Teacher Bios

 

Tiffeny Howe is a 15-year homeschool veteran and director of Focus Preparatory School. She is amazed and delighted with God’s design in nature, and teaching about them is her gift. She has taught high school math and science in a private school as well as Algebra I in public school. Mrs. Howe also taught at a community college before starting her family. More recently, she has enjoyed teaching kids of all different ages at a local homeschool co-op. Mrs. Howe has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Abilene Christian University and a Masters of Science in Physical Chemistry from University of Minnesota. She has also completed a teacher prep course during graduate school.

 

Janet Meier has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. She spent several years in the corporate world, working as an IT consultant and computer programmer before she became a mom. Over the years, Mrs. Meier has taught various classes in the local homeschool co-op, tutored math students, taught math at Focus Preparatory, and was also a certified ASL interpreter. She currently homeschools her 3 daughters and crisscrosses the county attending countless extracurricular activities. She’s a total nerd who LOVES math!

 

PJ Burton has a Bachelor of Arts with majors in English and Public Relations and a minor in Spanish from Texas State University and holds a Texas teacher certification for EC-12th grade. She studied Shakespeare extensively and has had several small written works published. She has taught English Language Arts, Reading, Writing, and ESL at the Junior High and High School levels and elementary school reading, math, science and social studies in public, private, charter, and virtual schools for 19 years and was the Reading Specialist for 2 years at Lockhart Jr High. Additionally, Mrs. Burton has been teaching swimming lessons for 25 years.  Over the years, she has homeschooled her own children. She loves to spend time with her husband and 4 daughters and read and write in her spare time.



Esther Deladurantey has been teaching music for over 10 years. She started piano at the age of 8 and violin at 10. Esther has studied with many well-known teachers and performers in the area, such as concertmaster of the Austin Symphony, Jessica Mathaes as well as symphony members of the San Antonio and Nashville, Tennessee symphonies. In high school, Esther competed in Regional and All-State orchestras as well as the Cactus Pear Youth Ensembles and TMC Young Peoples Competitions. Esther not only teaches music, but also gives children the other basic elements of a good musical foundation such as theory and ear training. When she's not teaching, Esther enjoys gardening, fitness, and spending time with her family on their small ranch where they raise Heritage breed British White Cattle and Bernedoodle dogs.