Meet the JPS STaff

We love our amazing staff and they are what makes JPS the special place that it is! 

All of our staff are CPR certified and are required to take 24 hours of Early Childhood training each year. 

  • Prek 4 - Ms. Marcie

    Born and raised in Harlingen; married 20 years to a wonderful husband; blessed to be part of a blended family. Mother of 4 girls (all over 23 years old) and one son (16 years old). 

    I am a member of Livingway Family Church in Harlingen. I enjoy serving in the welcoming ministry.


    Child Care giver for 15 years. I have been happily employed at JPS since 2010.

    What I most like about being employed at Journey is that I’m able to plant God’s word in their hearts. My favorite verse “And whatsoever you do, do it heartily, as to the LORD and not unto men.” - Col. 3:23

    God has placed a love for children in my heart and I feel blessed. My priority is

    to love the children and keep them safe and see their progress throughout the year. 

    My hobbies/interests are spending time with my family, working out, and  to

    my best ability making health a lifestyle.

  • prek 3 - MS. Sarah

    Hometown: Harlingen, Texas

    Formerly Taught: Ages 10-12 & After School Teacher Montessori Academy  

    Education: Graduated TSTC-Harlingen 2013 Associate's Degree in Applied Science Medical Assistant Certified & Currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Education

    Hobbies: Spending time with family, Fishing, watching movies, gaming [Xbox, PS4], singing in my church Worship Team "Perfectly Broken," being with my youth group "Royal Chosen Priesthood"; taking photos, the beach, & singing all around in general. I’m a Dallas Cowboys Fan, love love Star Wars.


    Favorite TV shows: Dancing with the Stars, The Voice, The Good Doctor, The Rookie, Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Legacies, Steven Furtick, Jensten Franklin. 

    Family: Husband Armando & 2 fur babies: Rottweiler “Goliath" & English Bulldog "Athena" 

    Favorite Part of Job: Seeing my students accomplish a task they had struggled with and knowing you took part of it. :) Receiving those little hugs & hearing, “love you Ms. Sarah!”

  • PREK 2a - Ms. ruby

    My name is Ruby Garcia. I was born and raised in Harlingen. I’ve been in child education for 9 years. Here at Journey I am the PK 2A am teacher and in the afternoon I have the Preschool class. It’s always a joy and a privilege to be teaching young minds who will someday change the world. I love what I do and hope to continue doing so as long as possible. A few things about me are that I love to travel, I’ve been vegan since 2016 and am a minimalist. I live an eco-conscious  lifestyle to the best of my abilities to make the world a better place.

  • prek 2B - ms. janie

    Hello, my name is Janie and I'm the PK 2B teacher. I was born and raised in Texas. I am a mother of 5 children. They are all grown up now with families of their own. I'm a grandmother to 13 grandchildren. I myself come from a family of 14, so I LOVE family time! I have taught and cared for children for over 35 years, six of which have been here at JPS. I am looking forward to having your child in my classroom.

  • prek 2b afternoon - ms. allison

    My name is Allison Garcia and I’m the Toddler 2 afternoon teacher at JPS. I was born and raised in Harlingen, TX. Being the oldest child of six has most definitely prepared me to work with children which I have been doing for a little over nine years now. I’m still learning new things every year. What I love most is being able to watch them grow into as the kids say “A big boy or girl” and exceed in all the little things they do. Of course, the hardest part is watching them go but they will always have a special place in my heart filled with so many wonderful memories. Now a little more about myself; my favorite color is blue, I enjoy doing 5k’s and 1/2 marathons. I’m shooting for a full marathon sometime before turning 30 years old. If I’m not doing that you can always catch me spending my free time with my friends, out on the softball field which I love or working at Chili’s so make sure to stop and say hello if you are ever there!

  • Early childhood/ 18 month old class - 

    ms. monica

    San Benito, TX

    20 years experience with childcare

    I enjoy watching Lifetime movies, going to the movies, shopping at Target, snacking on ice cream, popcorn & pickles, going to church, and I’m a parishioner of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in San Benito. I am a mother of a 22-year-old daughter who's married to an Army Soldier who's stationed in South Korea at the moment; so my daughter & my Grandson are living here while he's on assignment. My favorite part of my job is getting to experience and see the difference in every child on a day-to-day basis; whether it's from being more social, to being more vocal, and learning their ABCs, colors, numbers & shapes.

  • ms. veronica - Office administrator

    My name is Veronica Vasquez and I have been working at Journey Preschool for 3 years. My job when I started was that of a Teacher's Assistant and now I'm the Office Administrator. I love working with children and watching them learn and grow. I'm always sad to see them leave but cherish all the memories we have made together. I see us as a big family here at JPS. I look forward to seeing new faces come through our preschool doors.

  • ms. mari - teacher aid

    My name is Marisela and I am a teacher’s assistant here at Journey Preschool. I was born in Florida raised in San Benito and currently reside in Harlingen. I am married and have 3 wonderful children. This is my second year working at Journey and I love working with children

  • ms. frances - teacher aid

    Hometown: I was born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Raised in Tampa, Florida. 

    Education: First in my family to graduate High School; San Benito High School 2014. 

    As well as college, Dental Assisting at Texas State Technical College - Harlingen 2016

    Hobbies/ interests: Sleeping, Relaxing at the beach, spending time with friends & Family Photography

    Fav T.V. Show: Friends & That 70's show. 

    Family: Mom, Dad, 3 brother's & 1 sister. 

    Fav Part of my Job: Watching the kids grow & becoming so smart. They each have a personality of their own which I think is so funny.