Our Team

The Heart and Soul of Springwood

Shelly Andersen

Center Director

Hi! I'm Shelly, your Springwood Montessori Center Director. I've been with the school since September of 2019 and have thoroughly enjoyed all of my time here.  I have been in the childcare industry for 23 years now, with the past 11 years working as a Center Director.  Working in this industry has been extremely rewarding, and I wouldn't trade it for anything!  When I'm not at work, I'm most likely spending time with my family.  I have been married to my wonderful husband for 24 years, and we have two grown children. No grandchildren yet, but hopefully soon!  :)


Erika Spannagel


Hi! I'm Erika, your Springwood Montessori Assistant Director. I've been with the school for 2 years now and have found my second family. I am a native Houstonian and Texan having graduated from Texas Tech University in 2012 with a degree in Education.- Wreck'em Red Raiders!
I enrolled my oldest daughter in Springwood Montessori in 2018, and loved it so much that I decided to pursue a career here. Now I feel like I have found my second home!  When I'm not working I love to spend time with my husband of 4 years and my two daughters. I enjoy traveling- either to other places or to my back porch with some chips and queso!


Alexa M.


Hello! I am Alexa- your Springwood Montessori Chef!  I have been with Springwood Montessori for 5 years and have loved it!  I'm originally from Ecuador, but have lived in the US since 2000. In that time, I have gained 13 years of childcare experience.  
I love spending time with my husband of 20 years, and my children ages 19, 17 and 9 years old.  I adore working with children because they are filled with so much tenderness!  When I'm not working, I enjoy spending time outside walking or running and I also love to travel!


Marlen P.

Acorn Class- Lead Teacher

Hi!  My name is Marlen and I am your lead teacher for the Acorn classroom at Springwood Montessori.  I've been with Springwood for about 2 and a half years.  I originally worked with the primary age group in Apple class, but have come to find my passion with our babies in Acorn.  I enjoy working with the infants because I get to celebrate their victories every day, and help them to reach important first milestones. In my spare time, I enjoy watching a good action or mystery movie, and spending time with my husband and daughter.


Ta S.

Acorn Class- Assistant Teacher

Hello!  My name is Ta, and I'm one of your assistant teachers for the Acorn Classroom at Springwood Montessori.  Although I have worn many hats in my careers, I am enjoying working with the infants the best so far!  I have been with Springwood Montessori for a little over a year and am loving it!  I love being able to watch the babies grow and reach new milestones.  On the weekends, you'll find me spending time with my husband of 35 years, my grown girls, and my two granddaughters that are 3 years and 3 months old. I also love volunteering at my church and quilting.


Jaune J.

Acorn Class- Assistant Teacher

Hi!  I'm Jaune, one of your assistant teachers for Acorn Class.  I've been working for Springwood Montessori for about a year and a half.  Currently I am attending Lonestar College, pursuing a degree in psychology for counseling.  My goal is to become an Adolescent Counselor and an advocate for children.
I love watching the children grow and learn, and cherish the happy moments I get to share with them every day!  
On the weekends you will find me spending time with my family, especially my 2 year old Godson. (Being an aunt is the absolute best!) I also enjoy spending my weekends watching documentaries and reading. I also love to travel and learn about other cultures.


Hope G.

Peach Class- Lead Teacher

Hello! I'm Hope and I am your Peach Class Lead Teacher. This is my first year at Springwood but I have over 5 years of child care experience and I look forward to many more! I love working with children and watching them accomplish new milestones at their own pace, and seeing the joy in their face as they reach new goals. When I'm not working, I am spending time with my husband of 9 years and 2 year old daughter! We love spending time outside, swimming, visiting friends and going to church on Sundays! My daughter and I spend a lot of time coloring and singing- you might even see us jamming in the car to our favorite tunes!


Abigail H.

Peach Class- Assistant Teacher

Hey hey! I'm Abigail, your Peach class Assistant Teacher. I have been at Springwood for over a year and I love it! I love my class and all the kids in it- they are the sweetest! Working with Hope in the Peach room is always an adventure- we love singing and dancing and playing, but also watching them learn and grow and achieve new skills. Arts and Crafts are a hobby that I excel at and have truly found my calling! On the weekends, I spend time with my family and my church which I love attending. I'm currently attending Lone Star College and furthering my college career. If you ever need me, you'll find me in my favorite tye-dye shirt and favorite yellow Crocs!


Julie B.

Pecan Class- Lead Teacher
Montessori Certified

Good day! I'm Julie and I am your Pecan Class Lead Teacher! I have been with Springwood since the very beginning! With over 5 years of child care experience, children are my passion. I work very hard with my class to make sure they reach the highest of all their abilities and love them all for who they are. If I'm not at school, you can find me spending time with my daughter who is a med student at UT- Hook'em Horns! I also love attending church as often as possible and volunteering there as well. My church, my family, and my school are my life and my passion and I give all I have to them.


Zuleika O.

Pecan Class- Assistant Teacher

Hey there! I'm Zuleika, but you can call me Zuly, and I'm your Pecan Class Assistant Teacher. I've been with Springwood for almost a year and love everyone here! There is so much I love about working with children, but my favorite is seeing the excitement in them every day! It warms my heart and makes me truly appreciate the little things in life.  
When I'm not at Springwood, you may find me reading, fishing, volunteering at an animal shelter or of course spending time with my friends and family. I'm currently in school at the UT Health Science Center studying to be a pediatric nurse. Kids are my passion and I love working with them and teaching them!


Moira H.

Magnolia Class- Lead Teacher
Montessori Certified

Hi, I'm Moira and I am your Magnolia Class Lead Teacher. I have been with Springwood for over 4 years and I truly enjoy what I do. I have been Montessori Certified for over 5 years and came to Springwood shortly after it was first open. My favorite thing about working with the children is being able to teach them the Montessori method and watching them grow! On the weekends, I love spending time with my two daughters, watching tv, shopping with my family, relaxing, doing yard work or cooking different dishes for my family to try.   During the holidays, my family and I visit my parents in my native country- Sri Lanka! I enjoy all the people at Springwood and love all the children I teach. They are each different and unique and special to me in different ways.


Jazmin L.

Apple Class- Lead Teacher
Montessori Certified

Hi there!  I'm Jazmin and I'm your lead teacher for the Apple Class at Springwood Montessori.  I started at Springwood 5 years ago as full time floater.  I quickly fell in love with the Montessori concept and decided to persue a Montessori certification.  I have found my home and passion with the primary age group in Apple class and have been their Lead teacher for 2 years now.  I love that the Montessori concept is so transferable from the school environment to their everyday lives.  
When I'm not at work, I traveling and spending time with my husband and family.


Laura P.

Apple Class- Assistant Teacher

Hello!  My name is Laura and I'm an assistant teacher for your Apple Class.  I have been at Springwood for almost 2 years now and love every minute of it. My favorite part about working with the primary age group is helping them gain independance and watching them become their own person.   
When I'm not at work, you'll fid me practicing photography, reading a good thriller or spending time with my loved ones.
I am also a certified nurses assistant and a flabotomist.