Assistant Teacher, Pre-K
Team Member Since August 2015
Ms. Emily Hester is our resident Aggie on staff! Emily was born in Waxahachie, Texas and moved to Austin when she was 4 years old. She has a Communications degree from Texas A&M and has been a professional volunteer and fundraiser since her three children entered elementary school. While growing up and immediately after college, she worked in her family’s pest control business, which she loved since her children were able to come to work with her. Before joining our staff in July 2015, she worked for a business that brought enrichment opportunities to commercial preschools. Ms. Emily’s organizational skills, positive energy and magnetism with children has made her transition to our staff an easy one! In her words, Ms. Emily loves preschool children since this was her favorite age so far in raising her own children!
Ms. Jennifer A.
Assistant Teacher, Threes
Team Member Since June 2005
Ms. Jennifer A. has been a valuable part of our staff, serving in many roles over the course of 9 years. She has been the lead teacher for the Threes, assistant teacher in the Fours, and assistant to the combined Threes/Fours classroom. She even served as a nursery worker for the St. Mark church community. Ms. Jennifer A. began her child care career right out of high school and has a genuine love for children. She also has the hardest work ethic on our team! Ms. Jennifer A. is married with an adult daughter and a pre-teen daughter.
Assistant Teacher, M/W Fours, T/TH Toddlers
Team Member Since June 2017
Ms Jenn joined our staff in June 2017 for our summer session, but has been a parent in our program since Fall 2016. Ms. Jenn earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English Education from Florida State University and a Masters Degree in Special Education from the University of Houston. She has spent years teaching English in both middle school and high school classrooms, and she has worked in Special Education administration to assess the individual needs of students receiving special education services. Ms. Jenn is a native Floridian. She met her husband Eddy in college and they have two daughters: one who is a Pre-K graduate of St. Mark CDO and another who will graduate in 2 years from our program! Welcome Ms. Jenn as the newest member of the CDO staff!
Assistant Teacher, M/W Floater, T/TH Fours
Team Member Since August 2015
Ms. Tracy started with us in August and hit the ground running! She is originally from Massachusetts and after marrying her high school sweetheart and becoming a mom, she opened and operated a very successful licensed daycare for nine years! After moving to Texas fifteen years ago, she turned her concentration to motherhood and has been busy raising her 6 children! Three are now adults and three are still school aged. After five sons, she and her husband opted to quit gambling on ever having a daughter of their own and adopted a little girl from Russia 6 years ago. In Tracy’s own words, “I have always loved children and decided to apply for this position after looking over the school website and being impressed with what I saw!” We are so glad that Ms. Tracy did and have already appreciated her positive energy and interaction with the children in the few short weeks she has been a member of the team!
Assistant Teacher, M/W Toddlers
Team Member Since June 2016
Ms. Bonny joined our staff in the summer of 2016! She was born in Amarillo, but spent most of her early years in Wichita Falls. She has about 15 years experience in childcare and enjoys the youngest of God’s creation and all of the developmental changes that happen each school year. Bonny is the proud mom of a 15-year-old son named Jacob who she describes as “awesome.” When she is not teaching toddlers, she is with a group of her son’s friends and their high school robotics team. If money and time were not a factor, she would enjoy a day spent outside and maybe the opportunity to try something new like scuba diving off some fabulous beach somewhere!