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Mrs. Austin Takacs
This is my sixth year teaching kindergarten, and I am so excited to be here at Millbrook! I grew up in Durham, and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2005 with a degree in journalism (go Tar Heels!). I also went to UNC-Charlotte for graduate school, and am dual certified in K-6 education and ESL (English as a Second Language).
I have two brothers, Jackson and Jeremy, and my parents still live nearby in Durham. I spent much of my twenties living in the Virgin Islands and also in Costa Rica, where I was TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certified and taught both children and adults to speak English. I absolutely loved living in both places, and try to visit my “homes away from home” as often as possible!
My husband, Matt, and I now live in Raleigh with our sweet little hound dog, Veda. We love to travel everywhere we can; some of my favorite adventures from the last year include Taiwan, Cuba, and a road trip through the Yucatan Peninsula. I have also volunteered throughout Latin America and have been continuing to improve my Spanish skills. I love reading, being by the ocean, taking photographs, and of course, teaching! I believe that every child in my class has the potential to do amazing things. I hope to instill a love of learning and a commitment to improving the world around us that will stay with them from the first day of kindergarten throughout their lives.
Why I teach...
I teach because, not only do I love children, I also believe that each child has an individual potential to do amazing things. I want to help my students develop a love of learning and and a commitment to improving the world around us that will stay with them from the first day of kindergarten throughout their lives.
Why I chose to teach at Millbrook...
I chose to work here to be part of a school that is on a new adventure and mission to improve itself, its community, and especially the education and future of its students. I feel like we have such a positive, motivated and dedicated staff, and I'm really excited to be part of it!