We are honored that you trust our staff to provide a safe, loving, and rich foundation for your child. We look forward to getting to know each child as we grow together in these early years. Each day will be filled with fun and exciting adventures to help your child develop spiritually, academically, and socially. We will set the stage for each child to build self-confidence while achieving educational and social success. Our goal is for the children to be confident, joyful learners.

The Climbing Tree Admin Team

Laura Hickey
Center Director

My name is Laura Hickey and I am the center director at The Climbing Tree. I have a passion for teaching and guiding children, a heart for families, and a strong relationship with Christ. I have experience as a teacher, curriculum/education specialist, assistant director, and director to bring with me to the position. I have had the privilege of working in the early childhood education field since 1991, as well as the joy of being a mother to my three precious children. I have a BS in Education from The University of Texas in Austin and hold two lifetime teaching certificates, in English and Biology. I obtained my Child Care Director’s License in January of 2006.  I am proud to be a part of the Christ Church school family and have been since 2006. I am honored to partner with the pastors and ministry teams of Christ Church, as well as our staff and families, to expand our vision for our schools and children. My goal is to provide a positive and high quality early childhood education and experience for each child (socially, emotionally, cognitively, and spiritually) in a Christian environment.  The Woodlands has been home to me since 1979; this is an amazing community to raise children and I’m looking forward to our partnership in growing yours!

My name is Jennifer Felhauer and I am the Business & HR Director for the Children’s Education Center, Christ Church United Methodist. I have been employed with the Children’s Education Center since August 2015 and in my current role since July of 2017. I am originally from Baltimore, Maryland and moved to Houston in June of 2015 for my husband’s employment. My background has been in Business Management, Mental Health as well as Medical Billing. I was a Practice Administrator for an Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment Center for nineteen years and transitioned to the Financial Reconciliation Supervision for Medstar Health, a large medical conglomerate in the Mid-Atlantic for four years before making the move to Houston.  I am happily married with an adult daughter, an adult son and a middle school aged son. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, cooking, and flying back home occasionally to spend time with my enormous Italian family. I feel blessed to be a part of the Children’s Education Center and Christ Church United Methodist. I adore my co-workers, the families and especially the sweet children. I enjoy working with the families and value the relationships I have built here and continue to develop. If you get the opportunity please stop by and say hello.

Jennifer Felhauer
Business Director

Amber Harmon –  Administrative Assistant

My name is Amber Harmon and I am the opening administrative assistant at The Climbing Tree. I began teaching at TCT in 2005 with a dual role as curriculum specialist, and became part of the administrative team in May of 2017. I have many years of experience in childcare teaching various age groups and hold an associates in Child Development. Working with children is such a blessing; it brings joy to my life. I’ve been married to a wonderful man, Jake, since 2006. We have an 8 year old son and he is the center of our universe. Every moment I spend with my family is cherished. Outside of the classroom I spend a lot of time in Mapleton, TX where my husband and I own land. My hobbies consist of reading, baking, and craft projects. I love being outdoors whether it be riding four wheelers, hunting, fishing, or just enjoying nature with my family.

My name is Bonnie O’Dell and I am the closing administrative assistant at The Climbing Tree. My work experience includes management, business, and project coordinator. I am a strong proponent of customer service and feel it is a key component in relationships within a successful business. I strive to make it my number one priority. I have been married to my best friend, Mike, for six great years. Together we enjoy camping, fishing, and riding our Side by Sides up in the mountains. I have three amazing children and a precious grandson. I look forward to partnering with each family and am excited for the opportunity to work at this wonderful school.

Bonnie O’Dell – Administrative Assistant

Wendy Bygate
Administrative Assistant

My name is Wendy Bygate and I am the closing administrative assistant at The Climbing Tree with a specialization in classroom and curriculum. I began teaching in 2005 and obtained my Child Development Associates Credential at Indian River State College in Stuart, Florida. I have been a lead teacher in the 3’s, 4’s and the Transition Class. I was born and raised in South Africa where  I married my high school sweetheart  and moved to  Stuart Florida in 1999 . in 2015 we moved to The Woodlands Texas. Both of our children attended The Woodlands High School. My daughter graduated in 2018 and attends Texas A&M  Corpus Christi where she will graduate in May of 2021 with a degree in geology . My son is a sophomore at the Woodland High School; he is an avid angler and is a member of The Woodlands Bass Fishing Team where I serve on the board. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, traveling and spending time with my family. I look forward to building a relationship with our families.

Christ Church Preschool Admin Team

My name is Roxanne Wheless, the center director of Christ Church Preschool. I have had the privilege of working with children and families since 2003 in childhood development. I am honored to be a part of Christ Church United Methodist and the Children’s Education Center, where I began my journey in August 2014. My passion is ensuring the best care for each individual child, and building relationships with families, as well as the staff. I have my director’s license as well as my Child Development Associates (CDA). I am thrilled to partner with each of our families and teachers to be the best preschool possible.  

I was born and raised in the Houston area, and I reside in Magnolia with my husband and three children. It is invaluable to be a part of this thriving community leading the children of our future.
My name is Shonda Snyder, and I am the administrative assistant for Christ Church Preschool. I started working at CCP in April of 2017. I have been working with children as long as I can remember, but only professionally since 2014. My experience ranges from being an assistant teacher to an assistant director. I am blessed to be a part of such an amazing program!

Some fun facts about me: I have been married to my husband for 8 years, and we have 2 children who mean the world to us. We have a 9 year old son, and a 4 year old daughter who attends Christ Church Preschool. As both a parent and staff member, I can truly say I love being a part of CCP! My favorite thing to do is hang out with our extended family! We’re always eating, playing games, and just having fun making memories. I love to bake and reading (when I get the chance.) I also enjoy all things outdoors, but I love to be around water – the beach, the lake, the pool, you name it!

Ms. Shonda

Music & Movement   

Ms. Lizzy

Ms. Jessica

Ms. Lawanna