Our Teachers

Aparna Athreya

Pre-K Teacher
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Hi there, This is my 7th year at Hope. I am the preK lead. I have an undergrad and Masters in English Literature. I am married and the mother of two who are UT students, oldest at Dell medical and the youngest a rising senior. I am an avid reader and hiking enthusiast. I made it to the top of Mt Kilimanjaro at the beginning of this year. I have ambitions of going to Everest base camp in year 2025. Educating young minds is my passion.

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Angela Brandon

Young 2’s Teacher
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My name is Angela Brandon and I am a married mother of two teen girls! I have over 10 years of Early Childhood teaching experience.  I am so excited to help little ones prosper and grow. I have been working with children over 26 years and it’s never been a dull moment! I continue to learn something new every day.

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Irene Crosby

Pre-K Teacher & The Club: Kinder & 1st Teacher
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I joined Hope Children’s Center in 2018, and it brings me joy being able to make learning fun for my students (children) in my care. 

Martika Dance

Pre-K Teacher & The Club: Kinder & 1st Teacher
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I was born and raised in Killeen, Texas. I moved to Austin in 2017 to pursue my Bachelor Degree in Education at Huston-Tillotson University. I started my career working with children in 2014 at the YMCA. From there I went to Stepping Stone School where I was a teacher for seven years. I joined Hope Children  Center in 2022 and I have enjoyed working here. I love working with children watching each one learn and grow has always been an amazing experience for me. I am so excited to start this school year it’s going to be an wonderful experience! 

Tracy Flavin

Older 2’s Teacher
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My name is Tracy Flavin.  I have been teaching preschool for 9 years.  I love helping children grow, develop, and learn!  I have a husband and 2 boys, 11 and 17.  Almost every weekend, you will find me on the soccer or football fields. I enjoy spending timewith friends and family, swimming, going for walks, and volunteering for the Cedar Park Soccer Booster Club.  I’m very proud to be a part of this wonderful Hope community and feel blessed to work with children every day! 

Nasreen Hussain

3’s Teacher
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Hi! I am Mrs. Nasreen. I’m so excited to have your child in my class this year. I grew up in Canada, where I worked in childcare for 6 years before moving to Austin. I then worked at Cornerstone Mother’s Day Out program for 10 years. I have a daughter who is working on her Ph.D in Neuroscience at Temple University. I’m excited to be joining the Hope Staff and am looking forward to a great year!

Kirsten Mangan

3’s Teacher
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Hi! I am Ms. Kirsten. I am the Koala’s 3’s M/W/F teacher at HCC. I have over twenty five years of childcare experience and am ecstatic to join the HCC team! I have a three year old son who is also excited to start attending HCC.  Learning through free play as well as fun guided activities are important to me. I enjoy doing fun and messy activities that promote learning with my students and my son. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for Hope this year!

Meadow McCully

The Club: 2nd & 3rd Teacher

Neeta Paryani

3’s Teacher
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Hi, I’m Mrs Neeta. Teaching is an absolute passion of mine! I am so excited to be your child’s teacher. I am married to my wonderful husband. We have two boys, a senior and a freshman at high school. In my free time I like to  dance or go for a run. 

I am originally from India, moved to Austin 19 years ago. I have a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Bundelkhand University India, Business and Quality Analyst certifications. This is my first year at Hope Children Center. Before that I taught 10 years of Pre-K in a private school and 1 year at Round Rock ISD.

We are going to have a great year!

Elijah Sneed

The Club: 3rd-5th Teacher

Shondria Sneed

Young 2’s Teacher
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Hello, I am Shondria I have been working with kids for 4 years now. I have loved every moment of the experience and seeing them grow from the beginning to the end. 

Rupali Srivaastava

Floater Teacher
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Hi, My name is Rupali Srivastava. Teaching is my great passion. I have 12 years of experience in Education and very much enjoy teaching children.

I am from India but currently live in Austin for the last 8 years. I’ve been married over 17 years to my husband and have two wonderful children (a boy & a girl). My son is in high school and my daughter is in 3rd grade. They both always keep me very busy with their various activities.

In my free time, I love to do yoga, go on walks, doing painting and solving puzzles.

My goal is to provide a safe and happy environment for each child. I am very excited about working with your children.

Priyanka Tulsyan

Young 2’s Teacher & The Club: Floater Teacher
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I’m thrilled to be your teacher this year. My name is Priyanka Tulsyan, and I’m excited to introduce myself to all of you. I come from the beautiful country of India, a place rich in culture, history, and diversity.

I have a great passion for two things: computers and yoga. Firstly, I graduated in Computer Science, which means I love working with computers and technology. Secondly, I’m also a yoga teacher. Yoga is an ancient practice that helps us keep our minds and bodies healthy and balanced.

I’ve been happily married for over 20 years, and together, my husband, a solutions architect, and I have raised two wonderful sons. Our elder son has just started university this year, embarking on an exciting new journey. Our younger son, currently in Junior year of high school, is equally delightful and brings joy and laughter to our home.

I’m here to support each and every one of you on your learning journey, and I can’t wait to see all the amazing things we’ll accomplish together!

Let’s make this school year memorable and exciting. Get ready for an adventure of learning, growth, and discovery!

Susan Walter

Music & Movement Teacher
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My names is Susan Walter (aka Miss Susan),  I’m grateful to be the music/movement teacher at Hope.  I have been at Hope for 17 years and looking forward to many more.  I believe that music and movement are a vital part of life and play an important role in early childhood development.

I will soon be celebrating 43 years of marriage to my wonderful husband.  We have 3 amazing daughters and one 5 year old grandson and a brand new baby granddaughter.

Ruth Zane

Pre-K Teacher
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I’m Mrs. Ruth, I’m so excited to be in the classroom this school year! This is my 2nd year working at HCC. We are going to have a lot of fun and we’ll learn a lot!

I have 2 years prior childhood teacher experience in Beijing China, and another 2 years experience with an Asian American culture center.

I have 3 kids, my oldest daughter is a UT Austin graduate, my son is currently a sophomore at UT Austin, youngest daughter is freshman in high school.

Our Administration

Marci Reves


I have been in the childcare field since 2004 and have worked with every age group. I have 3 kids of my own and love spending time with them outdoors. I am excited to be the HCC director and be a part of this school.


Rev. Dr. Krystal Leedy

Assistant Director

I am an ordained Minister  in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and received both my Masters of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. I have an B.A. in Youth & Family Ministry from Abilene Christian University. I served as a

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Children’s Minister and have gone through Godly Play training, a Montessori-based Christian education curriculum. Currently, I am the Children’s Ministry Consultant at Hope Presbyterian Church, and enjoy spending time with my husband, John, and our two daughters.

Kathleen Fisher

After School Coordinator

Hello Hope Children’s Center! My name is Kathleen Fisher. Although I was born in Dallas, Texas I grew up and have lived in Austin most of my life. My three amazing sons are ages 11 (twins) and age 14. I graduated with Honors from Concordia University earning my Master’s Degree in

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Education with an emphasis on Advanced Literacy.
From Sam Houston University I earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English. For over 30 years my work with children has included being nominated as Team Leader and served as a Mentor for a student teacher. My work at Hope Children’s Center began last February as the After School Program Director. Currently, I am serving as the Curriculum Coordinator. I look forward to continue guiding children through a variety of Curriculum and Play based activities while assisting teachers and staff.

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