Carla Cihlar, 18 - 24 Month Old Teacher
Carla Cihlar has her Child Development Associates Degree. She has been working with preschool children for the last 16 years. She has been working with the 18-24 month old children at Harmony Hill since 2017. Ms. Carla believes children learn through play and providing a variety of developmentally appropriate activities. She provides positive guidance and redirection while teaching this very young age. Carla is married to Mark and they have 2 grown children.
Karen James, Assistant Director
Karen James attended South Plains College. Ms. Karen holds her Child Development Associates Degree and has been the assistant director since 2016. She has working with 3 and 4 year old children since 1982 and has worked at Harmony Hill since 2007. Ms. Karen believes each child is special and unique whose impressionable minds are able to absorb so much knowledge. She is very excited to be given the opportunity to work with and love your children. Ms. Karen created a fun, stimulating classroom environment, while being structured and nurturing. She feels God had given her the talent to work with your children. Her children are all grown-up now and have blessed her with two grandchildren Rory and Caitlyn. Caitlyn is a Harmony Hill preschool graduate.
'Sako Rounds, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
Sako has a Bachelors degree in Communications from Texas State University. She has worked as an elementary substitute teacher for Round Rock ISD. She joined Harmony Hill in 2016 in the PreK classroom. She believes that children learn differently and being able to find the best way for each of them helps them to be successful, happy and interested in their learning. She is married to Carl and has four daughters - Caitlin, Alexa, Madison and Jillian.
Sherry Nelson, Director
Sherry Nelson has taught grades Pre-K through 5th grade since 1997. She is a Texas Certified Teacher in All-Level Music with a Bachelor's degree from Southwest Texas State University. She also holds a Texas Licensed Child Care Directors Certificate. Previously she taught K-5th grade music at Austin ISD's Menchaca Elementary School and Round Rock ISD's Double File Trail Elementary and Voigt Elementary School. She also was our Lead Pre-Kindergarten teacher and has been at Harmony Hill since 2009. Ms. Sherry believes every classroom is made up of unique children who vary not only in abilities, but also in learning styles. The role of a teacher is to reach the child at their level and to give then the tools they need to succeed. Sherry is married to Keith and has one beautiful daughter, Shelby, a Harmony Hill Preschool graduate.
Cori Prout, Older 2s Teacher
Cori Prout attended Santa Monica College. She worked as a nanny for 8 years, where she gained experience working with children. She was a substitute at Harmony Hill while her children attended. She has been working with 2 year old children at Harmony Hill since 2011.Ms. Cori is a hands on teacher who is very nurturing towards our younger children. She is extremely patient and believes that children will learn through play and hands on experiences. Cori is married to Dave and has 4 children, Sydney, Tyler, Audrey and Reilly. All of her children are Harmony Hill Preschool Graduates.
Catherine Campisano has a Bachelors degree from The University of Texas and is Texas Certified in grades Pre-K-6. She is also a certified Montessori teacher. She taught at a Montessori school in West Texas for 4 years, Kindergarten and Pre-K for 9 years at a Charter School in Austin and at a Round Rock pre-school for a year. She joined the Pre-K team in 2015. Ms. Catherine loves working with young children and watching their love for learning develop and grow through play and hands-on experiences. Catherine is married to Frank and has three children, Sophia, Gianna and AJ, all attended Harmony Hill Preschool.
Melissa Arconti, Younger 3's Teacher
Melissa Arconti attended Franciscan University in Ohio. She has a bachelors degree in Education with a concentration on intervention. She was a teaching assistant at St. Elizabeth school. She has been working with 3 year old children at Harmony Hill since 2019. Ms. Melissa believes in collaborating with parents to create a positive environment for the children. Ms. Melissa is a hands on teacher who will make every child feel welcome. Melissa is married to Johnathon and has four children, Benny, Jake, Felicity and Elijah.
Geleen Friemel, Older 3's Teacher
Geleen Friemel has a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Texas Tech University. She worked at Texas Tech as a student assistant for 5 years while pursuing her degree. She taught at Bright Horizons Family Center as a 3’s teacher for 2 years. She also taught at Austin ISD as a teacher assistant for 4 years for the Regional Day School Program for the Deaf at Brentwood Elementary and Campbell Elementary schools. She joined Harmony Hill in 2016. Ms. Geleen loves to see the excitement children has as they learn and explore new things. Her love of music, art, math, and literacy is shown through daily interactions and engaging activities. Geleen is married to Nathan and has 2 children, Jude and Evan, both Harmony Hill graduates.
Catherine Campisano, Pre-Kindergaten Teacher
Kelly Wharrie, Younger 2's Teacher
Kelly Wharrie attended Angelo State University. She ran an in-home daycare for 10 years. She taught for 2 years as a preschool teacher at Southwest Childrens Academy. She worked in RRISD as a special education Aide for 4 years. She has been working with 2 year old children at Harmony Hill since 2013. Ms. Kelly's love for teaching has been part of her for as long as she can remember. She said she "started teaching in bible school in 5th grade and the love never ended". Kelly is married to Rob and has 3 children, Hannah, Ethan and Allison.
Stacy Perry, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
Stacy Perry attended UT Houston Baptist where she worked on her Early Childhood Degree. She has taught over 19 years in childcare as a teacher and a director. Stacy has worked for many summers at HHP in our Kinder Ready and Camp programs. She has been working in Pre-K since 2019. Ms. Stacy loves to read books with the children and make learning fun and exciting. Stacy is married to Dan and has three beautiful daughters, Michele, Stephaney, Berkley and one son, Andrew.
Hilary Zetarski, Owner and Director
In 2006 Hilary Zetarski co-founded Harmony Hill Preschool. Kerri has since moved on to pursue other passions. Hilary holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. Hilary is a Texas Certified Teacher with a certificate in Composite Science. She is also a Licensed Child Care Director with the State of Texas."It was always my vision to create a learning environment where the students were hands on and an integral part in their understanding of the world around them. I believe children need to be presented with many types of stimulating interests from music, cooking, science and imaginative play. They need to feel secure, comfortable and happy to explore many opportunities"."Parents also need to feel that their child is being cared for and learning in a safe and loving environment. This is what I create in my classroom and at our school. We are glad to have each and every one of your children here with us. We hope we will make a difference in the start of their early educational lives and make an impression on who they become". Hilary is married to Stephen. They have 3 beautiful daughters,Claire, Sophie, and Emilia all Harmony Hill Preschool graduates.