Position: 2's teacher
Family: My husband, Chris, and I have been married since 2003. We have two daughters.
Experience/Background: I subbed for two years before I started at Palm Valley in 2015.
Favorite thing about the position: I love getting to spend time with the kids and watch them grow and learn.
Favorite thing to do in the Austin/Round Rock area: We love to go camping as a family and attend all the great festivals in the area.
Position: 3's Teacher
Family: After subbing at Palm Valley for 2 ½ years, I became a teacher in January 2019. My husband and I have been married since 2004 and we have 3 amazing daughters. I love teaching the children about God’s unconditional love for each of them.
Favorite thing about the position: My favorite thing to do with the children is exploring new things and have fun.
Favorite thing to do in the Austin/Round Rock area: My family and I love to explore new places in Austin. We love trying new restaurants, spending time outdoors together, and attending fun activities and festivals around town.
Family: My husband and I have been married for over 10 years. We have three children, two girls and a boy. We love family time, whether its an art project or hitting golf balls!
Experience/Background: I have an undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education from The University of Texas at San Antonio and a Master's Degree in Business Administration. I spent 8 years teaching preschool age children and after that worked in the Sales and Marketing field. My true passion is child development and seeing how that is fostered in a classroom setting!
Favorite thing about your position at Preschool: I love that Palm Valley starts children off with a strong foundation, not just academically, but through the strong relationships our families build with one another and with a love for Jesus.
Favorite thing to do in the Austin/Round Rock area: I love experiencing the culture in this area! My family and I love to check out all of the local festivals and fairs.
Kinder Readiness Teacher
Position Kinder Readiness Teacher
Family: I have 3 kids. Jacob works in Houston and is getting married, Matthew is is college at UT Dallas, and Rebekah will be attending University of North Texas next year. Clay and I have 3 dogs and 1 sweet cat.
Experience/Background: I loved teaching first, second and third grades, but my passion is birth - 5 years old. Being an early interventionist for children with special needs was very rewarding, but teaching at Palm Valley has been my favorite job.
Favorite thing about the position: The cooperative aspect of Palm Valley is incredible. I love having parents as partners working in the classroom with us.
Favorite thing to do in the Austin/Round Rock area: My favorite thing to do is explore our community with friends and family. I love the outdoors, hiking and walking, and I enjoy trying new restaurants in the area.
Kinder Readiness Teacher
Name: Hope Lozano
Position: Kinder Readiness Teacher
Family: Michael (husband), Kids: Lucas, Mateo, and Bianca
Experience/Background: 10 years as a high school science teacher, raising three kids ;)
Favorite thing about the position: creating an environment and activities that will allow for kids to grow socially, emotionally, spiritually, and academically
Favorite thing to do in the Austin/Round Rock area: Eat!
18 months Teacher
Name: Jonie Troyer
Position: 18 month Teacher
Family: Married to Keith for 17 years; 5 children: Mason (10th), Carter (8th), Tanner (5th), Violet (3rd), Gavin (Kindergarten)
Experience/Background: With a background in Nursing, my favorite part of the profession was always patient education. Over the years, I’ve enjoyed teaching at a Mother’s Day Out program and, most recently, tutoring ESL students online. This is my 2nd year at Palm Valley and my 6th year overall in a preschool setting.
Favorite Thing About the Position: It's a joy to watch each child grow and develop throughout the year. I especially enjoy language development in the 18 month class! I also love being a part of the supportive team here at Palm Valley.
Favorite Thing to do in RR/Austin: Attending sporting events and exploring new coffee shops
Position: Music Teacher
Family: I am married and have three children ages 20, 18, and 17.
Experience/Background: I was born and raised in Malaysia. I speak 5 languages: English, Chinese, Malay, Cantonese, and Taiwanese. I teach Sunday School for toddlers-Kindergarten at my church. I lead worship for children ages 2-12. I am also a worship teacher at my church. I was the principal of Austin Chinese School from 2012-2014 and have been on the Board of Directors since 2014.
Favorite thing about the position: I love to teach singing, dancing and worship with little children. Most importantly I love to teach them how to pray and talk to God.
Favorite thing to do in the Austin/Round Rock area: I love to watch movies with my family at Alamo Drafthouse and Flix Brewhouse.
Position: 2s teacher
Family: My husband, Nick, and I have been married for 16 yrs, we have 3 very different and very active boys (13, 8, & 6 years old), and our 16 yr old dog (our first baby lol) Chloe who is a dachshund terrier mix
Experience/Background: I went to a small private college, in the mountains of North Carolina, to play volleyball. I was a student athletic trainer and graduated in 2002 with my BS in sports medicine. I then moved back home, to Gainesville Florida (go GATORS!) and worked at a physical therapy clinic while going to school for massage therapy. We moved to the Austin area in 2007 and I was a licensed massage therapist for 15 years. After "retiring" from massage therapy I was a stay at home mom for a few years before I joined the palm valley preschool family! My two younger boys attended palm valley preschool and I knew it would be a great place to start my next journey!
Favorite thing about the position: getting to work with so many children and watching them learn and grow throughout the year...least favorite thing: saying goodbye to my class every year :(
Favorite thing to do in the Austin/Round Rock area: we basically live at Old settlers park, due to baseball for our boys, we also love attending Round Rock Express games! ⚾ And, of course, trying out local restaurants and exploring what the city has to offer... Round Rock rocks!
Family: My husband and I have been married since 1980. I have one married son, two grandsons, and one daughter.
Experience/Background: I’ve worked at Palm Valley Preschool since 2006.
Favorite thing about the position: I love working with the children.
Favorite thing to do in the Austin/Round Rock area: I love being outdoors, walking, biking, and swimming.