Our Team

Leadership

Laura Talbott, Director

Laura serves as the Director of Juniper Hills Academy. Laura holds her Bachelor of Arts in Childhood, Youth, and Society from the University of Chichester in England and a Teach English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certificate. As an avid traveler, Laura started her teaching career across the globe in several countries including Thailand, Cambodia, Australia, and New Zealand. Laura is originally from the UK and moved to the United States in 2016, where she started working as a daycare teacher. As Juniper Hills Academy’s director, she oversees the day-to-day operations of the center, leads the teaching team, and ensures all lesson plans and events align with the center’s vision. She’s married to a Texan and has a beautiful daughter in the infant room at Juniper Hills Academy. She promises to love your kiddos almost as much as she loves her own.

LaToya Walker, Assistant Director

LaToya is the Assistant Director of Juniper Hills Academy. LaToya’s formal education began at Brown University where she earned her Assistant Director certificate, then she obtained her Childcare Development Associate Credentials at the Knowledge Learning Center before heading to Ashford University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and Master’s in Early Childhood Education Leadership. LaToya holds a USDA certification for meal planning from Virginia’s Planning Counsel/Children’s Harbor and is also a certified CASA guardian in Travis county. With over 15 years of experience in early childhood education, she has a wealth of knowledge and expertise within the industry. As assistant director, she assists in the responsibilities of daily operations, acts as the event coordinator for the yearly curriculum calendar, and oversees educators in classroom management. She’s dedicated to ensuring that all students and educators are safe and feel welcomed. LaToya loves breaking down barriers and empowering children to become lifelong learners.

Infants

6 weeks – 17 months

Nancy Crisp

Nancy is the Infant Teacher at Juniper Hills Academy and brings with her more than 20 years of childcare experience. For most of her career she ran an in-home daycare, with 10 of those years being in Dripping Springs, Texas. She’s cared for children of all ages, but her passion has always been working with infants and young children and watching them grow and flourish. In her role at Juniper Hills Academy, she provides a nurturing environment for infants ages 6 weeks to 17 months. She helps them build skills such as holding their head up, holding their bottle, pulling up, crawling, and more. Nancy is married and is a mother of three grown kids and two four-legged fur babies. She looks forward to meeting you and helping your child reach their milestones.

Toddlers

18 – 23 months

Mikaela Boehmer

Mikaela oversees the caterpillar classroom and teaches students ages 18 to 24 months. She earned her certification in Firefighting and Hazmat Safety and Operations from Aims Community College and is currently working on receiving her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Grand Canyon University. In her role at Juniper Hills Academy, Mikaela introduces students to education through reading, song singing, interactive play, and activities such as drawing, counting, and painting. She loves encouraging students to explore their emotions and surroundings through movement and social connections. She became a teacher because she finds great joy being around children and helping them grow and reach milestones. Originally from Southwest Colorado, Mikaela grew up exploring the outdoors and is an avid hiker, kayaker, and fisher. Her love for adventure started young and she has fond memories of flying in hot air balloons with her dad. Now, she brings that same sense of adventure to her four-year-old daughter and hopes to ignite that within your child as well.

Two-Year-Olds

Jenna Stanley

Jenna leads the two-year-old class at Juniper Hills Academy. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Texas State University and graduated Magna Cum Laude. In her role, she creates a safe and nurturing environment where children are encouraged to use self-expression and creativity. She incorporates socio-emotional and cognitive development strategies into her lesson plans and strives to develop strong bonds with each of her students. Jenna works with children because she believes that each child deserves the care, time, and attention necessary for individual growth and development. She is passionate about her job and puts everything she has into each day. The greatest reward for her is getting to spend time with her students and watching them grow and learn.

Pre-K

3 to 5-year-olds

Amanda Ablanedo

Amanda serves as the pre-k teacher at Juniper Hills Academy and teaches students ages three to five. She earned her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Development from Austin Community College and has over 20 years experience. Her position entails mentoring and supporting her students with new learning skills to prepare them for kindergarten. She is passionate about creating a classroom that is safe, supportive, and trusting and where children are encouraged to achieve their best. Her goal is to ensure her students are equipped with the life skills needed to overcome any situation they may face. Amanda is a mother of three children and is extremely proud of their accomplishments. She loves going fishing, hunting, gardening, and being outdoors. She is excited to provide your child with a positive learning experience and looks forward to playing an active role in their education.

Floater

Deborah Inscore

Deborah serves as a floater teacher for Juniper Hills Academy. She earned her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Harcum College. In her role, she is responsible for the care and well-being of all the children, helping to assist classroom teachers as needed. She has multiple years experience working with children and is a proud mother of four children of her own. She loves the curiosity and carefree nature of children and believes that we all have so much to learn from them. Deborah is a soon-to-be grandmother and is excited to help your child flourish and grow in a safe and nurturing environment.

|

What Our Families are Saying

We love Juniper Hills! Our daughter is thriving in this school. The center and curriculum are geared to foster a learning environment as well as allow the children to explore new concepts and the outdoors. The staff are competent and well-educated. We couldn’t be happier!

– Rachel A.

We absolutely Love Juniper Hills! We switched over from another school about 8 months ago and the quality of instruction and administration we have experienced at the Juniper Hills has been exceptional. Our son has grown so much under Ms Amanda’s loving teaching and we really appreciate receiving daily pictures and updates of the activities. We are so happy to have found such a great school and fantastic teachers. Highly recommend.

– Barret B.

When my son had to miss a few days of school at JHA, I continued to feel disappointed that he was missing time engaging with and learning from his teachers and classmates. It was a reminder of just how much we love JHA. It’s been the perfect place for him to safely learn and grow while being cared for so well! 

– Danielle R.

I would absolutely recommend Juniper Hills! The small class sizes are great. They tailor your child’s needs to their development level. The facility is clean and inviting. They have fun activities scheduled throughout the year for the children.

– Rena C.

Juniper Hills has been so wonderful for my 1.5 year old! The staff is fantastic, the building and backyards are always clean and inviting and most importantly, my kiddo always has fun.

– Meredith