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The Arts Preschool Faculty

Angelique Macias

Preschool Director

Mrs. Angelique's love of the arts started when she was three years old and fell in love with being a ballerina and tapper on the stage. Mrs. Macias has 20 years of dance experience and 12 years in the field education. She is a certified teacher in the state of Texas EC-4 Generalist.

Angelique Macias studied dance at Toots Johnson School of Dance in San Antonio. At the studio, she took classes in ballet and tap from age three until middle school and added in jazz during her late elementary years. During elementary school, she took piano and viola lessons, sang in her school and church choirs, and enjoyed performing at every opportunity. You could often find her practicing her tap steps while waiting with her mom in the HEB checkout line. In middle school, she participated in volleyball, basketball, softball, cheerleading, and choir. Mrs. Macias attended Antonian College Prep and was a cheerleader, ran track, and played basketball.

As an undergraduate student, Mrs. Macias tutored elementary and middle school students, completed classroom observations, and reading diagnostic evaluations. She completed her independent study on "The Five Essential Elements of Reading Instruction: Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Comprehension, and Vocabulary." Mrs. Macias enjoyed the creativity of designing lesson plans and sharing her love of learning. Her part time jobs while at UTD combined her passion for education by working as a Mad Scientist teaching afterschool and summer camps for Mad Science of Dallas, in a local bookstore, and at Radioshack. She found her creative outlets singing in choir, attending theatre performances, concerts, and art classes. While in Dallas, she danced at the Arabesque Studio of the Dance in the disciplines of ballet, tap, jazz, and even Irish dance on occasion.

Mrs. Angelique graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Texas at Dallas with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with Foundations in Education and Brain/Behavioural Sciences.

Mrs. Angelique Macias worked in private schools in the San Antonio and Dallas areas. She taught at St. Gregory’s, Atonement Academy, and St. Pius in San Antonio. In the metroplex, she taught at the specialized lower school (K-2) campus at St. Thomas Aquinas. Her classroom experience includes PreK 3-8th grades. While teaching, she had to opportunity to facilitate professional development in technology integration, Love and Logic seminars on positive discipline practices, serve as chair of an accreditation team, participated in creating a developmental report card, and provide technology support to her campus. She coached middle school cheerleading for four years and an intermediate elementary squad for two years. During this time, Mrs. Angelique sang in choirs and danced at Kathy Marfin's Dance School taking tap, ballet, and jazz classes.

While working as a teacher, Mrs. Macias graduated with honors as a Distinguished Graduate from St. Mary’s University earning a MA in Catholic School Leadership. Her internship consisted of vertically aligning the math curriculum and identifying a concise list of essential elements needing to be mastered before entering the next grade level. She facilitated meetings between the grade levels helping to refine the mastery list of math concepts. Then she took the list of skills and created, administered, and data crunched benchmark tests. From this data, the campus teams had a better understanding of a student's individual progress, the class' growth, and a grade level's overall mastery of concepts.

She most recently completed professional development courses include a 12 hour course on "Science Academies for Grades K-4" and an 8 hour course on "The Revised Fine Arts TEKS." Mrs. Angelique has completed 90 hours of training in CGS, a Montessorian religious education program developed by Gianna Gobbi and Sofia Cavalletti. She currently serves in the Level 1 atrium at St. Peter’s in Boerne with 3-5 year olds.

Mrs. Macias loves spending time with her family and their dogs. Her hobbies include: reading, singing, baking, architecture, live music, gardening, dancing, and being creative. You can often find her enjoying a good cup of coffee, taking a drop in Saturday morning tap class at 3rd Coast Rhythm Project, and enjoying local trails and parks with her family. She is an active part of the St. Peter’s community and helps to run their moms group. Mrs. Macias joined Fit4Mom when she moved to Boerne and enjoys staying active. She has been a part of the Boerne community for almost four years and has enjoyed every minute of her hill country life.

Mrs. Angelique's teaching style is a fusion of researched play-based methods of instruction, Montessorian and Waldorf principals, and a healthy sprinkle and sparkle of the arts.

Crysta Clouse

Preschool Coordinator

Crysta Caulkins-Clouse grew up taking ballet, jazz, tap, musical theater, show choir, and gymnastics in studios and schools in Austin, TX, including Joyce Willet School of Dance, Tapestry Dance, and Austin Contemporary Ballet. She performed and competed with studio companies and performed in audition-based summer musicals presented by the traveling Missoula Children’s Theater. Her love of dance brought her to high school dance/drill team, where she served as officer and eventually captain of her school team and, after graduation, worked for Marching Auxiliaries as a summer dance camp instructor and judge for dance team competitions.

While earning her Bachelor of Science in Dance at Texas State University, where she was a member of Orchesis Dance Company, Crysta also worked for Extend-A-Care for Kids, a highly acclaimed after-school care program, where she led a group of 5-7 year olds in creative activities and crafts. To earn a State of Texas Educator Certificate in dance, Crysta completed her student teaching for a high school in New Zealand. Soon after, Crysta spent a month in New York as an intern for the Beginnings Workshop, a professional level program for kids preparing to enter the entertainment industry. Crysta helped to organize the summer event in addition to chaperoning a group of 8 year olds for the two week workshop. These experiences gave Crysta insight into integrating the arts in education while developing her skills in working with students of many ages.

Crysta also has several years of experience as a high school dance teacher and dance team director, first in Las Vegas, NV, where she was charged with reinvigorating a program that was on the verge of being cut. Under Crysta’s direction, the dance program grew from 90 students to 250 within two years, and a second dance teacher position was added to support the growth. She also served on a district committee to rewrite the Nevada State Curriculum for Dance, which sparked her interest in curricular development on a large scale. Later in Texas, Crysta was hired to restart a dance program in an inner-city Dallas high school that had lost its program. By the end of two years, this program also grew to bursting, and a second full-time dance teacher position was added. At this school, Crysta’s love of Musical Theater was rekindled as she and the wonderful fine arts faculty collaborated to begin an interdisciplinary musical theater program staging full scale productions.

Crysta earned her Masters of Fine Arts in Dance at Texas Woman’s University where she served as Recruitment Coordinator for the Department of Dance, helping increase enrollment in the department by 20% during her tenure. There she also taught college ballet and assisted in online cultural studies courses. Her graduate studies and professional development included working with internationally known dance artists such as Sarah Gamblin, Jordan Fuchs, Tina Marie, Leslie Scates, Nina Martin of Lower Left, Miguel Gutierrez, Nycole Ray of Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Mark Dendy, and more. Post graduate school, Crysta went on to teach ballet, jazz, hip hop, performance and choreography at several Dallas area community colleges and stage semi-annual performance productions.

Crysta co-founded a dance company, Big Rig Dance Collective, which has taken her all over the US for performances and master classes. Her work with Big Rig Dance Collective has enabled her to collaborate with internationally known dance artists such as Jane Hawley, Professor of Dance at Luther College, through whom she earned her Movement Fundamentals Certification, and Rebecca Bryant, Professor of Dance at University of California - Long Beach. She was also honored to participate as a Lead Partner with the Dance Exchange in Washington DC as part of a two year artistic project investigating untold stories of people of color in Dallas through dance. She currently serves Big Rig Dance Collective as CoDirector and travels to teach and perform.

As Crysta’s own family began to grow she found professional opportunities to balance family and work life. Through FIT4MOM, Crysta began teaching certified fitness classes for moms with their babies in strollers while also working for dance studios around North Dallas. 3D Dance, for example, helped her earn a Youth Protection Advocate in Dance Certification and named her Lead Faculty in Ballet. It was also through these studios and fitness classes that she developed curriculum and pedagogy for preschool age children.

Now established in Boerne, Crysta continues to teach for FIT4MOM Boerne and loves working for Lonestar Collective Dance as Teaching Faculty, Events Director, and Fine Arts Preschool Coordinator. She brings her whole heart to every class and loves to work with all levels of students in growing their artistry in dance.