Ashley Brooks

After 12 years in public education, I made the hard choice to leave the classroom and stay home with my two boys. But being a teacher doesn't just go away, and as my boys get bigger I'm finding ways to use my love of teaching that fit with my family. Welcome to Play to Learn Pre-K!


 My public school background is in Pre-K - 4th grade. I earned a Masters of Arts in Teaching in 2007 and was National Board Certified in Early Education in 2009. I have worked as a leader, curriculum developer, researcher and tech liaison.

Teaching kids the love of learning is a passion. Young students learn through doing, not workbooks or screens.

I look forward to learning and playing with your students!

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Marissa Nall


Hello! My name is Marissa Nall and I have been an educator for seven years. I love watching kiddos grow, learn, and have fun while engaging in play! I have taught 1st, 2nd, and 4th grade. Ashley was my mentor when I started teaching- I can tell you that I have definitely learned from the best. I am certified in many reading and phonics programs, developed a wide variety of curriculum for school districts, and helped create social emotional programs still used in districts today. I believe learning should be a pleasure, not a chore!

Melissa Ibarra

Content Expert


Melissa is a PhD student at the University of Texas in Bilingual Education & Curriculum and Instruction. She has over 15 years of experience as a teacher and mentor in culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms across the country. Her personal background as a Mexican-American and child of immigrants, in combination with her professional experiences, drive her commitment to addressing inequities in public education. 

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We're looking to hire content experts for STEM and a variety of cultural celebrations. 
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Emily Smith

Content Expert


Emily has worked in primary/secondary education for 18 years, nine years here in Austin. She is skilled in coaching, restorative practices and diversity training. She works with the Austin Justice Coalition to bring social justice to Austin area schools. She received a Master of Arts - MA focused in Curriculum and Instruction from Biola University.

Audrey Bixler

Science Content Expert


Audrey has spent her career working to preserve our natural world for the next generation. Currently working with Arva Intelligence, Audrey analyzes and advises on water and energy efficiency. Her experience includes the US Army, California Air & Resource Board and as well as the Energy & Biosciences Institute.