Meet the Team

Founder

Felix Gort, Sr.

Founder

Rebecca Alvarez

Felix, co-owner of Excel ELC, is a Security Director for a large corporation, where he has managed large commercial buildings in the heart of our city for the past 20 years. During this time he has also run a successful residential construction company. Felix has worked part-time for 10 years at an Early Childhood Center as a maintenance engineer alongside his sister, wife, and daughters. His family has a combined 30+ years of experience in the Early Childhood industry. Felix has used his expertise in construction while servicing the community to ensure that children have a safe and clean environment. His love and support for his family led him to want to be a part of the Excel ELC. He has witnessed the value of early childhood education by watching and working alongside his family. His knowledge and skills in facility management and commitment to making sure that each child has an excellent facility to grow and learn in is invaluable. 
 

Rebecca, co-owner of Excel ELC, and her husband are business owners of 2 successful companies. Rebecca started as a part-time early childhood teacher in high-school. After graduating, Rebecca went on to have a successful career in accounting while continuing her education in Child Development. After a few years in accounting she went back to her original calling as a teacher and returned to the classroom. Her creativity and commitment to excellence in education created an environment for her students that earned many of them placement in Jefferson Parish Magnet Schools. Rebecca took time off from teaching to homeschool her children while exploring her love for ministry. God led her to serve as a Children's Pastor for 3 years. She developed an outstanding program while taking ministry classes at Louisiana School of Ministry. Her constant desire to see each child have the same educational opportunities inspired her to become a classroom observer for Orleans Parish Pre-Schools. Through her work as an observer she was able to gain invaluable knowledge of the classroom and early childhood education. For many years Rebecca has dreamed of having a place where children could flourish. After much prayer and God's perfect timing Excel ELC became a reality. 
 

Assistant
Director 
Shannon Gort

Shannon has always been passionate about education. As a stay at home mom, she homeschooled her children and created interesting and exciting learning activities while instilling strong Christian values throughout their education. Shannon followed in her family's footsteps entering the field of Early Childhood Education 18 years ago. Shannon started in the classroom and was quickly recognized as an outstanding teacher and leader. After 3 years in a classroom Shannon's leadership skills and innovative teaching techniques earned her the position of Assistant Director. As an Asst. Director Shannon, created a school environment that was exciting and magical for the children and their families. Her creativity and natural teaching abilities allowed her to develop and train a team of outstanding teachers. Shannon's inviting spirit and excellent communication skills make parents and their children feel like they're at home the minute they walk through the door. Shannon's knowledge of the industry and commitment to excellence add an invaluable component to the team. She has extensive education hours in Early Childhood Education and management.