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Ivy Kids – Long Meadow Farms

Ana Avendano

As I reflect on my past experiences, in which has led me to this new adventure, one common denominator surfaces; my passion for educating children. Throughout my career as an educator, my most memorable moments were watching my students grow academically, socially, and gain confidence where they once lacked. These moments are what fuels my passion today and drives me to continue serving parents and children.

I have been in the education sector for over 14 years, and I served in various capacities, including ESL Teacher, Special Education Teacher, Reading Specialist, and Instructional Coach.

I believe in and practice strong family values. I am married to a very loving and supportive husband to whom I share two wonderful children who are our pride and joy.

I am very excited to become part of the Long Meadow Farms Community and its surroundings. As an Ivy Kids owner, it is an honor to have the opportunity to empower and support families by ensuring our children have access to enriching experiences in a positive, nurturing, fun, and safe environment.

We owe our children the opportunity to build strong foundations in ways that are developmentally appropriate. At Ivy Kids, our enriched curriculum is based on multiple intelligences that creates self-motivated, life-long learners who are prepared for a successful future.
I look forward to meeting you soon.

Ana Avendano

Jessica Harshaw

My name is Jessica Harshaw I live in Katy with my husband and 3 amazing daughters. My family is my inspiration and foundation.

After pursuing my bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education at Lamar University. I started working in the childcare field as a teacher in 2008 teaching Pre-K and have continued to work with young children as a Teacher, Educational Coordinator, Assistant Director and a Director for the past 10 years. Being a Director has been my passion now for 4 years.  I continue my training on the latest child development research yearly to ensure that my program is preparing children for future success.

I believe that these are the most crucial years of your child’s life and am honored to have the privilege to work with each and every one of them.   I have dedicated my life to ensuring that young children receive the best care and education and I am proud that I have contributed to making that possible for many children over the years.  I am excited to now be a part of the Ivy Kids Family and look forward to lending a helping hand in molding your child’s success.

Angela Hill

I have been in childcare industry for over 15 years. I have my Associates degree in Early Childhood Education and I am pursuing my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood. I previously worked as a curriculum coordinator for 6 years and believe the combination of my academic and work experience enables me to be a leading Education Director for the school.

I am extremely passionate about the curriculum a child receives as well as how it is implemented in the classroom. I know the great importance of working with children and nurturing their gifts while providing them with many opportunities to work on skill sets that are challenging, yet achievable.  The Future really starts here.

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(281) 202-8548 | Email Director
20901 Long Meadow Farms Parkway
Richmond, TX  77406

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