Our Director - Sydney Chaney
Sydney is from Cincinnati, Ohio, and moved to Austin in 2018. She received her B.A. from the University of Cincinnati and has a TESOL Certificate. She is working towards her M.Ed. Her favorite subject to teach is writing. Sydney’s teaching experience includes teaching in South America, K-12 education, and English Language Schools. She loves learning about new cultures, going to concerts, hiking, going to the park, and traveling.
Our Academic Supervisor - Lynn Petro
Lynn was born and raised in Buffalo, New York, but made it to Texas as fast as she could! She has been working for Aston International Academy since 1996. Lynn is a former co-director/owner of the school, and current teacher of IEP and TOEFL-iBT preparation. Lynn holds a BA in Linguistics, a BA in French, and an MA in Linguistics from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She also holds an MA in TESL from the University of Texas at Austin. Lynn loves teaching English! She speaks French and a little bit of Spanish. Her hobbies include playing violin, running, reading, drawing, lifting weights, and gardening. When she's not busy, she likes to relax at home with her husband and her two kitties.
Program Consultant - Heather Welborn
Heather is a native-born Austinite, but has spent 14 years teaching and working abroad in the field of international education. She has a B.A. in English from San Diego State University, where she also received her teaching certification. Heather’s love for international education has given her a wealth of experience directing and teaching in Brazil, Ecuador, France, and Peru, as well as in San Diego, California and in Austin, Texas. While she still greatly enjoys being in the classroom, she also likes to utilize her valuable experience in language program and curriculum development. Heather speaks Portuguese, Spanish, and a little bit of French, but hopes to continue building her language skills. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, traveling, writing, and spending time with her husband and her family.
Michelle is from Dallas, Texas and moved to Austin in 2014. She earned her B.A. in Spanish from the University of North Texas and her M.A. in TESOL from the University of Texas at Arlington. Her favorite subjects to teach are grammar and reading. Michelle speaks Spanish and knows a little bit of Korean, French, and Catalan. Outside of teaching, Michelle spends a lot of her time with her dog, Jake, and her cat, Rainy. She and Jake love walking through Austin’s many parks. She is also involved in the local swing dance scene, dancing mainly collegiate shag and Lindy Hop. Her other hobbies are centered on food: reading and talking about nutrition, trying out recipes at home, and finding new restaurants around town.
Roger is a native Texan who started teaching English at the turn of the century. He likes languages, food and movies. He loves hanging out with his wife, daughter and hound dog. He has enjoyed building things since he was a kid, and one of his hobbies now is woodworking. Roger likes the cold.
Margaret Libersat is a semi-retired language teacher from deep in the heart of Texas. Growing up in south Texas, Margaret learned Spanish on the border and spending time in Mexico. She went on to earn a BA in Spanish from the University of Texas and an MA from Middlebury College in Madrid. As a career teacher, Margaret taught high school Spanish and ESL in Pennsylvania and Texas as well as abroad. She’s lived and traveled in Europe, Southeast Asia, South and Central America and speaks Spanish, a bit of French and a smaller bit of Malayalam. Besides teaching English at Aston, Margaret is also an ESL tutor and copy editor for clients online and around Austin. Fun for Margaret is spending time with her family, and writing music.
Emily was born and raised in Minnesota and moved to Texas to escape the cold. She received her B.A. in Spanish Studies from the University of Minnesota and her M.A. in Foreign Language Education from the University of Texas at Austin. Emily’s interest in teaching was sparked while working as a volunteer with the inspiring Somali and Hmong immigrant communities in Minneapolis, MN. Since then, her love of teaching English and learning about cultures and languages has only grown. Aside from time spent teaching in Texas and Minnesota, she has lived and taught English in Venezuela, Mexico, Thailand, and Chile. She speaks Spanish and has dabbled in Thai, Albanian, Portuguese, and French. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, reading, and spending time with her husband and family.