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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.


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 students at Emerson. Crystal has more than 10 years experience. Crystal loves to see all the children at Emerson grow and learn. 

 Assistant Director

Yvonne Gomez joined the Emerson Family November 2017. All the children love her hugs and big smile. Yvoone is a mother of 5 and loving Aunt. Yvoone has more then 10 years of experience cin childcare. From the classroom to administration Yvoone is here to help all. 

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


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) Priscilla Martinez                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Connie Bishop (Photo Coming Soon) 

Bumblebees 3-4 Year Olds


(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

(Photo Coming Soon) Alison Santos 
(Photo coming soon) Yvette Gomez

Fireflies 4 - 5 Year Olds

Gabby Stark (Photo Coming Soon) 
Jamie Jackson (Photo Coming Soon)

Beetles After School Program

Cierra Cordova (photo coming soon) 
Jay Perales (photo coming soon)
Crystal McCoy (photo coming coon)

Support Staff

Ava Sierra ( Photo Coming Soon)

Briana Coronado (Photo Coming Soon) 


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.  dMs. Emily is invaluable to the health of Emerson students.

Quincy James  
is a 4 year old Golden Retreiver who was rescued from the Gold Ribbon Rescue (GRR) group in Austin.  He has been at Emerson Academy for two years and works with all ages and classes.  Quincy 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. Quincy is one of Emerson's most beloved icons and makes many a day of children and parents alike.



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,  Program Director

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

    by fax:
    (512) 252-0401

    by email:
    coliverThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Employment Application


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



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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