Model UN and Student Government

The faculty and administrators at AESA Prep Academy are creative thinkers who are passionate about their disciplines and dedicated to their students. The small size of our classes allows our teachers to spend as much individual time with each student as they need, and creates an environment where students actively engage in the learning process every day. At AESA Prep, every student participates!

AESA teachers are committed to both academic excellence and social development. Children are enabled to discuss and explore ideas in a safe, nurturing environment that allows them to reach their full potential both as scholars and as young men and women.

Every AESA parent is welcome to communicate directly with the teachers at AESA, and can log into our secure system to track the progress of their child.

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Barbara Garza
AESA Prep Academy CEO & Head of School

For 6 years prior to starting up AESA, Barbara was Dean of Students for the 9th and 10th grades at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School.  Barbara is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.  She was Student Leadership & Wellness Department Chair overseeing Health, Physical Education, Student Leadership and the ROTC classes for McNeil High School.  Barbara was also a member of McNeil High School’s Leadership Team.

Barbara has over 30 years of educational experience, including extensive experience working with at risk students and has received the Governor of Texas Teaching Excellence Award.  She has been the Varsity Boys and Girls Tennis Coach at Katy Taylor High School, Rockwall High School and Pflugerville High School.Barbara has been an Honors Biology teacher, Health teacher, Supervisor of Student Teachers from the University of Texas, CATCH Curriculum Director for AISD, member of the AISD Superintendent’s Teacher Advisory Board, a Student Government sponsor, a dorm parent, and House Leader. She developed a Special Education program entitled “Partners in PE” that was recognized by the City of Round Rock for assisting students with special needs.

Barbara founded the McNeil Spirit Blazers, a community service program with over 350 students each year.In 2014, Barbara was featured  in the Austin Women’s Magazine as the Head of School for AESA Prep Academy and will appear in the April edition of 2015, in a feature article for Austin Family Magazine.

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Jose Garcia
Head of High School
High School History
Student Government Sponsor
Spelling Bee Sponsor

Jose studied history at St. Edwards University in Austin,Texas and aims to expand history from what is the status quo in History Education.  Jose is currently working on his Master’s Degree at St. Edwards University in Education. Jose’s historical and educational philosophies stem from a deep understanding of the need for differentiated instruction to meet the needs of individual students.

“History is much more than just a blow off course taught by the high school football coach in his off hours. It is what makes us who we are. It defines us as a community, a nation, and as world citizens. It should not be about memorizing dates to fill in a worksheet, it should instead be a living thing that students come to know and understand. History is about understanding the story of our people, and recognizing we are all more connected than we know.”

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Tracy Garcia
Associate Head of School
High School English
Most Significant Person In History Sponsor

Tracy Garcia is thrilled to be joining us as one of our high school English teachers and our new Associate Head of Schools.  Tracy graduated from Howard Payne University and is certified in secondary English 6-12 and English as a Second Language. Tracy’s experience includes teaching high school English, Spanish and serving as an ESL district coordinator.  As a teacher  Tracy was involved in curriculum writing, text book adoption, and student teacher mentoring.   Her strength as an educator stems from her joy in encouraging her students to strive for excellence in all their endeavors with an awareness of their ability to influence their world for the better.

Tracy more recently has worked as a technical writer managing documentation and software releases for the IT and telecommunication industries and later as an independent contractor.  Tracy has volunteered alongside her husband as a youth director, children’s director and mission’s coordinator.  She served to coordinate mission trips to Nicaragua, Mexico and Peru where teams built an elementary school, hosted a medical clinic, and served in orphanages.

Tracy lives in Dripping Springs with her husband and two children where she actively volunteers in her children’s classrooms teaching art.  She is excited to be jumping back into teaching at AESA Prep Academy and is looking forward to a great year!

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Rick Garcia
CFO of AESA Prep Academy
Director of AESA Prep International Online

Rick earned his BBA from the University of Texas at Austin. He has 24 years of experience working in the accounting/finance field at UT where he has been responsible for annual budgets ranging from 5 to 30 million dollars. Rick served as Business Manager for the University of Texas Law School Library for 15 years and this past year left UT as the Senior Financial Analyst for PETEX in the Department of Continuing Education. Rick officially joined AESA Prep Academy in 2014, as the Director of AESA Prep International Online and continues his duties as the CFO of AESA Prep Academy as he has done since 2009.

Rick is very happy to be working with his wife, Barbara.

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June Patty
Head of the Elementary & Middle School
Elementary School Teacher
AESA Writing Specialist

June Patty is very excited about joining the AESA Prep Academy teaching staff. After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Texas, June began her teaching career in first grade in Houston, Texas. Over the past 25 years her experience has been in both public and private schools around the world in grades K-8th. She also had the privilege of sharing her love of learning and teaching skills with children in South Korea and Africa.

June and her husband Alan have been married for 37 years and have 3 wonderful children. Sarah is a nursing student at Mary Hardin Baylor, Iryna works at a dude ranch in Colorado and Joe is a Junior at AESA.

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Audie Alcorn
Middle School Math
Wildlife Program Director

Audie brings a broad educational background, work experience, and skill set to AESA Prep. Audie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, with a minor in Economics, from Southwestern University in Georgetown, and earned a second Bachelor’s, in Philosophy, from the University of Arizona — where he graduated summa cum laude. He also holds a Master’s degree in Philosophy from Texas Tech University, and studied Philosophy at the PhD level for one year at Rice University, as well, where he was the recipient of a Presidential Fellowship.

Audie is an internationally certified Montessori teacher, with 6-1/2 years of classroom experience, including at The Post Oak School in Houston, Bay Area Montessori House in Clear Lake, and Austin Montessori School here in Austin. He was also an Apollo 20 Math Fellow at Attucks Middle School in Houston, and has tutored students privately for a couple of years, primarily in math and test preparation.

In addition to his teaching and tutoring experience, Audie’s diverse work background includes three years as an auditor for Price Waterhouse in Dallas, seven years as a park ranger (most of them as an interpreter/educator at Zion National Park in Utah), and over five years as a buyer and associate team leader for Whole Foods Market — in Houston, Denver, and here in Austin. He has also been involved in writing, editing, and publishing: he was on the staff and Board of Great Potential Press, a publisher of books on the emotional and psychological needs of the gifted and talented; was a contributor to the book Smart Boys: Talent, Manhood, and the Search for Meaning; and provided copy-editing work on other manuscripts, including Some of My Best Friends Are Books: Guiding Gifted Readers (2nd ed.) and Environmental Ethics: What Really Matters, What Really Works. Audie’s interests outside of work and academics are equally varied: he performed weekly for four years as a member of a popular improv comedy troupe at the University of Arizona, and over the years has dabbled in tournament chess, creative writing, and quilting.

These days, he strives to find enough time for his current favorite interests: reading, running around Lady Bird Lake, and hanging out with his partner Colette and stepson Noah. He has long imagined what the ideal learning environment would look and feel like, and was happy to step onto the campus of AESA Prep recently and discover that such a place actually existed.

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Jennifer Bristol
MS & HS French Teacher

Jennifer grew up in Louisiana and earned her MA in French Literature at the University of Notre Dame and her MA in Education at Pepperdine University. Jennifer lived in Japan for two years teaching English and traveling throughout Asia. Jennifer is certified to teach French and ESL to all ages, preschool to adult.

In her 20 years as an educator, she has taught university, high school, middle school, elementary, and preschool students in the United States, Japan, and France and is eager to continue her work at AESA Prep.

She is married to her husband, Mark, and mother to two children, Evelyn and Walter, whom she views to be her biggest adventure thus far in life. She loves to travel, play with her children and dogs, and explore the great outdoors.

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Dr. Dawn Clark
Environmental Science
Director of AESA Prep International Online Curriculum

Dr. Dawn Clark received her Doctorate in Immunology from the University of Arizona. Originally from a small mining town in Arizona, Dawn was honored as a National Merit Scholar, and was granted a Presidential Scholarship. Dawn attended Mt. Holyoke College in Massachusetts on a full scholarship, where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. Dawn then returned to Arizona to conduct research on T cell development during HIV infection for a During her time at University of Arizona, Dawn was a teaching fellow for Medical Microbiology at the medical school, as well as for undergraduate Microbiology.

Dr. Clark spoke at the 1996 World AIDS Conference which netted an opportunity to conduct post-doctoral research on HIV infection and treatment in Amsterdam, followed by work on gene expression in cancer at the Netherlands Cancer Institute. After returning stateside in 2000, Dr. Clark worked for the National Jewish Medical Research Center on B cell gene and protein expression during cancer. At this time, Dr. Clark also began a transition from laboratory research to better fulfill her passion for children’s health issues.

Returning to Texas, Dawn obtained her Master’s degree in Public Health with a community health concentration from the University of North Texas, School of Public Health. Her thesis examined the relationship between neighborhood characteristics and child mortality. Dr. Clark has been on the faculty at AESA since 2011 teaching, at various times, all high school and middle school sciences. Dr. Clark is also a wellness educator for the Juice Plus Company. Dawn expresses her passion for children through church ministry, as an active Girl Scout leader, as a public school girl’s mentor, and as the faculty sponsor for AESA Service Corp.

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Roxanne Cossette
Advanced Spanish Teacher

Roxanne Cossette’s love of teaching brought her to AESA this semester. She attended University of Florida and continued her education earning a degree in Education from Florida International University in Miami, Florida. A Certified Lifetime Texas Teacher, she also holds teaching certificates in Florida and Colorado. Roxanne’s primary job is Manager of Business Administration for RE/MAX Gateway, she is working to build the family business with her husband and son, but she makes room in her busy schedule to fulfil a need to keep her hand in teaching, her first love. Spanish is a dual first language for Sra. Cossette, as she was born to Puerto Rican parents here in the United States and has an excellent dual Spanish/English language ability. Her goal this year is to offer as close to a total Hispanic immersion experience as possible here at AESA. Experiencing the Spanish culture while learning the language is fundamental in learning and appreciating the language.

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Marie-Louise Crookes
Conversational MS & HS French Teacher

Better known at AESA Prep Academy, as Madame Louise. Louise was born and raised in a small French-Canadian parish in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She spoke only French until she went to an English High School at the age of 12. After High School she attended Ottawa University for 3 years. Louise moved to the United States in 1964 with her young son, David and became a Naturalized US Citizen and then moved from California to Hawaii and finally to Texas.

Louise was married to a wonderful man, Paul Crookes, for 32 years until his death in 2009. It was with Paul that she traveled to France, a dozen or so times, and gained a new passion for the French language. Madame Louise is thrilled to be teaching French at AESA, to students in Middle School and High School. When Madame Louise sees the light come into their eyes as they recognize something that she is saying or reading to them in French, it makes her day!

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Rachel Dory
Director – AESA Fine Arts
Fine Art, Photography, Digital Media

Rachel Dory, a National Merit Scholar, received her BFA cum laude from the University of Washington in 1997. Rachel has received multiple awards for her work, and was honored as the Washington State Artist Trust Grant recipient in 2009.

Rachel Dory is a fine artist and digital media professional with over twenty years of professional experience in digital photography, website design, graphic design, video production and digital illustration as well as fine art production. In her professional design career she worked as art director of interactive exhibit production for contracts at the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle, WA and the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, DC.

Rachel now lives in Austin, Texas with her husband Sean and their two daughters. In addition to teaching at AESA she is currently focusing on producing paintings for fine art exhibitions and is the owner of HS Creative, a digital interactive agency in Austin Texas. In her free time Rachel is also an avid equestrian.

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Linda Gooding
MS History Teacher
Yearbook Sponsor
Class Pictures Sponsor

Linda is a huge history buff and received her Masters in Education at Rockford College in Rockford, IL. Linda has spent time as a Prevention Specialist with Middle and High School students, discussing serious social subjects and assisting the students in making positive choices. Linda has taught 7th Grade English and Literature at a private school. Her experience as a Unit Tech for 3 years at a Drug and Alcohol Rehab gave her insight into the struggles both adults and young people sometimes have to deal with in life.

Linda has worked with children of all ages and she’s excited to be a part of AESA. She is teaching Middle School History, which is her favorite subject. She is a Civil War and Abraham Lincoln buff. While working on her undergrad degree, she was a volunteer tour guide for the Lincoln Home in Springfield, IL.

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Carol Horn
Theatre Arts, Costume & Fashion Design Instructor

Carol Horn, a National Merit Scholarship Finalist, holds a Bachelor’s Degree with High Honors from Plan II Liberal Arts Program and a Master’s of Science in Social Work, both from the University of Texas at Austin. Carol has worked as a theatrical director, actor, producer, designer and teacher for over three decades with organizations throughout Central and North Texas, including Zach Scott Theatre, Second Youth Theatre, Austin Theatre for Youth, Sam Bass Theatre, Zilker Theatre Productions, and Sherman Community Players.

Carol has taught for 14 years at the following learning institutions: the Liberal Arts Academy of Austin ISD; Bastrop High School; and St. Stephen’s Episcopal School. Carol developed theatre arts curriculum, taught and directed students grades 6-12, and produced a full season of shows each year. Her areas of expertise include creative drama, voice & diction, Shakespeare, costume design, and dramatic literature & production for youth. Beginning her career as a clinical social worker and psychotherapist, she worked with children and schools, with specialities in school intervention, support groups, and family therapy.

Carol’s theatrical training includes graduate level work in Creative Drama and Theatre for Youth at UT Austin, plus costume design and secondary education studies with Texas State University. She also studied with the American Academy of Dramatic Art (Alexander Technique, Musical Theatre) and with Shakespeare & Company under a NEH grant (Linklater Voice Technique, Shakespearean Text Studies, Shakespeare in Performance, Curriculum Development). Travel, nature, cats, learning to play the accordion, the creative process, and all things French are her current interests.

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Alison Hutton
Elementary School Teacher

Alissa Hutton grew up in Wisconsin and went to the University of Minnesota where she earned her bachelors degree in Family Social Sciences and her masters degree in Elementary Education. She has spent the past 18 years in education. She began her career teaching elementary school in Round Rock ISD for 6 years. After teaching, she worked in Round Rock ISD central administration as a language arts facilitator for the district. Alissa then went on to spend several years as a independent consultant, training teachers all over the state of Texas.

Alissa has written curriculum and model lessons that have been implemented in districts across the state. Most recently she worked in Austin ISD under the Associate Superintendent in the Office of Academics. Alissa treasures the bonds that she develops with her students and their families as a teacher. She prides herself in providing a individualized and differentiated education for each of her students.

She is thrilled to have the opportunity to be back in the classroom at AESA Prep Academy and build these relationships in the AESA community! Alissa lives in Dripping Springs with her husband, Andy and their two children, Ramsey and Graham. In her free time, she loves to cook, read, play tennis, watch just about any sport, and spend time with family and friends.

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Sean Kent
Drama, High School Speech

Sean is a professional stand up comedian, actor and writer. Originally from Austin, Sean lived in Los Angeles and Seattle for the last 17 years and has recently returned to his hill country roots. Sean has a multitude of accomplishments to his name. Recently Sean starred on A&E’s hit show “Modern Dads”, which he shepherded from the development stage all the way to airing on Wednesday nights to over 4 million viewers.

As a stand up, Sean is one of only three comedians to ever win both the San Francisco and Seattle Comedy Competitions, which are considered the most prestigious competitions in the US. He has released three albums of original material which are played on Sirius, Pandora and All Comedy Radio. Sean was a series regular on two seasons of Last Comic Standing, has done a Showtime comedy special, and recently performed comedy on Nickelodeons’ NickMom Night.

Sean has appeared on numerous talking head shows on the E! Network. Sean has written for a variety of TV programs, including TV specials, sitcoms, sports shows, and Comedy Central Roasts. In 2013 he was sent to Australia to pen articles for the travel blog GoMighty.com.

Sean is also a two-time cancer survivor and speaks at fundraisers and events, including the Cancer for College benefit with Will Farrell.

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Kyle Overby
Director of International Programming

Kyle received a Masters in Global Policy Studies from the prestigious LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Kyle originally joined the team at AESA Prep Academy to teach Spanish language and Latin American culture. At AESA he continues to host the Model UN, organize field trips, and promote cultural exchange. Kyle also serves on the Board of Directors at the Mother Maryam Foundation, where he works on projects that expand access to clean water, healthcare, and education in developing countries.

Kyle has extensive experience and expertise in Latin America, the Middle East, and North Africa. He is fluent in Spanish and has achieved elementary proficiency in Arabic. In his personal life, Kyle is driven by a thirst for international travel. He has been proudly shaped by his hometown, Austin, Texas. He loves to watch live music, eat well, and go on adventures in the great outdoors.

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Caro Palmatier
Mathematics

Caro Palmatier is a fabulous all level Math teacher who excels in teaching Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Pre Calculus, Calculus, and Physics. Caro writes and constructs math problems for the Princeton Review, the SAT and the ACT. She is a resourceful and committed teacher, with excellent communication skills, relating well to all types of people. Caro has taught Math at the elementary, middle school and high school levels, and has created and introduced new curriculum for middle and high school math courses. Caro has been recognized as the teacher of the month and for 100% of her students passing the end of the year Algebra 1 exam for six straight years.

Caro has planned and organized Math work shops. She is also fluent in Spanish, and has extensive experience in PSAT, SAT, and ACT prep. Caro has taught for 32 years and will also be teaching Junior English this year. She has taught in the Lake Travis ISD, Edinburg ISD, has worked with Oakhill technology and Ignite Learning. Please check the Lakeway newspaper that recognizes Caro’s excellent teaching skills, under our News and Events tab. Caro has taught for 32 years and will be teaching Pre-Algebra and Pre-Calculus this school year.

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Jeannie Ralston
High School Teacher for Creative Writing and Novel Writing ( next taught in 2016-17)
Film History

Jeannie Ralston’s work has been published in a wide array of publications, including Life, Time, National Geographic, The New York Times, The Smithsonian, Audubon, Texas Monthly, Glamour, Prevention, Conde Nast Traveler, Travel & Leisure, Real Simple and This Old House. She was a contributing editor for Allure for eight years, for Ladies Home Journal for three years and at Parenting magazine for eight years.

Her articles have ranged from a cover story for Life on abortion protests and a story on the Great Wall of China for the front page of the New York Times’ Sunday Travel Section to coverage of Malcolm Forbes 70th Birthday Party in Morocco for Us and a report on Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for National Geographic.Jeannie is the author of the memoir, The Unlikely Lavender Queen, published by Broadway Books. She lives in Austin with her husband, photographer Robb Kendrick, and their two sons.
* Jeannie will be taking a haitus from teaching Creative and Novel Writing this year, to focus on her new Film History course. She will return to the writing courses in 2016-17.

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Mike Ryan
Economics, Statistics, UT Dual Credit – Micro-Economics & Macro-Economics

Mike is a graduate of the University of California at Berkley, receiving his MBA in Finance and Marketing. He then obtained a BS in Electrical Engineering from Texas A & M University. Mike Ryan is an enthusiastic teacher who brings a wealth of experience and education to his position.

Mike is a former Director at Dell where he had various roles in the IT department. Challenges he addressed included projects for factory automation and expanding customer service using global telecommunications. He was also previously employed at Charles Schwab in San Francisco where he proposed and built their first nationwide telemarketing center in Indianapolis.

Mike loves to teach and began his teaching career in Austin teaching various math courses at Westlake HS. Mike believes that as a teacher, “preparation is of the utmost importance” and he spends a tremendous amount of time developing his class room materials. Mike sees himself as students’ biggest cheerleader. He currently volunteers for First Tee of Austin, which is a program that does more than teach golf – it teaches leadership skills: Respect, Honesty, Integrity, Confidence, Responsibility, Perseverance, Courtesy, Judgment and Sportsmanship. He has been a volunteer for Habitat of Humanity as an electrician and in construction. Mike believes that the best way to lead is by example.

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Angela Scallon
Mathematics

Angela believes there is no better feeling than to see a young person develop a love for Math. Angela graduated from Augusta State University, in Augusta, GA in December of 1988 with a BS in Mathematics and a minor in Education. For the last 25 years Angela has taught both High school and Middle school, and has tutored from 6th grade math to college level Business Calculus. If she can help a child develop a love for math or become confident in their math skills, then she feels like she has accomplished a great task!

Angela lives outside of Dripping Springs with her husband Mike of 19 years and their three wonderful children Drake, Colbie and Blayne. Drake currently is attending Texas State University as a Freshmen, Colbie is a Junior at Dripping Springs High School, and Blayne is a Sophomore at Dripping Springs High School). Angela and Mike have been teaching ever since they first met, and Mike currently teaches Science and Robotics at St Gabriel’s Catholic School. Angela currently teaches Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 and AESA Math Test Prep for our school.

Angie was featured in the Life Style Section of the Austin American Statesman in 2014 for being considered one of the premier math teachers in the Central Texas area.

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Evan Smith
AESA Athletic Director
Physical Education
Middle School and High School Health

Evan graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Kinesiology. He was a part of many college organizations such as the Kinesiology Alliance Club, Invisible Children, and serving as Secretary for the Beta Upsilon Chi Fraternity. His love for teaching started in graduate school, where he taught Exercise Physiology and Sports Activity classes as a Graduate Assistant and Adjunct Faculty. He is thrilled to be teaching at AESA, and plans to build a great foundation for the P.E., Health, and Athletic Programs. As an advocate for health, he believes that everyone can gain knowledge and understand the meaning of total health and wellness. Evan grew up in Dripping Springs where he played High School basketball and baseball. He loves sports, movies, and video games. “The first wealth is health” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Yuchien Su
Chinese Language

YuChien Su was born in Taiwan. She majored in Chinese Literature at National Cheng Kung University. After graduated from college, she started her career as a Chinese teacher in a middle school, then she went back to school after a year and got her master degree of Chinese Literature with researches focused on sino-western cultural relations. Not only high/middle school Chinese teacher, Yuchien is also a ministry-certified specialist in teaching Chinese as a second foreign language in Taiwan. YuChien moved to United States with her husband in 2012, and settled in this lovely and beautiful place, Austin, since then. Yuchien is excited to be part of the big AESA family and feel delighted to have the opportunity to teach Chinese in AESA.

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Diana Unlu
Foreign Language Department Chair
ES, MS, & HS Spanish Teacher

Diana Unlu is thrilled to join AESA Prep Academy as the Foreign Language Department Chair. Mrs. Unlu also teaches Spanish for grades 2nd through 12th. Mrs. Unlu’s background she was born and raised in Mexico and is very proud and enthusiastic about sharing her Latin culture. She has two degrees: a CPA degree from ITSON ( Sonora’s Institute of Technology) in Mexico and a BA from Northeastern University in Boston Ma.Mrs. Unlu has over 10 years of educational experience including private tutoring all ages and levels and has created as well as creator of a spanish curriculum for Stepping Stone Center. She is married to Eser Unlu and has two kids. Murat (7 years old) and Romina (4 years old). Mrs. Unlu believes that in order for her classes to be memorable for her students, along with strong curriculum her classes must also be fun and engaging. “Students learn best when they are challenged in an entertaining and fun way”. Her husband is from Istanbul Turkey so this makes her children trilingual. Their entire family loves to travel, specially to their native countries to explore the culture and all the wonders that their countries have to offer. Her hobbies include cooking, listening to music, outdoor activities with her family, and running. Mrs. Unlu completed a half marathon last year and is planning on running her second one this year. Mrs. Unlu’s favorite quote is:
“The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds”-France Anatole.

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Liz Vokac
HS Science Teacher
National Honor Society Sponsor

Liz Vokac has a BS in Chemistry from the University of Illinois and a Master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin. During the course of her graduate program she did research in a physical chemistry laboratory studying plasmonics and optics, completed graduate classes and worked as a teaching assistant for the physical chemistry lab. For her work as a TA, Liz received a teaching award reflecting her adoration for science and the joy she experiences sharing her passion with students.

For the past several years Liz has worked full time as a personal tutor helping high school and college students gain a fundamental understanding of physics, chemistry, mathematics and statistics. In addition, she helps prepare students for the ACT and GRE exams. Forming relationships with students, catering to their individual learning styles and watching them improve their grades and overall confidence make teaching highly enjoyable for Liz. Outside of the classroom she spends time traveling to visit friends and family, painting, hiking, gardening and being outdoors.

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Carrie Cockayne
Administrative Assistant

Carrie Cockayne joins AESA Prep Academy as a “Jill of all trades.” Carrie, a graduate of Southwest Texas University, is highly organized, has a great work ethic, and can weather any storm with a smile. As a personal assistant to Mrs. Garza, Carrie does everything from ordering text books and supplies, to accounts payable, to event coordination. She’s lived in Dripping Springs for 18 years with her husband Mike and three children.

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Larissa Logan
Administrative Assistant
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Larissa has worked for Pflugerville ISD, Whitehouse ISD, and Aramark for over a decade. Larissa has her Serv Safe certification, Food Handlers certification, and served as the Assistant Manager of an Elementary school in Pflugerville ISD most recently for 5 years. Larissa helps with the inventory, event set-up, cleaning and cooking,

Larissa always meets the needs of AESA with a positive attitude and kind heart!! Larissa wears many hats and is always so supportive of the school!! Larissa has three children, Ashley, Carter and Karsyn. In her spare time she volunteers at the Pflugerville Pets Alive!!!