Oak Brook carefully selects staff from many applicants by using a two step interview process. References, FBI background checks, and fingerprinting are done prior to hiring. All teachers are required to have current CPR and First Aid certification. Teachers with less than 2 years of previous experience must complete a 24 hour pre-service training. All teachers are required to attend a minimum of 24 hours of additional training each year that is relevant to the age group they teach.
Monica Ivener - Director
Monica has her Texas State Director’s License and is married with two children. She has been working with children for over 20 years. She has worked in as a supervisor in a behavioral program for children with autism for many years. From there she taught preschool and Pre-K classes both in California and Texas, as well as ran her own licensed in-home child care for 3.5 years. Prior to becoming the Director in 2014 she was the Assistant Director at Oak Brook School for 5 years.
Tracie Riebschlager - Assistant Director
Tracie is married with 2 children. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in communication. She has been working in childcare since 2007 and has been at Oak Brook since 2010 in both our 3 and 4 year old programs. She joined our management team as the Office Administrator but is the Assistant Director since Dec 2015. She enjoys the best of both worlds in working in the office and getting to spend time in various classrooms every day.
- Tiny Tots
Ms. Tiffany - Tiny Tots
Hello, my name is Tiffany Keller! I have worked in childcare for almost 3 years, with ages ranging from infant to school age. My passion is to work with young children as I am currently enrolled to be a pediatric radiologist. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time at home with my friends and family. I look forward to meeting each of your child’s faces as they start their Oak Brook journey in my class!
Ms. Dynastee - Tiny Tots
Hello all! My name is Dynastee Cain and I happy to be part of Oak Brook! I am from California but was raised in Dallas. I attended school and played soccer at the University of Texas at El Paso for 2 years before having my beautiful baby boy, Cain. I am currently going to school and playing soccer for Richland College. I enjoy being around kids and I’m very excited to be a part of the development of bright young minds.
- Little Tykes
Ms. Melony - Little Tykes
My name is Melony Neal. My family consists of my husband Ricky Sr., my three children Corrissa, Rick Jr, and Brittany, and my first grandchild Aariah. I have been married for 42 years. I enjoy singing with my Mom and sister in a church gospel group. I also love to cook, collect candles, western items, angels, and to take pictures. I love to stay busy! I have been in child care for over 27 years and love what I do. I have been teaching toddlers for a long time, they give me lots of love and joy. It has been a blessing to be here at Oak Brook with them for the past 16 years. I look forward to being a role model for your children.
Ms. Veronica - Little Tykes
My name is Veronica Hudson. I moved from San Angelo, Texas to the Dallas Metroplex in June 2015. My mother and I really wanted to be closer to the rest of our family. I have three brothers and two sisters, I also have four nieces and nephews whom I enjoy spending time doing fun things with. I have been in childcare for over 10 years. I have always enjoyed working with children, I especially love to see them blossom. I love to read, watch movies and collect snow globes. I look forward to working with your child.
Ms. Lynette - Little Tykes
Hello parents and students of Little Tykes. My name is Lynette Magill. I am married and have 4 kids, 2 of my own and 2 stepsons. I also have 2 grandchildren!! I love to do puzzles and word searches. I worked in childcare for 20 years before I took some time off. I have been with Oak Brook since early 2018 and am so excited to be working with the Little Tykes. I look forward to working with your child and watching them grow and develop.
- Early Learners
Ms. Britt - Early Learners
Hello students and parents in Early Learners! My name is Britt Cortez and I am happy to be a part of the Oak Brook team as a teacher in your child’s class! I started teaching in 2012 and have enjoyed every moment since! I am originally from West Texas and moved to the Dallas area 5 years ago. I am married with two beautiful kids; Samuel and Audrey. I enjoy spending time with family, or a good book and my favorite color is glitter! I look forward to working with and getting to know your child and yourself each day!
Ms. Katy - Early Learners
Hi! My name is Katy Williams Hairston or Mrs. Katy. I have 4 wonderful children and one amazing granddaughter. I am coming to Oak Brook with almost 10 years of experience in child care. I have worked with Infants all the way through Pre-K. This is what I was made to do. I believe that as early educators we are setting the foundation for a lifetime of learning and emotional well-being. I am very excited to share my knowledge and experience with your child and to learn new things from them as well. I look forward to meeting each of you and can’t wait to see what Oak Brook has in store for all of us.
Ms. Elexius - Early Learners
Hello parents of Early Learners. My name is Elexius Robinson. I am 24 years old and have a 2-year-old daughter named Lilah Snow White. My favorite color is pink, I enjoy hunting down a good bargain and enjoy sewing clothes for myself. I’ve always loved children and have been working with them for over 2 years. I have been at Oak Brook in the 3-year-old room since the start of 2018 and love watching them grow and learn new things every day. I look forward to working with you and your child this year.
Ms. Audrey - Preschool
My name is Audrey Tucker and I am so excited to be the lead teacher for the Preschool Penguins! I was born and raised in Texas (Dallas and Athens); I attended Tyler Junior College where I earned my Associate Degree in General Studies. After TJC, I moved to Mississippi where I later earned my Bachelor Degree in Biblical Studies (youth and children’s ministry) and met my wonderful husband. After five years of marriage, we have a smart and handsome two year old little boy named William. After almost a decade living in Mississippi, my family and I moved back to Texas for my husband’s job in early July of this year. We have been blessed to find such a wonderful school to mentor my son’s growth as well as a positive and uplifting work atmosphere for myself. I enjoy spending time with my family and the Mississippi State University Bulldogs (Go DAWGS!!!), swimming, Dr. Pepper and anything milk chocolate. I look forward to partnering with you to teach your whole child (academically, socially, and emotionally) and to help them on their way to becoming life-long learners.
Ms. Lexi - Preschool
Hello Preschool parents! My name is Lexi Mills. I am currently a student at Stephen F. Austin State University majoring in Elementary Education. During my time at SFA, I have worked in multiple classrooms with various age groups. I have wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember. I grew up right here in Murphy and was part of the first inaugural class at Boggess Elementary School. I love to spend time with my family and friends, go to concerts, travel, watch movies and baseball. I have loved getting to learn about your children and look forward to watching them grow throughout our time together.
Ms. Vera - Pre-K
Hello Oak Brook families. My name is Vera Wagner. I have been a Pre-Kindergarten teacher at Oak Brook for 15 years. I have been teaching for over 20 years now with all age groups from infants to pre-teens. I have been married for 29 years and have 3 children myself, ranging from 27 years to 18 years old. I enjoy the challenge and joy of teaching young children.
Ms. Taylor - Pre-K
My name is Ms. Taylor; I work in the Pre-Kindergarten room with Ms. Vera. I have been working in childcare for almost 8 years and have worked with everything from infants to schoolers! I was born in Nashville, TN and raised here in Texas, so I enjoy country music! I don’t have any children, but hope to someday. I am excited to soon be getting married to my fiancé, Kenneth. I’m full of love and smiles and working with children makes me the happiest. I’m very excited to begin this learning journey with your child.
- Kindergarten Jumpstart
Ms. Keshia - Kindergarten Jumpstart
Hello parents and students starting Kindergarten JumpStart!! My name is LaKeshia Lowe. I am the lead teacher for this wonderful class. I moved from Manassas, VA to the Dallas Metroplex about 15 years ago. I am very family oriented and have two boys, my oldest is 18 and my baby is 11. I have been at Oak Brook for 13 years. I am a fun and loving person and enjoy working with children. I look forward to working with your child and having an excellent year, including a lot of fun in our Kindergarten JumpStart class.
Ms. Candice - Kindergarten Jumpstart
My name is Candice Williams. I was born and raised in a small town called Hollandale, Mississippi. I attended Alcorn State University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development. I have been working with children for 10 years and have been at Oak Brook since December of 2014. I enjoy providing an educational, nurturing and safe environment for children to grow. I look forward to exploring new things with your child this year.
- After School
Nathan Gee - After School Coordinator
Mr. Nathan has had the privilege of working with children for 22 years. He has held positions as a kindergarten assistant, preschool teacher, after school teacher, summer coordinator, and an office assistant at his previous child care facility. Watching students learn new skills, ideas, and being able to be a part of their schooling is a passion of his. Although he doesn’t yet have children of his own, Mr. Nathan refers to the children he works with as “his kids”.
Chef Karen - Chef
Ms. Karen has worked in the food/restaurant/retail industry for over 30 years. Before joining Oak Brook School, she worked on the Food Service side at a local college. Chef Karen has a vast experience preparing meals for a large group of people. She also is a pretty awesome pastry chef! Karen has experience in formal and special events catering which is great for when we have celebrations and festivities at the school.
Ms. Karen was awarded The President's Award while working for Marriott Hotels in recognition of outstanding service. Karen is just a high energy, super competent chef who is also a natural with children. We are so blessed to have her as part of our Oak Brook family!