Mallory. I was born and raised in New Jersey and moved to Texas in 2008 to finish my Nursing degree. I graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I practiced as a nurse for 10-11 years. I moved to Houston 3 years ago from Austin. I’m a competitive Olympic Weightlifter. I’m a dog mom to a 13 year old brindle pitty mix who loves giving kisses and cuddles. Teaching is a found journey for me that I’m embracing by His will everyday. I’m honored to able to aid in your little one's education and by His word. 

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Lilia Ayala
PreK 
3 Teacher

I have been blessed to be in early childhood education since 2015. It has been an amazing journey for me here teaching at New Life preschool. I am going on my third year of teaching and caring for little hearts. I have my CDA and have completed my Texas training registry with TECPDS. I am grateful to be a part of New Life preschool.

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Jazmin Perez
PreK 4 & Kindergarten
Lead Teacher

I have been in Early Childhood Education for 9 years. During those years I obtained my CDA credential to better help students in my class. Leading with love & grace in our classroom is what I take pride in. My husband and I have 2 sweet girls (Sofia and Penelope) and 3 wild dogs. When I'm not at work, I spend my time loving them the best way I can. 

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Joann Feigenbaum
Aftercare Lead Teacher

Hello, my name is Ms. JoAnn. I was born and raised in Houston. My family and I moved to the East Coast in 1977. I have one daughter and a grand dog named Lillie who is very spoiled.  I moved back to Houston in 2007 to be near my family. I have been in childcare for 3 years. I like to garden and to cook.  Being a teacher at New Life has brought me much joy. It's a pleasure helping educate your child and spread the word of God.

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Caitlyn Medore
Aftercare Assistant Teacher

I am a student at Klein Oak High School. I am so excited to be a part of the NLCCS team. I am a social officer for our Color Guard team, and have been active in New Life Church for the last 7 years. I volunteer for the audio booth and children’s ministry on Sundays and attend youth group. I plan on attending college for psychology, and spending my free time painting, sewing, and crafting. My favorite part of the day is helping in aftercare, I love seeing the kids use their imaginations.

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