Zenith Learning serves families with children in grades PreK-12 by providing safe, enjoyable and affordable after school care and programs. Children are served a snack each day and participate in a variety of age-appropriate, play-oriented activities, including games, sports, arts and crafts, drama, cooking, music, science experiments, special events and more! The program follows the Schools’ calendar and does not operate when schools are closed.


Kristina Perez, M.Ed.

Chief Executive Officer

Often described as a highly motivated education manager with exceptional leadership abilities, Kristina Perez serves as the  Chief Executive Officer of the Zenith Learning team.  She is talented at facilitating change, designing new programs, evaluating systems, and can often be found inspiring others through her imaginative style.
Kristina moved to the Houston area from North Dallas in 2010 and is passionate about creating programs for children and families. As a mother of four, Kristina works hard to maintain her lifelong path of learning while serving as a role model. Zenith captured her attention in January of 2018. After graduating from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and a Master’s of Education in Special Education, Kristina served as a teacher, a coordinator, a director of operations and department director. She has a history of success in managing multiple programs and generating events for thousands of attendees in various communities.
With state recognition, Kristina is considered a pioneer in developing new programs for districts, specifically directing the largest before/after-school program in Texas.
Kristina holds more than sixteen years of combined experience in educational leadership and management and more than twenty years in education. She is involved with various community groups and continues to volunteer in her local community with youth.

Laurie Bricker, M.Ed.

Business Development

Laurie Bricker is a graduate of the University of Texas, with a Bachelor of Education degree, and a graduate of the University of Houston, with a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction. As a passionate supporter of education and school reform, Laurie was elected three times as a Trustee of the Houston Independent School District’s Board of Education for 8 ½ years and served as President of the Board in both 1999 and 2002. In 2004, she was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, then In 2010, she was appointed by the Governor to the State Board for Educator Certification, and reappointed in 2013. She was recently elected to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools – Commission on Colleges Board. She has served on the boards of Leadership Houston, Houston Holocaust Museum, YMCA of Greater Houston, Jewish Community Center, All Kids Alliance, American Leadership Forum. Laurie served on the committee that wrote the THECB’s 60X30 TX. Laurie is a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum and is a member of the University of Texas Commission of 125. Laurie and her husband are native Houstonians, and their grandchildren are 4th generation Houston ISD students.

Pamela Redd, M.Ed., J.D.

Business Development

Pamela Redd is a graduate of Houston Baptist University with a Bachelor of Arts in Education, a graduate of Prairie View A & M University with a Master’s of Education in Educational Administration and a graduate of the University of Houston Law Center.  Pam is a dedicated educator with 30 years of experience, as a teacher, instructional specialist, Assistant Principal and Principal and has worked in both public and private schools.  She also has superintendent certification.   She is a graduate of Leadership Houston and the Rice University Educational Entrepreneurship Program (REEP).  She has served as a PTO member, secretary, and President.   Pam was featured the Rice University’s White Paper:  School Leaders as CEOs, Principals in Action, and also highlighted in “The Seventy Four”, a non-profit news site covering education in America.

Shehz Ali, M.Ed.

Business Development

Shehz Ali is a systemic thinker with a wealth of experience in multi-state school reform, coaching school leadership teams, and designing and implementing school transformations.   Shehz has been a Director at Houston A+ Challenge and YES Prep where he designed, built and facilitated leadership training and coaching systems aimed at preparing education leaders for the opportunities of the 21stcentury.  He also holds expertise in DEI, education innovation and parent engagement.  While in San Francisco, Shehz focused on middle school reform and lead his team to support district level transformation through intentional alignment and cycle of inquiry.

Shehz’s broad base of knowledge also comes from his time as a school evaluator, where he evaluated schools and educational systems in six different States.  He has nine years of experience as a teacher and school administrator at all levels.  While a middle school teacher, Shehz was nominated for The National Capitol Educator Award for his work with underserved refugees.  He also has been a guest lecturer at Brock University in Canada. He holds a B.A. in History from the University of Ottawa (Canada), a B.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Brock University, and an M.Ed. in Education Leadership and Policy from University of Ottawa.


Zenith Learning was created with student potential and a caring environment in mind. Child care is the founding service Zenith Learning has built a reputable history with. Since starting in June 2010, we have built from the ground up a vast network of partner schools that number to 44 campuses now, including one in Holland, Ohio. We service more than 1,970 students and have done this by training our staff to put the students at the center of our service to them.

Nearly 100% of our home office team was either an administrator or a highly experienced school teacher. Our diversity is also a key that opens our understanding of our partner schools’ diversities’ as well. We have 44 sites in our after school program. Due to our structure that includes regional representatives that live in 8 different metropolitan areas of Houston allows us to staff each of the Texas based sites from El Paso to Dallas and down to Houston.
Zenith Learning offers the services of child care, enrichment activities, summer programming and staffing at our partner campuses.

Staffing is our new service we are proud to offer. We maintained the ability to continually fill employment for over 150 staff members to service our partner schools at all our Texas sites. Others might find this difficult to do, but our team has the ability to immediately act because of our system in place. Our 8 regional representatives throughout Texas help mediate this process due to the remote nature of our sites. Our staffing services will pull from the same child care support staffing model.

Zenith Learning prides itself on its partner relations by way of best customer service and incentive programs. Zenith Learning, in turn, sponsors teacher, student and parent events in a variety of ways. This includes sponsoring; teacher or parent breakfasts, PTO/PTA events, school festivals, clubs, and school sports teams. We believe in order to get business, we must give first.


I love that the students are engaged in their activities, in that when it’s time to go home, they are a little sad because of how much fun they have during the program.
Parent, Austin

I love the teachers and employees of Zenith, and so does my son!

Parent, Roosevelt Elementary HISD

Thank you for your generosity and that of Zenith. As I mentioned to your regional representative yesterday – I am very happy with Zenith services here at HSA Sugar Land.

Principal, Sugar Land

I like Zenith because the teachers take good care of the children, and it gives me security and confidence that my child is in a good environment.

Parent, Crespo Elementary HISD
I do like that when I get there to pick up my child, the Zenith staff members are always there to greet me and calls my daughter right away and knows us by first name basis.
Parent, Fort Worth

Small group of kids to staff, staff keeps my daughter interested and busy.

Parent, Holland,OH

I really appreciate the assistance with homework, that is a big help due to my work schedule.

Parent, San Antonio

Having such a service at school is a great convenience for us.

Parent, Carrillo Elementary HISD




Zenith Learning staff members are well-qualified specialists who have a sincere interest in children and are committed to providing a warm, supportive environment to enhance the child’s self-image. Staff members receive training in First Aid, Child Abuse Recognition and Prevention and the Management of Communicable Diseases. They are also required to complete 15 hours of additional training each school year. Each staff member is required to submit references and an affidavit. A criminal record check is performed on each employee.