Mrs. Angela Turner

Welcome to a new year at The Rock Enrichment Academy. My name is Angela Turner and this will be my 6th year as Director. I am blessed to work with amazing teachers that have poured their hearts into planning lessons for your children, whom I have no doubt will be loved on, prayed over and taught the word of God. I will cherish each day with your kiddos as I rotate throughout the classrooms, join in the fun, and observe and engage with students and teachers.

Again, thank you for sharing your precious children with us this year! If you ever have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask. To better serve your children, I believe it is critical to keep the lines of communication open. Please feel free to contact me at therockenrichmentacademy@yahoo.com or 512-584-4179. I am confident that we will have a great year together.

Mrs. Michelle Cecil

My name is Michelle Faith Cecil. I am so excited to be a part of the TREA family this year and am so passionate about teaching! Although I have enjoyed teaching adults and high school aged students, my favorite age group to instruct is K-6th graders. After graduating from college with a degree in education, I began teaching in an elementary school. During the summers, I managed and trained life guards at local public pools. I earned a degree as a licensed paramedic and while working on an ambulance, I taught emergency medicine courses to volunteers and staff for local emergency services.  I am also a reading specialist and enjoy teaching reading and literature. However, I am most passionate about learning and teaching sciences, particularly life and health sciences. Our body, interests, skills and individuality are gifts from God and teaching how our bodies work and how to take care of the body we have been given, inside and out, is an honor.

I am so excited about teaching Science at all three locations. We will study botany, or plant biology, at our Round Rock (Monday) and  Cedar Park West (Tuesday) locations. At our Cedar Park East (Wednesday) location, we will be participating in many hands-on science experiments, covering many of the different sciences including chemistry, biology, geology and physics.  Thank you for the opportunity to partner with you in the education of your children. Learning together will be a great blessing. Please contact me with any questions or concerns at chellececil@gmail.com or 512-773-1566.

Mrs. Jennifer Kaderli

My name is Jennifer Kaderli and I am so excited to be teaching PE (Kid’s Fit)  this year at The Rock Enrichment Academy. God has blessed me with a wonderful husband and a sweet natured twelve year old daughter. I grew up in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and moved to Austin shortly after my daughter was born. I instantly loved the nature filled areas around me and how active everyone was. Exercise and fitness never interested me as a child as I was extremely shy and didn’t want to participate. God changed that in me after I had my own child. I begin to realize that movement and staying active was so important to our emotional, mental and spiritual well-being. 

As I worked with children of different ages within the church my family attends, I realized that I loved motivating and challenging them to be more physically active in a fun and positive environment. At that point I knew it was God’s plan to study and get certified in Youth Fitness through ACE Fitness Acadamy. I then ran a few small children’s fitness classes and moved on to get my Group Exercise Certification, Personal Training and Barre Above  Certification as well. I love working with children and watching their excitement to try new activities build, and to have fun doing it.

I look forward to getting to know each and every one of your children this year, and am excited to encourage to encourage them to stay healthy and more active. What a wonderful 2017-2018 school year this is going to be!

Mrs. Alexandra Lagmanson

My name is Alexandra Lagmanson. I’m truly excited to join TREA as the Art instructor. I’m a mother of two, Native Texan and Austin Raised. I hail from The University of Texas at Austin’s Art school with a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics/ minor Fine Arts. Painting is my favorite artistic medium all though I dabble in just about all of them.

My study and love of art has carried me around the world. From art school in Italy, pyramids in Guatemala, to Balinese art study in Indonesia. Also, Living in NYC, Mexico and Spain has given me an extensive look at culture and art as a whole.

Our family moved to 6 acres in Leander 2 years ago. We currently have 3 dogs, 3 cats and 11 chickens. We love the country life!!!

I can’t wait to share my love of Art and hope to inspire my students as I too was inspired from an early age by my art teachers.

Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to share in your TREA family.

Feel free to contact me anytime alexlagmanson@gmail.com or 512-351-1450

Mrs. Cassie Larsen

Hi, my name is Cassie Larsen and I am very excited for my third year of teaching music at Rock Enrichment (2017-18). This will be my first year teaching character building as the homeroom teacher for the 5/6 grade class, and I will miss spending that time with kindergarten/early first grade students, but look forward to teaching (and learning) from the older students.

When I was three, I drove my parents crazy with my constant requests to watch Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music. I am grateful they recognized my interests at an early age and encouraged me to develop skills in one of my favorite things: music. Some of my favorite things besides music include hiking, figure skating, and volunteering with my kids at a local farm feeding the animals. My husband and I enjoy composing musical arrangements together (although we often disagree and have creative differences :).

When I was fourteen I became a piano/organ accompanist in my church congregation. In college I studied piano and music history/theory, and performed in concert choir. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Humanities and Music. As a stay-at-home mom I have found musical opportunities through teaching piano lessons, accompanying KidsActing summer musical camps, teaching pre-school music classes, as well as directing the children’s choir at my church.  I was homeschooled and have enjoyed being able to home school my kids and am grateful for Rock Enrichment Academy where I can enjoy the best of both homeschooling and teaching music. In the last few years I have enjoyed directing the Fish tales mini-musicals at the Rock, as well as directing a full-scale production of Annie with our homeschool co-op. I look forward to a fun year incorporating musical theatre into our music education!

texashillcountrymusic@gmail.com

Mrs. Jisela Lomas

Hola! My name is Jisela Lomas and I will be teaching Spanish at the Round Rock (Monday) and Cedar Park West (Tuesday) locations for the 2017-2018 school year.

I was born and raised in Mexico until the age of 17, then moved to Corpus Christi where I received my high school diploma. I currently live in Pflugerville with my husband Daniel and 3 kids, Denisse, Jesenia and Daniel. In 2016 I decided to further my education to become a Spanish teacher.

I serve at my church with the VBS (vacation bible school) ministry. I also work in childcare for a mother’s bible school program. I enjoy spending time with kids, listening to music, dancing and spending time with my family.

Mrs. Christa Newell

My name is Christa Newell. I am coming back to TREA after a year away! I am excited to be returning and look forward to meeting new students and catching up with familiar faces. I have been teaching off and on since 2006. I have taught Pre-K all the way up to 8th grade and have taught Art, Physical Education, tutored in Reading, Math, and Writing, and everything in between. I have a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood through 6thgrade Education and am in my final year of a completing Master’s in Counseling with a focus on family counseling.

In my “downtime,” I currently live in Cedar Park with my four kids, three girls and a son. We spent last year living in Nashville, homeschooling, and traveling around the U.S. We are excited to be “home” and are looking forward to seeing how long God has us in Texas this time around.

I will be teaching at all three campuses this year!

On Mondays in Round Rock I will be teaching Reader’s Theater. On Tuesdays I will be working at the Cedar Park West campus. Due to conflicts with an internship requirement for school, I will be on campus half of the day (morning and afternoon) and will be working as an aide with Mrs. Rodriguez in the new Pre-K class. I taught Pre-K for many years and am looking forward to meeting all the new additions! On Wednesdays, I will be at the Cedar Park East campus teaching Life Skills and Communication.

The 5th/6th grade class will be my homeroom class on both Mondays and Wednesdays. During Character Building, both classes will be working through the book, The Westing Game, in addition to the school-wide verse of the month and character trait topics.

Mrs. Maria Rodriguez

My name is Maria Rodriguez and I will have the privilege of coming back to you as The Rock Enrichment / Cedar Park Spanish teacher for the 2017-2018 school year. My husband Mike and I have three wonderful blessings from God, Elijah 20, Kobe 16 and Mariah 8. Witnessing Gods hand in our children’s lives throughout these past years has been a true life changing experience of faith.

My focus for this coming school year is that your child will be comfortable with speaking the Spanish language using basic grammar, vocabulary and useful phrases. We will be practicing these skills by writing, singing, and listening to the language of Spanish just to name a few. I believe learning Spanish should be a FUN and joyful experience!

These skills will be reinforced by lessons and exercises from workbooks, monthly memory joggers and an ongoing vocabulary list that will tie into a monthly theme, as well as practicing conversational Spanish with each other during class. During our second semester (2nd grade and up) we will also be taking a journey to other places in the world where the language is spoken, while learning about the culture and sampling some of their favorite dishes and deserts! The students will select and research a different country and present their information to the class in a project format.

Along with teaching your kiddos Spanish I will continue serving the preschool ministry at Hill Country Bible Church, which I have had the privilege to be a part of for many years, and also serve with the leadership team as well. With our newly added third campus Cedar Park west, I will have the privilege to be part of a ministry that is so dear to me, and hope to continue my service to our younger generation by fostering the love of learning.

My heart desires is to work with children and teach them about the love of God. I have a high level of compassion and patience for all my students and commit to demonstrating Gods love in everything that I say and do. I look forward to getting to know each of your children and thank you for allowing me the blessing to be a part of their lives.

Mr. Ty Yocham

I began in the martial art path 28 years ago and launched teaching as a career 18 years ago. I still actively train and teach at Austin Okinawan Karate. I have trained, taught and competed in various towns, cities, states, and countries. With an interest in preserving this time tested and proven martial art curriculum, the focus of the curriculum is primarily self ­defense and health, with an emphasis on the “sport.”

The classical martial art path encourages the individual to live consciously and present in their physical, mental, and emotional athleticism. The martial art path parallels Christianity very well. I am in process of writing a book illuminating the parallel lessons of martial arts and Christianity.

In addition to being a martial art instructor, I have served as the President of the West Austin Lions Club since 2004, am active in my motorcycle club contributing to the legislative support for motorcycle rights and safety, and have served as a part of the outreach ministry at my church home. Additionally, I lead my family in regularly participating in volunteering at an Austin area soup kitchen.