Staff

Brooke Hunger, Director

Our Director, Brooke Hunger, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Concordia University Texas as well as Director Credentials from Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

Over the last 15 years, her calling to early childhood education has taken many forms, the most fulfilling being her licensed home preschool. It was building this business that led Brooke to discover a passion for early childhood education administration. She fell in love with business management, hiring teachers, recruiting new students, aligning schedules, and general recordkeeping. Those years taught her that there is more to a calling in early childhood education than teaching. She learned she could minister to families and teachers through one job. What a joy!

Brooke and her family live in Leander and love to go off-roading and camping together. She and her husband Josh have three children Joel (8), Liliana (6), and Kaetlyn (4). Joel is in third grade, Lili is in first, and Kaet is a student at Heritage Tree!

Serving Since 2020

Chelsea Tans, Assistant Director

Our new Assistant Director, Chelsea Tans, has been working in early childhood education for many years, including being a director at a large Austin preschool for about two years. Chelsea holds a CDA Certificate, or Child Development Associate. She lives here in Leander with her family including two sons in elementary school and daughter here at HTP.

Serving Since 2021

Audra Jezewski

Audra is our pre-K teacher. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Anthropology. Audra has been with our program for over seven years and this will be her fifth year with the pre-K class. She lives in Georgetown with her husband and daughter. When she does have free time, she can usually be found in the kitchen baking up some yummy treats for family and friends.

Serving Since 2013

Kara Fulkes

Kara is our pre-K assistant teacher. She is a born and raised Leander girl. She started working at LUMC as a sub in 2012 when her son was a student in the Mother’s Day Out program, and she loved it so much, she signed on as an assistant teacher the next school year. She is an animal lover and loves to go on road trips with her husband and son.

Serving Since 2013

Jennifer Barton

Jennifer is our three-year-old lead teacher. She has been teaching with our program for five years and worked with the Ones, Twos, and Threes. She found LUMC preschool in 2003 and all four of her children have attended. She started working here when her youngest went to kindergarten. In her free time she loves to read and put together puzzles.

Serving Since 2014

Claudia Conine-Rios

Claudia is our three-year-old class assistant teacher. She and her husband and daughter have lived in Leander since 2002. She likes all kinds of crafts and loves to learn new ones as well. Claudia likes working with the children because she feels she can learn so much from them and they can surprise her by the little things they say.

Serving Since 2012

Evelin Cabot-Gonzales

Evelin is our two-year-old lead teacher and this is her fourth year teaching at LUMC. She and her family of 5 love playing board games and live in Leander. She loves teaching little ones and watching them grow.

Serving Since 2017

Desiree Slager

Desiree is our two-year-old assistant teacher. Desiree has a degree in elementary education and previously taught a two-year-old class in North Carolina. She lives in Leander with her husband and two sons. Desiree loves working with young kids and seeing them grow and learn! When not teaching, she enjoys crafting, playing games, and exploring local parks with her family.

Serving since 2022

Karen Saxer

Karen is the one-year-olds lead teacher. She holds a degree in English and Special Education from Texas State University and is state certified for Early Childhood Education through High School. She has 10 years of varied teaching experiences. When not with the Ducklings, she enjoys volunteering and reading. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, son, daughter, and dachshund.

Serving Since 2021

Amanda Scott

Amanda is our one-year-old assistant teacher.

Serving Since 2015

Katy Psaila

Katy is our Specials Teacher. She has been working in childcare for over 10 years. Katy believes every child is unique and special, and it is important to her that students feel loved, safe, and nurtured while in her classroom. When she's not teaching, she's at home with her husband, Josh, and their four kiddos. Katy enjoys relaxing with a new book or spending time outdoors with family.

Serving Since 2019

Cami Gill

Cami is one of our wonderful subsititute teachers!

Serving Since 2022

Mary Ellen Williams

Mary Ellen is one of our wonderful subsititute teachers!

Serving Since 2019