Our World Class Staff Sets Us Apart

St. Mark Children’s Day Out is proud of its CDO Staff! The St. Mark CDO Board reviews each potential staff candidate carefully and only staff that pass their review are afforded the opportunity to join our winning team.

Ms. Suzanne

Lead Teacher, Toddlers

Team Member Since August 2003

Ms. Suzanne has been a part of our program since her children attended many years ago. Ms. Suzanne brings enthusiasm, laughter, and energy to the toddler classroom. She is an amazing teacher with a level of patience that makes her a favorite! When she is not enjoying toddlers, you can find Ms. Suzanne needlepointing or enjoying the antics of her precious cats! Ms. Suzanne is married with a grown son and college aged daughter.

Ms. Emily

Lead Teacher, Threes

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. Julie

Lead Teacher, Fours

Team Member Since August 2018

Ms. Julie lived in her birthplace town of Columbus, Ohio for 6 weeks before being on the move with her navy dentist dad and family, but became a true Texan in 1984 when she began her college career at Texas Lutheran College, now University, earning a B.S. in Psychology in 1988. She married her husband after college and has 3 grown sons. Ms. Julie is often seen walking up and down the halls having conversations with our CDO children and singing songs with them! We are blessed to have her presence at our school! In her spare time, Ms. Julie likes to work out and sew.

Ms. Jennifer

Lead Teacher, Pre-K

Team Member Since October 2004

Ms. Jennifer is a native Austinite and a veteran member of our teaching team! She is more than qualified to lead our Pre-K classroom after earning a teaching degree from Concordia University with a specialty in special education and early childhood development with an emphasis on grades 1-6. Ms. Jennifer S. has directed a preschool and taught elementary school. As a long time member of our team, we value her amazing patience and love for all ages! Ms. Jennifer is widowed and has an adult daughter and two college aged sons.

Ms. Tracy

Asst. Teacher, Toddlers

Team Member Since Fall 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!

Ms. Pam

Asst. Teacher (M&W), Toddlers

Team Member Since Fall 1989

Ms. Pam wins the award for being our teacher with the longest tenure with St. Mark CDO!

Also a native Austin-ite, she first joined our staff when her now twenty-something year old son
was in our program! She remembered us when her now 7 year old son was needed a part-day
program and joined our staff this past fall! She has an amazing gift for enjoying young toddlers and is a great asset to our St. Mark CDO team! Ms. Pam is married with three grown children and one not as grown child!

Ms. Bonny

Asst. Teacher (M&W), Threes

Team Member Since August 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 college aged son named Jacob who she describes as “awesome.” 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!

Ms. Pam

Asst. Teacher (M&W), Toddlers

Team Member Since Fall 1989

Ms. Pam wins the award for being our teacher with the longest tenure with St. Mark CDO!

Also a native Austin-ite, she first joined our staff when her now twenty-something year old son
was in our program! She remembered us when her now 7 year old son was needed a part-day
program and joined our staff this past fall! She has an amazing gift for enjoying young toddlers and is a great asset to our St. Mark CDO team! Ms. Pam is married with three grown children and one not as grown child!

Ms. Ruby

Asst. Teacher (M&W), Fours

Team Member Since Summer 2021

Ms. Ruby is the first ever teacher hired while actually touring the preschool to enroll her child!  During her tour conversation, Ms. Ruby shared that while she was working on her Associate’s Degree in Architectural Design, she started working part time as a Preschool Teacher. It was during this time that she realized her passion for young children and that changed her career path. Ms. Ruby has also volunteered as a Sunday school teacher and nursery helper since 2013. Ms. Ruby is happily married and has 5 children ages 15, 13, 3, 2 and 1!  Ms. Ruby admits that the good Lord surprised her with her youngest three children! During her limited free time, she enjoys exploring outdoors, Pinterest DIY Crafting, and Baking. Her favorite quote is “It takes a BIG HEART to help SHAPE little minds” by Abbie Burke. Ms Ruby is excited to be joining the CDO family this fall and getting to know your little loved ones while helping them grow and learn.

Ms. Carolyn

Asst. Teacher (T&TH), Fours

Team Member Since Summer 2021

Coming soon!

Ms. Janelle

Asst. Teacher (T, W & Th), Pre-K

Team Member Since Summer 2021

Ms. Janelle is originally from Australia and our only teacher who traveled oceans to get to us! Ms. Janelle earned a Bachelor’s degree in education from Texas State University. She also has an associates degree from the Catholic College of Education in North Sydney, Australia and has taught preschool and elementary school all over the world! She brings an energy and discipline to the classroom that is extraordinary and prepares her students to be lifelong learners! Ms. Janelle is married and has three adult children.