Child Care Center

Our Faculty

Roonu Rizavi - Executive Director

Roonu Rizavi - Executive Director

Roonu is the founding Director and active administrator of Willow Bend Learning Center since it's inception in 1999. She has a Bachelor's degree in Biology and Chemistry, and a Master's degree in English Literature. She is also trained and certified by the American Montessori Society. Apart from her own two, Roonu has a long association with children. She has taught Science, Math and English to middle school students and has been the Assistant Principal at an Elementary School.  She is involved in each and every aspect of the school, however, curriculum development and enhancement is her passion.

Originally from India, Roonu has lived in Plano with her family for over 25 years. Her daughter Alyssa, a graduate from Saint Louis University, is an ESL teacher in Madrid. Her son Arthur is a senior at University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business.

 

Lee Ann Begis - Curriculum

Lee Ann Begis - Curriculum

Lee Ann is the mastermind behind developing the innovative blendedl curriculum of Willow Bend. Lee Ann has a Bachelor's degree in Marketing Education and a Master's degree in Secondary Education. Lee Ann has been involved in curriculum development and implementation for several years. She has been in the child development field for a long time, working as the associate director of Tutor Time, and is currently working for Plano West Senior High as a Family Consumer Science and Marketing Teacher.

Lee Ann, along with her husband David, and two children Ashlee, 19, and Brandon, 16, has been a Plano resident for over 20 years.

 

Neke Swanson - Program Director

Neke Swanson - Program Director

Neke is the Program Director at Willow Bend. She has a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Development, and brings with her over 25 years of administrative expertise in childcare management as well as hands-on teaching experience with toddlers, preschoolers and special-needs children. As the Program Director, Neke is committed to maintaining Willow Bend's reputation as one of the top most preschools in North Texas. Among her multitude of responsibilities, exceeding standards is her top priority, as is evident in the facility's A+ compliance history with the Department of Childcare Licensing, a high honor that very few other institutions can boast of.

Neke is a true-blue Texan and lives in Plano with her son Tristan, 19, while her daughter Okoye, 25, an occupational therapist, lives in Nashville.

 

Betty Benard - Safety Standards (Team Leader)

Betty Benard - Safety Standards

Betty is the senior-most member of our Staff, and has seen Willow Bend go through all of its teething pains to achieve the reputation and accolades of excellence that it enjoys today. Ms. Betty can be seen all over the Center, diligently ensuring that all safety standards are being met, followed and exceeded. She is also the Infant Team Leader, and is responsible for implementing and maintaining all standards relating to infants six weeks through 18 months old, and keeping everyone else on their toes! Hundreds of students have passed through her classes, and they come back to see her all the time. Needless to add, she enjoys the extreme confidence of parents.

Ms. Betty is a long time Plano resident, along with her children and grandchildren.

 

Amy Murphy - Teacher Training

Amy Murphy - Teacher Training

Amy is our amazing Teacher Trainer, and has been with Willow Bend for over 7 years. Her responsibilities include curriculum implementation, classroom management, and professional development. With her boundless energy and enthusiasm, Amy motivates the staff to follow the 'Willow Bend' way, guiding them to deal with a variety of classroom management situations, while ensuring that the children are always on target for their individual learning goals. 

The multi-talented Amy is a speaker, author, and a singer with a beautiful voice.  She lives in Plano with her husband Doc.

 

Janine Kenngott - Curriculum Coordinator

Janine Kenngott - Curriculum Coordinator

Janine is the Curriculum Coordinator, responsible for customizing the curriculum, adding theme specific extras, creating age-appropriate and theme appropriate work sheets, creating mouth watering cooking projects, and interesting science experiments. 

 

Teachers

Our teachers go through a tough selection process, and several criteria are evaluated, like education, qualification, experience, certification, references, classroom management skills, and interaction with children. The staff of WBLC has a commitment to excellence, and more than 50% of our teachers have been with us for over 2-10 years. They are experienced, trained, and dedicated to promoting an environment filled with learning and fun. We boast some of the lowest teacher child ratios in the industry.

Location|Phone:

3900 West Park Blvd Plano, Texas 75075
(972) 867-1871
(972) 964-7097 - fax

Hours: Monday - Friday;
From 7:00 am-6:15 pm

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