Board of Directors
The Circle School is governed by a parent volunteer Board of Directors. The Board of Directors determines an annual operating budget, oversees school operations, maintenance and upkeep of the building and grounds, and fundraising.
Shannon Mariotti, President
President, Shannon Mariotti is mom to Walter (Sky Room) and is married to David Rando. This is their third year with the Circle School and their only regret is not discovering this unique community sooner. Shannon has previously served as Fundraising Development Director, worked on the Grant Writing committee, the Field Trips committee, and has served on several hiring committees. She is also the school's monthly Air Conditioner cleaner. Shannon is a professor of political philosophy at Southwestern University, a small liberal arts college near Austin, where her teaching and scholarship focuses on how we put democratic principles into practice in our everyday lives. Her family loves to read together, listen to music, hang out with their three cats and one dog, go running and walking, and ride bikes.
Michelle Maloney, Vice President
Vice President, Michelle Maloney is mom to Darwin (Sky) and Fern (Sun), a local lawyer, animal rescuer, and aspiring writer. Michelle is also aunt to Oliver (Peace) and Sawyer (Sun). Michelle runs Marynell Maloney Law Firm, PLLC with her husband Chris Herndandez, and represents clients in cases involving systemic abuses and social justice issues. They have been co-op members since Spring semester of 2019, and this is Michelle's first semester serving as Vice-President. As a family, they enjoy reading, dance parties, bike rides (especially trail riding), camping and playing with their houseful of rescue animals.
Jen Morey, Treasurer
Treasurer Jen Morey is mom to June (Sky room) and Alice (Dream room) as well as wife to Nathan. Now a stay at home mom managing AirBnB spaces, Jen's previous careers were in the financial services sector and as a certified Montessori guide. In her spare time, Jen enjoys playing soccer, spending time with family and friends, and watching her girls do anything sports related. She has previously served on the board as Co-op Coordinator.
Rayen Dennis, Secretary
Secretary Rayen Dennis is mom to Adriana (Sky) and Camilo (Sun). She is married to Geoff. Their family have been Co-op members since 2016. Rayen is a copious note taker and her attention to detail serves her well in her position.
Rebecca Steele, Education Director
Education Director, Rebecca Steele is mom to Michaela (Peace Room) and Lorraine, AKA Rainey (Sky Room). She has been a Special Education Teacher for 11 years. She is married to Ben Steele, a Master Electrician. Their family have been members of the Co-op for five years. Together they have served as committee chairs for Circle Fest, International Food Fest, Coffee House, and Gardening. In their spare time, they enjoy having fun together, eating, drinking coffee (yes, even the kids) and gardening, which is why they enjoy giving their time to the school.
Kevin Barton, Co-Op Coordinator
Co-op Cordinator, Kevin Barton is dad to Ian (Sky room) and Zachary (Star room) and husband to Shirley. The family joined the Co-op in 2019 after struggling to find a really good fit for Ian to begin Kindergarten, and could not be more happy with the whole Circle School experience. Kevin is a professor of Computer Information Systems at Texas A&M-San Antonio and served in the U.S. Air Force for 24 years and brings many skills to the community.
Lindsey Zuniga, Enrollment Director & New Family Liaison
Enrollment Director & New Family Liaison, Lindsey Zuniga is mom to AJ (Song Room) as well as two older children Vidal and Espy. Lindsey has her BSN from UIW, but chose to forgo a career in nursing to focus on growing the family construction business with her husband, Antonio. The Zunigas enjoy travelling and split their time between San Antonio and their home in Mexico. This will be her family's second year at The Circle School. Lindsey spent lots of time last year assisting in the front office, getting to know the families in the co-op and details of school operations. She's excited to help new families find their place in the co-op this year.
Eileen Curtright, Director of Fundraising Development
Director of Fundraising Development, Eileen Curtright is mom to Vivian (Dream) and married to Lance. This is their third year at Circle School. Eileen has previously served on the grant writing committee and worked as an office assistant. She's finishing her second novel. The Curtright family is grateful for the Circle School's nurturing environment and the creative, intellectual, and social opportunities it provides to students.
Felicia Garza, Director of Fundraising Events
Felicia is mom to Vincent (song room) and his 2 yr old brother, Leonardo. Felicia is married to Marine GySgt, Mark Villalobos. This is their 2nd year at The Circle School. Before planting roots in San Antonio in 2018, this military/homeschooling family was stationed in San Diego, Ca. While the beach is sorely missed, finding this amazing community within The Circle School definitely makes up for the loss. Felicia served 8 yrs in the Marine Corps Reserves, ending service to focus on family. These days you will find Felicia teaching Physical Education and Kids' yoga to the students at The Circle School. She is also a NASM- Certified Personal Trainer and group fitness instructor with certifications in Barre, yoga, HIIT, and pre/postnatal fitness.
Claire Trevino, Communications Director
Communications Director, Claire Trevino is mom to Jojo (Peace Room) and Pepper (Sun Room) and married to Ric, who manages Pam's Patio Kitchen with the extended family. This will be her family's third year at The Circle School and Claire's second year in this position. She enjoys managing things from social media and advertising to school merchandise and graphics and is passionate about spreading the word about the mission and accomplishments of our community of learning. She is also a registered nurse at a local hospital.
Omar Velasco, Building & Grounds Director
Building and Grounds Director, Omar Velasco is dad to Paola (Star Room) and Valeria (Alumni). His daughters started at The Circle School four years ago. Omar comes to this position with fifteen years of experience remodeling older houses, which is perfect for our Old Schoolhouse, and he's excited to give the building the attention and care it needs.