We're proud of the experience and qualifications of our teachers. Please check out the links below to find out more about our teachers and staff. Scroll down to view all of our staff.
PRIVATE MUSIC INSTRUCTORS:
Donald Hite: Violin/Viola, flute, band instruments
Kawanna Holmann, piano, flute, band instruments
Tim Salter: Guitar
FOREST PATH ACADEMY INSTRUCTORS
Mandy Zatopek: Pre-K and Kindergarten, music
Jamie Michel: PreK
Rhonda Gomez: Science, Math
Bridget Berry: Science, Math
Julie Peplinksi: Elementary
Fiona Reyna: Spanish, Science, Art, English
Marilyn Larson: Math
Elisabeth Meindl: Language Arts, History, Theater
Mary Hitt: Language Arts
Sara Peters: Art
Sarah Hames, owner.
- Kindermusik, piano, home-school classes, theatre.
Sarah Hames is the proud owner of Music and More and Forest Path Academy. Sarah was home-schooled through high school and after working for several years as the manager of a comic book store, attended North Harris College where she received music and academic scholarships and was named Outstanding Music Student of the year. She then transferred to HBU where she received a full endowed academic scholarship and graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance, with piano as her secondary instrument (similar to a Major in Voice with a minor in piano) Some of her senior level classes were in piano pedagogy, which is the art of piano instruction. As part of those classes Sarah evaluated ( and wrote papers on) methods of piano instruction and the best and most effective ways of teaching piano, and is happy to discuss music education with parents.
Sarah has been playing the piano for about 22 years, and served as the organist and music director/choir director at St. Luke's Lutheran church for a number of years.
-Pre-K / Kinder, Piano, Music
Mandy Zatopek is a Texas native and lives in the League City area with her husband and two daughters. She earned her BS in Education from The University of Houston- Victoria. Mandy recently completed her Master’s degree in Education Curriculum & Instruction from The University of Houston-Victoria. She has worked in various early childhood arenas including Mother’s Day Out programs, preschool programs, private tutoring, and public school. She has taught private music lessons including flute and piano, as well as 6th -12th grade band. She believes that children should be free to explore their strengths and creativity in a structured environment.
First Grade, Second Grade, Language Arts
Julie Peplinski is a Texas native and lives in Friendswood. Julie graduated from Texas A&M University with her Bachelor’s of Science in Education including a Kindergarten endorsement. She worked in Bryan ISD with Special Needs children and also spent 9 years teaching pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st grade with the Texas City ISD where she was trained in the Spaulding method of phonics. She has spent the last 17 years at home raising her four children and joined the Forest Path Academy staff in 2015. Julie’s goal is to make learning fun and exciting and to help children be successful in their endeavors.
Spanish, Mandarin, Language Arts, Art, Science
Fiona Reyna originally entered college on a music scholarship, but changed paths and received a BBA in International Studies with a minor in Mandarin Chinese. She completed her MBA from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996. After graduation, she joined a major energy company in Houston, working in audit, tax, and management accounting. Together with two other energy professionals, Ms. Reyna started up a independent private power company with holdings in Peru and the Dominican Republic, which was later sold in a successful IPO. After having children, Ms. Reyna enjoys teaching art and language, and currently heads up a local parenting co-op for children's educational activities, encouraging children everywhere to learn through play. She teaches messy Art, fun Science, Spanish, Mandarin, and Literature to whomever is nearby.
Science, Math, Physical Ed
Ms. Rhonda holds an undergraduate degree in Pre-med and Biology and a Master’s in Human Fitness and Performance. She is a Texas certified teacher and is certified in biology, chemistry, and physical education. Ms. Rhonda taught chemistry at Clear Brook High School for 10 years, and joined the Forest Path Academy staff in 2013.
Science runs in the family, Ms. Bridget is Ms. Rhonda’s mother! Originally born in Germany, Ms. Bridget moved to the US at the age of 10. She didn’t speak a bit of English but learned very quickly! Bridget has a Master’s of Science in education, and has over 25 years of teaching experience. She has taught a variety of classes including 6th, 7th, and 8th grade science as well as English and study skills. She is the proud mother of 5 children and grandmother of 18.
Jamie has worked in the childcare and education field for over 10 years and has always loved her work. Before coming to Friendwood Music and More, Jamie worked as a tutor at Westwood Elementary, as the Preschool Director at Hope Lutheran Church’s Tiny Treasures Preschool, and as the program supervisor for the USAA Child Development Center in San Antonio, TX. She’s also worked as a teacher, parent counselor, and administrator for various other young children's programs. Jamie has a Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Child Development from Texas State University, and is also a licensed Texas Childcare Center Director. Jamie believes in developmentally appropriate activities for young children including play centers, sensory activities, and imaginative games.
Band, Piano, Music
Ms. Kawanna comes to Texas from New York. She has a degree in Music Education and Jazz Composition from Five Towns College. Kawanna has performed with the Nassau Symphony, Long Island Pops, Coast Guard Auxiliary Band, and at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and Disney World.
-Violin/Viola (Suzuki), Flute, Band instruments, Band
Donald has been an active musician and music teacher in the Friendswood and Clear Lake areas since 2002. He taught for 8 years as a private clarinet teacher in the Friendswood and Clear Creek school districts, and in 2008 began teaching Suzuki violin lessons as well. "I was hooked on the Suzuki method from day one," he says. Currently he is certified in Suzuki books 1, 2, & 4 for violin / viola and plans to be certified in book 3 in the near future. Donald holds a B.S. in Sociology/Anthropology from the University of Houston Clear Lake. In addition to social science, he also studied clarinet and violin/viola extensively in college. He also holds a Texas Educator's Certificate in Music and Early Childhood through Sixth Grade Generalist.
Don says, " I am very passionate about teaching music to children because I know the benefits it will hold for them both in the present and future. In addition to being fun and challenging, studying music helps children learn important values such as patience, discipline, perseverance, and appreciation of beauty just to name a few."