Mrs. Angela Turner

Welcome to a new year at The Rock Enrichment Academy. My name is Angela Turner and this will be my 7th 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 director@therockenrichmentacademy.org or 512-584-4179. I am confident that we will have a great year together.

Mrs. Alexandra Lagmanson

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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

I am very excited for my fourth year of teaching music at Rock Enrichment (2018-19). This will be my second year as the homeroom teacher for the 5/6 grade class. I’m also looking forward to making music with the pre-k class this year as well.

I began playing piano at the age of 8, and learned the organ as a teenager, becoming church organist at age 14. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities with a Music Emphasis. I was a piano accompanist and alto singer in my college concert choir. Once I became a stay at home mom I started a Music Makers class in my home. I then taught a music class at my childrens’ preschool and also ran a home preschool. I began teaching piano lessons in 2012. I have also led the children’s choir at my church and worked as a piano accompanist for KidsActing musicals.I homeschooled my kids for several years, during which time I directed the musical Annie at a homeschool co-op. Since teaching at the Rock I have directed several mini musicals, Fish Tales I and II, and The Boy Who Cried Wolf. This past spring I wrote my first musical, Jonah and the Whale and was thrilled to see the students at the Rock perform and sing my original songs.

I have four children, three boys and a girl ranging from infant to age ten. My husband shares my passion for music as he also composes choral music and has a rich tenor voice. He has been my sound effects and lights manager for my musicals. We enjoy making musical arrangements together. Our family loves exploring the Austin greenbelts with our active puppy, we volunteer as animal feeders at Pioneer Farms and try to stay sane with the crazy chaos of four kids and three pets. I look forward to another great year at the Rock!

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Mrs. Michelle Cecil

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My name is Michelle Faith Cecil. I am so  blessed to be a part of the TREA family! Although I have enjoyed teaching adults and high school aged students, my favorite age group to instruct is K-8th graders. After graduating from college with a degree in education, I began teaching in public school. My teaching degree focuses on science however, I also have a certification as a reading specialist.  After teaching in the public school system for years, I decided to go back to school where I earned a degree as a licensed paramedic.  I served as a medic for EMS while teaching emergency medical courses to volunteers and staff for local emergency services until I became a mom and began homeschooling my children.  Looking for a program for my youngest child and niece, God lead me to TREA and back to the classroom!

This year, I look forward to teaching a variety of sciences with a different focus at each campus Monday-Wednesday.  On Thursdays, I am excited to be teaching at our new middle school campus, focusing on leadership development and team/character building.

Thank you for the opportunity to partner with you in the education of your precious children. Learning together at TREA is such a great blessing! Please contact me with any questions or concerns at chellececil@gmail.com or 512-773-1566.

Mrs. Anne Schafer

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Hello! My name is Anne Schafer and I’m very excited for this new adventure working at TREA this year. I’m a born and raised Pacific Northwest girl until March of 2018 when my family felt called by God to move to Austin. I have a degree in Human Development and Family Sciences with a focus on Early Childhood Education from Oregon State University. Through college I taught at a Lutheran church’s preschool class. The year after graduating I did a year abroad in Sydney, Australia at Hillsong College studying Pastoral Leadership in Children’s Ministry. When I returned I began teaching 2ndand 3rdgrade at my home church’s private school. A few years into teaching, I also added a high school science and math class.

Class description:

I have always loved science and mathematics, and its why I’m excited to teach science to your children this year.  We will focus on life science; plant life, habitats and animals for the first half of the year, and then our bodies, health, and nutrition for the second half. I want to share my love of science through hands on learning with activities and experiments. We will also be keeping data in a science notebook as we learn all about life. I’m looking forward to meeting you. It’s going to be a great year!

Mrs. Maria Rodriguez

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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 2018-2019 school year. My husband Mike and I have three wonderful blessings from God, Elijah 21, Kobe 17, and Mariah 9. 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 conversating, 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, stories , monthly memory joggers and an ongoing vocabulary list that will tie into a monthly theme, with a focus on conversation with each other. 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. This is an optional assignment.

With our newly added campuses,  I will have the privilege once more to be part of a ministry that is very dear to me, ( preschool) and will continue my service to our younger generation by fostering the love of learning in their young lives.

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.

Mrs. Jisela Lomas

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Hola! My name is Jisela Lomas and I have the privilege of coming back for the second year as the Spanish Teacher at Round Rock (Monday) Cedar Park (Tuesday) and to the new location in Austin (Friday) for the 2018-2019 school year.

I was born and raised in Mexico, then moved to Corpus Christi where I completed my education. I currently live Pflugerville with my husband Daniel and 3 wonderful kids Denisse (16), Jesenya (10) and Daniel (9).

I love working with kids I have served for 4 years at the vbs (vacation bible school) at our local church. I learned so much this past school year one of the most important things that I learned was that Spanish wasn’t as easy to teach as I thought because Spanish was all I knew growing up but I enjoyed every minute of it I love teaching my language and sharing some of our culture with you and your kids. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your children’s life, God Bless you.

Mrs. Cynthia Haker

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Hi my name is Cynthia Haker.  I’m very excited to be teaching Pre-K alongside Mrs. Rodriguez on Tuesdays.  Although this will be my first year teaching at TREA, my daughters have attended for several years.

I started my teaching career in the Grand Prairie School District where I taught third and second grade for many years. I then moved into a more focused role where I worked with struggling readers until my husband’s job brought us to Central Texas. We have been here six years now and absolutely love it.

The focus this year will be to provide our Pre-K students with a Christ-centered curriculum that focuses on pre-emergent reading and writing as well as educational centers. They will enjoy lessons with number and letter themes, learn bible verses and explore the Spanish language. I love to see the curiosity of children and to provide them with opportunities for their confidence to grow as they explore the world around them. I’m thrilled that I can be part of what makes TREA so wonderful and look forward to meeting your kids! 

Mr. Jason Hill

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Jason Hill is a former broadcast news journalist. He earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the University of Detroit. Jason studied French and Journalism and worked as an assistant teacher for French in the University’s Department of Continuing Education.

Jason lived in France for 5 years where he competed in the International Fencing Association Circuit while running a French audio/visual business. He returned to the United States and enjoyed a nearly two-decade career as a newscaster in 6 cities around the country including Austin, Texas.

Jason is also a published author of many articles along with his first novel Freedom Waters available for purchase on Amazon. He currently takes time out to give back by teaching and sharing his experiences as a martial arts instructor. Jason also operates his real estate business here in Central Texas under the faith-based brokerage firm Fathom Realty. He lives in Round Rock, Texas with his wife Ela and two son’s Hunter and Chase.

Mrs. Raynor

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My name is Heidi Raynor. I am excited to be teaching Reader’s Theater for my first year at TREA. My family and I moved to Austin (Round Rock) in January.

I have 6 years of experience substitute teaching, 7 years of classroom experience, and 7 years as working as an assistant to the art teacher at our former school in San Diego. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and have been tutoring Jr. High students for approximately 7 years, primarily in math (algebra). As a grade school student, I would “play school” often. In high school and college I took multiple career decision making courses and tests, all recommending teaching.

I had denied my God given desire to teach until, finally, in 2012, I began my journey in the classroom. I quit my job in banking after 12 years and a degree. My career in banking also helped me realize my desire to help people (and children) find THEIR God given gifts. I love this challenge with all of my heart!

In my free time, I enjoy being outdoors. The Raynor family loves hiking, fishing and almost anything outside; a true love of nature. I am excited to spend the 2018-19 school year at TREA.

Mrs. Carol Dickson

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What happens inside the classroom should not stay in the classroom! The classroom should be designed in such a way that the child can take what is learned and carry that knowledge to the world. To do this, what is taught must be presented in a variety of modalities, with an array of methods, and hands on materials. From my years of experience, children learn in their own unique little way, and it is my job to reach each child’s learning style. I also feel that children need a structure to learning, so that they grow up as productive members of society.

Philippians 4:8 says “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

I am a retired teacher of 33 years, still working in the education field. I have worked with hearing impaired students my entire career, and can sign fluently. While working in the field of “Deaf Education” I not only have worked with students with hearing losses, I also have vast experience in teaching elementary and middle school hearing students.

I have experience with teaching the core subjects including Reading/Language Arts in elementary and middle school. I have directed Signing Children’s Choirs, and Theatrical performances that used a duo language format-English and ASL.

I am a compassionate person, who believes ALL children can learn and excel to the expectations put upon them, and should be given that chance through a positive risk-free environment. One quality that I have developed through all my years teaching is that I can explain a topic many different ways to better help the student grasp and internalize the information.

I love when a light bulb goes off and a student begins to understand a topic. When that happens I know that student is gaining something for life, and that makes all the hard work worthwhile.

Mr. Ty Yochum

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.

Mrs. Jennifer Kaderli

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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 school year this is going to be!

Ms. Christa Newell

My name is Christa Newell (or Ms. Noodle as lots of kids at TREA call me!). I am a single mom to four kids ages 5-12 and we live in Cedar Park. God has blessed me with four wicked smart kids who keep me on my toes and keep me humble. I have one kid who is on the autism spectrum, one with sensory disorders, and another with reading/ocular struggles all of which inspired me to further my education and gain a deeper understanding of how to meet their needs as well as compassionately approach all interactions with my students.

I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a dual focus on Business and Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling with a focus on Marriage and Families. I truly love working with people of all ages, particularly when it comes to helping equip people to know themselves better so that they can understand how God has uniquely designed each other of us to fit into our families, our communities, and our world!

I have had the joy of teaching off-and-on at this program since 2008! I started with Physical Education, moved to Art, then Life Skills and Communications, and Reader’s Theatre. This year I am back to help teach in the Middle School program as well as fill in gaps on the others campuses as needed, including teaching PE on Wednesdays. I will also fill the role as School Counselor so that I can help mitigate any issues and provide a solid base for communications and growth between students, teachers, and their peers. Teaching, shepherding, and providing psychoeducation for children and families is something I am deeply passionate about and am so grateful for the opportunity to be partnered with TREA.

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your child’s life! I am always happy to communicate with parents! You can reach me at christa25@gmail.com or 512.417.2379