Support Staff

Our support staff allows our classroom teachers time for planning and lunch breaks. They also serve as substitutes, assistants, playground facilitators, and provide extra support when needed. They all carry the required degrees and/or certificates, and training set forth by both the state of Texas and the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Our Support Staff

Support Staff

  • Melinda Veltri


    Melinda Veltri

    My name is Melinda Veltri and I am from San Antonio. I have a Bachelor's Degree from Texas A&M in Elementary Education. I have over 25 years experience working with children and teaching.

    Throughout my career, I have worked in several childcare centers and preschools. Laurel Heights Weekday School far exceeds other childcare centers in the quality of care they provide. The teachers and staff demonstrate a great passion for educating young children and I am thrilled to be a part of this team. 

    My husband and I have been married over 25 years and have three children. Some of personal interests include being outside, exercising, hiking, reading, and attending Bible study classes.

  • Rachel Waldrop

    Rachel Waldrop

    Rachel Waldrop

    Ms. Rachel is an Assistant Teacher in our Motor Skills class Monday thru Wednesday and she is also part of our Staff Support. Rachel has her Bachelor of Arts and is currently enrolled and working on her Masters degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Rachel provides support to our classroom and assists in our enrichment class for Motor Skills. Rachel loves to read with children and help them engage in developmentally appropriated activities. She loves teaching and the friendly community of Laurel Heights Weekday School.

  • Rosalinda Ybarra

    Rosalinda Ybarra

    Rosalinda Ybarra


    My name is Rosalinda Ybarra, also know as Ms. Linda. I am from San Antonio, Texas. I have been at Laurel Heights for more than 20 years and I currently have a Child Development Associate Credential.

    I am currently teaching the Toddler 2 class. I am at Laurel Heights because I love teaching and caring for children. My favorite thing about the age group I work with is that they are so eager to learn.

    My husband and I have been married for more than 40 years. I have one son named Mark. I love gardening and baking. When I am not at school, I enjoy arts and crafts. My favorite food is a good steak, well done, and a close second is a creamy piece of chocolate.

  • Maria Chapa De Los Santos

    Maria Chapa

    Maria Chapa De Los Santos

    Maria joined our Laurel Heights Family this 2016-2017 school year. She currently works in our non-mobile Infant class with Ms. Rachel and Ms. Renne. Ms. Maria supports our Infant classroom as a sub and works in the non-mobile infant class every day after school. Maria comes to us with many years of working with Infants and Toddlers. She has taken early childhood classes at San Antonio College and is continuing her training in the field of early childhood education. We are so happy to have her join us.
  • Roxanne (Roxy) Rocha

    Roxie Rocha

    Roxanne (Roxy) Rocha

    Assistant Teacher

    My name is Roxie Rocha and I am from San Antonio, Texas. I have earned numerous hours in the field of Child Development. I have worked at Laurel Heights for twenty years. For the past eight years, I have served as a teaching assistant.

    Laurel Heights has become part of my family and I look forward to coming to work each day. I love to sing and dance with the children. I also enjoy reading to them and watching their faces as they wait to see what comes next in the story. As an assistant, I love supporting my lead teacher and working together to help each child grow.

    I have been married for ten years and my husband’s named is Richard. Together, my husband and I have two children. My oldest is Natalie and my youngest is Jacob. I enjoy going to the park with my children. In my spare time, I love to go shopping.

  • Dominique Collins

    Dominique Collins

    Dominique Collins

    Assistant Teacher

    My name is Dominique Collins. I am currently in school studying for a degree in American Sign Language Interpretation.  I plan to use Sign Language in my career working with children.  I am from St. Louis, Missouri and have worked with preschoolers the last four years.   

    I absolutely love Laurel Heights due to warm atmosphere where everyone is working for the good of the children. The sweet and welcoming spirits of the children, make each day unique.

    My mom and I are very close and like spending time together. I love listening to music and going shopping on the weekends.