Two and a half & Threes Teachers
Tanya Crosswell first joined the Casner family as a substitute teacher before she began teaching the three-year-olds full time in 2015. She grew up in Canada but has been calling the Great Hills/Austin area home for the past 17+ years. She is very excited to get to spend her days with the joy and energy of her three-year old class. Tanya is married with two children.
Lyda McIver moved from Minneapolis, MN to Austin, TX 3.5 years ago. She attended North Central University and graduated with a Children’s Ministry degree. Her soft spot is with the toddlers, and she is extremely fond of this age and like to call herself, “the toddler whisperer.” She loves building relationships with new children and their families and is excited to see what the year holds.
Kristen Riddell is thrilled to be joining this loving school and wonderful ministry this year. Originally from Dallas, Kristen arrived in Austin in early high school and has loved it ever since. She attended Texas A&M University, and then lived and worked in New York City and Dallas before returning to Austin to start her family. Kristen is married with two young children. Her son is a current Casner student. Kristen loves learning through art, music, and play, and feels grateful to spend her days teaching your precious children.
Amy Warnock grew up in Mississippi and has lived in the Austin area for the past 11 years. She holds a B.S. Degree in Speech/Language Pathology. Amy has years of experience in early childhood education as a preschool teacher and as a speech therapist. She is delighted to join such a loving school where God’s word is woven throughout the day. Amy is married to her high school sweetheart and they have four children.
Brandy Brewer has been a teacher at Casner since she moved here in 2004 from Oklahoma, teaching both the pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classes. She holds a B.S. in education from Northwestern Oklahoma State University and a Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of Oklahoma. Prior to Casner she taught elementary school for five years. Brandy is married with two sons who attended Casner when they were young and still talk about Mrs. Casner anytime they see something red, white, and blue.
Celia Fulmer is a native of Texas and a graduate of Baylor University. While living in San Antonio, she taught and oversaw the preschool ministry of her church for six years before becoming a preschool teacher for four-year-olds for an additional two years. She has been at Casner since 2012 and it’s been her heart’s desire from the start that the children in her care know that Jesus loves them and that they are prepared for school in years ahead. Celia is married and has two children of her own.
Vicki Harris is originally from Connecticut but has lived in Austin for the last 16 years. She is a graduate of Plymouth State College with a B.S. in Business Management. She first joined the Casner family as a substitute teacher in 2012. She feels blessed to have this opportunity to teach kindergarten at such a fun school and to establish a positive, kind, and loving environment for the children. Vicki is married with two kids of her own.
Karen Leuty was raised in a military family and lived in many locations in the United States. Her family moved to Austin where she graduated from Anderson High School. Then she attended the University of Texas receiving a B.S. in education with a concentration in reading development. She has been teaching kindergarten at Casner since 2007. She cherishes teaching children this age and their hugs and smiles warm her heart.
Amanda Sencenbaugh moved to Austin nearly 10 years ago and fell in love with the city. She has her B.S. in elementary education and taught third grade for several years before staying home to have her children. She taught kindergarten at Casner for 3 years before becoming the music teacher and Chaplin. Amanda feels blessed to have the opportunity to share her love of music and the word of God with the children daily. She is married with two children who are both proud Casner graduates.
Stay and Play Teacher
Emily Thrower is from Katy, Texas and is beginning her third year at The University of Texas at Austin where she is majoring in K-6 Generalist Education and minoring in Sociology. Some of her favorite things to do are play the flute, read, and play tennis. She is passionate about helping children grow and is excited to be a part of the Casner family!