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Samantha Medore


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 (15), Max (12), and Hadley (4).  We enjoy board games, thrift-shopping, and quality time with our extended family.

Jazmin Perez

PreK Lead Teacher

I have been in Early Childhood Education for 8 years.  During those years I obtained my CDA credential to better help the littles in my care. My husband and I have 2 sweet girls, Sofia (9) and Penelope (5), 2 wild dogs and a feisty cat. When I'm not at work, I spend my time loving them the best way I can. Leading with love & grace in our classroom is what I take pride in. 

Alyssa Hernandez

2's Lead Teacher

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!

Leslie Branscum

Toddlers' Lead Teacher

Hello, my name is Leslie Branscum. I am new to New Life CRS as a lead 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 in Hotel Restraunt Management. I have over 10 years of experience as a substitute teacher.

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. It is an honor to intercede for those who seek help and amazing to see people set free.

Serving children is something I love. My goal is to help your child be the best version of themselves while helping them succeed. I look forward to working with and for you.

Matthew 19:14- Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven be longs to such as these.”

Olga Ruiz

Assistant Director

I am originally from Mexico and at the age of 6 my family moved to the U.S.A.  I am fluent in English and Spanish. I have two children.  My oldest Milyn (30), and Josiah (16) who keeps me young.


I have my CDA and an Associates in Theology. I have 18 years of experience working with children, with 14 years here at New Life. 

I also have the privilege to work with the littlest of our New Life friends. My goal is to provide a safe and nurturing environment in which each child is loved and encouraged to grow.  

Gabi Lorenzen

3’s Lead Teacher

I am originally from Germany and moved to Houston in January 2018.  I love being here in Texas!  While others complain about the heat, I love it ♡
I love outdoor activities and I love swimming and for sure I love good food!  I have 2 cats and 1 dog.  And I love to travel and see many countries all over the world.
I will tell y'all sometimes a little bit about different countries and cultures and share my travel dictionaries. (any maybe some pictures :-)

In Germany I was the director in the Sparkasse, it is one of the biggest banks there. I graduated in Germany with a Bachelor of finance in 2013.   I have worked in another school before and have several years teaching experience already. I love teaching kids!  That’s the reason I am here!  I look forward to teach all of you the essentials that you all make a great start in your elementary.

Marisa Cedano

Aftercare Lead Teacher

As a child I was one of New Life Community Christian School's first students.  All of my siblings have also attended NLCCS and my family has been involved in this ministry since that time.  I'm so excited to be working with the wonderful staff and students of NLCCS.

I currently attend Lone Star College and am a member of New Life Church.

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