LeafSpring School at Sonterra

Meet Our Staff

Jennifer Hrncir Chief Operating Officer 
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Jennifer Hrncir
Jennifer Hrncir
Chief Operating Officer 

My father, George Farmer, and I started our first venture into early childhood education in 2001. LeafSpring School at Sonterra has been operating in the Stone Oak area since 2003 and is nationally accredited through NAEYC, COGNIA (formerly AdvancED) and TX Rising Star. With the help of our extremely talented staff and loyal families, we have grown LeafSpring School San Antonio into the premier preschool in North San Antonio. LeafSpring School is the model to which the local colleges and universities refer their early childhood students for observations and internships.

My background as a special education teacher gives me insight into early childhood education and as both a teacher and a mother, it has been my intention to provide quality care to other parents in San Antonio. With the addition LeafSpring School at Cibolo Canyons Canyons in 2013, we are able to provide an incredible education and school-age recreation program to even more families! I am so excited with success of both programs and the relationships we have created at both schools. On a personal level, I have three fantastic kids, Kyle (25), Kennedy (20)and Collin (17) who have all grown up at LeafSpring School and I couldn’t be more proud of them and their accomplishments. I love to travel with my family, reading and relaxing with friends.

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Heather Mattingly Director of Operations 
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Heather Mattingly
Heather Mattingly
Director of Operations 

My name is Heather Mattingly and I have been with LeafSpring Schools since 2004.  I began as a Lead Teacher in Red Room and worked my way up to Site Director.  In February of 2013, my journey with LeafSpring School continued as I opened our new location on Marshall Road.  I have my degree in Early Childhood Education and have spent most of my life working with young children.  I enjoy the freedom of play and learning that is associated with the little ones.  I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 26 years and we have two children, ages 22 and 25, and three pound pups.  We moved from Wichita, KS to San Antonio over 16 years ago and have enjoyed every minute of it – well, except the heat.  I enjoy going to the movies and being creative, whether it be painting, crafts, sewing or cooking.

“A person’s a person, no matter how small” – Dr. Seuss.

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Erin Tietze Director of Campus Programs
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Erin Tietze
Erin Tietze
Director of Campus Programs

My name is Erin and I was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas.  I attended and graduated from Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology.  Soon after graduation, I began working with the North East Independent School District as a Special Education Assistant. In August of 2003, I started as a full time lead teacher in Green Room.  Then in May of 2004, I was promoted to Preschool Assistant Director.  Since my time with LeafSpring School, I have played an important part in their NAEYC, COGNIA (formerly AdvancED) and TX Rising Star  accreditations, the hiring and training of quality staff with a low turnover rate, and the development of creative curriculum implementation.

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Sara Lawson Associate Director of Campus Programs
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Sara Lawson
Sara Lawson
Associate Director of Campus Programs

My name is Sara Lawson and I have been with LeafSpring Schools since 2015. I am from San Antonio but spent 7 years of my life in Seattle, WA, where I met my husband. We got married in 2014 and share a son that attends the toddler classroom here at LeafSpring. My love and passion for early childhood started when I was in high school when I began babysitting and since then I have worked in ECE for the past 15 years. I started at LeafSpring as a teacher in our Blue Room and attainted my CDA. I got promoted to the Curriculum Specialist position and have been doing that the past 4 years until I was recently promoted to Associate Director of Campus Programs. I have enjoyed all the families I have met and opportunities that have been offered to me the last several years at LeafSpring School. In my free time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, camping, music and going to the movies!

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Dorothy Hemphill Director of Marketing
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Dorothy Hemphill
Dorothy Hemphill
Director of Marketing

I am a graduate of St. Mary’s University San Antonio with a Bachelor of Arts in English Communication Arts.  I have been in the field of Early Childhood Education for more than 10 years serving in various roles from lead teacher to administration.  I am a mother of one and a born and raised San Antonio native.

-Dorothy Hemphill

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Kailin Kleintjes Director of Curriculum
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Kailin Kleintjes
Kailin Kleintjes
Director of Curriculum

Hi I’m Kailin and I’m originally from Michigan and moved to San Antonio in October of 2020. I have a Master’s in Education from Miami University of Ohio and 9 years of experience working in schools. I come from a very long line of teachers and my last name actually translates to children or little ones. As a school psychologist I specialized in special education and behavior intervention plans for all ages. I also have experience working as a youth therapist for children who have experienced trauma. I enjoy working with LeafSpring schools because the size of the school allows the staff to have a better relationship with students. Here the staff will know most of the children by name and everyone works together to help all the children at our school, not just their classroom.

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