Mrs. Debbie Santowski ~ Director
Mrs. Debbie has been the Director of Little Angels Preschool since it's beginning in 2002. She graduated with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of North Texas with a First Minor in Psychology and a Second Minor in Spanish/ Sign Language. She has been in the field of Early Childhood Education since 1991 where she started as a classroom teacher, After School Program Director, Curriculum Coordinator and Assistant Director. Mrs. Debbie is married to her husband Greg and they have two children. Besides her family and her faith, Mrs. Debbie also has a great love for God's young children and animals.
Mrs. JoAnn Heredia ~ Assistant Director/ Lead Three Year Old Teacher
Mrs. JoAnn studied Early Childhood Education and has over 350 hours of training in addition to over 20 years of experience working with young children. She has been Assistant Director for our preschool and also teaches Spanish. She and her husband Ruben are parishioners of St. Gabriel and they have 2 sons. The most amazing part of being a preschool teacher for Mrs. JoAnn is being a part of such an important stage of development. She says playing a positive role in a child's life brings great joy to her. Mrs. JoAnn joined our preschool family in 2004.
Mrs. Eleanor Forbes ~ Lead Transitional Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Eleanor graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Elementary Education and then taught first grade for six years. She married her husband Matt and they have two children. After staying home with her children Mrs. Eleanor was a Kindergarten teacher here in McKinney before she joined our preschool family in August 2015. What excites her most about being a teacher is watching her students grow and become confident and independent learners.
Mrs. JonAnn Rowen ~ Assistant Transitional Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. JonAnn has 20 years of teaching in preschool and was a substitute teacher for McKinney ISD as well. She is from Louisiana and enjoys going home to visit her family. Mrs. JonAnn is married to her husband Danny and has two adult children who are both nurses. Mrs. JonAnn says she cherishes teaching preschoolers and is amazed at much they can learn. The students always bring a smile to her face! Mrs. JonAnn joined our preschool family in 2004.
Mrs. Michelle Acker ~ Lead Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Michelle grew up in the Texas panhandle and earned her degree in Elementary Education from West Texas A & M University. She has been teaching preschool since 2004. Her and her husband Rex are parishioners of St. Gabriel and they have two daughters. Mrs. Michelle is very good at allowing the children to have hands-on learning experiences in the classroom. She says she is excited to a part of such an awesome preschool! Mrs. Michelle joined our preschool family in 2014.
Mrs. Mary Lee Fritts ~ Lead Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Mary Lee joins our program with a Master's degree in Education from the University of Virgina and has over 25 years teaching experience in Pre-Kindergarten through Third grade. She has four grown children of her own and is married to her husband Steve. They are parishioners here at St. Gabriel. Mrs. Mary Lee says she loves teaching the little ones and enjoys their enthusiasm and the sparkle in their eyes when they learn something new!
Mrs. Maria Kowaleski ~ Assistant Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Maria graduated from St. John's University with a degree in Psychology but has always been drawn to education. She has been teaching for 16 years and is really passionate about her Catholic faith. She is married to her husband Chris and they have 6 sons and one grandson. Two of their sons are serving in the US Army and another one is in the US Coast Guard and she is very proud of all of her children. Mrs. Maria says she loves teaching preschool because of all the hugs, love and laughter every day! Mrs. Maria joined our preschool family in 2013.
Mrs. Diana Galvan ~ Lead Three Year Old Teacher
We are so happy to have Mrs. Diana at our school! She earned a Bachelors degree in Public Accounting from the university in Mexico and is bilingual. She and her husband, Jose, have 3 teenage children. Mrs. Diana also volunteered for three years at the Shanghai Community International School in China! She loves working with little children because she likes how quickly they learn and she feels blessed to be working at our school. She has a lot of patience to work with our youngest angels!
Ms. Catie Santowski ~ Assistant Three Year Old Teacher
Ms.Catie is student at Collin College and is studying to get her Associates Degree in Education and then plans to finish her Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education at the University of North Texas. Catie brings a great love of young children, energy and enthusiasm to our program. We feel blessed to have her in our school!
Mrs. Rosie Weber ~ Assistant Three Year Old Teacher
Mrs. Rosie graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations from Georgia State University and is bilingual. During her college years she was on the swim team! She has over 20 years of preschool experience and is a great Assistant Teacher. Mrs. Rosie and her husband Mark attend St. Gabriel's and have three grown children in college. She says she loves the joy and happiness of being around young children. Mrs. Rosie joined our preschool family in 2005.