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Monarch Early Childhood Academy’s Director, Revona Gatlin-Davis and Assistant Director, Devona Gatlin Martin are twin sisters, experienced in education and childcare, as well as, various aspects of managing a business. Mrs. Gatlin-Davis holds a Bachelor of Science in Child Development and has a Life Director’s Certification by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (Childcare Licensing). She is a Certified Master Trainer with the Texas Early Care and Education Career Development System and teaches Child Development courses part-time at the Childcare Council of Greater Houston, to childcare professionals for annual training and those pursuing a Director's Certificate. She has over 25 years of experience working with children. She has been an instructor in parochial and Montessori schools and has held positions of increasing responsibility with one of the largest financial institutions. Mrs. Gatlin-Davis is a member of Houston Association for the Education of Young Children (HAEYC) and founding board member of To Raise a Child (TRAC).

Mrs. Devona Gatlin Martin holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance. She also holds a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. In addition to owning and managing a business, Mrs. Martin also teaches part-time at Texas Southern University in the Human Services and Consumer Sciences Department. Her professional affiliations include: Houston Association for the Education of Young Children (HAEYC), Kappa Delta Pi, an Educational Honor Society, and National Society of Leadership and Success, and To Raise A Child (TRAC), where she is also a founding board member.

In addition, she received the National Leadership in Excellence Award in May 2012 from the NSLS. She has been an Accounting Clerk at a Community Health Clinic, and previously served as Treasurer for one of the community organizations to which she belongs. She taught Elementary/ESL for 8 years in the Houston Independent School District (Grades 2 – 4) and possesses a Lifetime Teaching Certificate for grades first (1st) through sixth (6th) grades. She has over 20 years of experience working with children.

As twin entrepreneurs, they have also founded a non-profit organization, To Raise A Child, Inc., a (501(c )3) organization. To Raise A Child (TRAC) focuses on the importance of rearing children in a safe and nurturing environment that focuses on high quality care. Since “It takes a village to raise a child”, TRAC partners with and empowers parents and early childhood educators in the community by offering parent education courses, professional development training for early childhood educators, and childcare tuition scholarships to families in need. For more information, visit www.toraiseachild.org.

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