My name is Erin McDowell, and I am a mother of a 16 year old boy and 13 year old girl.  My husband and I have lived in The Woodlands area for the last 17 years and my children attend school locally.  I earned both my Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University.  Whoop!  In addition, I have volunteered my time in many local organizations, such as National Charity Roundtable, Montgomery County Youth Services, AVM Research Foundation, TWHS Baseball, St. Simons & Jude Catholic Church, St. Anthony's Catholic Church, and AIM Athletics to name a few.  


My name is Kellie Anderson, and I am the mother of a 17 year old boy and a 16 year old girl.  My husband and I have lived in Montgomery for over 20 years.  Together, he and I have owned and operated Stow-A-Way Marina and RV Park on Lake Conroe for over 8 years.  I earned my Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Texas A&M University.  I earned my Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education at the University of California at Santa Barbara.  Finally, I earned my Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology back at Texas A&M University.  Currently, I am serving as the Secretary on the Montgomery School Board.  In addition, I have acted as President for the National Charity League, Bentwater Volunteer Families, and the Bentwater Tennis Association.  I am also a member of the MISD Parent Teacher Organization, the Bentwater Civic Association, and St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

As cousins, it was always our dream to own and operate our own preparatory academy.  We designed and built both of our facilities from the ground up beginning in 2000.  We are truly a family owned and operated business.


We hope to develop a mutually interactive relationship throughout The Woodlands community, not only for the betterment of our families and employees, but for the betterment of the community at large.  


Working with families and children has always been our passion.  We embrace this opportunity to serve you and your precious families.  


Our vision is to provide an environment that offers advanced instruction to children, so they are academically and spiritually prepared for grade school.  We are committed to providing a quality preparatory program where children are not only excited to learn, but feel safe and secure enough to reach their full potential.



Stepping Stones Preparatory Academy’s Teachers are highly motivated and dedicated early childhood professionals. All of our Teachers are trained in principles of child development and methods in early childhood programs and child guidance.


We are committed to our Teachers and recognize them as vital components of a successful program for your children. We value each teacher's life experience and want to empower him or her as individuals. 


Chanda Mathieu, Director

Chanda Mathieu has been working in early childhood for more than twenty-four years. Mrs. Mathieu attended Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Physiology. She went on to pursue her Child Development Associate Certificate in 2003. Mrs. Mathieu worked as a personal nanny before joining Stepping Stones where she has dedicated her professional career now for more than 14 years. Mrs. Mathieu earned her Director’s Certificate in 2009 and has overseen the school for well over ten years.  She has been married to her husband for 18 years and has two teenagers.


Mrs. Mathieu is dedicated to upholding the vision of Stepping Stones Preparatory Academy and her passion for children is obvious in her daily interactions.      


Interested in a career at Stepping Stones Preparatory Academy? We’d love to hear from you!

For additional information, please contact us!





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11900 Crane Brook Dr. 

The Woodlands, TX 77382
T / 281-292-8783



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