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Our Staff

As owners of the Kids ‘R’ Kids Las Colinas franchise built in 1998, Seth and Teresa Van Eyk strive to make sure that the quality of care and learning is the best.  Their hands-on approach is demonstrated daily by their on-site presence and involvement. With degrees from Oregon State University (Seth), and the University of Oklahoma (Teresa), they chose to follow successful careers in the corporate world with the rewarding field of childcare.  After careful research and consideration, they selected Kids ‘R’ Kids due to the nurturing style and effective teaching techniques.

Director Carrie Halcomb has been a valuable member of the preschool since 2000.  With her extensive experience in the childcare industry and attention to detail, she keeps the preschool running smoothly.  She is the primary supervisor of all the classroom teachers and front office staff.  She meets with parents before and on their child’s first day to make sure it is a smooth and easy transition.  Her door is always open, and she welcomes the chance to discuss any thoughts or concerns parents might have during the year.  Parents describe her as personable and positive.

Assistant Director and Curriculum Coordinator Mari Brown started with the preschool back in 2010 and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development. Currently working on her Master’s Degree during her off hours, Mari spends her workday implementing the curriculum for all classrooms from Infants to Pre-K.  This includes setting up daily, weekly, and monthly activities plus learning goals that keep all the children engaged, learning, and having fun.  She also works closely with the corporate office to maintain the high standards set up for Early Learning programs. Parents describe her as energetic and fun.

Manager Kristen Smith has been with the preschool since 2011, starting as a teacher in the Infant classroom.  Her excellent communication skills and customer service quickly moved her up to the reception desk as the top customer service coordinator and accounts manager.  Her in-depth knowledge of the preschool’s processes and procedures make her a great choice to provide tours of the facility to new and visiting parents.  Parents describe her as welcoming and kind.

Assistant Curriculum Coordinator Shaquita Thomas started in the toddler classroom back in 2012.  Since that time, she completed her Bachelor’s Degree and is currently working on her Master’s in Education.  Creative and helpful, she spends her time working with children in all the classrooms. She is constantly generating new ideas and keeping things fresh.  Parents describe her and warm and friendly.

About our Teaching Staff – Our teachers are chosen for their experience and nurturing style, and meet the high standards you desire for your child.  After passing an extensive interview and background check process, they constantly attend additional training and development sessions to learn the most up to date methods and techniques to help your child grow and learn.   Most of our teachers have been with us for anywhere from 5 to 20 years.  Come and meet our wonderful teachers during a tour.