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Meet Our Teachers

PACE AUSTIN, LLC instructors are certified, master teachers. Connect with us to schedule small-group and private tutoring sessions.


Bonner Klatt

Co-founder & Director

Math + Test Prep

Bonner Klatt is originally from Dallas, TX, and has 10 years of teaching experience in both public and private schools. She graduated from Baylor University with a degree in Middle Grades Mathematics Education, and subsequently earned her master's degree in Curriculum & Instruction with a focus in K-12 mathematics from the University of Texas at Arlington. She has a passion for helping students understand and feel confident in mathematics. She and her husband Sam Klatt, a filmmaker in town, adore their golden retriever, Telly.


Shannon Strehli

Co-founder & Director

Math + Early Literacy

Shannon Strehli was born in Austin and grew up in Houston, a fourth-generation Texan. She has over 15 years of teaching experience in both public and private schools. A graduate of Tulane University, New Orleans, with a degree in Psychology and Certification in Early Childhood Education, Shannon has a passion for elementary and early middle school mathematics and early childhood literacy. She and her husband Scott have four children and a black Labrador, Bevo.


Elementary Literacy + 


Mary grew up in Houston, Texas, and the Bay area.  She is a reading specialist, with both private & public school experience. Mary has a BA in Government with a Minor in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin and a master's degree from Marymount University in Virginia. She specializes in elementary literacy with special focus on classical literature. She has been married for 26 years and has two children, Madeline & William. Mary has two yellow Labradors, Major & Rory, and a Ragdoll cat, Rigel.


 Elementary Literacy + Math

Mindy is originally from Farmersville, Texas, and moved to Austin in 1996. She is a former elementary and middle school teacher, and instructional support specialist. Mindy has a BS in Education and specializes in systematic instruction in reading and math. She works with students in elementary & middle school literacy and math through fourth grade. Mindy has been married for 26 years and has two children, Trey and Mason Claire & a dog named Charlie. 

Elizabeth Stelly Trull

Elementary Math

Elizabeth grew up in League City, Texas, and has been teaching in independent private schools for 4 years. Elizabeth received her BS in Elementary Education with a focus in math and science. Her passion is teaching math to elementary school children. She is newly married to the love of her life, Mason.


Middle School Literacy + Art

Macon grew up on the East Coast and moved to Austin after graduate school. She has a BA in Art from UCLA and a Master of Science in Education (M.S. Ed) in the Teaching, Learning, & Leadership program from U Penn. Macon has taught in both public and private schools for four years and has a passion for encouraging children to discover their gifts. She strives to develop student confidence and creativity by modeling her own pursuits in reading, writing & art. Macon's shepherd mix, Brooklyn, has now summited ten 14ers with her. 


Elementary Math

Ellie grew up in Austin, Texas and recently graduated from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth with a BS in Early Childhood Education. She student taught in Kindergarten and fifth grade at Van Zandt-Guinn Elementary School. Ellie is currently working on a Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction with a Mathematics Education Specialization from TCU. Based on her reputation and excellent character, Ellie  received the Andrews Institute of Mathematics & Science Education Award/Grant and was selected to be a Teacher's assistant for a beloved TCU math professor for the 2022/23 school year.  Ellie specializes in early-childhood math instruction through 5th grade. She has an adorable black Labrador named Bevo.

Emma Verrill

Elementary Literacy + French

Emma was born in Salem, Massachusetts and grew up in Portland, Maine. She has taught a variety of  grades and subjects in both public and private school locally, in Maine, and abroad in France. Emma received a B.A. in Gender and Women's Studies with a minor in French from Bowdoin College and Master's in Elementary Education from Texas State. She specializes in literacy, with a particular joy and interest in writing. She enjoys fostering a love and confidence in students to write in both creative and expository genres. Emma is married to Daniel and has a one-eyed Maltipoo, Amos.



Meg hails from Dallas, Texas but has lived in Austin most of her life. She has a Ph.D. in Hispanic Literature from the University of Texas at Austin and was selected as the Mentor Instructor for her division. Meg has a breadth of experience, from years of teaching Spanish in private independent schools to undergraduate classes at UT. Her true passion is inductive + student-centered learning involving culturally responsive teaching + project-based learning. 


Executive Functioning Coach

Karon was born in Dumas and grew up in nearby Stinnett, Texas. She received a Bachelor's degree in Social Work and a Master's in Educational Leadership + 2 years of Dyslexia training through Neuhaus. Karon has worked in education for the past twenty years in the private sector and truly enjoys helping students with identified learning differences develop the tools to successfully navigate academics. Her expertise is working with students identified with dyslexia and/or attention-related challenges. Karon has been married for 31 years this fall and has three adult children.

Carin Champion

Literacy + Science

Carin grew up in Lake Jackson and has spent her entire adult life in Austin, Texas. She has 26+ experience teaching in the local Westlake community. Carin has a BA in Psychology with a minor in English from the University of Texas at Austin, with certifications in ESL & Special Education. Carin specializes in teaching students foundational reading skills, reading comprehension, & writing composition. Her focus is working with students pre-k through sixth grade and she is passionate about helping reluctant readers become students who love reading. She is also passionate about science & history-particularly Earth  Systems-wildlife, ecosystems, plant life, rocks & fossils. Carin and her partner Grant have two German Shepherd mix dogs, Kaiser and Nandor the Relentless, a frog, Ms. Froggy Fantastico, and three chickens, Willona Woods, Heather Duke, & Endora.

Kathleen Gallagher Textor

Early Literacy + Early Math

Kathleen has taught self-contained kindergarten and first grade in New York City and Austin since 2013. She received a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education from the University of Delaware. Kathleen is a certified Literacy Specialist with a Masters in Literacy from NYU. She loves reading in her own time and fostering that same love in the children she teaches.

Kathleen recently married Dan this past summer in New York. 

Louise Pinckney


Louise was born in Assen, the Netherlands and grew up in nearby Katy, Texas. She has taught at a local charter school in Austin for four years. Louise graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a BA in Public Policy and Global Studies. She is passionate about teaching middle school literacy in ways that help students make connections to themselves and the world around them.

Louise is married to Joel and has a  sweet pup, Piper!


Early Literacy + Geography

Karen is a career educator with 45 years in public and private school classrooms. She graduated from Texas State University with a BS in Elementary Education and an MS in Early Childhood Education with a focus in Reading Instruction. Karen spent 44 years teaching kindergarten and elementary literacy in the Westlake community. She has a wealth of training and experience in teaching pre-k - 6 grade reading + writing and a passion for mapping by heart.

Karen's ability to build relationships with students and families is at the heart of her teaching, fostering authentic learning and great learning outcomes. Karen has been married to Neal for 47 years. They have a daughter Rachel, who teaches Spanish, two beautiful grandchildren, and a beagle named Gus. Life is good!

Madison Andrews

High School Math + Physics

Madison was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and has both a M.S. & B.S. in Mechanical Engineering respectively from the University of Texas at Austin and Clemson University. She is currently a Doctoral Candidate in STEM education and has years of experience tutoring university-level math courses. Madison is passionate about helping students develop confidence in both STEM coursework & STEM spaces.

Madison and her partner Chris have two cats namedTrudy and Laz.

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