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!
What I like about Mainspring is the teachers with whom I work alongside. I see staff always supporting the students (even those who have moved on to new classrooms) and their colleagues. I love getting to see all of our staff's hard work and dedication in action.
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.
From the first day, I felt so welcomed at Mainspring by the children, families and staff. I love the diversity that Mainspring brings and the positive atmosphere all around! The relationships I have established with these children are extremely rewarding, and I hope to make a significant impact in their overall development.
I love working at Mainspring for so many reasons -- the main being that everyone is so welcoming, and each classroom allows children and their families to grow and learn in ways that work for them. I am passionate about helping individuals grow in empowering environments, and Mainspring does everything they can to make sure that happens by working with parents alongside their children.
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.
Songbirds Assistant Teacher
I really enjoy coming to work every day and seeing the smiling faces of my class greet me. It is such a joy working with my students and watching them grow. I truly love to watch and facilitate the development of my students!
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 Assistant Teacher
Mainspring provides a safe environment and nurturing atmosphere to each child and family that comes in the door. While being accepting, inclusive and culturally diverse in meeting the needs of all children from different backgrounds and understanding that each child develops at their own pace. I am so blessed and extremely excited to work along side with a staff who cares whole heartily and goes above and beyond for the future and positive development of the children.
Mainspring, to me, is like home away from home. I enjoy being a part of the children’s everyday, life-learning experiences.
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!
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.
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.
“Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me.”
― Fred Rogers
When the doors open, I see all of our kids ready to learn something new. I enjoy being in the kitchen, ready to make healthy meals and feed these growing kids.
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.
I was a teacher for three years at Mainspring and fell in love with the school and the heart of the mission. I am so excited to step into the role of Education Director. What a privilege it is to be part of our families' lives. I enjoy working with a staff who truly cares for their students and pour their hearts into everything they do. Mainspring is a family.
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.
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.
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.
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
John Gorman, Secretary
Lynette Barksdale, Google
Mandy Brooks, United Way for Greater Austin
David Chasis, Community Volunteer
Michelle Evans, Luisa Mauro Real Estate
Evie Feltoon, Community Volunteer
Marisol Foster, Webber Family Foundation
Jeremy Giroir, Collective Capital
David King, Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody
Brett Korensky, Merrill Lynch
Laura Kohler, Bespoke Events
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.
Rudi Andrus, Former Executive Director, Mainspring Schools
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
Kinda Lincoln, Finance Consultant
Margie McClurg, Community Volunteer
Lindsay Meier, Bespoke Events
Sue Pacey, Nonprofit Volunteer
Eddy Perez, Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle P.C.
Travis Phillips, Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody
Joe Sims, KPMG Emeritus
Sherri Underbrink, AISD