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Our Team


Belinda Harp, Preschool Director

Belinda has been married to her husband Donnie Harp for over 27 years; mother of 10 children and grandmother of 16. She believes that God has given her the ability to love and raise children no matter what their background is. Belinda and her husband were foster parents for several years and adopted the last 5 that were at their home.Her love and care for children was evident from an early age. God opened a door for her to work in childcare back in August of 2009 when she opened her own daycare.

Belinda has led the opening of two church daycares: one in Durant, Oklahoma and another one McKinney, Texas. She has an Associate’s Degree in Child Development from Murray State College. Belinda joined the Sent Team at The Children’s Ark in July 2018.

Mireille Lewis, Assistant Director

Mireille and her husband, Jared Lewis, have 4 children. Two of her children attend The Children’s Ark. Mireille believes that all children deserve a safe, loving and educational environment to learn and grow in. Mireille strives to give the teachers the help and support they need to provide a great bible based curriculum that the children will benefit from. Mireille joined The Children’s Ark in January 2018.

Christina Salgado, Office Manager

Christina is married to Luis and they have 2 children, ages 2 and 7. Christina has been attending Sent Church since she was 8 years old. She attended The Children’s Ark as a child. Christina has been working at The Children’s Ark for over 5 years. She was lead teacher in preschool 2 until she joined the leadership team as our office manager in June 2019. Christina loves working with children.

Marilyn Charbonneau, Infant Teacher

Marilyn has worked for The Children’s Ark since February 2003. Marilyn is the Lead Teacher in the Crawlers class. Her class ranges from 6-12 months. Marilyn strives to provide a fun, safe and nurturing environment for children to learn and grow in.

Janice Bowen, Infant Teacher

Janice and her husband, Earl, have been married for 29 years. They have a daughter, son-in-law and 2 grandsons. Janice is originally from New York. They moved to Texas in 1994. Janice has always loved being around children. Janice started working at The Children’s Ark January 2019. She started out in our kitchen and moved to Lead Teacher in infants in June 2019.

Gona Saideed, Infant Teacher

Gona is the assistant teacher in infants. Gona has been married for over 10 years and has 2 children. She has a Master’s Degree in Art. Gona taught at The University in Iraq. She has been at The Children’s Ark since August 2019. Gona said “I am proud to call The Children’s Ark home and thank you for trusting us with your child”. 

Kim Hernandez, Teacher

Kim and her husband Jerry have been married for over 34 years and have 2 grown sons. Kim has been with The Children’s Ark since 2/2007. She started as a teacher in the “Mother’s Day Out program”. When we closed that program, Kim transferred to The Children’s Ark.  Kim is a floater and works in every room helping out the lead teachers and filling in wherever she is needed. Kim loves working with children and making sure they are safe, happy and loved.

Rejoice Mgala, Toddler Teacher

Rejoice is Married and has 2 boys, Judah and Zion. Rejoice is the Lead Teacher in Toddlers, ages 12 months to 18 months. Rejoice has been at The Children’s Ark since September 2017. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences. Rejoice loves to work with the younger children. She said it is her passion. 

Tomi Aluko, Preschool 1 Lead Teacher

Tomi has been with The Children’s Ark since September 2018. Tomi started in our crawler room, moved to toddlers and is now our lead teacher in preschool 1. She said “I love my kids, they are so smart and adorable and they give me a good workout”. Tomi is currently going to college to get her degree in marketing. 

Yissell Orellana, Preschool 2 Lead Teacher

Yissell is married and has 2 daughters. She has been teaching in childcare for 3 years. Yissell has been teaching at The Children’s Ark since March 2019. Yissell is Lead Teacher in our Preschool 2 class which is 2 year olds. She is excited to teach your child and getting to know each one of them.

Jazmin Zarazua, Preschool Floater

Jazmin is currently a student at the University of Texas at Dallas. Jazmin helps out in our Preschool classrooms, assisting the teachers with lessons or anything they need. Jazmin has worked at The Children’s Ark since April 2019. This is her first job as a daycare teacher. She enjoys spending time with your children.

Caitlin Caceres, Assistant Teacher Preschool 2

Caitlin is an assistant teacher in the Preschool 2 classroom. She is the teacher you will see in the afternoons. Caitlin is currently attending Collin College, still exploring her field in counseling. Caitlin has been attending Sent Church since she was 6 months old along with her family and was enrolled at The Children’s Ark as a child. She helps out in Sunday School at Sent Church. Caitlin joined The Children’s Ark staff in September 2019.

Trina Datta, Pre-K 1 Lead Teacher

Trina is married with 2 children. She has worked with children for 3 ½ years before coming to The Children’s Ark. She has experience teaching Middle School and High School as well. Trina loves to help children learn to develop social and behavioral patterns, as well as confidence and self-reliance. Trina has been with The Children’s Ark since March 2019.

Amanda Simms, Pre-K 1 Assistant Teacher

Amanda and her husband Ben have 2 boys and a girl on the way. Amanda is Assistant Teacher in the Pre-K 1 class. These children are 3-4 year olds. Amanda also floats when we need her to take another class. Amanda joined The Children’s Ark staff in November 2018.

Cynthia Darlington, Pre-K 2 Lead Teacher

Cynthia has 2 children and 1 grandchild. Cynthia has been working for The Children’s Ark since November 2007. Cynthia loves teaching the children about Jesus and helping them explore the world around them. When your child leaves Cynthia’s class they are more than ready for kindergarten.

Leah Watson, Pre-K 2 Assistant Teacher

Leah is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana. She has 3 brothers. She was the only girl. Leah eventually moved to Texas and graduated from Coppell High School. Leah is currently attending Navarro College, studying Elementary Education and minoring in Psychology. Leah has been a part of The Children’s Ark family since March 2019.

Victoria Chance, After School Teacher

Victoria is married and has a daughter named Ellianna. Victoria has worked in child care for 7 years before coming to The Children’s Ark. She is a full-time college student majoring to be a youth pastor. Victoria loves working with kids of all ages and being able to watch them grow. She loves pouring into their lives by teaching them about God and helping them find a path to self-determination, confidence and success in a Godly lifestyle. Victoria has been at The Children’s Ark since January 2019.