Meet The Director

Laurie White

My name is Laurie White and I am the Director at Dar-lings Learning Center. I am a happily married mother of two grown children.  My youngest is in college at Texas Tech studying to be Veterinarian. I was born and raised in a military family. After my parents retired from the military, I was raised on my fathers’ ranch in South Texas. I went to high school in Odessa and then to college at Texas Tech where I have a degree in education and criminal justice. I have been married for 33 years. I am avid supporter of early education and believe children learn through doing and that children learn from their environment. I am also a by the book person but think a queeze (hug) fixes most anything. Hobbies are New York Yankee baseball, shopping, antiquing, being out on the lake, or working on my fathers ranch and riding horses. I believe children should have fun at life, making messes and exploring.

Meet The Assistant Director

Denise Casale


My name is Denise Casale.  I am a mother of 3 Children and happily married to Jim. I successfully owned and operated, Home Away From Home Day Care, for ten years at my house. Subsequently I worked at Ark Adventure in Plano and taught preschool for 7 wonderful years. I also taught at PISD for almost 3 years. 

My goal is to make a positive difference in every child’s life by making each child feel special, loved and educated when they come to Dar-Lings Learning Center.

 

 

                                     

Our Teachers

  • Well trained, loving teachers
  • Experienced and well selected
  • First Aid and CPR certified
  • Continued certified training of childcare education
  • Thorough background screenings
  • Professional, dedicated and spiritually aware
  • Strives to make a difference in each and every child’s life

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                 

MEET MS. LEATRICE

Pre-K Teacher

 

Hi, my name is Leatrice Hickman and I’m very excited to be a teacher at Dar-Lings Learning Center. I have taught and worked with children for over 5 years. I always enjoyed helping others learn and grow. I studied Child Development at Brookhaven College. I have attended many trainings and courses in which I received my Child Development Associate. When I’m not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my daughters, baking & cooking, and traveling different areas of the world!

                                                           

                                                               

Meet Ms Saeeda

Our Toddlers Teacher

Hi, I am Ms Saeeda and I love working at Dar-lings Learning Center. I enjoy doing arts and crafts with my class. Art allows the child ideas to come out and crafts make it fun and entertaining. I allow kids to explore themselves yet teaching them the boundaries and values. I am a great cook and love to do crafts at my free time. 

 

 

MEET MS. Salma

 Infant/Toddler Teacher

 Hi! My name is Salma Mushtaq, wife and mother of three grown up children.  I am passionate about teaching children to succeed in life. One of my strongest gifts is patience, which allows me to be an exceptional teacher. I am hardworking and takes care of all my little ones with utmost care and deligence. I love to read books and takes English classes to improve myself. I also enjoy cooking and love to decorate.

 

Meet our Kindergarten Teacher

Taylor Blommaert

 

My name is Taylor Blommaert. I completed my bachelor's degree of Interdisciplinary studies from Early Childhood through 6th grade at Texas Woman's Univeristy; which has given me lots of experience teaching children of all ages! 
I am a 3rd degree black belt and Sensei(Instructor) at my own Dojo, where I have been teaching from ages 4 and up for 8 years and continue to do so, 3 times a week! 
I absolutely love teaching children and watching them blossom as they grow! I’m so happy to be a part of Dar-Lings! 

 

 


                                                                   

 

                                                              

Meet our Afterschooler Teacher

Adrianna Gonzalez

I am a student at the University of North Texas, studying psychology and Speech-Language. I have worked in child care for more than 2 years starting at Green Acres Early Education Center at my hometown of Tyler Texas. Then I moved to Denton for my school and I love to be part of Dar-lings Learning Center. Being able to shape and influence our future is an honor. Helping them grow, build their skills and provide a loving and safe environment is my goal.

 

 


                                                                   

 

Meet Ms Qamar Awad (Moon)

Toddlers Teacher

Hello, my name is Qamar Awad, or moon for short. It is my pleasure to be working at Dar-Lings Learning Center. I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. I have always had a passion for children and teaching. I have volunteered in numerous occasions with children. Including Robbie Jones Head Start in highschool and at my school from ages pre-k 3 to 10 years throughout my highschool years. I am currently a student at Brookhaven College, majoring in special education. I think every child is talented and special in their own way, and I love watching them learn and grow everyday. 

 

 

About the Medical Director

Farah Naz is a board certified pediatrician in private practice in Carrollton since 2001. She is on staff at Baylor Medical Center of Carrollton (formerly Trinity Medical Center) and Presbyterian Hospital of Plano.

She did her internship at University Of Missouri-Columbia and completed her residency at Atlantic Health System, New Jersey. She worked as a Pediatrics ER physician for almost 2 years before moving to Plano. Since then she is settled in Plano with her husband and 2 children.

Her primary interest is DEVELOPMENTAL PEDIATRICS, including speech, gross and fine motor, behavior and learning disabilities. She has a courteous and qualified team who are dedicated to provide quality care to OUR little ones. We have same day appointments for any acute sickness and within 1-2 weeks for well exams. Waiting time is kept to a minimum, and we do our best to satisfy our client’s needs.

We welcome our patients from 8AM to 5PM, Mon-Thurs and 8AM until 3pm on Fridays.

Our entire team strives to provide quality and efficient pediatrics care in a loving and friendly environment.

 



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