Elementary Team

Christine O'Donnell

Kindergarten: Christine O'Donnell

Degree: B.A., Elementary Ed., Liberty University

Years Teaching: 14 years
Year Joined RRCA: 2005

Church Affiliation: The Fellowship, Round Rock

My favorite teaching moment was when I had the honor of teaching a child who was not saved and neither was his family. After several weeks of school and hearing about the Bible, this child wanted to hear more. I sat with him several different times and gave him the salvation message. I found out the following summer that the family had all been saved and were regularly attending church. This to me is proof that even planting a small mustard seed can grow great and prosperous fruit. All the glory goes to God, I am just blessed to have been a part of this journey.

Tori Tomlin

Kindergarten: Tori Tomlin

Degree: B.A., Early Childhood Education, Ashford University
Degree: A.A., Psychology, Panola Junior College

Years Teaching: 23 years
Year Joined RRCA: 2015

Church Affiliation: Covenant Presbyterian, Round Rock

Teaching is one of the most rewarding things I have had the pleasure of doing.  To be able to guide children as they explore and learn is a true privilege.  Seeing their eyes light up when they understand something for the first time is why I have spent all my life working with children. 

Shannon Heriford

1st Grade: Shannon Walker

Degree: B.S., Elementary Ed., Henderson State University

Years of Teaching: 14 years
Year Joined RRCA: 2011

Church Affiliation: Central Baptist Church, Round Rock

In my first year of teaching I had a student that had a tough time understanding division. He would give up on a division problem after one try. One day I was working with him and it just clicked. I will never forget his face when he realized, “I can do this!”

RayeAnne Owen

1st Grade: RayeAnne Owen

Degree: Masters, Educational Leadership, Concordia University
Degree: B.S., Elementary Education and English, Howard Payne University

Years of Teaching: 28 years
Year Joined RRCA: 1995

Church Affiliation: Central Baptist Church, Round Rock

I have known I was going to be a teacher since I was in first grade. It is a blessing to be in a profession that you love going to each and every day.

Kaye Wheelis

1st Grade: Kaye Wheelis

Degree: B.S., Elementary Ed., University of Arkansas

Years of Teaching: 31 years
Year Joined RRCA: 1999

Church Affiliation: First Baptist Church, Round Rock

I love teaching and it is my passion. I love being a part of God’s team at RRCA and serving parents and children. 

Joselyn Cervantes

2nd Grade: 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!

Alison Havens

2nd Grade: Alison Havens

Degree: B.S., Education, Baylor University

Years of Teaching: 12 years
Year Joined RRCA: 2016

Church Affiliation: First United Methodist Church, Round Rock

My favorite subject to teach is reading!  Reading is easily integrated throughout the school day in all subjects.  I love to see my students' faces when they find a book they enjoy and don't want to put it down.  It is also exciting to share books with students about topics we are studying.  Listening to students read with expression and grow in their vocabulary are highlights of my day. I love that at RRCA we can read from the Bible and connect with students in a very unique way.  It is truly a blessing.

Jennifer Murton

2nd Grade: Jennifer Murton

Degree: B.A., Liberal Arts/Minor in Psychology, California State University-Stanislaus
Degree: M.A., Counseling/Psychology, Argosy University

Years of Teaching: 3 years
Joined RRCA: 2014

Church Affiliation: Northpoint Church, Cedar Park

I believe that every child is a gift from God and their capabilities reach far beyond what they can imagine. I love showing them that even when they feel as if they have failed, they should fail forward! God has great plans for them and giving up because they are afraid of failing is never an option. "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9. I want children to learn to believe these words in every aspect of life, especially the classroom.

Paula Biggs

3rd Grade: Paula Biggs

Degree: B.A., College of Santa Fe
Degree: Masters, College of New Rochelle
Degree: Masters Admin., Concordia University

Years of Teaching: 30 years
Year Joined RRCA: 2000

Church Affiliation: Maranatha Community Church, Round Rock

My favorite subject to teach is math. I enjoy watching my students blossom with confidence in their abilities as they achieve understanding of new concepts. I enjoy guiding them to believe in themselves.

Tracie Lawler

3rd Grade: Tracie Lawler

Degree: B.A., Sociology, Centenary College of Shreveport

Years of Teaching: 28 years
Year Joined RRCA: 2016

Church Affiliation: New to area; searching for a church home

I love to see my students strive to do their best and reach their goals!  When they learn that they can do anything they set their mind to, there is no stopping them.  I enjoy teaching them about the world God created and their place in it.

Leslie Brennan

4th Grade: Leslie Brennan

Degree: B.S., Elementary Education, Millikin University 

Years Teaching: 3 years
Year Joined RRCA: 2015

Church Affiliation: City View Bible Church, Round Rock

My favorite subject to teach is Bible.  It is an awesome privilege to be able to share God's truth and love with my students.  The real blessings come as I hear my students share these same truths with each other.  I am so blessed God called me to teach at RRCA.

Margaret Dawson

4th Grade: Margaret Dawson

Degree: B.S., Elementary Education, Texas Tech University 

Years Teaching: 32 years
Year Joined RRCA: 2014

Church Affiliation: St. David's Episcopal, Austin

One of my favorite quotes from Winne the Pooh:  "If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together. . . there is something you must always remember.  You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.  But the most important thing is, even if we're apart . . . I'll always be with you."

I hope to help prepare my students for the life that the Lord has planned for them and I know that through God's teachings my students will be braver, stronger and smarter and that He will always be with them.

Jamie Salik

4th Grade: Jamie Salik

Degree: B.A., Communications, Sam Houston State University

Years of Teaching: 10 years
Year Joined RRCA: 2016

Church Affiliation: Fellowship Bible Church, Cedar Park

I love being able to come to work every day and make a difference in someone's life.  It is pure joy to be able to worship God and teach kids all in one place.  I love RRCA!

Keeley Barab

5th Grade: Keeley Barab

Degree: B.A., Elementary Education w/ Minor in Biblical Studies, Biola University

Years Teaching: 3 years
Year Joined RRCA: 2015

Church Affiliation: Austin Stone, Austin

My favorite Crusader event is Monday chapel.  I love being able to see the entire elementary school worship together.  It's such a powerful and unique experience that really brings the school community together and starts off the school week with hearts aimed towards Christ.

Christy Wolff

5th Grade: Christy Wolff

Degree: B.S., Education, The University of Texas at Austin

Years of Teaching: 17 years
Year Joined RRCA: 2006

Church Affiliation: First Baptist Georgetown, Georgetown

Teaching has always been an important part of my life. It started at home with my brother and has continued through today. I enjoy the challenge of helping students to see the excitement in learning. I receive great joy from the smiling faces of my students and it is an honor to be a part of their education.