Meet the Teachers

Amanda McClanahan

Houston Preschool Mother's Day Out Loop Pre-K Infant Toddler Midtown Downtown Child Care

‚ÄčMs. Amanda - Founder and Executive Director, Amanda is excited to oversee a fun year of learning at First Friends. As the pastor's wife, she spends a great deal of time at the church with her two children, Adalyn and Alister.  She is a proud alumna of the University of Kansas.

Ms. Dede

Houston Preschool Mother's Day Out Loop Pre-K Infant Toddler Midtown Downtown Child Care

Ms. Dede - Our beloved Ms. Dede has been with First Friends since its'  inception.  A retired public school teacher, Dede is both a certified teacher and a reading specialist.  Her stellar reputation brings parents back year after year so that siblings can attend her Bluebird class.

Ms. Jolene

Houston Preschool Mother's Day Out Loop Pre-K Infant Toddler Midtown Downtown Child Care

Ms. Jolene - Jolene has been an early childhood educator for more than twelve years, gaining experience in private Montessori before becoming certified and working at Wilson Montessori. After nine years of service at Wilson, she left to pursue her Masters in Early Childhood Education. She is also the founder of her own educational company, Lotus Curriculum

Ms. Marissa

Houston Preschool Mother's Day Out Loop Pre-K Infant Toddler Midtown Downtown Child Care

Marissa was the first teacher ever hired at First Friends. Since starting with us, she has worked with three different age groups. She is a mother of three, devout Christian, and is known for her gentle nature. Her son Walter is in the Pony class and her daughter, Josephine is in the infant room.

Ms. Julia

Houston Preschool Mother's Day Out Loop Pre-K Infant Toddler Midtown Downtown Child Care

Ms. Julia -A native of Germany, Julia speaks fluent German, English, and French.  She joined First Friends last September, serving in the Lamb class for older toddlers. Julia has a strong teaching background, with experience tutoring and leading ESL and reading classes.

Ms. Madeline

Houston Preschool Mother's Day Out Loop Pre-K Infant Toddler Midtown Downtown Child Care

Ms. Madeline- Madeline is a talented cellist and a distinguished graduate of The Eastman School of Music. When not sharing her love of music at First Friends, she teaches early music learners and solo cello at the Vivaldi Music Academy.