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 For more than 27 years, Marilyn and Margaret have dedicated their time and love of children to help teachers and parents provide developmentally appropriate motor skills and sensory activities for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.
 
 

Professional Credentials 

 

Marilyn Bitsis


      Master Professional Trainer with the Texas Early Care and Education Career Development System
      BA in Management/Accounting, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS.USA Gymnastics Level I, Professional Development Program
      USA Gymnastics Level II, Sequential Gymnastics
      Association for Kinesiology Teaching, Red & Blue Level Kidnastics
      Developmental Gymnastics under the direction of Dr. Garland O'Quinn, Novice Level and Intermediate Level
      Tumbling Stars, Inc. - owner, coach & director, since 1988, Company sold 2004
      KAT Gymnastics PDP Level I, Kinder Accreditation for Teachers
      Presenter /Instructor/, KidBuilders Motor Skills Program for the Young Child
      Published Author Sensational Beginings -Sensory and Motor Activities for Infants and Toddlers
      Touchpoints Project - Dr. T. Berry Brazelton Practitioner Training - 16 hours Sept. 2001
      Motor Skills Teacher - Grace Church School Nine Years until 2006      
      Gymnastics Instructor in seventeen schools for sixteen years.
      Motor Skills Teacher in four schools for ten years
      Monthly curriculum consultations for Westchase Methodist Day School School year 2006 - Preschool Motor
      Monthly curriculum consultations for Westchase Methodist Day School Infant and Toddler program - School year 2007
      Administrative Board member First United Methodist Church, Houston, 1988-1993
      United Way of the Gulf Coast Allocation Member 1984-1993                          
      Member of N.A.E.Y.C. and H.A.E.Y.C.

Margaret Schafer


      Master Professional Trainer in the Texas Early Care and Education Career Development System
      BA, Converse College, Spartanburg, SC.
      Licensed Child Care Director, PAC Program in Texas, 1991
      Southwest Methodist Dayschool, Ass't Director, 2 years; Director 1 year
      USA Gymnastics Level 1, Professional Development Program
      USA Gymnastics Level II, Sequential Gymnastics
      Preschool gymnastics instructor, Tumbling stars Gymnastics, 1992-2003
      Motor Skills Teacher Pines Presbyterian Preschool since 1992- 2003
      Association for Kinesensory Teaching, Red & Blue Level Kidnastics
      U.S.A. Swimming official: Stroke & turn Judge, Starter; 1996-2003
      Author/Presenter/Instructor, KidBuilders Motor Skills Program for the Young Child
      Published Author Sensational Beginnings: Sensory and Motor Activities for Infants and Toddlers
      Motor skills instructor, Los Ninos Primero Educational Summer Program, 2005- present
      Monthly curriculum consultations for Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Preschool staff Aug. 2009- May 2010 Atlanta
      Board member, Los Ninos Primero, Inc. 2005- present
      Board Chairperson, Los Ninos Primero, Inc. 2008-2009


Track Record & Recent Presentations

       Presbyterian Weekday Ministries Conference July 31 - August 2. 5 sessions Linking Motor to Literacy and Sensational Beginnings- Sensory and Motor Activities             for Infants and Toddlers.

      C.H.I.L.D. Conference March 10,2018 Sensational Beginnings 2 sessions University of Houston 

      Methodist Weekday Conference February 1 & 2, 2018 

      Early Childhood Learning Summit Dallas, TX. August 3, 2017

      Texas Baptist Church Weekday Conference McKinney, TX. August 4 &5 4 Sessions

      Texas Baptist Church Weekday Conference August 4 & 5 4 Sesions

       Texas Baptist Church Weekday Conference July 14 & 15 Austin, TX. 4 sessions

       C.H.I.L.D. Conference April 22, 2017 2 Sessions University of Houston "Sensational Beginnings"

       Collaborative for Children "Tommorow's Promise'"  February 18, 2017 2 sessions Mover Over Time & Smooth Transitions
       Texas Baptist Church Weekday Education Association Conference San Antonio February 4, 2017 4 sessions

       Early Childhood Methodist Conference January 26-27, 2017 4 sessions
       Champions Forest Baptist Church Sunday School Training January 25, 2017 
       Champions Forest Baptist Sunday School Teachers Training October 19, 2016
       Central Texas Workforce Conference 2 sessions August 20, 2016
       KidBuilders Summer Workshop August 12 & 13, 2016, Sensational Beginnings 4 hours KidBuilders preschool workshop 8 hours 

       Presbyterian Weekday Conference Houston, TX. August 3-5, 2016 6 sessions
       Early Childhood Learning Summit Dallas, TX. Sensational Beginnings 1 session July 26, 2016  
       Collaborative for Children Houston, TX. Sensational Beginnings July 30, 2016 3 hours  
       Early Childhood Learning Summit  Houston, TX. Sensational Beginnings June 28, 2016 
       Central Texas Workforce Solutions , Temple, TX.  July 16, 2016 Sensational Beginnings 4 hours 
       Esparanza School Sensational Beginnings June 25, 2016 4 hours 
       Child Care Group Beaumont, TX. Connecting Math to Motor and Linking Literacy to Motor 4 hours May 7, 2016
       Tomball United Methodist Church Sensational Beginnings 3 hours February 5, 2016
       Methodist Conference for Children February 4 & 5,2016 4 sessions 
       Collaborative for Children January 16, 2016 Motoring to Literacy and Connecting Math to Motor 3 hours 
       T.A.E.Y.C. Galveston, TX. October 23, 2015 Sensational Beginnings 1 session 
       Hotel Ryalls employees  and Nico Insurance group employees Blantyre, Malawi  September 3, 2015 1 session 
       Child Care Group Blantyre, Malawi September 2, 2015 1 session
       Blantyre Adventist Hospital, Malawi September 1, 2015 1 session 
       Presbyterian Weekday Conference, Houston, TX. July 29-31 5 sessions 
       WeeCare 2015 Conference Woodlands, Texas June 10, 2015 3 sessions
       Child Care Group, Beaumont, Texas April 18, 2015 4 hours Sensational Beginnings
       Georgia Preschool Association February 27-28, 2015, 4 sessions
       Methodist Weekday Conference February 5 & 6 , 2015 4 sessions
       Project Grad Presentation to Teen Parents, Hobbs , NM September 10, 2014
       KidBuilders Summer Workshop August 1 & 2, 2014 12 hours
       Presbyterian Weekday Conference July 29, 30,31, 2014 4 Sessions
       Texas Association for Infant Mental Health Conference, Austin, Texas April 5, 2014 1 session
       Sensational Beginnings Workshop, Children's Museum Florence, Alabama, February 20, 2014
       Sensational Beginnings Conference, Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church 3 hours, February 22, 2014
       Boys and Girls Club of Hobbs, N.M. Sensational Beginnings, October 19, 2013
       Early Head Start Hobbs, New Mexico Sensational Beginnings October 18, 2013 3 hours
       Head Start Hobbs, New Mexico Motor Skills for the Young Child October18, 2013 3 hours
       The I School Motor Skills for the Young Child August 30, 2013 4 hours
       KidBuilders Summer Workshop Linking Motor to Literacy and Connecting Math to Motor August 3, 3 hours
       KidBuilders Summer Workshop Motor Skills for the Young Child August 3, 2013 5 hours
       KidBuilders Summer Workshop Sensational Beginnings August 2, 2013 4 hours
       Early Childhood Intervention Conference  Houston, TX. May 2, 2013 3 hours
       Sensational Beginnings Workshop, Children's Museum. Florence, Alabama 2 sessions February 20-21, 2013
       Preschool Conference Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church, 3 hours, February 23, 2013, Atlanta, Georgia
       Early Childhood Methodist Conference, February 7&8, 2013 4 sessions
       Project Grad Presentation to Teen Parents, Hobbs, New Mexico November 2, 2012
       MOPS First Methodist Church, Hobbs, New Mexico, November 2, 2012
       T.A.E.Y.C. Annual Conference, Galveston, Texas, October 27, 2012, 2 sessions
       G.A.E.Y.C State Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, September 28, 2012 , 2 sessions
       Child Care Group, Dallas, Texas, "Summer Sizzler" Conference, August 25, 2012, 2 sessions
       The I School Infant/Toddler and Preschool Motor Workshop August 18, 2012, 8 hours
       Presbyterian Weekday Ministries Conference, Houston, TX. July 31 - August 2, 2012, 8 sessions
       Caring Adoptions Prospective Parents Workshop, Houston, Texas, March 17, 2012, 4 hours
       Houston Area Association for the Education of the Young Child Spring Conference, March 3, 2012, 2 presentations
       Texas District LCMS Early Childhood Educators Conference January 27, 2012, 3 presentations
       Speaker at the 2012 Infant Health Advocacy Award and Conference honoring Dr.Terry Brazelton January 6, 2012
       H.A.E.Y.C. Fall Conference October 2011, 1 session
       H.A.E.Y.C. Spring Conference April 2,2011, 2 sessions
       Jewish Federation of Greater Houston Early Childhood Teacher InService January 3, 2011, 2 Hours
       Windwood Presbyterian Early Childhood Conference January 22, 2011, 3 Hours
       Early Childhood Methodist Conference 3.75 Hours February 3rd & 4th, 2011
       Child Care Mangaement Services October 16, 2010, 3 sessions "Come Play a Day in Their Shoes" Ft. Worth, TX.
       Presbyterian Weekday Ministries Conference, Houston, TX 2002-2011, 3 credit hours
       Region IV Conference Houston, TX. July 14, 2010 "Motoring to Literacy",, 3 hours
       Worksforce Solutions Quality Improvement Stimulus Grant: Greenhouse Learning Center, Angleton, TX;  Moody Methodist Church, Galveston,TX; Baytown Early Childhood Association 
       KidBuilders Summer Workshop ( 8 credit hours) 2010-2011
       Movement Experiences for Infants and Toddlers ( 4 hours) 2008-2011
       T.A.E.Y.C. Annual Conference Presenter, September 25, 2009
       Early Head Start: "Movement Experiences for Infants and Toddlers: 7 hours August 3, 2009, Houston, TX.
       Best Practices in ECE: Ensuring Quality Care for all Children- Collaboratives for Children July 18, 2009
       KidBuilders introduction of basic skills to Mt. Vernon Presbyterian School Preschool Atlanta, GA. staff in-service October 2008
       Lutheran Early Childhood Conference February 2008, Houston, TX.
       H.A.E.Y.C. Presenter "The Fundamentals of Motor" April 2006
       KidBuilders basic skills introduction to Holy Innocents Episcopal School preschool staff in-service October 2006, Atlanta, GA.
       Workshop for the parents at River Oaks Baptist School 2004 ( 2 hours)
       Katy Independent School District staff development speaker for the pre-school program for Children with Disabilities, October 1998
       River Oaks Baptist School Inservice Presenter, August, 1997, (3 credit hours)
       KidBuilders Summer workshop ( 12 credit hours) 1996-2005
       Workshop Host and Sponsor: High/Schope Foundation's Education through Movement workshop  ( 12 hours each) Houston, TX. April, 1996 and August 1997
       KidBuilders Summer Workshop ( 16 credit hours) 2 sessions, 1994
       KidBuilders ( 20 credit hours) Workshop for the Neighborhood Centers, Inc. vendor caregiver training program, Summer 1994, Houston, TX.