BEE LOVED PRESCHOOL

2020/21 SCHOOL YEAR


The teachers at Bee Loved Preschool are dedicated in providing a safe, warm and loving educational experience for all of their students. All of the teachers go through extensive training on courses relevant to providing the best education and care for the children at Bee Loved Preschool. We are a community that transforms lives!!! 


  • Brandi Young - Director

    Brandi grew up in Seabrook, Texas. She moved to Austin in 1991 to attend college and never left. Brandi graduated from The University of Texas with a Liberal Arts degree in Psychology. She received her Montessori Certification to teach children ages 2 to 6 years old in 2008. Brandi has worked as the preschool director for Bee Loved Preschool since 2010. Brandi and her husband Paul own Fricano's Deli in Austin, TX near UT campus. She's also the proud mother of two wonderful boys. Layne is a Senior at Lake Travis High School and Cade is studying at the University of Chicago.

  • Barby Schmidt - Assistant Director

    Barby grew up in Abilene, Texas and moved to Austin after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Texas Tech University. She has previously worked for Bee Loved as a lead teacher and substitute teacher. Most recently she taught the Teams of Tomorrow after school classes.  Barby has three daughters and has been married to her husband Dan for 20 years. She has served as PTO President for West Cypress Hills and is currently involved in the PTO at Lake Travis High School.

  • Denise King - 4's Lead Teacher

    Denise was born and raised in Texas, residing mainly in the Austin area. She and her husband Matt have 2 wonderful children. After being a stay at home mom, she volunteered at Lake Travis schools and was a Girl Scout leader. Denise has thoroughly enjoyed teaching at Bee Loved since 2010. She also has provided many years of fun summer camps.

  • Kayla West-Regner - 4's Lead Teacher

    Kayla has lived in Spicewood for the past 10 years. She has two children: Daylen who is 10 this year, and Irelan who is 8 years old. Both Kayla and her husband Anthony love living in Spicewood. Kayla has her Master's degree in Psychology from Texas State University. She has taught preschool for the past 18 years, predominently in a Montessori setting. She is looking forward to getting to know all the new children in her classroom! 

  • Leigh Muller - 3's (4 Day) Lead Teacher


    My name is Leigh Muller, I was born and raised in Northern, New Jersey. I have always wanted to work with children. I attended Rutgers University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a double major in Psychology; Early Childhood Development and Elementary Education. I am certified to teach Nursery through 8th Grade. I was also a member of Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education. I began teaching first and second grade at Forrest Elementary in my hometown of Fair Lawn, New Jersey after graduation.

    In 2012, my husband Ryan and I decided to move our family to Austin. We have 2 children, our son Sean is a senior at LTHS and my daughter Ava is a freshman this year. I decided to be a stay at home-mom but stayed very involved at their Elementary Schools through PTA and Room-Mom activities. Once children were old enough, I decided to go back to teaching. I wanted to work with younger children and took a job at Lake Travis United Methodist Church Preschool. I was the lead teacher for the MWF 3’s class there. My free time is spent watching the Lake Travis High Band march or watching my daughter play tennis.


  • Tara Michieli- 3's Lead Teacher

    Tara grew up Cleveland, Ohio but slowly made her way to south until she eventually met her husband in Dallas, Texas.  She has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and is a state certified teacher with over six years of classroom experience in third and fourth grades.  Since her children are currently younger, she thought it would be fun to teach at Bee Loved Preschool for an exciting change. Tara loves being creative with her students by adding music and movement to whatever they’re learning!  

  • Stephanie Ivie Harvey -  2's Lead Teacher

    Stephanie was born and raised in northern New Mexico. She came to Texas after completing her Bachelor's degree in Psychology. Stephanie spent several years as a case manager in a crisis counseling center before making a career shift into education. She is a certified special education teacher who taught for six years before taking a brief hiatus following the birth of her daughter Haven. This summer Stephanie and her family moved to the Spicewood area from Dripping Springs, and are loving their new community. Stephanie is thrilled to be part of the Bee Loved team and cannot wait to meet her students!

  • Millicent "Renee" Jardine - Music Teacher

    Millicent grew up in Corpus Christi and moved to Austin in 2001. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Music Studies, Choral Emphasis at The University of Texas in Austin and has worked with children of all ages for over a decade. Millicent currently lives in Spicewood with her husband, Eric and her two children, Ryder and Emery. 


  • Dani Luce - 3's (4 Day) Assistant Teacher

    I’m Dani Luce. (Pronounced Donny) I grew up in a small town near Chicago and got my BA at the College of St. Francis. My family moved to the great state of Texas in 2015, and we have loved every minute. I have been a stay at home mom to our three boys and have been very active volunteering at their schools. Our oldest son, Brett, just married his wife, Courtney, in November. They live in Indianapolis. Our middle son, Jack, is a senior at LT. He played the quads in the marching band and was the captain of the drumline. He will attend Texas A&M in the fall. Our youngest son, Gabe, is a sophomore at LT. He also plays the quads on the drumline. Our boys are the light of my life. My husband, Ron, and I enjoy attending the LT football games and watching our boys perform. We just moved to Spicewood and love being by the river and hiking.I like reading, crafting, water sports, bible study, and doing barre. I’m really enjoying working with the three year olds at Bee Loved. They are precious.

  • Sandra Jones- Substitute Teacher

    Sandra was born and educated in Trinidad West Indies and the United Kingdom. She relocated to the USA in 1981 via Arkansas. She is a retired VA Registered Nurse with 36 years experience both in the US and abroad. She has 2  daughters and 4 grand children whom she adores. Sandra loves children and gardening. She joined the staff of Bee Loved in February 2019 . She is  truly enjoying the children and this experience.


        

  • Maria Cooper- Substitute Teacher  

    Maria was born and raised in Southern California and moved to Austin with her family, late summer of 2017.  She attended Phillips Jr. College and Mt. St. Mary's in Los Angeles. Maria worked in the Hair Industry for many years. In California she volunteered at her church with the preschool ministry and continues to do the same at her church here in Austin. Maria is a proud mother of two, Collin and Alanah. She loves and genuinely enjoys working with children and is extremely grateful to be part of Bee Loved.