Ms. Audelo’s passion for the liberal arts was sparked between the covers of the books she consumed as a young and voracious reader. Drawn to the ambitious promise of a public classical education, she enrolled her three children in the first Great Hearts academy in Phoenix, Arizona. First as a parent volunteer, and then as a teacher and administrator, Ms. Audelo’s passion and commitment for public, tuition-free classical education has grown with Great Hearts, and she is excited to establish Great Hearts Live Oak as a home for classical education in the Northeast corner of San Antonio.
As an undergraduate, Ms. Audelo studied humanities at the University of Iowa, earning her Bachelor of Arts from the School of Religion. After finding her professional calling with Great Hearts, she earned her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Arizona State University. While reading continues to be an important part of each day, her sense of play and adventure continually finds new outlets on hiking trails, road trips, and travels with her children.
Committed to a liberal arts education as a former classical homeschool educator, and passionate about partnering with Great Hearts to transform the landscape of San Antonio, Mrs. Williams closed the doors of her “one room schoolhouse” to help launch a Great Hearts academy in San Antonio 2015. First as a teacher, and then as an instructional coach and administrator, Mrs. Williams is excited to champion a new Great Hearts community in the Live Oak area, which she has proudly called home for over fifteen years.
Mrs. Williams earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Florida. While she spent the better part of formative years on the coastal waters of South Florida, she has undeniably embraced, “Everything is bigger and better in Texas!” She enjoys the Bluebonnets in spring, Tex-Mex, and the Hill Country topography. Mrs. Williams loves time spent with her husband, children, three dogs, and good book in hand.
Ian Nolan joins the Great Hearts team bringing with him ten years of experience in education and campus operations. Ian is thrilled to open the Live Oak campus which will serve students in grades Kinder through 7th and provide each of them with a transformational classical education that develops the whole child.
A graduate of St. Bonaventure University (NY) as well as Northeastern University (MA), Ian began teaching in New Jersey instructing in English, History and Special Education while also coaching sports year round. Following two years in N.J, Nolan moved to Philadelphia, P.A. and spent four years teaching at Mastery Charter School. At Mastery, he taught English in grades 7-11 and served as a special education case manager for the campus. Before moving to Texas, he also worked for SquashSmarts, a non-profit that focuses on improving the lives of teenagers through sports and academics. After moving to San Antonio in May of 2016, Ian successfully launched IDEA Public School’s Brackenridge campus as an Assistant Principal of Operations. Ian and his wife Ryane have daughter named Shea, as well as two rescue dogs Wilmer and Ajax. He enjoys spending quality time with his family, cooking, running and hanging out with their new friends in Texas!
Mrs. Cass is a Texas native, moving to San Antonio twelve years ago from El Paso, Texas. She has worked with several non-profits in the San Antonio area and is passionate about helping our city and its people thrive. Mrs. Cass’s interest in Great Hearts started with her pursuit of an excellent education for her own four children. A public, liberal arts education, with a focus on moral formation sounded too good to be true. Her family was fortunate to be a part of Great Hearts Monte Vista, the first Texas school, where they quickly fell in love with the Great Hearts mission. She has gone on to help launch two other schools, Northern Oaks and Forest Heights. She has worn many hats at Great Hearts from parent volunteer, to PSO president, Teaching Apprentice and Director of Academy Giving. She has a deep appreciation for the Great Hearts community and is excited to see Great Hearts Live Oak bloom and grow.
Over the past 4 years, D’Ann Hart has been a Great Hearts parent and volunteer. An engineering graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Mrs. Hart has employed her analytical and creative skills in the completion of several projects for the Northern Oaks, Western Hills, and Forest Heights campuses. In her new role as Registrar, Mrs. Hart is committed to making Great Hearts Live Oak a welcoming home for all learners.
Mrs. Hart loves spending time with her husband, Royce, her children, and her three dogs. She also loves to paint, sketch, and watercolor, and appreciates good pens and excellent paper. You will rarely find her without paint or ink on her hands!