Assistant Teacher, Toddlers, Mon. & Weds.
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!
Assistant Teacher, Threes Classrooms, Mon. & Weds. & Toddler Classroom, Tues. & Thurs.
Team Member Since August 2013
Ms. Ashley is the youngest staff member and a former St. Mark CDO student! Ashley brings the gift of enthusiasm to the CDO children on a daily basis and loves to have intentional, meaningful conversations with them! Ashley was born in Austin and her family represents three generations of membership in the St. Mark church family! Ashley is a valuable asset to our team serving both the toddler classroom and the 4’s classroom this fall and using her energy as a positive presence with all of the children of the CDO! Ms. Ashley is married and has two young sons.
Assistant Teacher, Threes Classrooms, Mon.–Thurs.
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 2 grown sons and a third son who begins college this school year. 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.
Assistant Teacher, Fours Classroom (Safari Friends), Mon.-Thurs
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, Fours Classroom (Safari Friends)
Team Member Since February 2019
Ms. Shawna joined our staff this past February after being a St Mark CDO mom for over 2 years. Originally from Illinois, she attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, earning a BS in Physical Education and then obtained an MS in Education & Administration from Purdue University. Ms Shawna moved to TX in 2004 and was an Athletic Trainer at Southwestern University for 12 years before leaving to focus on her family. When not at St Mark CDO, she continues her career as an AT part-time, likes to read and tries to workout. She is looking forward to working with the Busy Bee’s this year and can’t wait to see them all grow! Ms Shawna is married and has 3 children, 2 daughters and 1 son.
Assistant Teacher, Pre-K Classroom (Owls)
Team Member Since Summer 2019
Ms. Cindy is the newest member of the St. Marks team, joining Ms. Melanie in the Pre-K owl classroom starting in the summer of 2019, but Ms. Cindy is not new to the teaching profession! Our only resident longhorn, Ms. Cindy graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and has taught both Bilingual Pre-K and 1st grade for Austin Independent School District.. Ms. Cindy is also a former St. Mark CDO mom whose son was in Ms. Donna’s and Ms. Melanie’s classrooms. After a brief few years at home being a stay at home mom, we are thrilled that she has decided to join our CDO teaching team! She loves fostering a spirit of kindness and community in the classroom and is looking forward to a wonderful year in the Owl class!!