My Time Academy offers an unparalleled school experience with a warm learning environment, professional and degreed teachers, low teacher to student ratios, while offering an engaging, high interest curriculum created especially for young minds. My Time curriculum was designed to stimulate a child’s innate desire to move, explore, play, and learn.
Year-Round, Licensed Preschool for ages 2.5 - 7 years
Days/Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00am - 2:00pm
with extended hours offered until 5:30pm
Spanish, Music, Gymnastics, STEM Labs, Kindergarten Bridge, Art
Character Development & Mindfulness
WE ALSO OFFER:
Hourly After-School Enrichment Classes including Preschool Gymnastics, Dance, Languages, Music, and more!
School Holiday Break Camps
ABOUT THE OWNER
"Working hard for something we don't care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love, is
- Simon Sinek
Lorie Baez Founder & Director
known as “Miss Lorie” to her students, is a native Austinite and has over 25 years experience teaching children in elementary and preschool. During her time at The University of Texas, she taught young children dance and gymnastics and found she had a true love for teaching. Today, Lorie has established a reputation for high caliber instruction designed to maximize a broad learning experience. She believes the role of a teacher is to assist children in learning and self-discovery through movement, creative expression, and a variety of hands-on experiences that tap into the natural curiosity of children.
Lorie has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas in Applied Learning & Development with a specialization Reading and English as a Second Language (ESL). Lorie is an active volunteer in the Lakeway area and enjoys spending time with her husband and three active sons. Her hobbies include photography, fitness, camping, boating, and travel.
OUR AMAZING ADMINISTRATION & TEACHERS
*All of My Time Kids Academy staff are background checked and fingerprinted for your child's safety.
Ms. Karly Assistant Director/Registrar/STEM Curriculum Specialist
Ms. Karly is a native Texan! Karly graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Texas. She immediately began her teaching career with Keller ISD as a 4th grade teacher serving on the science committee and fostering her students love for nature and “critters” as often as possible. Her desire to empower children and spark their love for adventure led her to spending her summers as the Camp Director of YMCA Camp Grady Spruce on Possum Kingdom Lake. Karly’s love for adventure eventually took her to South Africa. Her new job title: “foster mom” to a baby rhinoceros at Moholoholo Rehabilitation Center. Upon returning to the states, Karly met her Prince Charming and soon found her way to Austin. Excited to return to her life’s passion, Karly began her Austin teaching career as a PPCD 4-year-old teacher with Austin ISD and then on to Eanes ISD where she taught 3rd and 1st grades. Karly partnered with the Gifted and Talented teacher in Eanes to lead professional development for staff to integrate differentiation and higher order thinking in the classroom.
Her son attended 2017 Summer Preschool at My Time and Karly offered to volunteer. She knew immediately that My Time was a special place for children and she had to be a part of it. Karly holds the “All other Duties as Assigned” job title at My Time, as she can be found assisting in the classroom and office as needed. She brings her a passion of STEM/STEAM curriculum and draws on her experience as a Gifted and Talented Services Trainer for the Region XIII educational service center to integrate STEM activities and opportunities for My Time children. Her passion for science in the elementary classroom and a desire to encourage children to explore, discover and learn benefits My Time as she works alongside our staff with STEM/ STEAM Curriculum Development ideas.
DeDee has been working with young children for the last 15 years and has 3 kids of her own. In addition to her childcare experience, she also has a background in the medical field as she worked as a Registered Medical Assistant for 12 years.
A native of New Jersey, DeDee moved to the Austin area almost 10 years ago and immediately fell in love with the hill country and friendly Texas people. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, traveling, concerts and spending time with her kids/family.
Ms. Mariann was born in Caracas, Venezuela and has a degree in Developmental Psychology, a Bachelor's in Special Education and a Master's in Reading and Writing from Carabobo University in Venezuela.
She is a specialist with more than 10 years of experience in special education and early childhood development. She has extensive experience with the implementation of curriculum for children with learning disabilities and autism in both Spanish and English.
Mariann has lived in Austin, TX for two years. Initially she worked in a Spanish Immersion Preschool and joins My Time as a Spanish Teacher and as an Assistant in the Caterpillar class. She also teaches private Spanish lessons after school (also at My Time) for all ages. If you are interested in private lessons, please ask Lorie Baez for contact information.
Ms. Shayla is joining us this year as a lead teacher in the Firefly classroom. Shayla is from Southern California and just moved to Austin Texas with her husband the summer of 2021. She obtained her Associates degree in Social Behavioral Science as well as teaching dance for 5 years in California.
Shayla moved to Kentucky to pursue her dreams in becoming an Early Childhood Educator. While attending Union College in Kentucky she was a substitute teacher at a local Elementary School. In May 2021 she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors, watching movies and spending time with family.
Tori joined the My Time Team in 2021 as the Lead Teacher of the Busy Bee class. Tori is from Sacramento, California, but moved to Texas as soon as she could! Tori comes to My Time with previous years of classroom experience and holds a degree in Child Development for Elementary Education from California State University. Tori has always wanted to be an educator and has a true passion for early childhood education. She is beyond excited to be a part of the My Time team! In her free time she enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and camping, and she loves spending time with her family, friends and 2 kitties.
Megan joined My Time Kids Academy as an Assistant Teacher in 2020. Her compassion for children and joyful demeanor make her the perfect match for our teaching team. She is currently completing coursework towards her Early Childhood Certification and hopes to become a preschool teacher in the future. Megan wears many hats at our school from Early Care and After Care Lead teacher to classroom assistant and lending a hand in the office with paperwork and files. Megan enjoys working with children and enjoys being an integral part of their growth and development. Students adore Megan and her patient ways of implementing fun and engaging activities. In her spare time, Megan enjoys her 5 dogs, hiking and babysitting. We are blessed to have such a dedicated passionate teacher at our school.
Cat was born in Cape Town South Africa. Her and her family moved to Austin in June 2018 following God's call to the USA.
Cat started working with children ages 1-8 when she was 19. She instructed creative movement classes that incorporated preschool gymnastics, at one time teaching 450 children a week. She also enjoyed managing and running the creatives movement franchise until she had her first born son in 2006 and become a stay at home mom, Cat now has 3 children and is a passionate home-school mom. Cat loves to have fun, dance, sing, loves a great deal and is passionate about her faith.
My Time Kids Academy LOVED having Ms. Cat as our gymnastics teacher in 2019 and 2020 and we are so happy to have her back on the team this year. The children LOVE gymnastics class with her!
April Gunn is the lead teacher in the Bumblebee classroom. Ms. April graduated from Harding University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, and again in 2017 with a M.Ed. in Literacy and Reading. Upon graduation, the NETX native began her teaching career in Austin as a 4th grade teacher at Brentwood Christian School. While there, she served as a curriculum designer and team leader. Soon after moving to Austin, April made a best friend. A year or so later, they accidentally fell in love with each other at the same time. A few months after that, she married the Harry to her Sally. They are proud dog parents to two fur babies.
April has always imagined her life as a musical, and is almost always singing whatever song pops into her head and heart. She loves crocheting and putting furniture together, and hopes that, one day, she will fulfill her lifelong dream of competing on Survivor.
April loves being a part her newest teaching adventure with My Time, and can’t wait to share her love for FUN learning with her sweet Bumblebees!
Carrie figures she's practically a Lake Travis old timer, having been here for over 15 years now. Carrie has years of experience as a nanny and has also taught preschool, toddler ski school, and leads a multi-age learning co-op in her neighborhood. Her son is the center of her world and his curiosity inspires her educational direction.
Carrie has a bachelors degree in Geography, and her interests in travel, culture, and anthropology often reflect that. Experiential education, creative play, art, and intimacy with the natural world are highest among her educational passions. Carrie is passionate about play-based early childhood and loves to implement strategies in her classroom from the from the many trainings she attends.
Ms. Kris Woodcock
Kris has dedicated her entire adult life to education with experience ranging from pre-k to professional development for educators of all grades. Earning a degree in Applied Learning and Development with a Reading Specialization from The University of Texas at Austin, she began her career teaching third and fourth grade in AISD. She went on to manage the professional development department for the nation’s largest independent educator’s organization. She has additional training in leadership development, gifted and talented education, and the International Baccalaureate program.
Kris took a break to stay home with the birth of her second child. She is excited to return to teaching at My Time and cannot wait to share her love of teaching and learning with students!
In her spare time she enjoys reading, creative writing, swimming and spending time with her two children, husband, dog and cat.
Monica is our new enthusiastic Assistant Teacher for the 2021 school year. Monica joined My Time Kids Academy as an Assistant Teacher in 2021. Monica loves working with children and brings preschool experience with her from working at a faith based preschool last year. Her compassion for children and great work ethic are sure to be an asset at our school. Monica is a native Spanish speaker adding another bi-lingual teacher to our staff! Monica graduated from Cypress Bay High School in Florida before moving to Austin, Texas. Monica is assisting with Early Care and After Care as well as classroom assistant in the Bees classes.
Ms. Bridget is a Master Teacher with over 25 years classroom experience with certifications in the practice of play in Early Childhood. Bridget draws on her wealth of knowledge to deliver high quality play based learning opportunities that engage and ignite children's inner curiosity. Bridget leads our Learning Enrichment Team at My Time and works with students to support their developmental needs through one-to-one or small group lessons. Ms. Bridget's patience and love for children has made her a My Time favorite amongst staff and students. We are so fortunate to have an incredible educator on our team!
Ms. Kris Sandahl
I am Kris Sandahl and I will be leading the butterfly class on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday this year. I started teaching at My Time as the music specialist in 2019. I have a Masters Degree in Music where I studied Opera and Music Theater. For over 20 years, my passion for teaching has been working with young children with a focus on development rather than performance. I ran a thriving Kindermusik business and private music studio in Southern California and taught elementary music until my husband Jim and I moved to Austin 16 years ago to raise our children close to family. My oldest daughter Helena is now pursuing her dreams at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as a sophomore in Upstate New York. We adopted our 17-year-old daughter, Julia, from Siberia, when she was six years old and it is through this experience that I learned about brain development, delays, trauma, ADHD, autism spectrum, home schooling and lots of patience! Today she’s a bright and funny Junior at LTHS! I continue to run a private music studio at our home in Lakeway called Studio 405 where I teach voice, guitar and piano. Outside the classroom, I have fun with my animals, photography, hiking, natural health, and reading. I could not be more excited to be teaching your children in the pre-k classroom this year in addition to continuing as My Time’s music specialist.
BrieAnna (Mrs. Brie) earned her degree from the University of Texas at Austin in Applied Learning and Development. She has several years experience teaching Pre-K through 6th grade. Brie has been fortunate to be a stay-at-home mom to her two children, which has been the most fulfilling and rewarding experience. As her kids grew more independent, she began volunteering at their schools and realized how much she had missed teaching. Brie not only has a passion working with children but also teaching yoga. In 2012, she became a certified yoga instructor and has applied many of those principles towards the growth and well being of the young minds she has helped shape over the years. She is eager to return to teaching at 'My Time' and share her love of Child Development.
“I’m honored to be part of this magical school and community. My goal is to encourage exploration, whilst building a lifelong love for learning and creativity in every child.”
Sarah is joined our Team as a Assistant Teacher for the 2021 school year. Sarah is a student at The University of Texas- Austin majoring in History. Sarah loves working with children and brings preschool experience with her from previous local preschool. Her great work ethic and friendly disposition make her an immediate student favorite. Sarah is a native Spanish speaker adding another bi-lingual teacher to our staff! Sarah graduated from Life High School in Waxahachie before moving to Austin, Texas. Sarah is assisting with Early Care and After Care as well as classroom assistant in the Bees classes.