Teachers & Staff
We have 43 staff members who help educate our 240 children in our toddler/two and preschool program.
Teaching teams in each classroom focus on the success for all children. Combined service of all teaching faculty for SMES children is over 450 years. All staff participate in continued education training annually and are members of collaborative professional early childhood associations.
Carmen EscobarKindergarten Teacher
Carmen Escobar graduated from New Mexico State University with a BS in communication disorders and a BA in Spanish literature. Carmen comes to us with a background in Applied Behavior Analysis and 10 years working with children in small groups and one-on-one. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Behavior Psychology at Pepperdine University and can’t wait to begin her first year teaching kindergarten!
Janet HanksKindergarten Teacher
Janet Hanks has taught kindergarten for 12 years; she developed and has taught the SMES kindergarten program for the last 3 years. Prior to joining the SMES staff, Janet taught kindergarten at Armstrong Elementary in Highland Park ISD. Janet earned her BS from Louisiana State University in early childhood education and her Masters of Education from the University of Missouri in literacy education. Janet is also a National Board certified teacher in early childhood education, having met the profession’s highest standards for accomplished practice.