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Meet Our Team!

Executive Director/Administrator
Sarah Johnson earned a Master's Degree in Special Education from the University of Texas at Austin. She serves as The Executive Director of The Emerson Foundation, as well as the Administrator of record for Emerson Academy. Sarah has a wealth of experience with Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), conducting assessments, developing curriculum, as well as individualized, small group and large group instruction. Sarah also utilizes her skills when serving as liaison to teachers, school districts, therapists and comprehensive program providers. Sarah has more than 18 years of experience working closely with children with special needs, those with Autism spectrum disorders and typically developing children.

Director

Crystal Oliver joined the Emerson Family Sep 2016. She earned her Child Development Associates in 2013 and her Child Care Administrator's Credentials in 2015.  As a mom of two, she has much experience nurturing and caring for her own children and shows that each day while working with the Caterpillars.

Caterpillars - Infants
Kathy Diteman is the  co-lead teacher for the Caterpillar Class. Kathy earned her CDA in infant in toddlers. Kathy has been serving at Emerson since March of 2014. Kathy loves speding time with the babies outside on the playground, gardening with them, and taking them for strolls. Kathy is patient, kind and it is clear that she always has the children's best interest in mind when teaching.


Margarita Gudino is a co lead teacher in the Caterpilliars class. She enjoys caring for our infants and watching them grow.



Ants - 1-2 Year Olds
(PHOTO COMING SOON)April Wilson

(PHOTO COMING SOON) 
Kenny Orihuela is our assistant teacher in the Firefly class. He enjoys caring for our children, signing with them, teaching them new signs, and doing sensory art. Kenny has been working at Emerson Academy for over a year.  Kenny is currently earning hours in Conscios Discipline.  He is also working on his CDA (Child Development Associates. In his free time Kenny likes to spend time with his friends and family.

Butterflies - 2-3 Year Olds

Beverly Franken is the co-teacher in the Butterfly class. Bev has 16 years of experience in child care along with an Associate of Arts degree and continuing education in Early Education. She is patient and kind when teaching and always gives unconditional love to her students. Along with high expectations and a very deliberate sense of right and wrong, Beverly has made long lasting impressions on all of the children who have had the opportunity to learn from her. Bev is one of Emerson's most
beloved teachers.

(photo coming soon) Sydney McClennand

Bumblebees 3-4 Year Olds

(PHOTO COMING SOON) Tara Belran

(PHOTO COMING SOON) Marisa Sembrano loves working with children, and has been for 10 years. She has experience working with children of all abilities and ages in school and home settings. Her favorite age group is the toddlers and three year olds. Marisa has earned her associates in Journalism, her hobbies are relaxing at home and spending time outdoors. She will be getting her CDA soon.

Dragonflies  3 1/2 - 5 Year Olds

Christina Cranor is our Lead Dragonflie Teacher. Christina often works one on one with children who need extra behavioral support or support in daily living skills. Christina has been with Emerson Academy since Sept 2012, and prior had several years of experience working in early childhood education settings.  Christina is a loving and caring teacher and has been raising her two nephews and would do anything for a child in need.  She has an adventurous spirit, encourages learning through sensory activities, singing, gardening and hands on play.  She cares deeply for the children with whom she works, which shows in her interactions with the kids and their parents.

(Photo coming soon) Gabby Stark


Fireflies 4 - 5 Year Olds


Jamie Jackson (photo coming soon)

Ali Santos (photo coming soon)

Kenny Orihuela is our assistant teacher in the Firefly class. He enjoys caring for our children, signing with them, teaching them new signs, and doing sensory art. Kenny has been working at Emerson Academy for over a year.  Kenny is currently earning hours in Conscios Discipline.  He is also working on his CDA (Child Development Associates. In his free time Kenny likes to spend time with his friends and family.



Beetles After School Program

 
Codi Hartzler (photo coming soon)
Crystal McCoy (photo coming coon)


Support Staff

Emily Montez is THE domestic goddess of Emerson Academy!  She works diligently and tirelessly to ensure the cleanliness and sanitation of classrooms and learning spaces. 
Ms. Emily is invaluable to the health of Emerson students.





DukeDuke
is a 10 year old Golden Retreiver who was rescued from the Gold Ribbon Rescue (GRR) group in Austin.  He has been at Emerson Academy for three years and works with all ages and classes.  Duke is a patient, easy-going and loving dog who has never met a child he doesn't love.  His relationships with the children, especially children with special needs, is remarkable.  Duke is one of Emerson's most beloved icons and makes many a day of children and parents alike.
 







Employment

Positions Available

Teaching Assistants

We are currently accepting applications for teaching assistants. If you are a high-energy, child-oriented person, please send us your resume; we will contact you to discuss available positions. Applicants should have experience with children and at least a high school diploma. Experience and/or knowledge of disabilities and some college is preferred.

Volunteer/Internship Opportunities:

As an inclusive child development center committed to children of all ability levels and capabilities, we welcome volunteers in a variety of capacities - classroom, office, library, and teacher support. Volunteers are often university students working on degrees in speech, language, education, and related fields. If you're interested in gaining experience working in a school setting, please contact us! Send your resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To Apply:

  1. Please print and complete the employment application (below), and
  2. Send the application with your resume to:

    Crystal Oliver , Director

    by mail:
    Emerson Academy
    1 Valley View Drive
    Round Rock, Texas 78664

    by fax:
    (512) 252-0401

    by email:
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Employment Application

What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

Jennifer Prietto is a co-teacher in our Dragonfly class. She recently moved to Texas with her husband, son, and two daughters. She has 27 units of early childhood education and she is planning on finishing her degree soon. Jennifer has been a preschool teacher for over 10 years and is passionate about creating a safe and fun learning environment for young children. She loves using art, music and hands on activities to encourage children to learn. Thank you for giving her the opportunity to care for and teacher your children!

Manju Pabbu is a co-teacher in our Dragonfly class. She has more than ten years of experience working as a preschool teacher. She has earned her Child Development Associates (CDA) and has previous experience providing respite care for children who have special needs. She has over 50 hours of training in Conscious Discipline. Ms. Manju lived in California for 15 years and recently moved to Round Rock. She has been married for 16 years and has two lovely boys. Her hobbies include reading books, watching TV, and spending time with her family. Teaching your children brings her such joy!

Contact Us

1 Valley View Drive
Round Rock, Texas 78664 
  Phone: (512) 252-0400
Fax:(512) 252-0401
Sarah Johnson, Executive Director                   
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Crystal Oliver, Program Director
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Yvonne Gomez, Assistant Director
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