Children's Learning Centers

Sherry Howard

Director, Children's Learning Centers

Hello, I am Sherry Howard the director of the University of Houston Children's Learning Centers. Prior to joining the Center in 2002, I worked as a Texas certified teacher and Even Start Director for a family literacy program in a local school district. I am a native Houstonian and fourth generation Texan. I graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of North Dakota.

I have been married for over 30 years and have two sons who are UH graduates. My happiest moments are spent with my family. I love to read and believe literacy will always open doors. While my responsibilities are diverse at the Children's Learning Centers, I am committed to early childhood education and UH student success.

Jennifer Skopal

Assistant Director, Children's Learning Centers

Hello, I am Jennifer Skopal, UHCLC Assistant Director. I graduated from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and completed my Masters of Education in Educational Psychology from the University of Houston in 2002.

Upon my UH graduation I began working at UHCLC and over the past 6 years I have taught all ages from one to five year olds. It has been quite an exciting time and I have learned more than I ever could have from a textbook. I am very fortunate to have worked with all age groups and have really enjoyed my experiences in each classroom.

With our Continuity of Care model, teachers now stay with a group of children as they grow and develop through their infant and toddler years. During this time, a special bond is formed as the children learn and explore the ever-changing world around them.

Currently I oversee all classrooms and curriculum, work with administrative staff, and assist in grant writing, child care tuition scholarships, parent orientations, and other various projects.

Cecilia Hernandez

Wheeler Site Manager

I am Cece Hernandez, Administrative/Operations Manager at CLC. I began working here in 1998 as a Student Assistant working my way up to an Assistant Teacher, Lead Teacher and my current position as manager. I graduated from UH in December 2010 with a degree in Communication Disorders.

I enjoy working at CLC because I have seen first hand how the children learn, develop and have fun in my experiences as both a teacher and as a parent of a CLC alumnus. I love to see the sense of discovery on a child’s face and smiles that light up a room. Everyday, I am fortunate enough to witness these moments of true magic! When I am not a work, I like to take road trips with my son, read, and study history.

Jody Castillo

Cameron Site Manager

Jody Castillo joined the Children's Learning Centers in August 2010 as the Administrative/Operations Manager at Cameron. She has been in the field of Education for 25 years as a classroom teacher and Director of Education. Jody received a Bachelor of Science in Education and continued her graduate work in Early Childhood Education and Deaf Education. She is certified by the State Board of Educators in Early Childhood Education, Special Education Early Childhood, Elementary Education and Deaf Education. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and reading. Jody has a passion for working with children and is a strong advocate for early childhood education.

Tiffany Mays

Site Supervisor

Hi, I am Tiffany Nicole Mays, a Program Manager and a Lead Teacher in the Infant/Toddler Program. I joined the Center in fall of 1999. I received my CDA and Infant/Toddler Specialist credentials as well as pursuing my undergraduate degrees in Child Development, Sociology, and English. This career path has led me to meet child care professionals, to participate/co-lead ECD trainings, mentor students, and collaborate with teachers on the best-practice approach to caregiving.

My knowledge of children grows with each moment I spend in their presence. I love to listen and talk with them.  Each child has a unique way of telling me what they need or desire. My wish as a childcare professional is to make each child feel safe enough to express their needs, relaxed enough to share their desires, and offer a developmentally suitable atmosphere so that the child can play and develop appropriate skills.

I have been married for more than 10 years and have three wonderful children. When I am not working, I enjoy reading, particularly children’s literature. I also enjoy tennis and nature walks.

Nadeema Akhtar

Site Supervisor

My name is Nadeema Akhtar and I have been at CLC since 1991. I have worked as an Assistant Teacher, Lead Teacher, Master Teacher and currently as a Program Manager in the Pre-K program. I received a degree in Psychology in Pakistan and I have completed extensive training hours in early childhood education with an emphasis on curriculum (C.I.R.C.L.E. and Ramps and Pathways).

Teaching is my passion and I believe that if we wish to create a lasting peace and a good foundation for education, we must begin with young children. Besides teaching I love to travel, cook, sew and organize events. I am married and have two children.

Pedro Alcaraz

Site Supervisor

Nikki Stephenson

Site Supervisor

Lily Morales

Lead Teacher

Hi, I am Lily Morales. I joined the Center in September 1987. I have my CDA teaching credential and I have an Infant/Toddler Marketable Skills Achievement Certificate. I have taken early childhood classes and attended many workshops. I am a Lead Teacher in the Infant/Toddler Program.

I am from Houston and come from a family of 5. I love being an Aunt to 4 nephews and 7 nieces and a Great Aunt to 11 great nieces and nephews. After graduating from business school, I felt in my heart that working with children was what I really enjoyed and longed to do! The Children’s Learning Centers focuses on creating a quality place for children to learn and grow. I chose to make CLC my home and I am fortunate to have found a career for life- teaching, nurturing and caring for young children, the most wonderful job in the world!

My hobbies are playing the flute, photography, traveling, arts and crafts and spending time with family and friends.

Bridgette Lewis

Lead Teacher

I am Bridgette Lewis an Early Childhood Lead Teacher at CLC with a B.S. in HDFS and minor in psychology. I began working at CLC in November 1991. I am a wife and mother of two children. I enjoy the arts and reading. I enjoy cultivating children’s sense of wonder and keeping the fun in learning as they discover the world around them.

Susan Stewart

Lead Teacher

Michelle Knight

Lead Teacher

My name is Michelle Knight. I came to the Children’s Learning Centers in 1998. I have a Child Development Associates credential and I am currently working towards getting my Associates Degree in Early Childhood.

I am married and have a son. Listening to music of all genres is my passion! I also love animals. To me, working with children is truly a gift. Being able to see a child’s face light up when they learn something new is “priceless”.

Angie Del Moral

Lead Teacher

My name is Maria de los Angeles Del Moral and I was born in Monterrey, Mexico.  I began working at the Children’s Learning Centers in August 2003. Previously I worked as a Lead Teacher with AVANCE and with the Pasadena School District. I have a Child Development Associates credential with an Infant/Toddler specialization. I take Early Childhood Development coursework to continue learning about best practices for children. I was a 2010 recipient of the Marketable Skills and Achievement Award for Child Development.

I love working with children!  I am currently a Lead Teacher in the Toddler program.  It is my pleasure to help children develop and grow and help them with their early stages of learning. Their energy keeps me young and their smiles brighten my day!

I am a mother of two wonderful children. When not at work, I enjoy travelling and meeting friends for coffee.

Virginia Gonzalez

Associate Teacher

Ruby Johnson

Associate Teacher

Sharon Robinson

Associate Teacher

My name is Sharon Robinson.  I began working at the Children’s Learning Centers in March 2008.  I have an Associates Degree and an Administration Degree in Early Childhood Education.  I take online training classes to stay current in the field. 

My interests and hobbies are doing volunteer work for different services and organizations.  I enjoy fishing, sports events, musicals and plays.  My special time is spent with my family, which includes my 4 dogs. My beliefs and faith keep me strong and I live my love with peace and joy!  I choose to work with children because they are an incredibly important part of the world- I love their energy!

Shakirah Thomas

Assistant Teacher

Hi, I am Shakirah Thomas an Assistant Teacher in the Infant/Toddler Program. I am a University of Houston Alumni holding a degree in Sports Administration and Health. Upon graduating from UH, I moved around constantly due to my husband’s job in the military. Because of our constant relocation, I have been able to work with children of all ages in various capacities around the country. There is nothing better than watching a child grow; it is a masterpiece to me!

During the summer of 2005 I worked as a Student Assistant at CLC and really enjoyed the experience and knowledge gained in just a few months! Now that I am home and settled in Texas, I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to return to CLC as an Assistant Teacher and I am I loving every minute of it!!!

When I am not at the Center, I enjoy spending time with my family and reading. I am currently working towards certification with the State of Texas in Early Childhood Education.

Maria Cardoza

Assistant Teacher

Marquita Walker

Assistant Teacher

I am Marquita Walker, Assistant Teacher in the Preschool Program. I am obtaining my CDA. I have been with CLC since January 2006. I am married and have two wonderful children.

During my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, and reading. I enjoy working with children because seeing their faces when they are learning and having fun brings joy to me. I know that I am making a positive difference in their lives.

Theresa Odom

Assistant Teacher

My name is Theresa Odom and I am the Assistant Teacher in the Preschool Program. I’ve been working with children since 1996. The opportunity to work with children of all ages, backgrounds, and cultures is very enlightening. In my spare time I enjoy crafting and baking. My family life is enjoyable and I have one big sister, one big brother, and a younger brother. Thank you for taking the time to get to know me.

Luz Santos

Assistant Teacher

Shevia Champ

Assistant Teacher

My name is Shevia Champ. I was born and raised in Austin, Texas. While living in Austin I had the amazing opportunity to work for the city’s Parks and Recreation department where I was responsible for their children’s summer program. I began working at the Children’s Learning Centers since 2006- first as a student assistant and now as an Assistant Teacher in the preschool program. I am currently pursuing a degree at UH in Health Education.

I enjoy working with children…it’s my passion! I hope to continue to work with children and have a positive impact in their early stages of growing!

Shenae Champ

Office Coordinator