Kindergarten ~ Bevyn Pageler
My name is Bevyn Pageler, and I am thrilled to be joining the MCA family as the kindergarten teacher. I have experience teaching kindergarten, first grade, and second grade in Bryan, TX, and Georgetown. I graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Psychology, and I earned my Masters in Education from Texas State University.
I live in Georgetown with my husband Tim, who grew up here, and my two children, 7th grader Tessa and 4th grader Brady. We love spending time outside, playing and watching sports, and volunteering in the community. We also love reading, and we even have our own Free Little Library in our yard.
I feel tremendously privileged to have your child in my class this year. I have always been passionate about creating and cultivating lifelong learners, and I am committed to providing our students with a loving, Christ-centered, and developmentally sound foundation to encourage that to happen. I see each child as an amazing individual that will also be a part of a wonderful little family in our classroom and at MCA. I hope to cultivate their gifts and help strengthen them academically, emotionally, and spiritually. Additionally, I am honored to have the opportunity to instill the word of the Lord in all that we do. Together, I know we will have an amazing year!
1st Grade ~ Tasha Maggart
My name is Tasha Maggart, and I am so excited to be joining the incredible MCA family.
Everything about MCA feels like “home”. I previously have been teaching for 12 years in RRISD. I graduated from Texas State University with my Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, Early Childhood through fourth grade. (Go Bobcats!) In my final year, I was nominated for Student Teacher of the Year. I am thrilled to have officially joined the wonderful faculty here at MCA.
My husband, whom I refer to as “Mr. Maggart”, and I reside in Hutto with our dogs, Socket and Hog, and our cat, Harley, as well as my heart and love, our son, Weston.
We have such an exciting year ahead of us, and I am very excited to be working with your child! My goal is to incorporate all learning styles in my classroom. I believe that at this age students are discovering which learning style works best for them, so they will be introduced to all types of kinesthetic, auditory, and visual activities in all subject areas in order to become familiar with each and develop as learners. I strongly believe in independence at this age. Although they may be young, this age group is capable of some amazing things! You will see this as their school year progresses. Small group instruction and differentiated activities are a must. Students have different strengths and interest because they are unique, and my goal is to meet their needs as an individual as well as in a collective group.
2nd Grade ~ Teri White
My name is Teri White and I am the Second Grade teacher here at MCA. My experience in education spans over 25 years as either a teacher or administrator. I graduated from Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in Business and Christian Education.
My husband, Dave, and I have been married for 37 years, and we have three daughters and one son. Our family also includes a son-in-law and three grandsons. We currently live in Georgetown with our two cats, October and Velma. I have worked for Shining Stars for a total of 14 years, six as a lead Pre-K4 teacher, and seven years as the second-grade teacher.
As a Christian educator, it is my passion to integrate Biblical truth across our curriculum and to teach my students to see God in every area of academia. It is thrilling to see my students accept Jesus as their Savior and begin their personal relationship with Him. Academically, it is my goal to meet each child where they are and provide the tools they need for a well-rounded year full of learning and growth, teach them to work hard, and instill in them the confidence to know that they can do hard things. Emotionally, each child in my class knows that I believe in them and love them. We celebrate accomplishments and successes, and we pray through the highs and lows of our year together. I am beyond blessed to have the privilege of teaching at MCA.
3rd Grade ~ Sara Soto
My name is Sara Soto, and I am the Third Grade teacher at MCA. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Our Lady of the Lake University and am currently pursuing my Master’s Degree in Counseling at St. Edward’s University. I joined the MCA staff in 2020.
I am the oldest of 5 kids, so naturally, I am a nurturing soul. Currently, I channel that into my many plants, both at home and in the classroom, and my beautiful Australian Shepherd pup! In my free time, you can find me outside by some body of water, on a hiking trail, or enjoying live music and yummy food.
It is a tremendous privilege and responsibility to use my passion for educating to further impact students while instilling the word of God at the same time. I look forward to building many more relationships with students and members of the MCA community. My goal is to make a supportive classroom environment to grow students’ love of learning and to teach them empathy, compassion, and to believe in God and themselves at the same time.
4th Grade ~ Audra Belardinelli
My name is Audra Belardinelli, and I am the Fourth-grade teacher at MCA. Before MCA, I worked at Shining Stars for a total of 10 years, where I previously taught first and third grade before making the leap to the fabulous Fourth Grade here. It is my mission to instill a love for learning in my students so that they develop a desire to become life-long learners.
Before teaching, I attended Southwestern University in Georgetown where I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Mathematics. I am also currently enrolled at Texas State University for my Master’s Degree in Mass Communication.
I live in Georgetown with my 3 dogs, 2 cats, and 2 horses. They take up most of my free time, but some hobbies that I enjoy as well are reading, hiking, and traveling.
5th Grade ~ Jennifer Eppard
My name is Jennifer Eppard, and I am the 5th Grade teacher here at MCA. I graduated from Texas State University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Interdisciplinary Studies and Elementary Education. I have been a teacher at Shining Stars for the past 21 years, and I look forward to another exciting year at MCA!
My husband and I currently live in Round Rock with our 4 children, one dog, two cats, three chickens, and a duck named Goose.
Teaching your child is a privilege as well as a tremendous responsibility. I will do my best to ensure that each student has a motivating and fulfilling learning experience in the classroom. My goal as an educator is to do my part in bringing up the students in a Christ-centered, safe environment, where students will grow not only academically but spiritually and emotionally as well, ready to be difference makers and disciples of Christ.
Student Support Specialist ~ Teresa Perotti
My name is Teresa Perotti and I am so pleased to be a team member of MCA. I am excited to bring my experience as a GISD Aide, ABA interventionist, and Dyslexia mom to the classroom.
In my free time, I like to garden, watch baseball, and go for nature walks with my four kiddos. My husband and I are not natives but got to Georgetown as fast as we could in 2009.
My family and I are members of the San Gabriel Presbyterian Church and are firm believers in Proverbs 22:6. I look forward to getting to know the MCA family.
Specials & Extended Care ~ Joleigh Fowler
My name is Joleigh Fowler, and I teach Art, Music, and American Sign Language to each grade here at MCA. I am also the Supervisor for the Extended Care program.
I grew up in a Christian home and was raised in church from infancy. I attended a Christian school like MCA through the eighth grade in California before moving to Georgetown in 2000 and attending and graduating from Georgetown High School.
My husband, Tyler, and I were married in 2008, and we live in Georgetown with our 3 sons, Maverick, Griffin, and Truitt.
I have been with Shining Stars for a total of 16 years, and I am blessed to work at such a wonderful school, and I deeply believe in our mission to train children educationally and Biblically.
In Art, I encourage my students to express themselves creatively as well as develop a love for viewing and creating art. I encourage them to learn from their “mistakes” and to see beauty in the creative “mess”. I believe that art is a process of making and interpreting visual reminders of God’s creation and is an essential part of bringing students into a deeper relationship with their Creator.
In ASL, my goal is to teach compassion toward the Deaf Community and instill a desire and the skills to communicate as well as socialize among them. I want my students to see ASL as a beautiful language, and to learn to understand and acceptance of our hearing-impaired friends.
I passionately believe in Christian education and am blessed to be part of the incredible staff here at MCA.
Specials & Extended Care ~ Rose Curtis
My name is Rose Curtis, and I am so blessed to be able to join the team here at MCA! I will be teaching Spanish and physical education this year along with aiding in the extended care program. From kindergarten to my senior year of high school I attended a private Christian school similar to McCasland. After graduating, I attended Concordia University Texas for two years before transferring to the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor.
I am a dog mom to my pug-maltipoo mix, Mochi. In my free time, I spoil her with lots of love, curl up with a good book, or spend time with my best friends/roommates. I attend Grace Bible Church where I get to watch my mom worship on stage almost every Sunday.
My goal in the classroom is to provide children with a safe and fun learning environment where we are open to making mistakes and learning from every experience we have in a God-honoring way! I am looking forward to being a leader that reflects the love of Christ in my work. I look forward to watching and encouraging these students to grow all throughout the year!
Extended Care ~ Taylor Eppard
My name is Taylor Eppard and I will be helping teach technology as well as taking part in the extended care program.
I have experience in assistant teaching kindergarten and third grade as well as Spanish! Due to the pandemic, I put my degree in education on pause but have not stopped gaining experience with children and plan to continue this year.
In my free time, I love to paint, read, and hike with my 1 year old puppy, Bruno. I can’t wait to see what the upcoming year holds for everyone at MCA!
Principal ~ Jeff Roberton
My name is Jeff Roberton, and I accepted the responsibilities of school Principal and leader of the teaching team on June 3, 2021. I hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Master's Degree in Educational Administration from Lamar University. For over 20 years I have served as a coach, teacher, and principal in the Dallas area and here in Georgetown.
After leaving public education, I believe the Lord has called me to influence students during their most crucial time in elementary school. Here at McCasland Christian Academy, I look forward to working with parents in creating a foundation in faith, academics, and social-emotional health for our students, which will create success in future endeavors.
My wife, Laura, and I have two sons, Brett and Graham. I enjoy spending time with my family, exercising, being outdoors, and doing construction projects. I am excited to see what the Lord has in store for the future of MCA.
Office Administrator ~ Emily Palacios
My name is Emily Palacios and I joined the staff here in 2016. In 2020 I became the Office Administrator for MCA, and I enjoy every minute of it. I began as an afternoon teacher, became the afternoon supervisor, and have been blessed to receive the position of Office Administrator.
In my free time, I enjoy working out and hanging out with my sweet Labrador mix, Cleo, who has been my sidekick for 6 years.
Since I have been working here, I have found my passion for the administrative side of education. Every day is a new day with a lesson to be learned, and I’m so grateful to be part of the incredible staff here at MCA.