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

Jackie Horton holds a BA 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 teaching experience in both public and Catholic school settings, as well as experience as a Catholic school principal.  She has been homeschooling her children since 2008 and has been teaching at Annunciation-Austin since 2012.

“For the position of Director at Annunciation Austin, I believe the most valuable experience I have is as mother and educator of my own children. Focusing on our Catholic identity as our family’s primary goal, I have had to genuinely incorporate our faith life into our homeschooling. Because they are such different learners, I have had to accommodate a variety of home educational and organizational methods. With them being in their junior year of high school, I have had to navigate a variety of developmental and educational milestones. When we first started homeschooling, I was attracted to classical education with the trivium and studied it extensively in order to implement a classical Catholic model with them. Due to me being a teacher outside of the home and their primary educator in the home while they remain involved in a variety of activities, I have had to work hard to balance our home life. I would like to share all of these experiences with families so that they may experience success as members of the Annunciation Austin community.”

 

Teachers

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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