We are so excited that you are considering partnering with The Rock for your child’s educational needs. We offer a diverse set of instruction and have teachers with a wide variety of educational backgrounds. This means that each campus has its own unique approach. We look forward to meeting you!

Click the links below to get to know each teacher a little better:

Mrs. Angela Turner

Welcome to a new year at The Rock Enrichment Academy. My name is Angela Turner and this will be my 8th 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. Michelle Cecil

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 led me to TREA and back to the classroom!

This year, I look forward to teaching K-6th science both Monday and Wednesday.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I am excited to be teaching at our middle school campus, as well as taking on the leadership role of Campus Lead for our Middle School program.

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.

Ms. Christa Newell

Hello! My name is Christa Newell and this is my third consecutive year working with TREA, but I have been with the program off-and-on since 2008. I am excited about being a part of the team for yet another school year! I hold a Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on EC-6th Education and Business Management as well as a Masters in Professional Counseling, with a focus on Family and Marriage Counseling.

This year I will be wearing a few different hats! I will continue to hold the role as the School Counselor. This means that if you have a child with unique needs, including learning differences or a need for differentiation, I will be your point-person. I will work with you and your student’s teachers to create adaptations for the curriculum to ensure that your student’s needs are met. I am also available for meeting one-on-one with students and families who attend The Rock. I believe that all families need access to a third-party perspective at times and I am happy to provide counseling for our TREA families.

I will also be working as a teacher on a few different campuses! At both of our Cedar Park locations and our South Austin location, I will be your student’s Physical Education teacher. I have always enjoyed athletics and love getting to see students find their strengths and skills through using the bodies God gave them. PE with me is a no-pressure class where we each do what we can do and are never pushed to perform or be evaluated against our peers. We want everyone to feel as though they are able to participate.

Additionally, I will be working as one of the Middle School teachers on all campuses that offer Middle School classes! One of my passions is being an articulate, mindful, and thoughtful writer and learner. As such, I am excited about getting to cover a variety of topics, including Psychology, Humanities, Academic Writing, and Logic.

Finally, I am excited about teaching Life Skills and Communications on our South Austin location. This class is one of my favorites as it is an opportunity for me to teach elementary students some of the skills I wish I had learned long before I did! From mindfulness practices to anger management, to being able to identify one’s emotions, all students will walk away knowing themselves better, how to build relationships thoughtfully, and how to communicate kindly.

Looking forward to a wonderful school year,

Christa Newell

christa25@gmail.com

512-417-2379

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 the 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. Heidi Raynor

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My name is Heidi Raynor, and I am thrilled to be teaching my second year at TREA. My family and I moved to Austin (Round Rock) in January of 2018.
I have 6 years of experience substitute teaching, 8 years of classroom experience, and 7 years 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; we have a true love of nature. I am excited to spend another year at TREA!

Mrs. Jisela Lomas

Hola!! My name is Jisela Lomas and I have been teaching Spanish at the Round Rock and Cedar Park locations since 2017.
I was born and raised in Mexico. When I was 17, I moved to Corpus Christi where I received my high school diploma. I currently live in Pflugerville with my husband, Daniel, and our three 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 once a year and the communion team. I also babysit for a mother’s bible school program. My family enjoys music, sports, traveling and ALL outdoor activities.

Mrs. Allison Sargent

Hello, my name is Allison Sargent. I am happy to be teaching at TREA this coming year!

I was born into a family of musicians and teachers and could not feel more at home teaching music to the younger generations.

I began Suzuki violin lessons at the age of 6 and participated in school, community and professional orchestras from kindergarten to now.

I have been married for 10 years and have two amazing children. Cooper is almost 7 and Emma is 4. Two years ago my family decided to move from Pflugerville to Lago Vista. Once settled, I opened a small music shop where I offer private lessons, group classes, instrument rentals, and repair.

In my years as a music teacher, I have taught ages 2 to adult all over the Austin area.

After graduating from Northern Arizona University, my husband and I moved to Austin to start our lives together. I began as an IMIP instructor at Cedar Ridge High School, Round Rock High School, Hopewell Middle School, and Stony Point High School. I taught lessons and coached and ran master classes for students in Pflugerville and Round Rock on region and all-state excerpts. From there I started teaching privately from Blackerby Violin Shop (Austin) and Sam Bass Music (Round Rock). Eventually, I grew my family and began working from my home studio (Pflugerville).

In 2016, I pioneered the orchestra program at NYOS charter schools. The program now consists of 4 orchestras participating in the Austin Charter School All-Region ensemble events, solo and ensemble festival, and large ensemble festival hosted by the Austin area music education coalition.

Each year I host and run a fun summer fiddle camp! Our week-long camp teaches the basics of how to fiddle and play the guitar accompaniment to a variety of fun tunes.

In the past twenty years I have played in a number of school and community orchestra programs earning the position of Concertmaster in the Northern Arizona University Symphony and chamber orchestras, Tucson Foothills Philharmonic, Canyon Del Oro Symphonic Orchestras, and in numerous summer institutes across the United States. I have also played as a section violinist for the Flagstaff Arizona Symphony Orchestra, Northern Arizona University Chamber Groups and Orchestra, and Tucson Philharmonic. I am currently a sub-contract violinist for the Round Rock Symphony Orchestra (now Central Texas Philharmonic), Temple Symphony Orchestra, Odessa Symphony Orchestra, Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, Laredo Philharmonic.

I hope to encourage the TREA students to explore and develop their love for music as they learn to read, write, play and understand this new foreign language.

Mrs. Amberley Fowler

My name is Amberly Fowler. I am so excited to join the TREA family for the 2019-2020 school year. My background is in Emergency Medicine with a minor in Psychology, specifically related to Behavioral Therapy. I am a homeschool mom of 2 amazing girls, a firefighter/ EMS wife, and retired paramedic. I am privileged to be teaching the littlest of learners at the Pre-K level in Round Rock and South Austin while also doing Cultural Studies with K-6 at the Cedar Park East location on Wednesdays.

I have taught young children for the last 7 years at our local church and have worked in the            Pre-K/Kinder music program for summer camps. I believe in a multi-sensory approach to education and hope to provide an environment that fosters a love of learning with fun and creativity. I am well-versed in teaching to struggling readers, as well as behavioral struggles that begin in the early years. I am blessed with the patience to consistently provide a growth environment to all emerging personality types. I believe all children have the ability to learn and grow when given the time and atmosphere that fosters their individuality.

This year in Pre-K, we will focus on the parables of Jesus with an emphasis on life lessons. Lessons will include storytime, music, games, Spanish, and STEM activities. Our class will learn about personal-responsibility, task-management, group participation, and conflict resolution. I look forward to fostering the little minds and having an amazing year full of smiles. Thank you for allowing me to be a tool in shaping your child’s mind.

Mrs. Anne Schafer

Hello! My name is Anne Schafer and I’m very excited about this new adventure of working at TREA this year. I am a born and raised Pacific Northwest girl. In March of 2018, 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 2nd and 3rd grade at my home church’s private school. A few years into teaching, I also added a high school science and math class. I’m looking forward to helping Mrs. Fowler with the Pre-K at Round Rock campus. It’s going to be a fun year!

Mrs. Maria Rodriguez

Hola y bienvenidos a la clase de Español!

My name is Maria Rodriguez and I will have the privilege of coming back to you as The Rock Enrichment Cedar Park East Spanish teacher for the 2019-2020 school year. My husband, Mike, and I have three wonderful blessings from God: Elijah, 22; Kobe, 18; and Mariah, 10. It has been a true blessing seeing the hand of God at work in their young lives. 

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 conversation, singing, art, and listening to the language of Spanish, just to name a few. I believe learning Spanish should be a FUN and joyful experience! We will continue to incorporate the Sonrisas Elementary Spanish Curriculum into our classrooms. The Acquire, Develop methodology has proven very effective with our students. Sonrisas focus is to help students acquire the language by using gestures, illustration, everyday objects, music, and artwork. Furthermore, it upholds the goal of having fun while learning!

Additionally, on Tuesday’s Cedar Park West campus, I will have the privilege once more of being a part of a ministry that is very dear to me, preschool. I am looking forward to continuing my service to our younger generation by fostering the love of learning in their young lives. My heart’s desire is to encourage your 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 God’s love in everything that I say and do. I look forward to getting to know each of your children. Thank you for allowing me the blessing of being part of their lives.

Maria Rodriguez

Mrs. Cynthia Haker

Hi, my name is Cindy Haker.  I’m excited to teach Pre-K alongside Mrs. Rodriguez again this year. 

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 seven years now and absolutely love it. I have two amazing daughters Isabella 10 and Emma 7 that also attend TREA.

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, explore the Spanish language and participate in science activities and experiments. 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!

Mrs. Cassie Larsen

I am very excited for my fifth year of teaching music at The Rock Enrichment Academy 2019-2020 on both the Cedar Park West campus and our new South Austin campus. This will be my third year as the homeroom teacher for the 5/6 grade class on the Cedar Park West campus.  I am also excited about being the homeroom teacher for the K/1 class in South Austin. I’m also looking forward to my second year making music with the Pre-K class. My first goal in my classes is always to foster a love of music within each student.  

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 a full-scale musical production of “Annie” at a homeschool co-op.

Since teaching at the Rock I have planned many choir concerts.   Some concerts have been taken into the community, singing at local nursing homes.  I have directed several mini-musicals at The Rock, including “Fish Tales” I and II, and “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.” In 2018 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.  In the spring of 2019, I dressed up as Mary Poppins to direct my students in a “Mary Poppins” concert where we sang and spoke about the positive lessons we learn from the classic character (such as making the best of less than ideal circumstances). I love to find music/musicals that teach good lessons and values and incorporate them into our concerts. I was excited last year to include the preschool class in our nursing home concert.  

I have four children, three boys, and a girl ranging from ages one to eleven. 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 and singing in the choir 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 two pets. I look forward to another great year at the Rock!

Mrs. Kristen Zimmerman

Hello, my name is Kristen Zimmerman. I am from Seattle, WA and have been a resident in the greater Austin area for the past 10 years. I reside in Cedar Park with my husband and two adventurous children Linda, 8, and Daniel, 4. I have a passion for the life God has blessed upon our family. My hobbies include gardening, photography, interior design, raising chickens, working with and embracing children with special needs, Sunday school teacher, and being outdoors.

The experience I have gained as a home school teacher and current substitute for TREA has fueled a passion to pursue a teaching career within a Christian-based environment. I am excited to have accepted the position of Art Instructor for the 2019-2020 school year. My credentials include an Associate of Arts and Science degree.

I like the challenge of creatively finding the right approach for each student to be successful. I am thankful to have acquired varied skills in the arts through past employment in market research, graphic design, and as an art assistant for the international glass artist, Dale Chihuly’s, company.

As an educator, my greatest strength is facilitating all styles of learners. The art lesson plans and activities are created to maximize student achievement as each student’s unique goals and needs are taken into account.

I am looking forward to having the opportunity to instill students with a biblical view through the educational process of art. 

Many blessings,

Kristen Zimmerman

smiles8kmz@hotmail.com

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. Hayward

Educationally, I have a bachelor in nursing degree (BSN) and a masters in nursing degree (MSN). I worked as a maternal/child nurse in the hospital for 12 years! Over the last 6 years, I worked for a local hospital in Austin where I helped write and develop curriculum as well as teach many of their childbirth classes.

In 2015, I invented a cleaning product and began an amazing, difficult, emotional, and fantastic entrepreneurial journey! I became the founder and CEO of CG&Hayward, LLC. I am largely self-taught, but also learned to network very early on and gained relationships with many CEOs, marketing experts, experts in their perspective fields (such as engineering, manufacturing, etc), other entrepreneurs, and many others who have graciously helped and taught me an immense amount. I am delighted, humbled, and off the wall excited to share this knowledge with others!

Personally, I am married to my best friend from middle school! YES! Josh and I have been married 13 years and have been blessed with 5 fabulous children. I started homeschooling when our oldest was in Kinder. It has been a crazy journey as both my husband and I went to public school! To make things more interesting, we are a family of dyslexics with some ADHD, dysgraphia, and who knows what else thrown in there. This includes me! I attribute much of my creativity and out-of-the-box approach and off-the-wall energy to my learning differences. My husband is the Senior Pastor here at Kinney Avenue Christian Fellowship. We stay very busy and I absolutely love it.

My teaching philosophy has been influenced heavily by my medical background. I see each person holistically. When I am teaching, I want to be intuitive and aware so that I can support the whole child: mind, body, spirit. I believe each person is complex and uniquely and wonderfully created. It is very important that I get to know each child so that I can best support and communicate with him/her. I believe that children are extremely bright and capable and can learn anything that a good teacher communicates. If a child is not grasping something, I know that means an adjustment on my end needs to take place. I approach learning with a very hands-on approach. I use a lot of word pictures, 3D objects, and experiences while teaching. If a child can touch and experience the concept, certainly he/she will understand it. I also believe in bringing a lot of energy and life to the classroom. I hope to communicate through my big smile, excited tone, and dramatic body language that I am THRILLED to be in class and I hope that is infectious! Parents should always feel welcome and invited to approach me about absolutely anything regarding their children/family. I want to know how to best serve ya’ll!

Mrs. Alexandra Lagmanson

My name is Alexandra Lagmanson. I’m truly excited to join TREA as an art instructor for a once-a-month Art Day on our new South Austin campus. 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 have carried me around the world: from art school in Italy, pyramids in Guatemala, to Balinese art study in Indonesia. Additionally, 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 3 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