OWNER

Gabrielle Alvarado Mixon

Gabi is a former elementary school administrator and classroom teacher with Houston ISD. She has worked in an elementary school setting for 15 years. She holds a Bachelor's Degree of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and two Master's Degrees of Education: M.Ed in Administration and Supervision and M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction.  She is certified with the State of Texas as a Principal, Early Childhood and Elementary Generalist, Reading and Language Arts Specialist, Generic Special Education Teacher and English as a Second Language Teacher. She is a licensed Program Director with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Gabi loves working with children in the school setting and establishing lasting relationships with her students and their families. After 3 is an extension of the value she places on quality educational support programs.

OWNER

Christine LaBita

Chris is a former elementary school classroom teacher in Houston ISD. She has opened two elementary schools and is familiar with all aspects of project planning and program development as a result. Her teaching experience includes Pre-K, Kindergarten and 2nd grades.  Chris is certified with the State of Texas as an Early Childhood Educator, Elementary Generalist, and English as a Second Language Teacher. Chris enjoys the development of new programs and overseeing the monthly thematic activities at the school sites. She is very creative and loves to see her plans come to life in the hands of a child.

AREA LEADER/SITE OPERATIONS

Coty Wright
Briargrove, Mark White, Oak Forest, Tanglewood, & Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy


Coty is a Certified State Director and has worked with children in child care and after school care settings for over 17 years. Coty is the mother of two wonderful boys. Coty's enjoyment of her job, and true passion and love of working with children, shines through in all she does. Her favorite things about working with children are seeing the expression on the face of a child that has just discovered something new, and watching them perform a new skill without assistance for the first time. Coty is well loved by parents, staff, and students alike. She is an After 3 Veteran and has been with us since we were just an idea! Coty's program at St. George has been our flagship for the last 5 years. Under her direction the program has excelled and has produced 4 of our 6 site directors! Coty will be responsible for training and supporting new site directors and caregivers, and for assisting all of our After 3 campuses as our area leader.

AREA LEADER/SITE OPERATIONS

Imman Ekwere
Ashford, Durham, Briargrove, Oak Forest, & Lanier

Imman joined HISD in 2009 as a part time employee as a way to follow her son through elementary school. Part time soon blossomed into a full time supervisory position and lasted over 6 years. Imman has 9 years of experience working with children from infant to 13 years of age. She is the mother of 2 wonderful boys ages 5 and 11. Imman loves to cook and eat! She has been with After 3 for 3 years and has gained an abundant amount of training and experience from her directors and colleagues. Imman is now a State Certified Director and she is excited to return as the site director at Ashford this year!

COMPLIANCE DIRECTOR

Gretchen Stockberger

Gretchen is a graduate of the University of Houston, Victoria with a Bachelor's Degree in Education. Gretchen worked for Katy ISD in special education for 13 years, and most recently as an investigator for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Child Care Licensing. While in college, she worked as a caregiver with After 3, and is now our Compliance Director. Gretchen has been married for 25 years, has two sons, a daughter, and three beautiful grandchildren. We are so pleased to have someone with her knowledge and experience with us at After 3.

SITE DIRECTOR

Gardenia Arroyo
Briargrove Elementary

Gardenia has been with After 3 since 2012. She looks at every day as a learning experience as she continues to grow with our program. Gardenia loves her job immensely and she truly enjoys going to work each day! Gardenia works with After 3 and goes to school full time at Lone Star College to work on her degree on psychology. She served as a site director for After 3 at St. Augustine for the 2014-15 school year, and .and served in the same role at Oak forest from 2015-2018 alongside Lamar Fike. She is now opening our program at Briargrove for the 2018-2019 school year. Gardenia is a wonderful person and it shows in all she does.

SITE DIRECTOR

Robbie Bailey
Tanglewood Middle School

Robbie is a graduate of Lee High School. He is currently the plant operator at Briargrove Elementary, and has been employed with HISD for the last 11 years. Robbie has worked with children since he was a junior in high school. He has been with After 3 as a counselor, lead counselor, and now Site Director for 6 years. Robbie and his wife are the proud parents of 3 beautiful children. Every child that has been in After 3 knows and loves him. Robbie is the rare combination of a responsible adult who still loves to play! We are so pleased to have him at Tanglewood.

SITE DIRECTOR

Lamar Fike
Oak Forest Elementary School 

Lamar started as a summer camp and after school counselor with the YMCA while working his way through college. He knew from early on that he enjoyed working with children. He moved to Houston in 2000 to work with families and children to raise money to promote healthier lifestyles and activities for all. He also was a volunteer sports coach during this time. In 2009 he returned to the YMCA, but in 2011 joined the After 3 team. He has worked in both our middle and elementary school After 3 programs, and has been in a lead/supervisory role with us since 2011. He has developed strong and positive relationships with the parents, school staff members, and students he has worked with along the way. In 2012 Mr. Fike became Coach Fike when he accepted a position as an assistant PE coach at Oak Forest. He was named as site director of Oak Forest After 3 in 2015 and obtained his State Director Certification. Coach Fike enjoys organizing games and activities that promote physical activity and develop team work and self esteem.

SITE DIRECTOR

Gordon Yancy
Mark White Elementary School

Gordon is a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University . He has a Master's Degree in Business from Texas Southern University. After many years in banking, Gordon left to pursue a career in education. Gordon has been an intervention instructor and tutor at Red Elementary for the last 6 years and was Red's Basketball Coach. Gordon is a dedicated and loving husband and is the proud father of two children. He has been employed with After 3 for 4 years and excels in leadership and parent communication. Gordon is a State Certified Director. He truly enjoys working with children and is a great role model for his students. He is looking forward to starting our program at Mark White for the 2016-2017 school year.

SITE DIRECTOR

Ashlee Lemos
Durham Elementary 

Ashlee began working with children part time in 2008. She began as a nursery worker at Chaplewood Church. While there she worked with children ages infant to 5th grade. In 2009, she got second job as an after school teacher at River Oaks Elementary. A few years later, she was promoted from nursery worker to  Director of the Childhood Nursery Program and Event Planner at Chaplewood. Ashlee still kept her after school teaching job, but was transferred from River Oaks to both Briargrove and Horn Elementary.  In 2012, Ashlee left Chaplewood after being promoted to an After School Director at Horn Elementary. Later she left Horn to work with After3 at Durham Elementary and begin her schooling to be a baking and pastry chef. Ashlee has worked for After 3 at Durham going on three years. She took a year off to finish her Associates Degree. In 2018, she returned to Durham as the Site Director after receiving her Associates Degree. She is so excited to be back with all the students again!

SITE DIRECTOR

Edlin Puente
Assistant Site Director Oak Forest

Edlin has worked with After 3 for 5 years now. She fell in love with the program when she began, and since then, has loved coming to work everyday. Edlin started with After 3 as a Kindergarten Counselor and was recently promoted to Assistant Site Director. She is currently an undergrad at the University of Houston Downtown and is working on her Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Education). Working with children has taught Edlin a lot in the last few years and she hopes to be able to continue in this field so that she can promote positivity and guidance for all children.

SITE DIRECTOR

Ana Grimaldo
Lanier Middle School

Ana has worked with After 3 since 2013. She began as a kindergarten counselor while attending college full time. Ana is a graduate of the University of Houston Downtown, where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. After receiving her Bachelor's degree, Ana worked at a middle school as a case manager, and continued to work for After 3 part time. During this time Ana transitioned from kindergarten to first grade, and was later placed at Katherine Smith Elementary as the person in charge of the after school program. Today, she is the Site Director at Lanier Middle School and enjoys going to work everyday. She wishes to continue her education, and would love to one day to go back to the University of Houston and pursue her Master's Degree in Social Work.

SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR

Kelley Clark

Kelley is a graduate of the University of Houston with a BS in Communications. She has spent several years covering social media outlets for multiple small businesses and had the privilege to be an inspirational coach for a popular fitness program. Kelley’s love for children has brought her to After 3, where her ideas and skills will assist in the growth and outreach of our program. Kelley is extremely excited and will bring plenty of enthusiasm to After3!