Karen Liston – Owls Classrom
Karen’s family says that she was born to teach. She frequently would spend the evenings teaching her younger brother everything she had learned at school that day. When not in the classroom, Karen loves to create in the craft world, walk her three dogs, and, along with her husband, watch her teenage sons excel at their passions.
Cathy Lovelady – Lambs Classroom
Cathy Lovelady has worked with children for more than thirty years as a teacher, counselor, director, mother, and grandmother. She has spent the last several years as the owner and director of a Reggio-inspired school. One of her first teaching positions was at St. George’s Episcopal School where she taught the three and four year olds class. She enjoys writing, puppetry, and spending time with her husband John and her dog Lady.
Melody Ito – Lambs Classroom
Outside the classroom, Melody is living life as a college student and pursuing a degree in Early Childhood. Her favorite part about teaching children is when they get that “aha” moment and discover and capture a new idea. She also loves to play music, paint, and cuddle with kittens!
Joanie Anderson – Puppies Classroom
Outside of teaching, Joan can usually be found slack lining all over the country. Joan also loves music and can often be heard singing or playing her guitar through the hallways.
Amanda Williams – Puppies Classroom
I am a recent graduate from Central Michigan University earning a bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Family Studies. Born and raised in Cheboygan, a northern Michigan town has given me a great sense of community. My college experience has allowed me to gain years of expertise by working in multiple family/child development centers working with infants, toddlers and pre-school aged children, pregnancy centers, and youth crisis centers. I enjoy creating games, activities and facilitate small groups that will allow the children to explore and create their own direction. In my free time I enjoy outdoor activities such as kayaking, running, swimming and playing volleyball. Reading, traveling and spending quality time with my family and friends are just a few of my passions. Joining the St.Michael’s team is such a blessing and I am committed to creating positive relationships with each child, each parent and staff at St. Michael’s.
Noel Swartz – Ducklings Classroom
Noel spent 3 years studying International Education with an emphasis in African Studies, as well as Nonprofit Administration. She is currently completing the final year of her degree in Elementary Education at Grand Canyon University. Over the last 8 years she has taught children, from birth to high school, in the Pacific Northwest, and across 5 continents (primarily in Africa); she is now establishing roots in Texas. Ms. Noel is bilingual in English and Swahili, as is currently attempting to learn Spanish. Noel is passionate about her work with children because they bring such a joy and fresh enthusiasm to each new day. In her free time she loves to read and do yoga with her terrier Mowgli.
Emelyn Mizelle – Ducklings Classroom
In her spare time, Emmy enjoys hanging with her husband and two dogs. Missing the NorCal mountains, she loves to find hiking trails and camping spots in and around Austin. Another passion she got from her mother, was her love for time spent in the kitchen! Although an amateur for sure, she still loves to bake and cook for herself and her friends.
Peyton LaCook – Resource Teacher
At home, Peyton is usually cooking up a storm in kitchen, and often brings in yummy baked creations. She enjoys spending time going on hikes with her family and dog, and is known to be an excellent fort-builder.
It has always been a dream of mine to work in a Reggio Emilia school, ever
since I was first educated on the philosophy at The University of Texas at
Austin where I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Learning and Human
Development. I have been fortunate to work in both public and private school settings for nearly 20 years. I have loved teaching all subjects but I am especially enthusiastic about teaching the fine arts including
visual/physical art, music, drama, and poetry. It is my primary goal to
inspire children to find their inner artist as they develop confidence in
expressing themselves in their own unique way. My husband and I are the
proud parents of our three and a half year old, Aria Marie, whom is also
excited to be joining the St. Michael’s family! We look forward to getting
to know all of our awesome students and families!