Pathways School Teachers & Staff

MARY FERNANDEZ, DIRECTOR
Mrs. Fernandez moved to the Dripping Springs area in 2014 where she initially began teaching at Pathways as a 3 year old teacher, and later the music and movement teacher. Mary holds a BA from Oglethorpe University and MS from University of North Texas, both in Early Childhood Education. She has 14 years of experience as a classroom teacher and program director at Parish Episcopal School in Dallas. Mrs. Fernandez believes young children should be loved wholeheartedly, nurtured spiritually, challenged appropriately, and taken seriously in their school experience! Mary feels called to serve as the Director of Pathways School and considers it an incredible honor and privilege to lead the faculty, staff, and families in this ministry. In addition to her professional experience, Mary loves to sing, dance, and have fun living life with her husband, Jan (of 20+ years), and 3 awesome kids: Isabel, Evan, and Lily.
DOMINIQUE PEEL, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Mrs. Peel grew up in Dripping Springs and began teaching at Pathways in the fall of 2010.   She has worn many hats while at Pathways, including classroom teacher, Administrative Assistant and now Assistant Director.  She has thoroughly enjoyed working alongside the dedicated and happy staff and of course the joyful children and parents we have here. No two days at school are ever the same, and watching the children grow and flourish is a joy to be involved in.   Mrs. Peel believes teaching is an extremely important profession and feels very blessed to be a part of the awesome team at Pathways School.  When not at school, Mrs. Peel enjoys anything outdoors.  She is married to Jeremy (19+ years) and they have 4 amazing kids: Tyler, Garrett, Hagen and Cassidy.
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANTS
    Denise Cooper – Tues/Wed/Fri
 
Lee Ann Sizemore – M/Th
TWO YEAR-OLD TEACHERS
Landi diDonato – M-F 
 
 
Denise Blazek – T/Th 
 
 
Penny Boykin – MWF
 
Becky Kaiser – 2’s Support Staff
 
Lauren Milam – 2’s Support Staff
 
 
Raeann Simpson – 2’s Support Staff
 
 
 
 
 
THREE YEAR-OLD TEACHERS
Lupe Driska – M-F 
 
Elizabeth Dunk – M-F 
Jean Boutin – T/TH 
Marie Espinosa – MWF & T/Th 
Stephanie deDufour – MWF   
 
 
 
PRE-K (4 YR OLD) TEACHERS
Annette Leinneweber – MWF & TTh
 
Natalie Hanel – M-F
Jan Rice – M-F
 
Cari Coble – MWF
KINDERGARTEN
Kim Watterson 
Kindergarten Teacher
Danielle Willms
Kindergarten Assistant
Marilyn Koons – Reading Coordinator
 
 
ENRICHMENT 
  Sandra Raymond – Science