Our Storyland Staff

The following group of dedicated staff members make up the team of individuals that care for your child day in and day out. 

What makes them unique? 

They are dedicated individuals who have a passion for children and an eagerness to teach and serve.  Their dedication along with their educational attainments, training, and experience make them one of Amarillo's premiere child care teams. 

Here is our team with their individual accomplishments. 

The Administrators

Karissa Ellison, Director

Name: Karissa Ellison

Employed Since: April 2005

Birthday: September 28

Favorite Snack: Chips

Favorite Drink: Water

Hobbies/Interests: Volleyball

Tell us something about you: I love being at home with my hubby.  We enjoy playing games and hanging out with friends.

Justine McDonald, Assistant Director

Name: Justine McDonald

Employed Since: February 2012

Birthday:  June 29

Favorite Snack: Dark Chocolate covered fruit

Favorite Drink: Water

Hobbies/Interests: Cooking, baking, crafts, outdoors.

Tell us something about you: I am a Mom of 4! I have 3 boys that are all about dirt, bugs, worms, sports, and trucks, and a baby girl who has us all wrapped around her finger!

 

Michelle Gonzalez, Assistant Director

Name: Michelle Gonzalez

Employed Since: April 2012

Birthday: November 28

Favorite Snack: Beef jerky

Favorite Drink: Unsweet Tea

Hobbies/Interests: Watching my Cowboys play! Reading and going to the movies.

Tell us something about you: I'm a mom of 3. We enjoy attending church together and watching football!  

Keitha Ratliff,  Food Manager

Name: Keitha Ratliff

Employed Since: July 2005

Birthday: September 15

Favorite Snack: Beef Jerky

Favorite Drink: Coke

Hobbies/Interests: Crafts, camping, & hot summer nights!

Tell us something about you: I married my high school sweetheart, and we have 2 teenagers.



The Teachers (Listed in Order of Employment Seniority)

Rose Bilderback

Name: Rose Bilderback

Employed Since: March 2017

Birthday: September 25

Favorite Snack: Veggie straws

Favorite Drink: Gatorade Zero

Hobbies/Interests: Riding motorcycles, hanging out with family

Tell us something about you: Married 36 years, 3 boys, 5 grandchildren. Associate Pastor at New Life Church. 

Brittany Gomez

Name:  Brittany Gomez

Employed Since: August 2017

Birthday: December 6

Favorite Snack: Beef jerky

Favorite Drink: Sweet tea

Hobbies/Interests: Spending time with family, watching my son play football.

Tell us something about you: I have 3 kids and 4 fur babies.

Nicollee Courtney

Name:  Nicollee Courtney

Employed Since: May 2018

Birthday: May 6

Favorite Snack: Oreos

Favorite Drink: Sweet Tea

Hobbies/Interests: Elephants

Tell us something about you: I enjoy spending my time at home with my 2 kids.

Audiana Ellison

Name:  Audiana Ellison

Employed Since: July 2020

Birthday: April 17

Favorite Snack: BBQ Pringles and beef jerky

Favorite Drink: Dr Pepper

Hobbies/Interests: Art and doing puzzles

Tell us something about you: I like relaxing and spending time with friends and family.

Susan Matheson

Name:  Susan Matheson

Employed Since: September 2020

Birthday: December 17

Favorite Snack: Strawberry and watermelon

Favorite Drink: Water and Sweet tea

Hobbies/Interests: Reading and spending time with my family.

Tell us something about you: Proud mom and Grannie

Mayra Gallegos

Name:  Mayra Gallegos

Employed Since: October 2020

Birthday: June 21

Favorite Snack: Beef Jerky

Favorite Drink: Texas Tea

Hobbies/Interests: Hiking, arts & crafts, planning events, shopping, and hanging out with friends and family.

Tell us something about you: I have 3 beautiful children, an awesome husband, I am a Kansas City Chiefs fan, and I am a shopaholic.

Nikki Hargrove

Name:  Nikki Hargrove

Employed Since: October 2020

Birthday: May 19

Favorite Snack: Dot's honey mustard pretzels, Reese's

Favorite Drink: 1/2 sweet 1/2 unsweet mint tea, Citrus green tea

Hobbies/Interests: I like to cook, bake, and listen to music. 

Tell us something about you: I have 2 beautiful baby girls, spending time with them is the best! I love working with the kids at Storyland! 

Anessa Miera

Name:  Anessa Miera

Employed Since: January 2021

Birthday: February 28

Favorite Snack: Chips & Queso, Hot fries

Favorite Drink: Sweet mint tea and Blue Powerade

Hobbies/Interests: Makeup and painting/drawing

Tell us something about you: I want to travel the world someday.

Kirstan Puryear

Name:  Kirstan Puryear

Employed Since: April 2021

Birthday: May 16

Favorite Snack: Chocolate, Peanut butter crackers

Favorite Drink: Sweet tea, Cherry Coke, Dr Pepper

Hobbies/Interests: Spending time with family/friends, horseback riding, baking sweets, and playing with my son, nieces, and nephew.

Tell us something about you: I spent 2 years in the U.S. Army, I foster dogs for a local rescue, and aspire to become a high school Ag teacher.

Alyssa Ratliff

Name:  Alyssa Ratliff

Employed Since: May 2021

Birthday: February 22

Favorite Snack: Hot Cheetos

Favorite Drink: Sweet tea

Hobbies/Interests: Painting/Art

Tell us something about you: I love spending time with family and friends.

Shaquila Gomes

Name:  Shaquila Gomes

Employed Since: May 2021

Birthday: August 17

Favorite Snack: Pistachios

Favorite Drink: Iced Coffee

Hobbies/Interests: Painting, doing nails.

Tell us something about you: I love being a mom and teacher!

Maquinzie Baniolas

Name:  Maquinzie Baniolas

Employed Since: August 2021

Birthday: May 5

Favorite Snack: Hot chips and sweets

Favorite Drink: Sweet tea and coke

Hobbies/Interests: painting, going on walks with my 2 dogs, and watching anime.

Tell us something about you: I love pandas 

Chase Cooke

Name:  Chase Cooke

Employed Since: October 2021

Birthday: July 16

Favorite Snack: Hot Cheetos with lime

Favorite Drink: Dr Pepper

Hobbies/Interests: Hanging out with my family and I love playing around with makeup.

Tell us something about you: I am the youngest of four brothers, I have a niece and a nephew and another on the way.  I am a huge family person.

Miranda Guerrero

Name:  Miranda Guerrero

Employed Since: October 2021

Birthday: July 4

Favorite Snack: Dynamites and lime chips

Favorite Drink: Dr Pepper and Sweet tea

Hobbies/Interests: Doing schoolwork, coloring, spending time with family.

Tell us something about you: I love spending time with friends and family.

Kilee Martinez

Name:  Kilee Martinez

Employed Since: December 2021

Birthday: April 19

Favorite Snack: Grapes

Favorite Drink: Vanilla Cream Sweet Tea

Hobbies/Interests: Reading and soccer

Tell us something about you: I love going to the movies and being a mommy.


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