Heather Hogan is originally from Beaumont Texas. She graduated from Texas State University with a marketing degree and then moved to Austin. She went back to school for teaching and taught preschool and nannied until her and her husband had their own children. She has two kids at Casner this year and is really excited to be joining the teaching team!
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 4.5 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.
Samantha Villa and was born in Austin, Texas. She lived in Guatemala for a couple of years during her childhood. As she entered elementary school, she moved back to Austin where she has lived ever since. She graduated from St. Edward’s University with a BA in Psychology. She currently lives with her three dogs and enjoys exploring Austin with friends and family. She is very excited to be a part of Casner Christian Academy!
Nancy Baker is a native of Texas and has lived in the Austin area for over 20 years. She has a BBA from Texas A&M University and has completed Masters level graduate work at Texas State University to obtain her Early Childhood Teaching Certification. She has been a teacher, and more recently a substitute teacher, at CCA since 2012. She also taught Kindergarten in Leander ISD for several years before coming to CCA. She is married with 2 children, and each of them are graduates of CCA who still light up with smiles anytime CCA is mentioned! She is so thankful to return to the classroom at CCA and to teach the precious four year olds how important they are and how much Jesus loves them!
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.
Amy Warnock grew up in Mississippi and has lived in the Austin area for the past 15 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.
Vicki Harris is originally from Connecticut but has lived in Austin for the last 18 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.
Kristi Ray joined the Casner family as a substitute teacher in 2019 and quickly knew CCA was where God wanted her to be. She is so excited to be teaching Kindergarten this year!Kristi graduated from Texas A&M University where she met her husband, Russ. She has experience teaching all ages in schools, in churches, on the mission field, and even at home. Kristi has special training from Texas Christian University’s Institute of Child Development in dealing with children who have experienced trauma. She has been busy teaching, substituting at several Christian private schools, volunteering, working as the Missions Director for a local church, and raising four children for the past 30+ years.
Lauris Blackwell grew up singing and dancing at Shirley McPhail School of Dance. After high school she attended Austin College, and then went on to New York, where she was a scholarship winner to the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. She stayed in NYC for eleven years performing professionally all around the world. Since moving home to Texas, she teaches tap, ballet, jazz, and musical theatre to all ages. When not singing and dancing about, she spends time with her husband, James, and their wonderful son Dustin. She is so grateful and blessed to be a part of all of her work “families”.
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.