Early Learning Center Sanguinet Campus


Jennifer Carpenter, LCSW

Jennifer began her Lena Pope career as an Associate Family Teacher and Social Services Coordinator in 1994.  Jennifer has also served as a Family Therapist, Care Coordinator and Supervisor, Foster Home Director, Associate Director of Foster Care, School Social Worker and most recently as the Student and Family Services Coordinator at Chapel Hill Academy.  Jennifer earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Master’s degree in Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  Jennifer also serves on the adjunct faculty of TCU as a field instructor and supervisor of undergraduate and graduate level social work students.  Jennifer has presented numerous workshops internally, locally and at national conferences. 

Jennifer has worked for over 20 years to help create hope, happiness and success for children and families and she’s excited to work with Lena Pope’s youngest clients! 



Carla Freeman

Carla Freeman has a Bachelor’s degree in Development and Family studies from the University of North Texas. She has worked in the Early Childhood field for over 10 years. Before coming to Lena Pope, Carla managed corporate run child care centers and worked for the State of Texas as a childcare licensing representative.  She is excited to use her experience to help create a future of hope, happiness, and success for children and families. 


Jantzen Verastique

Early Learning Center UNT Health Science Center Campus


Mariah Esquivel

Our Caregivers

Lead Teachers

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Early Learning Classroom Aides

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Kitchen Manager

Jessica Gonzales

Lauren Doane - Program Evaluation Coordinator

Lauren Doane

At Lena Pope our motto is, “once a Lena Pope kid, always a Lena Pope kid.” Our Early Learning Center children are no exception. Lena Pope follows the long-term outcomes for children who advance beyond our education programs through a longitudinal student evaluation. This study provides valuable data to guide our programs. Students who attend Lena Pope Early Learning Centers are assessed on social/emotional skills and engagement at school. As part of the Lena Pope team, Lauren Doane stays connected with our ELC families as they transition into kindergarten and beyond.

Interested in Joining our Team?

Any opening for the Lena Pope Early Learning Centers will be added to this website as positions are available.

Click here for more information on currently posted positions.

To maintain accreditation at the Sanguinet Early Learning Center and because the UNTHSC Center will be pursuing accreditation from the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education, the following standards are required for teachers and aides:

  • Bachelor’s degree required for teachers
  • Associate’s degree or CDA required for aides