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Mrs. Margaret Pass - Lead Teacher

“GSES is Such a happy place. Everyone is so positive and loving and focused on what is best for children! The families are so supportive of their children and the school. I am so glad to be a part of this community.”

Mrs. Pass joined the GSES family in 2013. As a Twos Lead Teacher, she works hard to make a positive environment for the growth and development of the children. She and the Twos team are united in the goal of making this early school experience a positive one for all the children. Mrs. Pass attended Southwestern University where she earned a BFA in Painting and Drawing. She and her husband, Scott, have two children. Mrs. Pass likes taking walks, spending time outdooors, reading and drawing. She is active in her church and she loves spending time with friends.

Mrs. Lynne Kelp - Assistant Teacher

I am so happy to be a part of the GSES team as we all love what we do!”

Mrs. Kelp joined the GSES family in February of 2019. As a Twos Assistant Teacher she helps create a safe, caring and loving environment for the children to explore the world around them. Mrs. Kelp spent 14 years teaching at Tarrytown United Methodist Church’s Childrens Day Out program as a lead teacher working with three-year-olds. She was born in Vermont and lived abroad in Germany, Japan and Spain in her youth; however, Mrs. Kelp considers Texas her home! She and her family enjoy traveling, spending time together and exploring new restaurants. Mrs. Kelp also enjoys gardening and back yard bird watching.


Kathleen McKenna - Lead Teacher

“I love being a part of the GSES family and think that it is truly the best community of families and staff in Austin!”

Mrs. McKenna joined the GSES community in 2012. She feels so lucky teaching the youngest children at the school because she gets to introduce them to life away from their parents and help them experience GSES and all its amazing traditions. She loves taking the Twos to chapel, music and library classes and teaching her students important skills through play and joyful discovery. Mrs. McKenna attended The University of Texas where she earned a degree in Retail Merchandising and a teaching certification (Early Childhood - 6th grade with ESL). She grew up in Plano Texas, but Austin has been home for the last twenty years. Mrs. McKenna and her husband Taylor have two wonderful children, James and Hallie Mason. She enjoys spending time at Town Lake and Barton Springs. She and her family enjoy trying new restaurants and are regulars at many of the local favorites.

Sandra Yancer - Assistant Teacher

GSES holds a special place in my life having been here as a parent and now a teacher. We all make a great team and I look forward to coming to work everyday!”

Mrs. Yancer joined the GSES community in 2007. She assists in the classroom in any way she can - from organizing to changing diapers to playing with the children. Mrs. Yancer grew up in Caracas, Venezuela and moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma the summer before 6th grade. She attended the University of Oklahoma where she majored in Advertising and earned a Masters degree in Journalism. Mrs. Yancer and her husband have two boys who both attended GSES. She loves running and exercising, and especially enjoys hiking in national parks with her family.