Mainspring is a special place and I'm thankful that I get to spend my days with such wonderful kids, parents and staff. This is a second home for our families and it's one that is filled with laughter, love, learning and guidance. And in the end, we send our families off with the knowledge and skills to succeed in school and in life. I love that we can truly make a difference in our community at a grassroots level.
I love the creative environment that Mainspring bolsters, not only for the children, but also for the teachers in our program. Children at these ages are so wonderfully curious about the world they live in; I'm glad I get the chance to experience the discovery and amazement they find out there.
Director of Family Services
I love Mainspring Schools because we provide a supportive and challenging educational experience for all of our kids, at every level of development. Everyone involved with Mainspring Schools is here because they want to have an impact on the futures of our children, and it shows.
Early Head Start Director
Mainspring grabbed my heart from the moment I first walked through the door and hasn't let go. We are dedicated to growing our city's youngest children. It is a diverse place full of learning, relationships, support and love. I am grateful to be a part of the mission to see all children prepared for life ahead.
When I saw Mainspring's wide open playground, creative and nutritious whole food menu, and commitment to arts and science, I knew I wanted to be a part of the community. I've been a parent here for three years and I am thrilled to join a staff who are invested in the lives of children and families.
Working with infants is a true calling for me. Seeing an infant develop milestone by milestone is like seeing a garden of flowers grow and bloom in the spring — with the satisfaction that I helped! I love the family atmosphere that Mainspring nurtures. Being "Grandma-away-from-home Grandma" is something that comes from my heart.
I began as a substitute teacher and fell in love with Mainspring. That's when I decided to become a full-time caregiver to this diverse community. I'm also now a parent and my son is being well taken care of and taught new things by wonderful teachers here at Mainspring. I'm so happy and comfortable with my son's care that I can give all my attention to my babies in class.
Working with children has always been a passion of mine so when I was offered the opportunity to work with a diverse and loving community I took it without hesitation. Even after all these years I still learn new and wonderful thing from the children as well as the great staff. I couldn't imagine working anywhere else but Mainspring!
I found this wonderful place called Mainspring! I am so lucky to have the privilege of working with such sweet kids and good families. I’m always learning more about the community and it’s amazing diversity. I'm super happy to call myself an early head start teacher here at Mainspring Schools.
I love being at Mainspring because working with children is rewarding! Every day is something new, from children learning new words to mastering milestones. Mainspring is a community I love being a part of!
Helping kids and families to grow and learn has always been a passion of mine. Mainspring is the familiar, warm place I was looking for. Being on the ground, dancing around and simply just smiling with our 1-year olds brings me joy and a peace of mind that I can’t find elsewhere. I hope I can make an impact on these children and make them more aware of the world. Happy and empowered children are what we need in our society.
My favorite thing about Mainspring is that it is a community that is learning and growing together. It is school full of support for all who are there. The encouraging environment inspires me to be the best teacher possible. It is a joy to partner with the children, families, and my fellow coworkers everyday.
I really enjoy coming to work every day and seeing the smiling faces of my class greet me. It is such a joy working in the 1-year old room because I get to watch the student grow all the way to 4-years old. I truly love to watch and facilitate the development of my students!
What drew me to Mainspring is the inclusiveness and the way teachers interact with their students. We're all about teaching our kids that their voices matter, their abilities are limitless and how to be a part of a community. Seeing not just my two-year olds, but every child here, grow into kind, respectful, self-confident and autonomous beings has been incredibly rewarding.
My favorite things about Mainspring are the children, their parents and the staff. I love being given the opportunity to invest in the lives of such wonderful children and their parents. Each day, it is a joy to come to work and be greeted by adoring faces whose love for life and learning is contagious. I appreciate the support offered to me in such a cooperative manner by each and every one of my coworkers.
I've been teaching since 2010 and love every minute of it! I enjoy teaching 2-year olds because of the milestones they achieve before they turn 3. My favorite parts are hearing them ask questions, listening to them sing, playing with them outside and teaching them to go potty. I love playing the ukulele for them and teaching them to strum the strings!
I love working at Mainspring because of its mission in knowing all children can learn. The support to staff, parents and the children is top notch. I'm retired but find so much joy working here. Mainspring is the best job and will be my last job.
Mockingbirds Lead Teacher
I enjoy working at Mainspring because it allows the freedom to creatively express and explore the children’s interests, passions and imaginations through art and play.
Mockingbirds Assistant Teacher
I have always been passionate about working with children and families! I love working with children because every day is different and I enjoy getting to see and be a part of a child’s development, short term and long term.
Songbirds Lead Teacher
Mainspring is such a strong community of staff, parents and volunteers. I love seeing the commitment and dedication towards our mission. It's really powerful! Being with the children each day brings me so much love and joy. It's truly a privilege to be a part of Mainspring.
At Mainspring, I wake up each morning with excitement to see each of my students and help them develop every day, from learning to pick up a pencil and write letters to having the self control to manage their feelings within a caring environment. I have encountered so much diversity in every student and it gives me joy to see each one develop.
Shining Stars Assistant Teacher
As soon as I joined Mainspring, the students, parents and staff made if feel as if I'd been here for years. I enjoy the feeling of inclusion, safety and happiness I get when I walk though the door each morning. Thank you, Mainspring family!
Shining Stars Lead Teacher
It is truly a joy to work in a learning environment that values empowering children. The emphasis on social/emotional learning is something that I knew I wanted to be apart of when I heard about Mainspring. I can't imagine anything better than getting to spend my days with humorous, imaginative and truly wonderful little individuals. Their unique perspectives always teach me something new.
Mainspring, to me, is like home away from home. I enjoy being a part of the children’s everyday, life-learning experiences.
What I like about Mainspring is the teachers with whom I work alongside. No matter what classroom I'm in, I see staff always supporting the students (even those who have moved on to new classrooms) and their colleagues. That's one of the benefits of being a floater -- I get to see all of our staff's hard work and dedication in action.
I began as an aunt, bringing my niece to Mainspring. Then I was a mom with two sons at school. Now, as part of the team, I get to watch all of our children’s beautiful minds expand and I get to share those exciting “did you see that?” moments with each of our teachers.
I enjoy being a part of developmental milestones that children will use for their entire life, from walking to communicating to just learning how to zipper or button all by themselves! I love the children just like I love my own and care for them with the same love as through their mother's eyes. At Mainspring, we have the common goal of wanting each and every child to succeed, not only in preschool, but in this big world of ours.
“Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me.”
― Fred Rogers
Board of Directors
Mainspring Schools, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, is governed by a Board of Directors. This has been a treasured community institution since 1941, and our directors represent the community and serve as guardians of the Mainspring Schools mission. They set policy, raise funds and advocate for the school in the community.
Katie Felice, President
Lisa Killough, Treasurer
Lynette Barksdale, Google
Mandy Brooks, United Way for Greater Austin
David Chasis, Community Volunteer
Evie Feltoon, Community Volunteer
Marisol Foster, Webber Family Foundation
John Gorman, Dell
David King, Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody
Brett Korensky, Merrill Lynch
Stephen Mallard, Wells Fargo
Kate Manser, You Might Die Tomorrow
Patsy Woods Martin, Annie's List
Paulina Pizarro, Community Mentor
Kristi Simmons, AQUILA Commercial Real Estate
Lisa Sims, Community Volunteer
Suzanne Stewart, Community Volunteer
Fred Tedesco, Immediate Past President
Suba Vasudevan, Facebook
Tim Weston, MLA Geotechnical
While not directly part of our Board of Directors, members of the Advisory Board advocate for the school in the community and offer valuable assistance whenever possible.
Janna Banks, Austin Voices for Education & Youth
Roslyn Breen, Life Investor
Stefanie Cavanaugh, Apollo Endosurgery
Jeanne Crosno, Philanthropist/Child Advocacy
Ashley Degollado, Innography
Roger Edmondson, Excelleration Partners
Gwyndolyn Hammerson, Kindling Texas Kitchen
Ron Hubbard, Early Childhood Educator
PD Jolley, Early Childhood Educator
Laura Kohler, Event Planner
Margie McClurg, Community Volunteer
Lindsay Meier, Event Planner
Sue Pacey, Nonprofit Volunteer
Eddy Perez, Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle P.C.
Travis Phillips, Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody
Joe Sims, KPMG Emeritus