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Tracie Fielding
Tracie Fielding

Director

Tracie Fielding has been employed with our center since January 2014.

Tracie is a 1994 graduate of Goliad High School. She later received her Paraprofessional Certification from Coastal Bend College in May 2005 and then in September of 2014 she received her Child Care Directors Credential Certification.

Tracie started her career in early childhood education in 2004 when she started substituting for Goliad Elementary mostly in with the Head Start but also Kindergarten thru 3rd grade. When she was in the process of getting her paraprofessional certification she was mentored by Mrs. Brenda Bade and worked with the 1st grade at Goliad Elementary. In January 2009 she started her career in child care at First Baptist Christian Child Care in Goliad as the Preschool Teacher until they closed in May 2011. That same month she started at Love-n-Learn Child Care as the Preschool Teacher in Goliad until January 2014. February 2014 she had her first day here at The Learning Garden as our Early Preschool (3 year olds) teacher. She worked in the classroom up until summer. She was then moved into the office as Executive Assistant and then became Director in October 2014.

In her free time, Tracie enjoys working on the family farm and spending time with her family. She is married to Kevin Fielding and they have three amazing children Nicole, Megan, and Tyler.

 

 

 

Our Teachers


Samantha Daulley
Samantha Daulley

Classroom: Infants

Time at The Learning Garden: June 2014

Years of Experience: 4 years

Education: Goliad High School 1988

Family: Husband - Troy, Daughter - Emma, Son - Charlie

Interests: Cooking, crafting, reading, and spending time with my family. I also love to watch the San Antonio Spurs.

Why I love my job: Simply the babies!! They are so fun to be with. To help encourage their curiosity and shape their future is my greatest joy.


Fay Syzdek
Fay Syzdek

Classroom: Infant

Time at The Learning Garden: September 2014

Years of Experience: 35 years

Education: High School Doploma

Family: Married. I have 2 children and 3 grandchildren of my own. 9 step children and 25 step grandchildren.

Interests: I like to play cards and read religious books.

Why I love my job:Talking to the children; play with them. It feels like a home away from home.


Chante Slade
Chante Slade

Classroom: Infant

Time at The Learning Garden: May 2015

Years of Experience: 10 years

Education: Yorktown High School

Family: Myself, Anthony my son, Cassandra my daughter, Tevin my youngest son, Breelan my grand daughter

Interests: Learning new things

Why I love my job:I love working with children of all ages. By working at The Learning Garden it is helping me achieve more in life and with the children I am learning new things every day.


Megan Valdez
Megan Valdez

Classroom: Toddlers

Time at The Learning Garden: August 2014

Years of Experience: 7 years

Education: Graduated Goliad High School; Certified Medical Assistant, Certified Phlebotomist

Family: Single

Interests: Love spending time with family, traveling, hanging outside reading a good book, going to the beach or lake.

Why I love my job: I love children and seeing them get excited over their accomplishments is the best. To see their smiling faces everyday makes my day.


Leticia Pena
Leticia Pena

Classroom: Toddler's

Time at The Learning Garden: October 2014

Years of Experience: 4 years

Education: Graduated from Yorktown High School 1988

Family: I have 2 daughters - Raegan and Paige Cunningham

Interests: Enjoy spending time with my children and love to be around others.

Why I love my job: I enjoy being around children and everyday is a new experience. Never a dull moment.


Shawn Williams
Shawn Williams

Classroom: Two's

Time at The Learning Garden: September 2015

Years of Experience: 11 years

Education: 2005 Graduate of Goliad High School

Family: 2 daughters - Izzie and Taylar

Interests: Walking, family time, reading, softball, going to the lake.

Why I love my job: Everyday something new happens. Never a dull moment and seeing the children as they learn new things.


Vanessa Boyd
Vanessa Boyd

Classroom: Two's

Time at The Learning Garden:March 2017

Years of Experience: 1 year

Education: Goliad High School

Family:My husband and I have been married for three years. We have no children but two fur babies names Jack & Jill.My husband and I have been married for three years. We have no children but two fur babies names Jack & Jill.

Interests: I like to do crafts. I love going to the beach, camping, and cooking. Sending time with my husband, family, and our two fur babies is very important to me.

Why I love my job: I love my job because every day is something new. Watching the children’s faces when they learn new things is an amazing feeling.


Priscilla Martinez
Priscilla Martinez

Classroom: Two's

Years of Experience: 7 year

Education: High School Diploma

Family: I have 3 children. I have 2 boys and a girl.

Interests:Fishing, spending time with my family, and watching Drama, Comedy, or Horror movies.

Why I love my job: I love my job because there is always something to be proud of. It may be the part of you teaching and guiding these young children or just watching them learn and keeping them safe. I love watching them play and experience new things.


Anne Spies
Anne Spies

Classroom: Preschool

Time at The Learning Garden: October 2013

Years of Experience: 22 years

Education: Associates Degree - Early Childhood - Victoria College, Early Childhood Childcare Certificate Director’s License

Family: Married 43 years. Two grown children - a son and a daughter

Interests: Taking care of pet animals - dogs, cats, donkeys. Gardening. I like trying new recipes.

Why I love my job: I love my job because the children keep it interesting; no two days are alike! I like seeing the children’s eyes light up when they grasp a new concept!


Jo Ann Garcia
Joann Garcia

Classroom: Preschool

Time at The Learning Garden: March 2015

Years of Experience: 8 years

Education: Graduated Tuloso Midway H.S. 1997, Victoria College LVN program 2008, Early childhood/Autism certification 2009, Teaching Assistant certificate TEA 2009.

Family: 3 sons, 1 daughter

Interests: Drawing, cooking, going on road trips, and hanging out with family.

Why I love my job: I love working with children and having the opportunity to shape young minds.


Donna Baxter
Donna Baxter

Classroom: Pre-kindergarten

Time at The Learning Garden: December 2016

Years of Experience: 32 years

Education: Graduated Victoria H.S., Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from The University of Houston-Victoria.

Family: Married 29 Years. One married son.

Interests: In my spare time i enjoy quilting, cooking and motorcycle riding.

Why I love my job: I love my job because I enjoy sharing information with young children. I like to see the excitment in the faces of children when they try something new.


Amanda Keith
Amanda Keith

Classroom: Pre-kindergarten

Years of Experience: 1 Year 3 Months

Education: High School Diploma and University of Phoenix Degree as a Pharmaceutical Assistant

Family: I have a wonderful Daughter named Abagale and my amazing fiancé Justin Townsend.

Interests: Spending time with family. Hunting and fishing.

Why I love my job: I love working with children and I love being able to be a part of watching them grow educationally and know that I was able to have an impact on their lives through teaching them.


Cassandra Slade
Cassandra Slade

Classroom: After School

Time at The Learning Garden: June 2015

Years of Experience: 1 year

Education: High School Diploma

Family: 1 daughter

Interests: Spending time with family and friends. Quality mother and daughter time. Movies, beach, family vacation to Concan, road trips with my best friend, bowling.

Why I love my job: I love coming to work, children greet you with a hug and smile. Love seeing their eyes light up when they learn something. Sometimes they’ll teach you something new!


Lis Wehlmann
Lisa Wehlmann

Classroom:Teacher's Assistant/Floater

Time at The Learning Garden:May 2017

Years of Experience: 19 years

Education: High School Diploma

Family: Husband ~ Wesley, Daughters ~ Taylor, Whitney, and Charity. Sons ~ Brent and Austin

Interests: Spending time with my kids and husband. Taking relaxing rides on my horse, going fishing, or just going to the lake with my family.

Why I love my job: I enjoy helping teach and watching the children learn. It is fun to watch all of the different personalities.

Additional Staff Memebers


Estela Sierra
Estela Sierra

The Learning Garden Cook

Time at The Learning Garden: May 2016

Education: GED; Certificates pertaining to food service. Recertified Food Management on June 15, 2017.

Family: 3 Sons, 3 Daughters all ranging from 33 to 50 years old. 2 grandsons, 9 granddaughters, 3 great grandsons, 3 great granddaughters.

Interests: Sports events, gardening, visiting with family and friends

Why I love my job:I like to cook and bake. I like seeing the children eat, especially when they like what I cook for them.


Elida Cruz
Elida Cruz

The Learning Garden Housekeeping

Time at The Learning Garden: September 2014

Education:High School

Family: I am married to Danny Cruz Sr. I have two Children and two Granddaughters.

Interests: I love to read and listen to music. I like to watch TV and spending time with my children, grandchildren, and dogs.

I like to clean. I like working with children and it is great that I can work here in Yorktown.

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