Meet the StaffYolanda LewisSupervisor/Parent EducatorYolanda Lewis is the Supervisor and parent educator for Parents as Teachers since 2014. She came to Wichita Falls from Florida where she taught 17 years of early child development and has over 20 years of experience in education. She has also served as a teacher and director of two child development centers.
Yolanda holds an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood, Bachelors in business Management/Elementary Education, and a Masters in Elementary Education. Above all, she has a passion for all things children.
Yolanda has strived to meet the challenges she faces in helping her students find many elements of success in their early school experience. As an absolute believer in effective communication, she listens, establishing continuous communication and rapport among her herself, children, and parents as well as the educators she supervises. She develops a nurturing environment for very young learners that involves enthusiasm, flexibility, and a willingness to change and adapt. Her positive attitude is infectious to all.
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
-Anne FrankNayna TorresClerkNayna Torres joined the Parents as Teachers team in 2014 as a Clerk. She attends to the incoming and outgoing calls, sets up appointments, and assists in the PAT community group connections. Nayna was born and raised right here in Wichita Falls, Texas. She is the former owner of Wichita County Research Service where she did background research in the Wichita County Court House. She also worked as a field representative for two different agencies. She has over five years of experience in clerical work, business, and research. She is both efficient and productive in her many talents.
Mrs. Torres has a passion for helping people of all diversities. The love and joy of helping others is what drives her to go above and beyond the call of duty. Her family and beliefs give her inspiration to do all things necessary to lend a helping hand. Parents as Teachers has given her the opportunity to reach more people in the community. Nayna says she is absolutely thrilled to be a part of this program whose main focus is helping good people to learn and grow for the benefit of themselves and their children.
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
– Winston Churchill
“It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings.”
-Ann LandersWendy DoughtenParent Educator
Wendy Doughten has been with WFISD since 1994 when she began teaching Kindergarten as certified teacher. After seven exciting years teaching Kindergarten, she moved to Head Start where she taught three and four year olds. She also worked as a Parent Involvement Coordinator and Site Facilitator. These wonderful experiences led Wendy to the privilege of working with the Parents as Teachers program. Wendy says that she is blessed and excited to be a part of the WFISD Parents as Teachers Team!
Ms. Doughten believes the best way to learn is through playing and having fun, which creates a love of learning. She has a heart to teach and guide people of all ages, helping parents learn ways to make life better for themselves and their families. Wendy also believes that the Parents as Teachers program will make a tremendous impact in the Wichita Falls community!
“They may not remember what you said or did, but they will always remember how you made them feel.”
“Parents are a child’s first and most important teacher!”
- Ran and Ramey
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that.”
-Martin Luther King Jr.Patricia BaggsParent EducatorPatricia Baggs is a certified Parents as Teacher educator who joined the PAT Program in August of 2014. She has over 35 years of experience in education within the Wichita Falls ISD serving as a teacher, Home School Coordinator, Campus Support Specialist, Principal and now Parent Educator. Mrs. Baggs holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Education as well as Administrative certification. She finds great joy in working with and helping parents and their young children.
Pat Baggs firmly believes that PAT (Parents as Teachers) is a program that can make a difference in the lives of the families she serves!
The proverb and quote below are two sayings she tries to live by.
“In teaching others, we teach ourselves.”
“To teach is to touch a life forever and no one can tell where your influence stops.”Janet ReeseParent EducatorJanet Reese has been in education for over 40 years. She began her career as a kindergarten teacher in Ohio. She and her family were transferred to Texas where she taught Early Childhood Special Education. She also spent 20 years at Region 9 Education Service Center as an Early Childhood Specialist.
Janet has two grown children and six grandchildren. She loves animals, the country side, and enjoys being outdoors. Some of her hobbies include gardening, walking, and bird watching.
Ms. Reese says that she is excited to now be a parent educator for Parents as Teachers. She loved working with families to help them prepare their children to be life long-learners and productive citizens.
“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened.”
-BuddhaNina ParkerParent EducatorIn April 2015, Nina Parker joined Parents as Teachers as an educator. She enjoys working with little ones and says that she feels blessed to have the opportunity to be with parents and their children in their home setting. Nina has taught pre-kindergarten and kindergarten for 21 years; the last 11 years were spent at Sheppard AFB Elementary where she was honored as Teacher of the Year in 2007 and 2013 and received the West Teaching Excellence Award in 2014.
Mrs. Parker received her Bachelor’s degree of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with an English major and an Early Childhood Endorsement. Over the years, she has served on the district’s English Language Arts kindergarten curriculum writing, Math textbook adoption, and Kindergarten report card revision committee.
Her joy in life is family-She and her husband have three grown children, two daughters-in-law, and two grandchildren.