Me and My Friends Preschool Owner and Director
My family moved to Texas in 2003 from North Carolina. I graduated from the University of North Carolina with a BA in Child Psychology and Sociology. In North Carolina, I worked as a social worker for 3 years. In Texas I taught preschool for 13 years, ages 2 through Pre-K. My husband Michael and I have been married for 21 years, and we have three children ages 19, 17, and 11. We are members at First Baptist Church of Keller and are very involved in music, missions and children’s ministries. We also love baseball! We love to watch it, play it, and watch our kids play it! Go Rangers!
A few years ago, a friend of mine asked me what I was going to do once my youngest was in Kindergarten. I told her my dream was to own and operate my own preschool. I had been praying about it and waiting to see what God had in store.
She mentioned that her church did not have a preschool program, and that there maybe interest in starting one.
After a few meetings, lots of planning, and LOTS of prayer, here we are!
Our program opened in January of 2015 with four students, and by the end of the school year we had 12! We had a great first school year and opened a second location! God has truly blessed our school!
I am so excited about starting a new year and getting to know your families and kids! I am so thankful that God has given me this opportunity to reach you and your children!
Meet our Teachers!
Ms. Janie – Toddler’s/2’s
My name is Janie Rios. I am a mother of 6 and a grandmother of 14 beautiful grandkids! I have 2 beautiful puppies Baby girl and Shiloh I live in Fort Worth. This is my 5th year being a teacher for Mrs. Ginny and I love it! I am very excited to start a new year with your child.
Birthday: October 23
Favorites: Candy: Kit-Kat Snack: Little Debbie’s, Dr. Pepper Flower: Roses
Color: Blue Sonic: Cherry-limeade Hobbies: Kayaking
Starbucks: Caramel Frappuccino Restaurant: Rosas
Mrs. Cynthia - Spanish
I was born in Mexico City and raised in the Dominican Republic. I have a Marketing degree and an International Business major. We are a family of 4, my husband Miguel, my son Ian (12) and my daughter Maia (8). We lived in Nashville for 9 years and moved to Texas 5 years ago! I homeschooled my kids for a couple of years and enjoy teaching Spanish. I am so excited to get this year started and learn more about YOU!
Birthday: January 2
Favorites: Candy: Starburst Snack: Pita Chips Flower: Roses
Hobbies: Photography Sonic: Strawberry Limeade
Starbucks: Iced Coconut Milk Macchiato Restaurant: Chick-Fil-A
Mrs. Dez – Chapel
I have lived in the great state of Texas since 1981 but grew up in Pennsylvania. Though I have worked in the medical field for most of my career, my heart has always been with children. I substitute taught in a private school, was a reading coach for several years. I have also taught children in Sunday School since I was a teenager.
I am also the director of Kids Hope USA for our church and actively mentor for at-risk children in our school system. My husband is a pastor at CityView Church. We have four children and ten grandchildren. I am very excited to learn about Jesus along with the children at Me & My Friends Preschool.
Birthday: November 20
Favorites: Candy: Reese’s Snack: Popcorn Flower: Tulips
Sonic: Cranberry Limeade Starbucks: Caramel Macchiato
Restaurant: Mexican Hobbies: Sourdough Baking, Reading Biographies
Mrs. Katie – Pre-K
This is Mrs. Katie’s 5th year teaching at Me & My Friends. She is a certified teacher that has taught 2nd grade, 5th grade, and all levels of art. She has been teaching for 13 years.
Mrs. Katie grew up in Texas and has been married to her husband Jon for 17 years.
They have two girls, Madison (13) and Ruby (9). Mrs. Katie also has an Embroidery and Vinyl Services business.
Birthday: February 22
Favorites: Candy: Reese’s Snack: Cheez-it’s Flower: Sunflowers & Daisies
Hobbies: Sewing & Crafting Sonic: Sweet Tea Restaurant: Chipotle Starbucks: Extra hot Cinnamon Dulce Latte or Pumpkin Spice
Mrs. Lindsay (Linz) – 4’s
This is Mrs. Linz 2nd year teaching at Me & My Friends. Mrs. Linz has worked as a pediatric dental hygienist and is currently working on her teaching certification. She loves teaching and spending the day with your child! Mrs. Linz grew up in South Texas and has been married to her husband Bobby for 13 years. Mrs. Linz has one son, Aiden (10). Mrs. Linz loves crafting and doing DIY projects!
Birthday: January 17
Favorites: Candy: Kit-Kat Snack: Hummus Flower: Hydrangeas
Hobbies: Crafting Starbucks: Vanilla Latte Sonic: ½ Sweet/ ½ unsweet Tea Restaurant: Fuzzy’s
Mrs. Cyndy – 3’s
This is Mrs. Cyndy’s first year with Me & My Friends Preschool. This summer Mrs. Cyndy taught Chapel, Music, and PE with us. Mrs. Cyndy also works as a parent volunteer and substitute teacher for KISD. She has been married to her husband Jimmy for 20 years and they have three children. Abigail (15), Ethan (13) and Braddock (11). She is looking forward to being in the classroom this Fall.
Birthday: August 20
Favorites: Snacks: Pretzels, fruits and coffee Flower: peonies, poppies, & hydrangea Hobbies: Crafting Sonic: Cherry Limeade Restaurant: Chili's, Chipotle Starbucks: Iced passion tea or Pumpkin Spice Latte
Mrs. Darla – PE/Recess
This is Mrs. Darla’s third year teaching PE with Me & My Friends Preschool. Mrs. Darla is so full of energy!
She has a blast planning and playing super fun activities for our kids!
Mrs. Darla has been married for 13 years and has 2 kids. Addison is 6 years old and in first grade. She attended MMF too!
And Cayson is 3 and is in Mrs. Cyndy's class. Their family likes to go camping and spend lots of time outdoors!
Birthday: March 8
Favorites: Candy: Reese's, Air Heads Snacks: Dr. Pepper, Cheese Crackers
Flower: Daisies Hobbies: Crafting Sonic: Cherry Limeade
Restaurant: Anything Mexican Starbucks: Cinnamon Dolce Latte
Mrs. Erica – 4’s
Mrs. Erica has been with MMF for two years. She began subbing last year and has taught in ages 2 – PreK. Mrs. Erica has worked with the Dallas Zoo and last year brought her favorite owl, Gertrude, to visit us! It was so fun to see an owl up close! Mrs. Erica and her husband John have two girls, Savannah 6 and Madeline 4.
Birthday: January 20
Favorites: Candy: Reese’s Snacks: Sweet Tea, Pringles Flower: Hydrangea
Animals: Owls Sonic: Iced Coffee Hobbies: Gardening and Crafting Restaurant: BBQ, Outback Starbucks: Peppermint Mocha Color: Purple
Mrs. Michalann – Music
This is Mrs. Michalann’s first year with MMF. She has a degree in Piano Performance and teaches in her own studio. She is also very involved with children and music programs in her church. Michalann has been married to her husband Jerry for 19 years and they have 4 children. Darren 17, Claire 16, Miles 13, and Samantha 11. Mrs. Ginny taught Claire when she was in preschool!
Birthday: January 15
Favorites: Candy: Twizzlers, Chocolate Snacks: popcorn, diet coke, hot chocolate Animal: Cats Flower: Hydrangea Sonic: diet coke w/ cherry
Hobbies: Home décor, Furniture restoration, and Parties!
Favorite Color: pink Restaurant: Costa Vida, Olive Garden
Starbucks: Cocoa w/ peppermint
Mrs. Jess – 3's
Mrs. Jess has been with MMF for two years. She has worked with ages 2, 3, 4's and PreK! Mrs. Jess is married to her husband Kyle and they have two children. Diesel is 10 and in 4th grade, and Roxy is 9 in 3rd grade.
Birthday: April 3
Favorites: Candy: Pink Starburst Flower: Gerber Daisies Color: bright yellow
Sonic: Root Beer Float or Blue Coconut Slush Restaurant: Chuy’s
Hobbies: Hiking, Biking, Rock Climbing, puzzles and Netflix!
Starbucks: Caramel Frappuccino w/ extra drizzle
Mrs. Alicia - Toddler's
My name is Alicia Blankenship. I have 2 kids, Courtney is 24 and Bryson is 19.I have lived in different parts of Texas for 24 years but grew up in Arkansas. I have worked with children for over 20 years. I've worked in different facilities, done in home care and was an assistant director at one time. I also have a crafting business I do on the side, but working with children is my true passion.
Birthday: February 23
Favorites: Candy: Recess Snacks: Sour candies Color: Yellow Animal: Turtles Flower: Gardenia, Yellow Roses Sonic: Sweet Tea Restaurants: Mexican