Origins Learning Community

Our Training Team!

Our team is made up of registered trainers from the greater Houston community dedicated to supporting children, families and Early Childhood Educators. They generously volunteer and work for reduced rates as independent contractors for the organization. Without their help, we would not be able to serve children and the adults in their lives.

Regina Puckett

Volunteer Executive Director and Team Trainer

Regina Puckett is an Early Childhood Educator, Registered Trainer, Professional Development Specialist and Child Care Health Consultant in the state of Texas with over 30 years of experience in the field. Her biggest passion lies in helping other Educators and parents support children’s social and emotional development through mentoring. As a toddler and preschool teacher who taught many children diagnosed with a variety of special needs, including behavior disorders, she received guidance from professionals and was able to transform her classrooms into inclusive, peaceful learning communities.  She currently holds two Montessori diplomas, a TEFL-TESOL Elementary Level Certification, a Spirit Play certification, an Associates in Child Care Management, and a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education Administration. She lives with her husband of 20 years and 12 year-old son in Houston, Texas. Her favorite hobbies are gardening, cooking, and practicing piano.

Amy El-Rai Brown

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Team Trainer

Amy El-Rai Brown is an Early Childhood Educator and Registered Trainer in the state of Texas. She has been in the field of Early Childhood Education for 13 years. Her own experiences of owning a licensed family child care in her home and her Associates degree in Early Childhood Education make her a strong trainer and inspirational mentor to classroom teachers. She has dedicated hundreds of volunteer hours over the past year guiding and  tutoring Child Development Associates students and preparing trainings and training content for Origins Learning Community.  She has a passion for outdoor, nature-based learning as a tool to support children's development. She has acted as a passionate advocate for children's right to play and the importance of supporting children's social-emotional skills as the foundation of their development. We are so honored to have my as part of our team.

Jodi Woodring

Team Trainer

Jodi Woodring has worked in the field of Early Childhood Education for over 18 years and holds a Child Development Associates Credential. She is a Registered Trainer with the state of Texas known for her educational and fun trainings. She has been a phenomenal classroom teacher who understands how to implement play-based learning to support the children's development. This experience and talent has made her a strong mentor to classroom teachers. She has helped adults create beautiful learning environments, make stronger connections with children and feel pride in what they do. As a Child Development Associate trainer, she has worked and volunteered countless hours to train, mentor, and tutor teachers wanting to earn their CDA. Her own company, Journey with Jodi, inspires young children and their families to be creative and imaginative through dynamic storytelling and dramatic play. Journey with Jodi’s core belief is: “Just remember, children are not broken. They don’t need to be fixed. Our responsibility is to meet them where they are and to support them in learning life skills. It’s a journey for all of us” ~ Jodi. We are so blessed to have Jodi as part of our team.

Barbara Ann Mather

Team Trainer

Barbara Mather has been in the Education field for 20 years. She has worked in many different aspects of the education industry, from private childcare to public schools, to special needs programs. Fluent in American Sign Language, she has worked as a Sign Language Interpreter. As an Infant Teacher, she has been passionate about supporting the developmental needs of infants. In her role as a school district Behavior Support Specialist, she collaborated with and trained others on supporting children's social-emotional development and promoting pro-social behavior in children using functional behavioral assessments and behavior intervention plans. She currently works as a Curriculum Coordinator and Assistant Director for Kids R Kids Learning Academy in Stafford, Texas. She is a Registered Trainer with the state of Texas and very passionate about training the teachers who build the future from the ground up! She genuinely loves her work and educating others on the importance behind the education of young children. She lives with her husband and two children in Richmond, Texas. We are so privileged to have Barbara on our team!

Hemalatha Krishnamurti 

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Volunteer Research and Development Specialist

Hemalatha's bio is on it's way. Hang tight!

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How do you want to help?

If you are interested in volunteering or working in our community, please complete the contact form on the Contact page and someone will reach back out to you.

Wait, Wait, There's More to Come...

We are so thankful to our Board of Director's for all of their support. We are currently working on posting their pictures and bios to the website, so stay tuned!

 Thank You for Your Contribution!

A Heartwarming Thanks to Our Donors from the 2019-2020 Fiscal Year. Every penny you donated has been used to support classroom teaches and the children they serve. We are forever grateful.

  • Michael Palmer
  • Al Washburn
  • Hemalatha Krishnamurti 
  • Kelly Dafor
  • Chao-Ching Chen
  • Tatiana Cassenerio 
  • Evan Hiner and Prolaera Online Learning Platform
  • Regina Puckett
  • Jodi Woodring
  • Amy El-Rai Brown
  • Barbara Ann Mather