WHO ARE WE?
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 Academy is a place where your child can simply be a child – a place where self-esteem, imagination, self-awareness, and social bonds are formed. 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 - 6 years
Licensed Kindergarten for ages 5 - 7 years
Summer Classes/Camps for ages 2.5 to 8 years of age (June, July, August)
Days/Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:10am - 2:00pm
with extended hours offered until 5:30pm
Spanish, Music, Gymnastics, STEM Labs, Early Literacy, Kindergarten Bridge, Art
Child Centered Learning
Character Development & Mindfulness
WE ALSO OFFER:
Hourly After-School Enrichment Classes: Recreational Beginner Gymnastics, Preschool Gymnastics, Languages, Teams of Tomorrow, and more!
School Holiday Break Camps
Summer & School's Out Camps
Parent Night Out
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.
Cynthia Peacock comes to us with 21 years teaching experience; 1 year of first grade, 10 years of Kindergarten, 2 as the lead in a transitional Kinder class, and 7 years as a 3 year old class lead teacher.
Miss Cynthia has been back in Austin since 2001. Her husband Matt is the director of the Lakeway non-profit, Partners in Hope. They have a son, Nathan, who resides in Boulder, Co. and a daughter, Kennan, who is a senior at Texas A&M.
Cynthia enjoys camping and hiking with her family. She also enjoys reading and sewing, writing, and drawing/painting as time allows.
Cynthia has a BA in Education from Baylor University with an English specialization and a Kindergarten endorsement. She was brought up as an Army brat and enjoys bringing her love of travel, peoples, languages, art and books into the classroom. She strongly believes in learning through play and tries to bring literature alive through dramatization or play acting with the kids.
Karen Knirr is the lead teacher in the Honeybee Pre-Kindergarten Classroom. Karen and her family moved to Austin from St. Louis, MO and found My Time when searching for the perfect preschool for their daughter. Karen has a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Southwest Missouri State University(now called Missouri State) and a Master's Degree in Classroom Teaching from Missouri Baptist University. Upon graduation, Karen spent 2 years teaching a pre-kindergarten class at All About Children and then began teaching for Orchard Farm School District in Missouri. She taught kindergarten for 4 years and then second grade for 3 years before becoming a stay at home mom. She now has three children, two of which have been students at My Time! Karen is thrilled to return to the classroom and assist students in their journeys to explore, create and establish a lifetime love for learning.
Ms. Alana joined My Time Kids Academy as a teacher in 2018. She graduated Lake Travis High School in 2014 where she enjoyed dance, theatre, and choir. She is currently enrolled in college and is working on her degree in early childhood education. Alana is known for her incredible gift working with young children in the classroom. She is loved by students, parents, and staff. She can be best described as nurturing, calm, sweet, silly, and OH SO MUCH FUN! We love her heart and dedication to our school. We are happy she has found a passion in early childhood education at My Time and can't wait to see her continue to soar as an incredible educator!
Page comes to MyTime with a love and passion for Art! Her artistic passion was influenced at a young age, raised by an artist/photographer father and ballet trained mother who owned a ballet studio. Page, an only child, raised in Northern California, was a classically trained ballet dancer for 21 years. She met her now husband Charles at a young age of 14 in middle school and they have been inseparable since. Just celebrating 26 years together they have 2 children, Charlie 10 yrs old with cerebral palsy and Paisley 2.5 yrs old and excited to be a new student at MyTime!
After graduating from Cal State Sacramento with her Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design she accepted a position in Seattle as a designer for a printing company. After learning the ropes of the position she was offered a position at a home decor company for many years as their graphic designer designing catalogs, calendars, marketing material and custom designing for their home line. Years later, Page accepted a position as a National Product Designer for a kids toy company.
Moving to Austin almost 8 years ago with her family, Page is now excited to pass on her passion and seeing all the MyTime boys and girls artistic creativity flourish. Page can’t wait to put on a stellar Art Show for all the families!
Ms. Ella joined My Time Kids Academy as an assistant in 2017. She graduated Lake Travis High School in 2020. She has always had a passion for working with kids. Ella is currently enrolled in college and is working on her degree in early childhood education. She hopes to one day become a Kindergarten teacher here in Austin. Over the years she has gained experience working with kids by working My Time Kids Camps and babysitting. In her spare time, she likes to watch movies, read, and spend time with family.
April Gunn is joining us this year as the lead teacher in our 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 is beyond thrilled to be starting her newest teaching adventure with My Time, and can’t wait to share her love for FUN learning with her sweet Bumblebees!
Lauren joined My Time Kids in January as a teacher assistant and aftercare lead. Originally from McKinney, Texas, she is currently enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin as a junior (Hook Em Horns!) where she is obtaining a Bachelor’s of Science and Art in Human Development and Family Sciences. She hopes to one day become a neonatologist caring for premature newborns. Although she wants to join the medical field, Lauren has a passion for working with kids (sometimes she even feels like she’s one of them). Lauren has had experience working with children through babysitting and working MTK summer camps as well as taking care of her younger brother, Liam. In her free time she enjoys arts & crafts, reading and watching movies.
Carrie figures she's practically a Lake Travis old timer, having been here for 13 years now. She 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 four year old son is the center of her world and 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.
My name is Nicole Schwartzhoff and I am super excited to be the Busy Bees lead teacher this year.
This is my 7th year teaching preschool. I have B.S. degrees in Technical Writing and I.O. Psychology. I have worked 15 years in the computer industry as a technical writer, technical trainer, and systems manager.
I have been married to my husband Bret for 24 years. We have three daughters Kayla, 20 a junior at Texas Tech, my daughter Brooke, 18 a freshman at A & M, and my daughter Brynn, 15 a sophomore at Lake Travis High School.
I enjoy tennis, writing, reading, gardening, cooking, destination imagination, and watching my kid’s activities.
I feel so blessed to have this opportunity to spend time with your precious children. I look forward to filling our time with fun and developmentally appropriate activities that will help your children grow and develop as a young learner!
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.