Owner, Friendswood Music and More
Music, History, Language Arts
Sarah Hames is the proud owner of Friendswood Music and More / 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. Sarah served as the organist and music director/choir director at St. Luke's Lutheran church for a number of years, and is also a fully licensed Kindermusik educator. She started Forest Path Academy for her three children- Arwen Elizabeth, Nathan Joseph, and Emma Rebekah. Sarah welcomes you to our program and hopes to see you soon!
Mandy Zatopek- HEAD OF EARLY CHILDHOOD DEPARTMENT
-Pre-K / Kinder, First, 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 has a 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, Spanish
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.
Leigh Anne Marx
Third grade, Art
Johnny Reed comes from a family of teachers and received his BS in Physics from the University of Houston. A former Space Shuttle communications instructor and ISS flight controller, he currently works in IT at NASA. He enjoys spreading his love of programming, engineering, and technology to the local community, while getting outdoors with his three sons as much as possible. Johnny teaches both the Lego and Teen Robotics classes.
Arwen is Ms. Sarah's daughter, and a home-school graduate. She enjoys assisting with the preschool students and showing off her reptiles during our summer camps and animal care classes.
Field Trip Coordinator, secretary
Carla Reed holds a degree in archaeology from the University of Texas at Austin and has worked a wide variety of jobs from local archaeological consulting, to oil and gas, and lab work with the meteorites in the astromaterials lab at NASA. Carla is our field trip coordinator, event planner, and school assistant that helps keep families and teachers communicating and connected. Carla shares her love of the outdoors with her husband Johnny Reed and their three sons.