WHO ARE WE?
Our mission is to offer preschool and early elementary programs that create healthy bodies and 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 specially designed through years of experience to stimulate a child’s innate desire to move, explore, learn, and have FUN!
Year-Round, Licensed Preschool
Class levels for ages 2.5 to 5 years of age (September - May)
Class levels for ages 2.5 to 8 years of age (June, July, August)
Monday through Friday, 9:10am - 2:00pm
with extended hours offered, 8:00am - 5:30pm
10 Week Summer Program
Small Class Size
Enrichment Classes included in tuition
Child Centered Learning
WE ALSO OFFER:
Hourly After-School Enrichment Classes: Recreational Beginner Gymnastics, Preschool Gymnastics, Languages, Teams of Tomorrow, and more!
School Holiday Break 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
known as “Miss Lorie” to her students, is a native Austinite and has over 20 years experience teaching children. Lorie was a gymnast and dancer from the age of 3 and enjoyed competitive gymnastics throughout her collegiate years. 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). She has taught preschool and elementary school for over 23 years. 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. She is thrilled to offer a unique preschool experience and looks forward to enriching the lives of young children in the Lake Travis area.
OUR AMAZING TEACHERS
*All of My Time Kids Academy staff are background checked and fingerprinted for your child's safety.
Ms. Karly Asst. Director/ Registrar/ STEM Curriculum Instructor
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.
Ms. Holly Lead Teacher, Honeybees (ages 4-5), Gymnastics Instructor, Teacher Support
Holly joins My Time with a variety of teaching experience. Having taught gymnastics and cheerleading throughout high school and college, she knew that working with children was her calling. After she graduated from Texas A&M in 2002 with a BA in English, she took off to NYC to obtain her Masters degree in Elementary Education and to begin her teaching career in the Bronx. She taught 3rd, 5th, and Physical Education at Public School 59 for 5 years. Holly graduated with distinction from Mercy College in 2003, earning her Masters degree in 15 months.
For many years, Holly was a busy stay at home mom to 3 children. Two of her children were enrolled at My Time and had the best time of their lives. Seeing how eager they were to go to school everyday proved to Holly that she needed to be a part of such a wonderful preschool program.
When not in the classroom, Holly loves to run, swim and be outdoors. A self-professed lover of Pinterest, she enjoys channeling her inner Martha Stewart to throw themed parties for her kids and loved ones. Her arts and crafts skills and creativity are sure to be a hit with all the children!
Ms. Jamie Lead Teacher, Ladybugs (ages 3-4)
Ms. Jamie is the lead teacher of our Ladybug classroom! When her daughter attended My Time, Jamie offered to volunteer. It wasn't long before we realized that Jamie was more than a volunteer, but an amazing lead teacher! Jamie is a "founding teacher" at My Time and has seen our program grow from its humble beginnings of only 15 students. Beyond having an instinctive gift working with young children, Jamie is also an incredible interior designer. She loves "antiquing" and helping others decorate their homes. Jamie lives in Bee Cave and has 4 beautiful daughters of her own. Jamie's family also own a successful pool company, Majestic Poolscapes.
Ms. Megan Art Instructor
Ms. Megan teaches our Cooking/Gardening/Art class! She has four children; three boys who are school age and attend Lakeway Elementary, and one daughter who attends My Time. Megan has been working with children now for over 10 years. She first started working with children at Dell Children's Hospital. She was part of the child life department and worked on several wonderful teams as well as in a special art program for the patients. Megan has had the privilege to live all around the country and involving herself in various programs involving kids, art, and cooking. Megan has most recently worked a test chef and has written recipes for Farm to Table restaurants. She also owns her own catering company in Austin.
Ms. Karen Lead Teacher, Honeybees (ages 4-5)
Karen Knirr is the lead teacher in the Honeybee Pre-Kindergarten Classroom. Karen and her family moved to Austin from St. Louis, MO this past summer 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 are 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. Carrie Lead Teacher, Bumble Bees (ages 4-5)
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.
Ms. Mariann Lead Teacher, Caterpillars (ages 2.5-3) / Spanish Teacher
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. Erin Lead Teacher, Butterflies (ages 3-4)
Erin is excited to join us as the lead teacher of the Butterflies. She holds a Bachelors in Health and Physical Education from The University of Maryland and a Masters in Educational Leadership from The University of West Florida. She has been married to her husband Mike for 14 years and has two very active kiddos who attend LTISD schools. Mike flew F/A-18’s in the United States Marine Corps before retiring three years ago, so since being married they have had a happy and crazy life in seven states! They moved to the Lake Travis area in 2017 and are hoping their roots are now firmly planted.
Erin began her teaching career at Christa McAuliffe Middle School in Jackson, NJ, which is near her hometown on the Jersey Shore. After getting married she and Mike were stationed in Pensacola, Florida where she had the amazing opportunity to transition into the classroom as an integrated 6-8 teacher at a nationally recognized magnet school, Brown-Barge Middle School and she loved every moment of it. When their oldest was born they made the decision that she would stay at home full time.
Their years on active duty were a very busy and unique time. In addition to balancing and managing her families daily life, Mike’s leadership roles in the Marine Corps provided Erin with a number of opportunities to serve military families especially young moms and children. Planning and hosting events for preschool and school age children was certainly a highlight of their military journey! Erin was also fortunate to spent countless hours serving as a room mom, and volunteering her time in her children’s classrooms and schools.
Erin is thrilled to be back in the classroom and joining the My Time family!
Ms. Cynthia Aftercare Director
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 as a 3 year old 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.
Ms. Alana Lead Teacher, Classroom Assistant, Office Assistant
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 known for her incredible gift working with young children in the classroom and she is also a VERY popular local babysitter. Alana has gained invaluable office management and organizational experience working in administration. She has also worked in local retail stores including Juiceland, where she gained great knowledge in health and nutrition. Alana is very loved by students, parents, and staff due to her compassionate, calm, and nurturing personality. At My Time Kids Academy she has found a passion in teaching in plans to expand her training and knowledge in early childhood education.