Our Team

The Heart and Soul of Springwood

Han Tran

Owner & Operator

Hello! I'm Han and I am the General Manager our great school, Springwood Montessori! I took over operations and ownership of the school in 2019 and have enjoyed it since day one! I have a Bachelors Degree in Architecture and a Masters Degree in Buisness Adminstration with 10 years experience in both fields. I was raised in Vietnam but came to Texas years ago and love it! My absolute favorite thing about Texas is the bar-be-que- pass the steak! I have a five year old son who inspired me to pursue Montessori education and schools. When I'm not at Springwood, I enjoy traveling as well as spending time with my family. The team at Springwood are so amazing and make everyday day seem like a day with friends instead of working.

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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 24 years now, with the past 12 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 25 years, and we have two grown children- with our first granddaughter on the way March 2022! I am super excited to be a grandma!

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Erika Spannagel

Administrator

Hi! I'm Erika, your Springwood Montessori Assistant Director. I've been with the school since 2018 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 5 years and my two daughters. I enjoy traveling- either to other places or to my back porch with some chips and queso!

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Alexa M.

Chef

Hello! I am Alexa- your Springwood Montessori Chef!  I have been with Springwood Montessori since 2015 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!

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Ta S.

Acorn Class- Lead Teacher

Hello!  My name is Ta, and I'm the Acorn Class Lead Teacher at Springwood Montessori, and have been here since 2019.  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 4 years and 1 year old. I also love volunteering at my church and quilting.

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Myra P.

Acorn Class - Assistant Teacher

Hi, I'm Myra and I'm your Acorn Class Assistant Teacher! Although I have only been in the childcare industry a short time, I feel like I have truly found my passion!  One of my favorite things about working with the 2 year old's is watching them learn how to pretend with their friends. I also love how open the kids are to learning new things. 
When I'm not at work, I most enjoy spending time with my 3 year old daughter and my family. We absolutely love to go shopping, or just hang out at home and have dance parties :)  After I tuck her in at night, and I get some down time, that's when you'll find me crocheting nice big blankets!

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Hope G.

Peach Class- Lead Teacher

Hi there- Mrs. Hope here! I am the Peach Class Lead Teacher and I love it! I have over 5 years of childcare experience and am currently preparing to get my Montessori certification for 1 to 2 year olds. When I'm not working with kids at work, I am at home spending time with my family including my two daughters! I love going to church as well as eating out with my family! My favorite food is CiCi's Pizza cinnamon rolls- yum!

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Aurora C.

Peach Class- Assistant Teacher

Hey there, I'm Aurora and I am your Peach Class Assistant Teacher! I have many years of childcare experience and thoroughly enjoy working with kids of any age. I started at Springwood after my daughter attended here and now I love it just as much as she does! When I'm not at work, I love spending time with my two girls going on trips, having movie nights or going shopping! I love being a teacher but I really love being a mommy!

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Madison H.

Afternoon Assistant Teacher

Hi there, I'm Madison and I am a Peach/ Pecan Afternoon Assistant Teacher. I have been working with children but this is my first childcare setting. I am currently enrolled in Lonestar and pursuing my AA. I enjoy working with kids and teaching them- before Springwood I was a part time nanny! I enjoy thrifting and as well as spending time with my friends and family.

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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 2015.  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.

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Valeria L.

Pecan Class- Assistant Teacher

Hi, I'm Valeria and I am your Pecan Class Assistant Teacher! I have been in childcare for a fair amount of time and truly enjoy working with kiddos! When I'm not in the classroom, I enjoy binge watching a good tv show or visiting my boyfriend in Seattle. I have a good friend here at Springwood- Mrs. Shelly! She and I worked together at a previous school and are now together again at Springwood! I love spending time with my friends at a good restaurant, just relaxing and hanging out.

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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 since 2016, 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.

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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 in 2015 as full time floater.  I quickly fell in love with the Montessori concept and decided to pursue 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 3 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.

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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 since 2019, and love every minute of it. My favorite part about working with the primary age group is helping them gain independence 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 phlebotomist.

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