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Suzi Simmons

Suzi Simmons

Director

My name is Suzi Simmons and I have been with Good News Preschool since 2015 as a teacher, assistant director and director. Our school has the most amazing staff, students and families, and it is truly an honor to work here!

A little bit about me: I am a native Austinite. I graduated from Westwood High School and I earned both my undergraduate degree and my Masters of Arts in Teaching degree from Trinity University in San Antonio. After college, I taught at the elementary level in Pflugerville ISD and Round Rock ISD. I took a break from teaching when I was blessed with my first child, however I did go back to school online to earn my Nutrition Therapist certificate from the Nutrition Therapy Institute while I was a stay-at-home mom.

After 10 years of staying home I re-entered the workforce when my youngest child started Kindergarten. I was a substitute teacher in Leander ISD. I had a brief break from working when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014. God gave me tremendous strength during my cancer battle, and in 2015 with a healthy cancer-free body I went back to work, this time as a preschool teacher at the fabulous Good News Preschool!

Outside of Good News Preschool I can be found spending time with my two wonderful daughters Katie (15) and Angie (11) and my husband Brian, who was my college sweetheart. We love to travel, hike, and watch our girls sports/dance activities. I also love reading, crafts, exercising, and playing with my dogs!

Krystal Wolski

Krystal Wolski

Secretary

My name is Krystal Wolski and I was born and raised in Austin, TX. I graduated from McNeil High School in 1995.

My family and I moved to Leander in 2014 from Round Rock. I have been married to my husband, Brad for 15 years and we have two lovely boys. Parker who is 14 and Gage who is 8.

I was fortunate to be a stay at home mom for 11 years and wanted to get back into working when they both started school. I was blessed to start work here at Good News Preschool in 2016 and absolutely love my job!  I enjoy spending time outside, traveling, and just being with my family.

Mary Strickland

Mary Strickland

Pre-K Lead Teacher

My name is Mary Strickland. I am a native New Orleanian and have loved living in Austin for the last 15 years. I am a proud Mom to two grown girls, one a junior at Oklahoma and one a fourth- grade teacher in Austin. I have been married to my college sweetheart for 28 years. I received my BA in Liberal Arts at Louisiana State University and began teaching fine arts at elementary schools in New Orleans. Upon moving to Texas, I began instructing Art education workshops for Early Childhood Educators and teaching preschool. My heart is most full in the classroom, nurturing and guiding children in the discovery of their worlds. My passion is creating a joy and excitement for learning that will follow a child throughout their life. Sharing God’s love with children builds my own faith and reminds me of our Father’s great love for us. I am so thrilled to be on staff at Good News. If I am not busy teaching children, I can be found writing and illustrating children’s picture books and chasing the dream of one day being published.

Anna Lei

Anna Lei

Pre-K Lead Teacher

My name is Anna Lei. I was born and raised in Hong Kong. When I was 17 years old, I made a critical decision to study abroad. I graduated from UT Austin where I majored in Applied Learning and Development and was certified in early childhood through 4th grade. After I graduated, I was eager to go back to Hong Kong and I applied what I had learned in the States to my hometown. I taught English in elementary school in Hong Kong for about 5 years. It was a very special experience in my life.

After teaching in Hong Kong for a few years, I moved back to Austin and taught in a PreK classroom for 3 years. I am married and blessed to have two daughters who are 4 and 6. I have been taking care of my children as a stay-home mom since their birth, but my passion in teaching in the classroom never ceases. I am very thankful to be a part of Good News Preschool.

I like to travel and learn about different cultures. In my spare time, I like swimming, cooking and exercising. I am also involved in church choir and teaching Preschoolers in Sunday school.

Roxanne Schmidt

Roxanne Schmidt

3-4 Year Old Lead Teacher

Roxanne was born and raised on the High Plains, near Lubbock Texas. She attended McMurry University and graduated from Texas Tech University in 1993 with a degree in Medical Technology.

Good News UMC has been her family’s church home since its first worship service in February of 2002. Roxanne has been active in many aspects of church life during these 12 years. Roxanne has many fond memories of teaching children’s Sunday school, choir, and Vacation Bible School. She has spent summers attending Glen Lake church camp with children from Good News Church. Roxanne has cooked many meals for Youth Mission Trip and Youth Sunday Suppers.

She enjoys being a “Friend in Faith”, to the young teenagers in Confirmation classes. Roxanne is a certified Special Education teacher. She taught middle school students with special needs in Leander ISD.

This will be her sixth year of teaching at Good News Preschool. Roxanne has two lovely daughters; Katie, a graduate of McMurry University, and working at HEB in Cedar Park, and Toni and her husband, Aubrey Lawrence, live and work in Eastland, Texas area. Her family enjoys camping, kayaking, and working on the family ranch.

Crystal Wilson

Crystal Wilson

3 Year Old Lead Teacher

I was born in Kansas City but moved to the Austin area when I was two years old.  I attended Pflugerville High School, graduating in 2000.  I married my husband, Brandon, in 2003.  I have two children, Isaac (age 9) and Genevieve (age 7).  Since the time of their birth, I have been blessed to be a stay-at-home Mom where I developed a love for working with young children and helping them learn.

I have been at Good News Preschool since 2016.  I have worked as a substitute teacher, a teacher’s aide, and now I am a full-time lead teacher.

My family and I are members at St. John the Forerunner Orthodox Church in Cedar Park, Texas where Brandon serves as an ordained Deacon.  We currently reside in Leander, Texas.

Jan Grimm

Jan Grimm

2 Year Old Teacher

Jan grew up in Southern California. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and teaching certification from California Baptist University.

She taught elementary school in Riverside California before moving to Arizona. In Arizona Jan taught 3rd and 4th grade and middle school science at Christian Academy of Prescott. She also completed her Master of Art Education degree at Northern Arizona University.

Jan and her husband Doug recently moved to Georgetown and love living in Texas. They have three grown children, Keri, Keith, and Thomas who are all married and six adorable grandchildren.

In addition to classroom teaching Jan has taught Sunday School, VBS, and has been a counselor and crafts instructor at several summer camps. Jan accepted Jesus as her Savior at age 16 and has been involved in Christian education ever since. She enjoys spending time with her family, arts and crafts, and watching creativity blossom in her students.

Jen Kiehl

Jen Kiehl

18 months-2 Year Old Lead Teacher

My name is Jennifer Kiehl and I was born and raised in Alamogordo, NM. I graduated from New Mexico State University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. I taught for two years in Alamogordo Public Schools before my husband and I moved to Cedar Park in 2009. I then spent two years as a substitute teacher for Round Rock ISD until I became a stay-at-home mom in the fall of 2011.

My husband and I were married in 2007; and we have three sons: Bailey, Brayden, and Bryce. I began working at Good News Preschool in 2016. I joined the team as a substitute, then became an aide, and this is my second year as the lead teacher in our “Littles” classroom.

Kimberly Weddell

Kimberly Weddell

Pre-K Teacher Aide

Hello!  My name is Mrs Kimberly and I’m the teacher aide to Mary and Anna in the Pre-K class. I’m happy to have this be my second school year at Good News Preschool.  This is my 23rd year teaching preschoolers, most of those at one school in Round Rock. I’ve also taught art classes there as well as been the puppeteer and chapel leader for many years. I am married to Brian and we have three children, the youngest of whom just left for college. In my spare time, I read and bake and train my 1 year old toy poodle, Otis.  I look forward to meeting all of you and especially to getting to love your children! 

Taryn Jones

Taryn Jones

3 and 3-4 Year Old Teacher Aide

Hi, my name is Taryn Jones and I’m a relatively new Austinite. I was born and raised in “Michigan’s Little Bavaria” (Frankenmuth) home of the Bronner’s, the World’s Largest CHRISTmas store. I graduated from Alma College in 2002 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in English, Secondary Education emphasis.

My husband and I have two fantastic kids – Parker and Quinlyn. Prior to having kids, I worked for a Community Mental Health as an Office Manager; however, when my son was born in 2011, I became a SAHM.  I am very excited to be a part of the Good News Preschool team and look forward to having an amazing year!

Susan Hecker

Susan Hecker

3's and 3/4 Teacher Aide

My name is Susan Hecker. I grew up in Waco, Texas. I have been a resident of Round Rock for 22 years. My husband and I have 3 daughters. Our older two are grown and married and our youngest just graduated high school in May. In my spare time I like to read, workout, spend time with family and friends and travel. I have worked with preschoolers as an aide and teacher for the past 18 years. I am very excited to be on the staff at Good News Preschool. I look forward to getting to know the children and watching them grow and learn.

Kim Cox

Kim Cox

2 Year Old Teacher Aide

My name is Kim Cox. I was born and raised in South Austin. My husband and I have 3 wonderful children ages 13, 13, and 10. We moved to Round Rock three years ago, and we love our new smaller town and friendly community!

I earned my teaching degree from Texas State University, specializing in Early Childhood Education. I taught for 11 years with Austin ISD, and took a break when I became pregnant with our twins in 2005. Since then, I have worked at Manchaca UMC preschool, with AISD as a substitute teacher, and most recently at our neighborhood Brushy Creek Community Center. In between, I have been a busy stay at home mom. I enjoy beach trips, cooking, family movie nights, and attending the many sports activities that keep our kids busy.

I love working with young children and having the opportunity to glimpse the world through their eyes. There is never a dull moment! I love being a part of the family here at Good News Preschool.

Emily Davis

Emily Davis

18 months-2 Year Old Teacher Aide

Hi!  My name is Emily Davis and I am the aide in Mrs. Jen’s classroom.  I attend Austin Community College, and I am currently studying psychology with an emphasis on early childhood.  I am a passionate, creative, and I am very excited to pour my energy into making this a fantastic school year!