Education is in Melinda's blood. Ever since she can remember, she has been teaching in some capacity. It started with her older brother and making sure he kept up with his classes and homework from 5th grade throughout college. She has always tutored and helped create and became the Education and Outreach Specialist for water conservation/preservation at the Upper Colorado River Authority. While Melinda was the Development Director for Promises for Families Foundation, she set up a tutoring program for the children of the incarcerated. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Angelo State University. She is married and has two college aged children.
Melinda has taught at Ambleside School of San Angelo grades 4 through 12. Her family was there from the first day the doors opened in 2003. She believes Ambleside is simply not just an education, but a life. What strikes Melinda the most about the philosophy is how practical and inspiring it is, even in today's fast paced world. Charlotte Mason's philosophy is rich and life-giving for the students, teachers and parents.
Family time is special for Melinda. She enjoys spending time on the lake, in the backyard, or wherever her family decides to congregate
Mindy was born in San Antonio, TX, but spent most of her childhood growing up in England. She attended British schools from first through sixth grade and benefitted from Charlotte Mason’s influence in the classroom without even knowing it at the time. She graduated high school in Maryland and went on to be a Pharmacy Technician for almost 10 years. In the spring of 1998 she married her husband, Robert and they have two daughters, Jenna and Allison. They have lived in Boerne, TX since 2004 and love their life in the Texas hill country.
A dear friend introduced her to Ambleside in the fall of 2012. After reading more of Charlotte Mason’s philosophy, watching the videos on Ambleside’s website and many hours of prayerful consideration, Mindy and her husband felt called to help start an Ambleside School in their own community. Her passion and love for this philosophy is broad. Some of the things she loves most about this educational approach are the Science of Relations and that all children are exposed to a wide variety of subjects within an anxiety-free and beautiful classroom atmosphere. In addition to co-founding the school she also served as a board member for almost five years. Given her natural organizational skills and attention to detail, it was a seamless transition from her role on the school board to Office Administrator.
In her free time Mindy enjoys reading, flower gardening, decorating and making memories with her family.
Fifth and Sixth Grade Teacher
Taylor has lived most of her life in Texas, but is originally from Colorado. She graduated from Tarleton State University and has been teaching at Ambleside for 8 years. Taylor has taught 2nd - 4th grades prior to this year. She spent 2 years in the Czech Republic teaching English as a second language. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and getting to see other parts of the world, taking walks with her dog, and spending time with friends and family.
Second and Third Grade Teacher
Holly is Texan born and raised and moved to Boerne with her family when she was in elementary school. Having called Boerne home for over 25 years, she not only grew up here but has been able to see Boerne grow. Holly has a degree in Organizational Development from the University of the Incarnate Word. Holly has been volunteering and teaching children and youth in some capacity since she was in high school and has worked as her church's Children's and Youth Ministries Director and taught elementary special education and Life Skills at the high school level. Holly started at Ambleside Boerne teaching Kindergarten and First grade in 2014/2015 and she is excited to be back at Ambleside teaching Second and Third grades.
Charlotte Mason's philosophy of allowing children to live a free, full life, and one that is built on a strong foundation of healthy habits is what drew Holly to Ambleside. Education is not only about math, reading, and writing, but about learning how to live with others, appreciating the world God has made for us, and being our best selves. Ambleside Boerne and the community that is build here is something that Holly is proud to be apart of.
Holly and her husband Blake have two girls, one who attends Ambleside and one who will join us next year as a Kindergarten. student. Their family is also a Foster family and they feel honored God lead them to help children and families during their times of greatest need. Holly enjoys arts and crafts, gardening, travelling, and spending time with her family outdoors bike riding, exploring, and playing with their 3 dachshunds.
Third and First Grade Teacher
Nina Morgan and her family moved to Boerne six years ago. She taught fourth grade for five years in Houston before staying at home full time with her children. She is passionate about family, traveling, reading, and cooking. She has a Master of Arts degree from American University in Washington, D.C. and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and French from Baylor University. She has worked as a paralegal and academic advisor before following her calling to be a teacher. Houston is her hometown (Go Astros!).
An insightful friend told her about the unique qualities of an Ambleside education when it was time for her son to begin kindergarten. She visited The Ambleside School of Boerne for an open house. What she saw greatly impressed her. She observed books rich in ideas and civility; beautiful art created by students of all ages; and a caring and hands-on staff and school board. These observations clearly demonstrated Charlotte Mason's core belief that all children are born persons. Equally important, she saw that this educational philosophy is taught with the intention of deepening the students’ relationship to God and to others. This potent combination of academic rigor and spiritual depth is a favorite feature of the Ambleside education. Mrs. Morgan has taught sixth and seventh grades at ASB. She is currently teaching first and third grades as the breakout teacher.
Kindergarten and First Grade Teacher
Suzanne and her family have lived in Texas for almost three years, after spending several years in ministries in other states. Suzanne home-schooled her two boys until they began attending Ambleside in the third and sixth grades. Suzanne's younger son Daniel is currently attending fifth grade at Ambleside. Suzanne holds a Bachelor's Degree in English and Education and a Masters Degree in Bible. Suzanne has a long history of working in early childhood education. Suzanne believes that the early childhood years lay a crucial foundation for a sense of belonging to God and family, self-discovery and acceptance, a developing sense of right and wrong and a growing desire to learn that are critical to a child's overall well-being and future growth. Because of this, Suzanne feels privileged to teach using the Charlotte Mason philosophy and method at Ambleside.
Jane-Alice is a wife and mother of two young girls. She is also a massage therapist and Canadian, born in Nova Scotia.
Ambleside's view that every person has the ability to create beautiful art is inspiring to both teacher and student. She enjoys learning and creating along side the children every week.
Her interests include painting and drawing, playing and listening to music, massage therapy, hiking, nature, and community.
At an early age, Hollie developed a true love for music. She sang in church choirs starting at the age of 4 and then started private lessons studying the ukulele and piano. Her true passion though is voice performance. Hollie studied music education at Florida State University and upon completion moved to San Antonio TX in 1999. Once married she moved to Boerne in 2005 and started a family now of three. Hollie is currently the Family Ministry Program Administer as well as the Director of Children’s Music at FUMC Boerne and teaches private lessons in voice and ukulele.
Hollie is drawn to the teaching philosophy of Charlotte Mason because of how music is in the learning process. She also loves how Charlotte Mason’s belief is that education should be based on real ideas and by using the natural environment, encourages each child to discover through the learning process instead of just being spoken too.
Hollie enjoys singing in multiple choirs in the Boerne and San Antonio area, serving her church and community in outreach projects, and building relationships with friends and family. She loves to go on fishing trips with her family and random adventures throughout the Hill Country.
Vanessa was born and raised in La Paz, Bolivia and she left her country to live in Texas when she married an American missionary, John Dearman, in 2006. She decided to homeschool her twin sons in 2013 and found Charlotte Mason's philosophy to be superior to all other methods available for homeschooling.
Mason's idea that it is not as important how much a child knows but rather how much he cares about his education resonated with her. She wanted her children to love education to the point of self education.
In March 2017, Vanessa and her family moved to Boerne and she was introduced to Ambleside School of Boerne, and was excited to have an opportunity to enroll her children in a Charlotte Mason style school.
This is her first year teaching Spanish to multiple grade levels. She hopes to pass a love of learning and speaking Spanish on to her students.
In her spare time, Vanessa loves spending time outdoors with her family, going to the library, book sales and garage sales. She also enjoys trying and cooking new foods.