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 Jay-Turner and this will be my 10th year as Director. I am a native Austinite with one son who just began his journey in high school. I am blessed to work with amazing teachers that have poured their hearts into planning lessons for your children, and have helped grow this program from one campus with 35 students (K-5) to six campuses, now with Pre-K through High School. 

We will cherish each day with your kiddos as we aim to foster the love of learning and help create servant leaders, young hearts more prepared to make a bold impact to better the world and those in it. I pray your children leave campus each day not only with greater knowledge in subjects taught, but most importantly, a deeper understanding of God’s love and with skills to practically apply it. 

Thank you for sharing your precious children with us! 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 512-653-2323. I am confident that we will have a great year together, growing in faith and love.

Mrs. Turner loves Thai curry, coffee, anything white chocolate, the color Cornflower Blue and her birthday is July 12th.

Mrs. Michelle Cecil

My name is Michelle Faith Cecil. This will be my fifth year with the TREA family.  I joined TREA staff after completing a family tour of the CPE campus.  I was so impressed with TREA that not only did I want my children to be a part of this great school, I knew I had to join the amazing teaching team. 

A bit about me: I attended ACU and graduated from the University of Texas.  I have a degree in education, with a specialization in reading and have taught middle school and elementary general education in the public school system.  I also have a degree as a licensed paramedic. I have served as a medic for EMS and also taught emergency medical courses to volunteers and staff for local emergency services.  After my oldest child completed two years of traditional classroom education, I began to homeschool my niece and my three children.  Currently, my two daughters are in college, my son will be a high school freshman and my niece will be in 8th grade. 

This year at TREA, I look forward to teaching K-6th science on the Monday and Wednesday campuses.  I will also be teaching  MS science courses on our Monday, Tuesday and Thursday MS campuses.  For students who can not get enough of science, I am excited to offer a STEM focused science course for K-6th graders on our Thursday campus.  

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. I look forward to what God has in store for our TREA family this new school year!

Blessings,

Michelle Cecil

MrsCecil@TheRockEnrichmentAcademy.org 

512-773-1566.

Mrs. Cecil’s birthday is September 30th and she loves Mexican CocaCola, hot teas with honey, any gluten-free foods, and the color blue.

Ms. Christa Newell

Hello! My name is Christa Newell and this is my fourth 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.

I wear a few different hats at TREA! 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: Mondays I will be the campus point-person for all families and will be teaching Middle School classes; Tuesdays, I will be the administrator on the CPW campus and will teach classes on our MS campus; Wednesdays I will be on campus fulfilling administration duties and will be available for family meetings, counseling, and any assistance teachers might need; Thursdays I teach a couple Middle School classes; and Fridays I am the campus lead and will teach mental health classes for K-6th students.

Looking forward to a wonderful school year,

Christa Newell

Admin@TheRockEnrichmentAcademy.org

512-417-2379

Ms. Newell loves sushi, Dr. Pepper and coffee, dark chocolate with caramel or mint, and the color black. Her birthday is March 29th.

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. Raynor loves Mexican food, drinking Kombucha, the colors red, beige, teal, and black. She is dairy-free! Her birthday is October 8th.

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. Lomas loves Mexican food and drinking hot cocoa. Her is April 19th.

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 8 and Emma is 5. 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. Sargent loves sushi, Indian food, and burgers, drinking coffee, and the color white. She also loves anything vanilla. Her birthday is October 17th.

Mrs. Maria Rodriguez

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Hola y bienvenidos a la clase de Español! 

My name is Maria Rodriguez and I will have the privilege of coming back for my eighth year as The Rock Enrichment Cedar Park Spanish teacher for the 2020-2021 school year. My husband Mike and I have three wonderful blessings from God: Elijah, 23; Kobe, 19; and Mariah, 11. It has been a true blessing seeing the hand of God at work in their young lives. 

Our Lord has blessed me with many years of experience as an educator, from working for the Lancaster Ca. School District, to serving on the leadership team with Hill Country Bible Church Early Childhood Children’s Ministry for many years. In addition to education, I also have over 10 of experience working in the medical field with Family Practice Medicine. Working with young lives, and watching them grow and develop truly brings a joy to my heart. I am humbled at the opportunity to be able to educate our next generation. 

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 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. As well as having fun while learning! We will also be learning about different cultures and geography. 

Additionally, 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’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 and thank you for allowing me the blessing to be a part of their lives. 

Maria Rodriguez 

Mrs. Rodriguez loves chicken, drinking coffee, dark chocolate, and the colors salmon and red. Her birthday is June 22nd.

Mrs. Cynthia Haker

My name is Cindy Haker and I’m thrilled for the opportunity to partner with Mrs. Larsen in teaching PreK at the Round Rock campus. I’m also excited to teach Spanish at the Cedar Park East campus.

I was born and raised in South Texas. I have a degree in International Business from the University of Texas in San Antonio and was certified in Bilingual Education EC-4. I started my teaching career in the Grand Prairie School District as a 3rd grade Bilingual Teacher and later taught 2nd grade. I eventually 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 for 9 years now and are so happy with the local homeschool community. I have two amazing daughters attending TREA (Isabella 11 & Emma 8).

The curriculum for our Pre-K students is Christ-centered and focuses on pre-emergent reading and writing as well as educational centers. Students will enjoy lessons with number and letter themes, explore the Spanish language, participate in science activities and experiments and have fun singing and moving during music time. 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.

Our Spanish class will continue to use the Sonrisas Elementary Spanish Curriculum. The program’s use of songs, stories, games and activities keep students engaged and make learning Spanish fun. My goal this year in Spanish is to create a positive, fun and energetic classroom environment where students feel comfortable speaking the language and enjoy exploring the culture.

I’m thrilled that I can be part of what makes TREA so wonderful and look forward to meeting your kids! 

 
 

Mrs. Haker loves coffee, chocolate, and the color blue. Her birthday is on September 14th.

Mrs. Cassie Larsen

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I am very excited for my sixth year of teaching music at The Rock Enrichment Academy for the 2020/21 school year.  I will be teaching music at CPW and South Austin as well as Pre-K in Round Rock.  One of my favorite roles is teaching Pre-K music, playing guitar and incorporating puppets, scarves, bean bags, drums, parachute….My first goal in all 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 also direct musical summer camps.   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.  Our Christmas 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, my own version of “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 also written my own musical version of “The 3 Little Pigs” with original music.   

I have four children, three boys, and a girl ranging from ages two to twelve.  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 dog, we volunteer as animal feeders at Pioneer Farms, and try to stay sane with the crazy chaos of four kids and several pets. I look forward to another great year at the Rock!

Mrs. Larsen loves brownies, Reese’s peanut butter cups, hot cocoa and Wendy’s. Her birthday is May 6th.

Mrs. Stephanie Nikel

Hello! My name is Stephanie Nikel and this will be my first year working at TREA. My family and I moved to Round Rock in March of 2019 from Colorado. I have two little girls who are 2 and 4 years old. I love teaching children and I have a passion for overseas missions work. I have done a couple trips to Rwanda, Thailand, Barbados and Mexico where I have helped lead and teach VBS programs to school age children.
I have a Bachelors Degree in Sociology from California State University of Fullerton. I definitely have a heart for helping others!
In my free time, I love going to the beach, working out, getting coffee, and hanging out with friends and family. I am so excited for this opportunity at TREA this year.
I love coffee, pastries, dark chocolate, Mexican food and drinking kombucha. My birthday is August 6th.

Amy McAllister

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Hello! My name is Amy McAllister. I served as a substitute during the 2019-2020 school year and I am looking forward to teaching this next year.

Austin has been home for the past six years, but I’ve lived in every continental time-zone. Born and raised in southern California (PST), college in Utah (MST), five years in Ohio (EST), before landing in Texas (CST). While I lived in Ohio, I was part of the admissions committee for The Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business. I love helping high school seniors write and edit their essays when they apply to colleges. 

My bachelor’s degree is in Business and Hospitality Management, and I geek out on all-things business strategy, but long for the day when I can take some art history classes at ACC. I’ve been teaching youth at church for as long as I’ve been an “adult.” Currently, I serve/teach the 7-10 year-old girls. I also spent two years leading a bible study for high school juniors and seniors. 

The best parts of my life are Cort, my husband, and my three boys, Will, Duke, and Matt. I make stellar paper airplanes, and consider quilting and reading viable therapy options. I swoon for charcuterie platters, anything yellow, and a really good workout.

Mrs. McAllister loves being outdoors, sleeping with her weighted blanket, gluten-free things that don’t taste gluten-free, and going on adventures with her family. Her birthday is October 22.       

 

Mrs. Dianna Martz

Mrs. Martz, Physical Education

Hello!!!  My name is Dianna Martz!   I recently retired from my teaching and coaching career of 29 years in the public-school system where I taught health, PE, dance, leadership and gymnastics.   I have taught all ages of children PK through 12th grade, as well as adults in various fitness and wellness classes throughout my career.   I am very excited about my next adventure in life and having the opportunity to work with the adults and children at TREA.  I love God and believe He has put me on this path to continue my passion.   My mission is to communicate, successfully promote and teach the importance of physical, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual wellness.  This includes everyday activities, as well as extra-curricular activities that may represent the family, the school, the community, the team and program, as well as one’s self.  Also, teaching young students how to conduct themselves responsibly, cooperatively, and positively in everything they do through the venue of wellness, physical education, athletics, health education and dance.