It is the mission of Westminster Weekday Schools to provide a program for our students that allows them to be active learners and unique individuals. We believe in providing a developmentally appropriate learning environment that supports children’s initiatives to explore, investigate, observe, and experiment while allowing for appropriate risk taking within safe boundaries. In doing so, we strive to foster and create in our students a life-long love of learning.
Westminster Weekday Schools welcomes and serves children of all races, nationalities, and religious creeds, infants through pre-kindergarten age.
Westminster Weekday Schools is a ministry of Westminster United Methodist Church and has been in operation for almost 50 years. Our classes are for children nine months of age through pre-kindergarten. We believe in a play-based learning environment that supports children’s initiative to explore, investigate, observe, and experiment while allowing for appropriate risk taking within safe boundaries. We provide opportunities and experiences to develop the whole child – spiritually, cognitively, emotionally, physically, and socially.
Westminster Weekday Schools is licensed by the Texas DHHS with the Texas Child-Care Licensing office.
For the Children’s Day Out program (9 months-two years), the child/teacher ratio is 3-to-1 for the infant class and up to 6 to 1 for the two year old classes.
In the Dayschool (3 -5 years), the child/teacher ratio is 7-to-1 for the three year old classes and up to 8-to-1 for the older children.
Our teaching staff is highly qualified with at least two teachers per class. In order to provide the utmost in instruction and meet the individualized needs of each child, our child/teacher ratios are kept low.
All teachers participate in at least 24 hours of continuing education courses annually in order to stay current with early childhood education information and to improve their skills. Each year teachers and staff are trained in Child Abuse and Neglect, Shaken Baby Syndrome, and SIDS. All teachers and staff are certified in CPR, Infant CPR, and First Aid.
To provide the best support for our teachers and students a Child Development Coordinator and a Curriculum/Teacher Support Coordinator are on staff.
Talisha Fitzgerald grew up in Houston and attended all HISD schools, graduating from Evan E. Worthing High School. She then attended Sam Houston State University where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management. Upon graduation, Talisha began working for a Star of Hope Family Shelter in their onsite preschool; it is where her love and passion for teaching children began. She taught the Orange Fish and Green Gator classes, and was the WWDS Registrar before becoming Director. Talisha has been married to Ray for 15 years and they have three beautiful sons.
Ruthie Holguin has been with Westminster for 25 years. She has a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Houston. She taught in the classroom for four years, and was the CDO Curriculum Coordinator for nine years before becoming the Assistant Director. She has two sons and a daughter who are all WWDS graduates.