Specials Teachers

Rene Schweter

ART - Rene Schweter

Degree: Art, Austin Community College
Degree: Home Economics, University of Tennessee

Years Teaching: 24 years
Year Joined RRCA: 2005

Church Affiliation: The Fellowship, Round Rock

I love to teach art. It is so satisfying to have a child come to art saying, “I don’t know how to draw” and watch them gain confidence and realize “I can draw.” I love watching the creativity unfold.

Eileen Curtis

CHOIR - Eileen Curtis

Degree: B.A., Music, Ioma Nazarene University

Years Teaching: 18 years
Year Joined RRCA: 2007

Church Affiliation: Central Baptist Church, Round Rock

I have always known that I wanted to do something involving kids and music and so being a music teacher fit the bill just perfectly. There's nothing like letting loose and belting out silly songs or songs of worship with a room full of kids! I love everything about teaching music and my favorite RRCA tradition is the Kindergarten graduation musical. I am always so proud to watch them up on stage on performance night!

Kristi Roark

CHOIR - Kristi Roark

Degree: B.A., Music Education, Lamar University
Degree: Elementary Education Certification, Stephen F. Austin State University

Years Teaching: 11 years
Year Joined RRCA: 2014

Church Affiliation: The Sanctuary of Cedar Park, Cedar Park

I love the moments when my students are performing and they make that connection with the audience that causes an explosion of musical magic. These are the moments when you see clearly what a treasure our Creator gave us in the gift of song.

Deborah Castellano

ELEMENTARY SCIENCE - Deborah Castellano

Degree: Masters, Curriculum/Instruction with emphasis in English Language Development, Concordia University-Portland
Degree: B.A., Education, California Baptist College
Degree: Reading Specialist Credential, California State University-Hayward

Years Teaching: 33 years
Year Joined RRCA: 2008

Church Affiliation: Central Baptist Church, Round Rock

I have always loved singing "Round Rock Christian Academy" in chapel. I also love it when the students make spirit signs as we send our teams off to games.

Andrea Cermak

DISCOVERY/Secondary Math - Andrea Cermak

Degree: Bachelor of Education, University of Michigan
Degree: Instructional Coach, Learning Network

Years Teaching: 20 years
Year Joined RRCA: 2007

Church Affiliation: St. Williams Catholic Church, Round Rock

I believe all students have the ability to succeed and love to help them reach their full potential. I strive to provide opportunities for students to explore and discover new concepts and ideas with actively engaging hands on experiences.

DISCOVERY - Melinda Smith

Degree: B.S., Elementary Education/Early Childhood/Reading, Texas Christian Unversity
Degree: Masters, Education, Early Childhood, South West Texas State

Years Teaching: 26 years
Year Joined RRCA: 1999

Church Affiliation: First Baptist Church, Round Rock

I love teaching because it is what I have known God called me to do since I was little. I love the interaction with the children and watching the excitement in their eyes as they learn and master new concepts. It is different every day and full of challenges as I find ways to present material in new ways or to reach the child that does not understand.

Joselyn Cervantes

DISCOVERY - Joselyn Cervantes

Degree: B.S., Family/Consumer Sciences: Family & Child Development, Texas State University

Years of Teaching: 5.5 years
Year Joined RRCA: 2014

Church Affiliation: Harvest Bible Chapel, Austin

My favorite subject to teach is Bible. I love the Lord and how alive and active His word is! I find great joy in bringing it to life and watching the sparkle in a child's eye when they connect with it!

DRAMA - Debbie Dean

Years Teaching: 23 years
Year Joined RRCA: 1993

Church Affiliation: Central Baptist Church, Round Rock

I love teaching. It is so rewarding to participate in those moments when a student “gets it” and discovers there is a whole lot more they can accomplish than they ever thought possible. I love the critical thinking and problem solving skills students learn when they take a script and translate it into a finished production.

Jennifer Mayo

LIBRARY - Jennifer Mayo

Degree: Elementary Ed., Texas A&M
Degree: Master of Information Studies, The University of Texas

Years Teaching: 8 years
Year Joined RRCA: 2012

Church Affiliation: First Baptist Church, Georgetown

My favorite subject to teach is reading. I love to see children put sounds together to form words and turn words into sentences. Solving the puzzle of reading is so empowering for students and allows them to learn anything.

Barachel Toner

PHYSICAL EDUCATION - Barachel Toner

Degree: B.S., Sports Medicine, University Mary Hardin Baylor

Years in Education: 11 years
Year Joined RRCA: 2004

Church Affiliation: The Fellowship, Round Rock

I love teaching Physical Education because I have the privilege of getting the kids to exercise and learn about the body and health.

ELEMENTARY SPANISH - Peggy Franklin

Years in Education: 10 years
Year Joined RRCA: 2007

Church Affiliation: First Baptist Georgetown

My favorite tradition at RRCA is graduation. It is such a beautiful and meaningful ceremony. Seeing all the parents pray with their graduates and give them a spiritual blessing is so unique and represents so well the heart of our school.