Meet the Team

This is a little description area about the staff at Central Faith. We are more than just our teachers. Everyone on our staff plays a vital role in making sure your children are safe, happy, educated and cared for. Take a minute to get to know a bit about who we are and why we love to do what we do!

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Linda Taft
Executive Director

Linda has been the the early childhood education field since 1997.  Previously she worked in the financial industry for 14 years. She has held leadership roles with Parent Teacher Organizations, Aggie Moms Club, Hermann Sons Life Group, and Young Farmers.  Linda is married to Paul Taft, they have four grown children and two grandchildren. She has been with Central Faith since 2010.

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Courtney McCormick
Admissions Director

Courtney has been in early childhood education since 2008.  She began her career with Central Faith in January 2009. Courtney holds a Child Development Associates Credential from MCC.  She completed the director credential course and  graduated from Taking Charge of Change.  Courtney is married with two sons and a daughter.

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Katy van der Merwe

Katy is our Compliance Director.  She graduated from Texas Woman’s University with a degree in Child Development and she has experience working in a child care center as well as being a director.

Katy is a recently married and new to the Waco area.

Norma Nunez

Norma is our Admissions Director. She has been in child care since 2003 and with Central Faith since 2011.  Norma holds a Child Development Associates Credential from MCC and graduated from the child care directors Taking Charge of Change program. Norma was our Employee of the Month in July 2016 and Employee of the Year in 2018.

Emily Pravel

Emily is from Waco.  She joined the Central Faith family after graduation in 2016.  She began as an assistant teacher, was promoted to lead teacher, master teacher/trainer, area supervisor and now is an Area Director.

Emily completed the course work to be a licensed director.

Ashley Greany

Ashley has been in child care since 2010.  She has been with Central Faith since 2015.  She holds a degree in Inter-generational Care.  Ashley is the Nutrition Director for Central Faith.  Ashley was our Employee of the Month in February 2016.

Lisa Sterner

Lisa is our Infant Department Director.  Lisa is from the Waco area.  She was previously a teacher, master teacher, and area supervisor before being promoted.  She has been in child care since 2002. Lisa has eight children.  She is involved with her church and numerous volunteer organizations.

Laci Burk

Laci is an opening teacher in the infant department and a Master Trainer.  She has been with Central Faith since 2012.  She holds a Child Development Associate Credential.  Laci was selected as the Employee of the Month February 2017.

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Siyin Vaughn

Siyin is a teacher our infant department.  She holds an associate of arts in teaching from MCC.  She has been with Central Faith since 2018.   She is married with one child that attends our school.

Erica Galindo

Erica has been with Central Faith since 2017. She has worked with children the past five years .  She is married with four children of her own.  She is a very kind, caring person.  Erica is a Lead Teacher in infant department.

Renee Roberts

Renee graduated from Connally High School in Waco,  Texas.  She moved to Tennessee, but has grown children in the Waco area and moved here to be closer to them.   She began her career in with Central Faith in 2017. Renee is a very caring person.  Our school is blessed with her pleasant smile and friendly disposition.

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Sandra Bell

Sandra  is a Lead Teacher in the infant department.  She has been in child care since 2003 and with Central Faith since 2017.

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Yolanda Pevia

Yoldanda is a teacher in our infant area.   She graduated from MCC  and holds a Child Development Associates degree.   She has been with Central Faith since 2017.

Sherri Adams

Sherri is an opening lead teacher in the Toddler Department.  She worked in retail for over 20 years then began her career in early childhood education with  Central Faith in January 2009.  Sherri was selected by her peers as Employee of the Month in September 2016.

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Emily Orner

Emily is the opening teacher in the older toddler class. Emily joined the Central Faith family in 2018.

Kim Cheney

Kim has been in the field of early childhood education since 2002.  She has been part of the Central Faith Family since 2008.  Kim is very reliable and is an opening teacher in the older infant classroom.  Kim was selected as the Employee of the Month in July 2017.

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Sierra Branam

Sierra is a lead teacher in our older infant/toddler classroom.  She has been with Central Faith since 2018.

Lajuan Douglas

Lajuan has been with Central Faith since it opened in 2007.  She has held numerous positions.  She is currently a Master Teacher/Trainer in the toddler area.  She is married with children and grandchildren.

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Jordan Taylor

Jordan is a teacher in the toddler area.  She has been with Central Faith since 2018.

Rosalinda Reyes

Rosalinda began her career with Central Faith in January 2012 as an opening teacher for the older twos department.  She has been an early childhood educator since 2006.  She was selected as the employee of the month in December of 2014.

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Aeryn King

Aeryn is the Lead Teacher in our Seahorse Classroom. She has been with Central Faith since 2018.  She is currently attending Tarleton University for a degree in education.

Maria Valencia

Maria began her career in early childhood education in 2008.  She joined the Central Faith family in 2013.   Maria is a Lead Teacher in the younger twos area.  Maria was the employee of the month in March 2015.

Shanbra Olvera

Shanbra joined the Central Faith family in 2017. She has been in childcare since 2012.  Shanbra is the lead teacher in the Starfish classroom.

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Annette Meador

Annette  joined the Central Faith family in 2016. She had 2 years of previous child care experience.  She is the Lead Teacher in the Turtle Classroom.  Her peers selected her as the Employee of the Month in December 2016.

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Dr. Gail Copeland

Gail is one of our preschool teachers.  She graduated from Baylor University and from seminary. She is a retired public school teacher and has been working with children since 1974.    She has been with Central Faith since 2017.

Shalonda Edwards

Shalonda is the Texas School Ready teacher in one of our Preschool classrooms.  She began her career in early childhood education at Central Faith in 2009.

Terry Gonzales

Terry is a teacher in our preschool.  She has numerous years of experience. Terry joined the Central Faith Family in June 2016.

Kaylyn Pass

Kaylyn completed the 3 year Texas School Ready Project and served as our curriculum specialist before requesting to go back into the classroom.  She is now one of our preschool teachers.  She was our employee of the year. She has been with Central Faith since 2012.

Tina Hernandez

Tina is our Pre K teacher.  She is in her third year of the Texas School Ready program.  She attended Baylor University.  Tina joined the Central family in 2014.  She was selected as the employee of the month in July by her peers.

Kerica Scott

Kerica has been in child care since 2006.  She has been with Central Faith since 2010.  She was selected as the Employee of the Month in May.