Oak Hill UMC is my church home. I have been involved with educating children at Oak Hill UMC for 16 years. In July 2017, I celebrated 25 years of marriage to my best friend, Art Barkis. We have three fantastic children. Our oldest daughter is a sophomore attending Texas State University. Our son is a senior at at Dripping Springs High School. And our youngest daughter is a sophomore at Dripping Springs High School. I am a graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor's Degree in Community Health Education. I earned my Master's Degree from Texas State University. I love working with the children and the staff of our preschool. I look forward to another great year with awesome and amazing families.
Lead Teacher, 2’s, MWF, T/Th
Cindy grew up in Los Angeles and moved to Austin three years ago with her husband and two daughters, ages 6 and 13. During Cindy’s high school summers, she worked as a teacher’s assistant for 2nd, 4th and 5th grades. When she’s not at work - it’s all about family! Swimming lessons, pool time, traveling, and trying out new restaurants are some of their favorite pastimes together. This is Cindy's second year working at OHUMC Preschool and she is very excited to get to know your children and be a part of the 2s team!
Lead Teacher, PreK, M-F
Judith has always had a calling and love for working with children. Even when she was in 6th grade, she would sacrifice her recess time so that she could act as a “play leader” for children in the younger grades. Judith attended Marymount college in Palos Verdes, California, where she worked at the on-site preschool for two years . She transferred to the University of San Diego which is where she decided to study Child Psychology.
Judith and her husband, Matt, a native Texan, have been married for 14 years. They have three children: Amelie, 13; Andrielle, 11; and Emmett, 7. After being a stay-at-home mom for 11 years, she began working as an assistant teacher in the 2s class, here at OHUMC Preschool. The position quickly became Judith’s dream job and she is elated to be a part of this wonderful team .
When she’s not planning adventures for her 2s class, you can find Judith reading , cooking or doing arts and crafts with her children from her favorite website creativebug.com . As a family, we love watching kids food competitions, playing games and enjoying movies. And one more very important tidbit: Judith actually comes from a galaxy far, far away and was sent to Earth to change the world, one toddler at a time. (If you don’t know that Ms. Judith is obsessed with Star Wars, then you really don’t know her at all!)
Lead Teacher, 3’s, MWF; T/Th
Mildred Yadi Martinez - also known as “Ms.Yadi” - was born in Guatemala and lived most of her life in Southern California. Her family moved to Austin 12 years ago in search of a more family-oriented environment and have certainly found that, and more, in the Lone Star State. Yadi resides with her two wonderful children and husband of 25 years. Her 17 year old son is a senior at Bowie High School and daughter is in 7th grade at Gorzycki Middle School.
Yadi is so excited to begin her third year at OHUMC Preschool. This year, she will be leading the three year olds, assisting in the two’s classroom, as well serve as the school librarian. She studied Child Development in college and has seven years of preschool education experience. She thoroughly enjoys working with children and finds great joy in witnessing the growth and development of each child. Yadi knows it’s going to be a wonderful year!
Assistant Teacher, Pre-K, M-F
Rita is beginning her eighth year at the preschool. She has a BS in Early Childhood education and loves working with children of all ages. Her teaching experience includes both preschool and first grade. She enjoys viewing the world from a child’s perspective. Time away from school finds her enjoying time with her family, reading, gardening, and traveling. She is very excited to meet all of her new friends and spend a wonderful year learning and growing together.