Staff

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The Annunciation Austin staff is carefully chosen to provide teaching excellence in a supportive environment. Our classes are taught by paid professionals with extensive teaching credentials and/or teaching experience. Several of our teachers are also parents of Annunciation Austin students.

Director of Education

Our Director of Education, Teresa Ruhl, teaches classes, supervises the other teachers, and counsels Annunciation Austin’s families about their children’s schooling. Teresa has been involved in Classical Catholic homeschooling for more than 15 years. She started teaching at Annunciation Austin after graduating two sons from their family’s homeschool and successfully preparing both of them for rigorous university honors programs. Teresa’s daughter attended and graduated as a senior from Annunciation Austin; she recently completed her degree at a well-respected university in Texas and is successfully employed in her chosen field. Teresa is convinced that having the privilege to home educate with a curriculum immersed in the values of Catholic theology is fundamental to preparing children with a solid foundation that meets the challenges facing society today.

Teachers

Teresa Ruhl received her BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. She worked as a Technical Lead at IBM and retired after ten years to be at home with her young children. Prior to homeschooling, Teresa was active in leadership at her children’s school by holding the position of Home and School Association President at St. Louis Catholic School in Austin.

Jill Hebda has been teaching a wide range of classes at Annunciation Austin since 2008.  Jill has a degree in Education from the University of Arizona.  After starting her career in education with private tutoring in 1996, she went on to work with learning-disabled college students, teach at a Sylvan Learning Center, and manage volunteers at an after-school program for latchkey kids.  Her four children attend Annunciation Austin.

Jackie Horton teaches a variety of subjects at Annunciation Austin including English, Language Arts, Theology, History and Math. Jackie received a bachelor’s degree in physics from Ithaca College, a Texas Teaching Certificate from St. Edward’s University, and a master’s degree in education from Capella University. She has has taught in several Catholic Schools in the Austin area and has taught Religious Education at various parishes in New York and Texas over the past 25 years. She began homeschooling in 2008. Her two children currently attend Annunciation Austin.

Chloe Priour teaches classes including Science, History, Language Arts, Theology, Latinand Journalism. A native Austinite, she attended Catholic high school in Austin before acquiring a Bachelor’s in Fine Art from the University of Texas at Arlington, specializing in photography. Working as a nanny and a tutor for more than 15 years has honed her experience in and fired her passion for the development of young people. She has been with the Annunciation Austin community since 2010.

Barbara Tusia holds a Texas teacher’s certification and a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas State University. A mother of four, her extensive volunteer experience includes organizing an elementary school newspaper, developing a youth tennis team, serving as a PTA treasurer, and leading a Girl Scout troop. In addition to teaching at Annunciation Austin, she also owns and runs an Austin-based company that teaches children Lego Robotics incorporating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) concepts. In her spare time, Barbara enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading and shopping at farmers’ markets.

Jennifer Mooney grew up moving all over the world but settled in Texas after graduating from Texas A&M University with a degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology and a minor in Industrial Engineering.  She worked in the construction and battery industries for a number of years before becoming a stay-home mom. She was an officer of the St. Anne’s organization and helped start Children’s Church at her former parish.  She has been homeschooling her two children for 8 years and has been at Annunciation for 6 years.  She and her family are all active Volunteers of Texas Humane Heroes.

Megan Copeland has a Master’s degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Autism. She was a special education teacher, Dyslexia specialist, first grade and second grade teacher in Leander ISD before her youngest child was born. She also served as the Youth Minister at St. John Vianney in Round Rock. Megan professes a great love for teaching children to read, write, and to love and serve God and His people. All three of her children now attend Annunciation. She now considers herself one of the biggest advocates of Annunciation, its teaching models, and its perfect combination of classroom education and family time, with homes serving as the domestic church.

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