Meet Our Team

Our wonderful staff is dedicated to the children of Sammy's House. All of our staff are highly trained teachers and caretakers.

Isabel Huerta

Executive Director

Isabel, founder of Sammy’s House, created a child development center out of her home in 1999. She has a background in Chemistry, Botany, and Child Development.

Lindsay Weeks

Curriculum Coordinator/Interim Program Director

Lindsay holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Texas State University. As our Curriculum Coordinator, she develops enrichment programs such as ‘Giving to Experience Education’, a science program that teaches nature concepts to young children.

Liz Rosales

Early Childhood Educator

Liz holds a Bachelor of Arts in Occupational Therapy, and has been with Sammy’s House for 10 years. She teaches in our Toddler 1 classroom and has extensive experience in caring for children who are medically fragile.

Stacey Paredez

Administrative Assistant

Stacy is a Certified Medical Assistant working on her Associates Degree in Child Development. As an administrative assistant, Stacy provides support to the Program and Executive Director, while handling daily administrative tasks and assisting Development efforts. Stacey also coordinates and oversees our inclusive Summer Camp Program. “Sammy’s House has given me the opportunity to combine…

Brittney Weir

Early Childhood Educator

Brittney is pursuing a Child Development Associates, and has 2 years at Sammy’s House.

Kimeko Hill

Early Childhood Educator

Miss Kimeko teaches in our infant classroom and has over 10 years experience with children and 1 year at Sammy’s House.

John Castro

Respite Program Coordinator

John is Sammy’s House’s Respite Program Coordinator and the brains behind our Inclusive Teen Summer Camp. He works with the Executive Director to coordinate off-site educational activities and field trips. In addition to our Saturday Respite Program, John recently launched a Friday night Respite Program to minimize family stress and maximize learning and play for…

Amanda Castro

Respite Program Early Childhood Educator

Amanda is our Respite Program Coordinator.

Nicole Vinton

Development Director

Nicole has a BPA in Public Administration with a focus on Nonprofit Management from Texas State University and a Grant Writing Certificate from Austin Community College’s Center for Nonprofit Studies. As the Development Director, Nicole cultivates donors, coordinates fundraisers and connects with the community to spread the message of inclusion, diversity and the value of…

Will Foley

Early Childhood Educator

Will holds an Associates Degree in Child Development and teaches in our After School Program. He has years of experience working with individuals with special needs at the Austin State School and as an Early Childhood Educator.

Marylou Mendoza

Early Childhood Educator

Marylou teaches in our Toddler 2 classroom. She is passionate about children and education and is a dedicated volunteer at a variety of nonprofit organizations, such as College Forward, CureSearch and the Special Olympics.

Amanda Martin

Early Childhood Educator

Amanda holds a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of North Texas. She teaches in our Toddler 2 classroom and is an experienced case manager and child mentor.

Cheyenne Simas

Early Childhood Educator

Cheyenne provides care to our infants with and without special needs. She is currently studying pre-medicine and has 5 years of experience working with children.