Teresa is a licensed occupational therapist who has been practicing in pediatrics for over 10 years. She received her Bachelor's in Occupational Science and her Master's in Occupational Therapy from Saint Louis University in 2006 and 2008 respectively. Teresa has worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, schools, and outpatient clinics. Teresa has a special interest in leading small groups, facilitating social skill development, helping children learn to self-regulate, and expanding children's feeding repertoires. She also loves educating and empowering families!


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Dolly has a bachelor’s degree in Special Education and has over 30 years of experience teaching. Her life’s work has involved students in special and regular education classrooms, as well as hospital and home-bound settings. She feels it is a great blessing to serve God’s children by helping them reach their full potential through developing their skills. She loves collaborating with their families and therapists to understand each child’s gifts and challenges. Dolly has previously worked as a Pre-K teacher and loves the curiosity, wonder and enthusiasm this age group has. 


Leo Perez, SLPA
Lead Teacher

Leo was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley in Brownsville, TX. He attended school at UT-Austin and graduated with his bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders in 2013 and have been working as a Speech and Language Pathology Assistant since. Leo has experience in the clinic, school and home health settings. He enjoys working with children as they learn and grow in their early years of life.

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curriculum coordinator

Rebecca enjoys working with families from diverse backgrounds in a variety of settings. Her earliest job history includes working as a Child Life Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator at The Children’s Hospital of Austin. She has worked as a Preschool Director for a nationally accredited franchise where she developed a Spanish curriculum which is still being implemented today.  Most recently, she worked directly with families and students as a lead Pre-K teacher. She has been an advocate and volunteer in the community for the past 14 years. Rebecca is passionate about empowering families by giving them resources to actively participate in their child's education.


Kelly Krukow
Teacher's Assistant

Kelly has worked in a school environment for 12 years with children with special needs. She loves being involved with the children's ministry at her church by volunteering at Vacation Bible School in the summer. Kelly is currently studying early childhood development at Austin Community College. She dreams to open a Dual Language Skills Tutoring Center for children who are struggling to learn English and Spanish.



Robin is a retired Austin ISD Teacher with 30 years teaching experience. She holds a B.S. and M.Ed. degree in Special Education and Elementary Education with a specific endorsement in the area of Early Childhood Development from Texas Tech University. Robin has taught students from ages 3 to 21 in a hospital placement, as well as students in grades 1-6 in a school setting. Robin is dedicated to guiding young children to utilize their strengths to build self-confidence and independence.


Caroline McClellan
teacher’s assistant

Caroline is a second year college student. She is majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders and plans on attending graduate school to become a Speech-Language Pathologist. She loves working with children and helping them reach their full potential.


Alyssa ybarra
Teacher's Assistant

Alyssa is a third year student at the University of Texas at Austin studying to get her bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Alyssa enjoys working with families and children from all backgrounds of life. She has volunteered with many non-profit organizations and after school tutoring programs. Alyssa loves learning new things every day and taking on challenges. Outside of work Alyssa is currently volunteering at Posada Esperanza. She loves children and helping those in need. It is truly rewarding to see those smiles at the end of the day and remember why I do this.


Jacqui Schweitzer
Teacher’s Assistant

Jacqui has a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education and has been teaching in public and private schools for 30 years.  Preschool is her favorite age to teach because she is a big kid at heart and love to have fun.  She enjoys the challenge of finding ways to help each child reach his or her potential. Jacqui and her husband have lived in various parts of the country and moved to the Austin area in 2017.  They have 3 adult children, 2 wonderful daughters-in-law and 3 super cute grandchildren. Jacqui likes to read and create greeting cards and scrapbooks.


Emily Barry
Teacher’s Assistant

Emily loves teaching, guiding and engaging with children. She has over 25 years of experience working with children in public and private schools, and in many volunteer positions. She graduated from the University of Texas with high honors in Applied Learning and Development with a minor in Life and Earth Science. Emily has her state teacher’s certification for grades 1 through 8, and has AMS Montessori certification for ages 3-6. She appreciates every child’s unique individuality and works to develop his or her inherent strengths.

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Vanessa Pineda
Teacher’s Assistant

Vanessa was born in Houston, Texas. She started her studies in psychology at Kirkwood. She is continuing her education here at ACC, and plans to focus on developmental psychology. Vanessa has worked with children for the last few years in non-profit and bilingual settings. She truly enjoys working one on one with children and being able to see the world through their eyes.


We love Let It Shine! I loved the specialized setting and the teachers have experience and are trained to fully understand and support the individual needs of our children with special needs.
— Cleo, student parent



Christy is a Speech-Language Pathologist with 24 years experience. She received her Master’s in Communication Disorders from Texas State University in 1993. Christy has clinical expertise in communication disorders. She has practiced in a variety of settings including schools, home health, hospitals, and private practices. Christy is passionate about partnering with children and their families to build on each child’s innate strength to foster confidence, self expression and communication to be successful in all stages of life!


Bailee Sutton

Bailee is a junior majoring in Special Education at The University of Texas at Austin. She has worked with a wide range of disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, OCD, ODD, Speech and Language Delay, and much more.


Sally McWithey

Sally grew up in Mississippi, Virginia, and North Carolina. She graduated from Appalachian State University. Sally was the founder and director of Buda Children's Theatre and is a retired teacher. Sally worships at Bethany Lutheran Church and sings in the chancel choir. She volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Foster Children in Hays County